Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

Local Sports

February 12, 2013

Kittens get no luck against Lady Irish

Ashland hits only two 3s in defeat

ASHLAND — The difference between success and failure is often minimal. Monday night it could be broken down into a simple fraction — 10/2.

Trailing by two early in the third quarter, Huntington St. Joseph used a 10-2 scoring spurt to take a six-point lead, a lead that only swelled thanks to the Irish’s other 10-2 advantage — the number of 3-pointers made.

St. Joe knocked down five triples over the last eight-and-a-half minutes of action, turning a hotly contested game into a comfortable 60-41 Irish victory.

“Both teams were just really playing hard and getting after it, and at times it was sloppy,” said St. Joe coach Shannon Lewis. “But it seemed with our experience and the games that we have been in that our kids just started making shots, and they didn’t in the second half.”

One sequence in particular highlighted the ability of St. Joe to hit the big shot, according to Kittens coach Bill Bradley.

“It was 38-35 and we had a three to tie it,” he said. “We missed and went for the rebound and didn’t get it. Then they come down and hit a three, and really the game was over at that point.”

It was Griffin Dempsey who connected on that three that gave the Irish a six-point lead going into the final stanza. Dempsey was 4 of 8 on 3-point attempts.

While the Irish made 50 percent of their looks from the outside in the second half, Ashland struggled to score from anywhere, let alone from the perimeter. The Kittens were just 1 of 9 from outside in the final 16 minutes.

Despite the 2-for-21 overall 3-point shooting performance, Bradley is confident that his team will break out of its recent offensive slump.

“We will, we will,” he said. “Kaylyn (Gambill) and Alexis (Robinson) have been struggling from the outside and they are our two best shooters, and with the zone they were playing we got really good looks. We just couldn’t knock them down.”

The duo combined for six points on 2-of-25 shooting, including 0 for 12 from long distance.

While he wished his team would have looked inside more in the second half, Bradley had no problem with the shot selection.

“Kaylyn is one of the very best shooters around, I will never tell her not to shoot it,” he said. “Alexis is shooting 34 percent from three, and when she gets an open look she has to take it.”

Robinson was the focus of the Irish defense all night, but a slight change made by Lewis late in the first quarter proved to be very effective.

“We were chasing early, and we decided to shadow Alexis with Mychelle (Johnson) and then close out to Gambill, and that really seemed to affect them, because they were getting good looks early,” Lewis said.

While Robinson’s offense struggled, the talented sophomore continued to play hard, especially on the glass, where she grabbed 16 rebounds.

Ashland (19-6) led 18-13 after the first quarter, thanks to eight points from Haley Sue Foutch. Foutch scored a team-high 15 points, even though Bradley said he felt his team didn’t get her the ball enough.

“I think she was five of six in the first half,” he said. “Then in the second half, I think we went away from the flash across the middle, where she was getting her shots.”

Mychal Johnson, who is committed to Notre Dame, recorded a double-double for St. Joe with a game-high 22 points and 12 rebounds.

Several Division-I schools had coaching representation in the stands.

Text Only
Local Sports
  • Highlands’ Artists Market to begin today

    Up-and-coming artists are being offered a rare chance to show and sell their work during the First Friday art walk.

    July 31, 2014

  • AARON SNYDER: Five Teams? Pretty Kool

    If these unseasonably cool July mornings aren’t enough to have your mind on the fast track to football, maybe some Kool Hits news will help.

    July 31, 2014

  • Golf scramble will benefit Paramount Arts Center

    Paramount Woman’s Association’s seventh annual Ladies’ Golf Scramble is scheduled for Aug. 11 at Bellefonte Country Club.

    July 30, 2014

  • Kittens call on Ingram

    Somebody had to follow Dave Miller.
    Scott Ingram is pleased to be the coach to fill the vacancy for the man who built Ashland Blazer softball into a perennial state Top 25 program. The Kittens have won the 16th Region championship every year since 2009.

    July 29, 2014

  • 0729kypgaJr0034.jpg Golfers go out with an encore

    Evan Goble said he “wasn’t completely ready for a playoff” on Monday.
    That didn’t stop him from holing two pressure-packed playoff putts to win the 13-14-year-old division of the final event of the summer on the Kentucky PGA Junior Tour at Bellefonte Country Club.

    July 29, 2014 4 Photos

  • EKC Grid-O-Rama set for Aug. 15-16

    The annual Eastern Kentucky Conference football scrimmage contests are set for Aug. 15-16 at Fleming County and Raceland.

    July 29, 2014

  • Holliday embraces high expectations

    As Marshall football prepares to return to the gridiron to begin fall practice Aug. 4, this season the program finds itself labeled something that it has not been in many years: a favorite.

    July 29, 2014

  • Mobley, Jude key for EKU

    Eastern Kentucky coach Dean Hood has revamped the Colonels’ defense in hopes of containing OVC opponents’ spread offenses.

    July 29, 2014

  • ZACK KLEMME: Punchless Reds wasting solid pitching

    The last nine days have been an exercise in understanding just how slim the margin for error is for baseball teams — even good ones — that can’t score.

    July 27, 2014

  • 0726fbPrac0079.jpg Practice rolls on as kickoff approaches in less than 5 weeks

    As high school football teams strap on helmets and prepare for Friday nights next month, the theme of the first couple of weeks of practice for most is simple.
    You gotta work. Hard.
    And if you don’t, it’ll be exposed come Aug. 22.
    “Everybody looks good in helmets,” Ashland coach Tony Love said with a grin. “We’re all undefeated. There’s a lot of work to get done.
    “Our coaches and kids, we all know it, and that’s why they’re here and we’re here, and we’re gonna push hard every day.”

    July 25, 2014 4 Photos