For The Independent
Shooting percentages dipped about as low as the temperatures outside as Greenup County's girls got by Russell on Wednesday night at Greenup County High School.
Luckily for the Lady Musketeers, Katie Thompson was able to find her shooting touch, hitting 9 of 13 attempts. She posted a double-double with 18 points and 12 rebounds.
"She has a real nice touch around the rim," said first-year Greenup County coach Mark Cantrell.
After been sidelined with two early fouls, the junior center was able to control the paint as she scored 12 straight points during a fourth-quarter surge to lead Greenup County past Russell, 50-41, at The Greenhouse.
Cantrell was happy to see his star center stay on the floor and not end up another assistant coach.
"She got in foul trouble right off the bat and it hurt us," said Cantrell. "You can't put up numbers like this if you're sitting on the bench.”
Greenup County (10-7) managed to hit just 34 percent of its shots while Russell (6-8) was an equally frosty 28 percent.
Plenty of those misses turned into rebounds for the Lady Musketeers as they held a 41-29 edge. Along with Thompson, Kate Campbell grabbed nine boards to go along with six points.
Russell got a team-high 15 points from guard Shelby Huddleston.
“I’m excited about the way Shelby played. I hope she starts giving that effort every single night,” said Russell coach Mandy Layne.
However, the Lady Devils were hampered by foul trouble in the post. Arden Gross was sidelined early with three fouls, and was limited to four points.
“That definitely hurt us on both ends of the floor,” Layne said.
Sydney Webb, an eighth-grader, tallied 11 points to help the Lady Musketeers’ cause.
Hope Parsley contributed 10 points for Russell.
The two 63rd District rivals meet again on Feb. 1 at Russell.
Greenup County, which has won 10 of its last 12 games, travels to Lewis County on Friday.
Russell hosts Raceland on Saturday.
RUSSELL 14 9 8 10 — 41
GREENUP CO 13 10 9 18 — 50
Russell (41) — Berry 2, Huddleston 15, Gross 4, Parsley 10, Carter 8, Darnell 2, Harrison, Hanson. 3PT Made: 2 (Carter 2). FT: 7-17. PF: 15. Fouled Out: None Turnovers: 20.
Greenup County (50) — Leslie 6, Jones 7, Webb 11, Campbell 6, Grizzle 2, Thompson 18, Valandingham, Burton. 3PT Made: 4 (Leslie 2, Jones, Webb). FT: 2-10. PF: 15. Fouled Out: None. Turnovers: 21.