Rowan County’s defense limited Breathitt County to 15-for-54 (27.8 percent) from the field. However, the Lady Vikings struggled to shoot for a span in the third quarter, allowing the Lady Cats to stay close.
After Kaitlyn Muncy penetrated into traffic to make a sweeping lay-in, the Lady Vikings were held scoreless for three and a half minutes. Kissinger ended the skid, which put Rowan County in front 30-22.
Breathitt County coach Peggy Moore thought her team's third-quarter defense might have been sufficient if not for the lack of execution in the first half.
“We had a good idea of what (Rowan County) did, and we said we were gonna stop it,” Moore said. “But there was not much effort put into stopping it.”
Seniors Adri Neely and Jenna Kiser were also pivotal as Rowan County trailed only one time, at 2-0.
Neely finished with 12 rebounds, while Kiser’s effort can be summed up with one play.
During the second quarter, Muncy misfired a pass cross-court that was assuredly heading out of bounds. However, Kiser's 5-foot-9 frame sprawled out onto the floor to make the sliding save.
Breathitt County’s final serious comeback attempt was fueled by sophomore guard Kendall Noble. She kept her team close with baskets as Eden Keeton grabbed a few of her game-high 15 rebounds.
Noble scored eight of her game-high 21 points in the fourth quarter, including a three-point play to cut Rowan County’s lead to 36-32 with 6:20 remaining.
On the ensuing possession, Rowan County junior Tierra Hamilton's 3-pointer silenced any sort of rally.
Rowan County will face Clay County Friday at 2:30 p.m.
“(Clay County) is a good team that will offer an immense challenge for us,” Tackett said.
AARON SNYDER can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or (606) 326-2664.