Lady ‘Cats silence Lions in close winPublished 11:25am Monday, January 13, 2014
The Edgewood Lady Wildcats forced late, crucial turnovers on defense to hang on for the 38-33 victory over Kingwood Christian at home Thursday night.
“That’s what we’re really built around, we’re not the best shooting team,” Edgewood coach Kevin Smith said. “So, we play defense first and hope that creates easy shots for us on offense. We got into some early foul trouble, which made it hard on us. But we were able to manage the third quarter, and that allowed us to pick up the intensity late and we were able to force some key turnovers late in the game.”
Throughout the game, the Lady Cats (4-5) stifled the Lady Lions, but couldn’t separate on the offensive side. With four minutes left in the third period, Edgewood led 26-19. Kingwood closed the quarter on 7-2 run and scored the fourth’s first two field goals to take a 30-28 advantage.
Freshman forward Kevi Hansen, of Edgewood, snapped the run, making a layup and one-of-two free throws, putting EA back up 31-30. Lady Lion Kayla Brown, who ended the night with 11 points to lead her team, banked in a layup with four minutes to go to give Kingwood a 32-31 lead.
On its next three possessions, the Lady Wildcats forced turnovers from the Lady Lions. For the last 2:30, Kingwood fouled, sending EA to the free throw line, where Smith’s team found a way to win.
“We shot them much better late in the game than early on,” he said. “The difference between this year and last year, outside of having Hannahlee back from knee surgery, is figuring our how to win ballgames. This year, with Hannahlee’s leadership and other players on the court, we’ve been able to win those close games. I think this year we’re more mature and we’ve been able to figure out how to win.”