ASHLAND It had been 10 days since the Ashland Kittens hit the floor, and they looked a little rusty early on Thursday night against Rowan County.

The Kittens fell into a 6-0 deficit early on, and Ashland coach Bill Bradley called for a timeout. His team responded with a 20-2 first quarter run and ultimately won 66-42.

“We went over a lot of things in practice, and they just didn’t do it to start the game,” Bradley said. “Once we called timeout and got them refocused a bit, I thought we had a real good run there in the first quarter.”

Sparked by nine 3-pointers as a team, the Kittens cruised on their way to their ninth win of the season.

Ashland was led in scoring by Julia Parker, who posted 20 points and went 4-for-7 from distance. Three other Kittens finished with at least one triple.

“So many of our girls can shoot 3s,” Bradley said. “We’re getting better and better at finding the open man: Jenna (Adkins) and Carley (Cullop) do a real good job there.”

Adkins, the freshman point guard for Ashland, was excited about her defensive assignment in the game against the Lady Vikings’ leading scorer, Haven Ford.

“I thought one of the keys to the game was the defense Jenna played on Haven,” Bradley said. “She only had 12 points; that’s about half her average, and Jenna did a real good job tonight.

“Jenna was looking forward to it. Haven, you know she’s an all-star and Jenna is a first-year starter, but she wants to get to that level sometime and that’s going to help her, I believe.”

The Kittens led 20-8 after one quarter and 33-22 at halftime. Rowan County had early opportunities to pull away in the opening period, but was unable to fully take advantage.

“For some reason tonight, we just weren’t clicking and we missed a lot of shots early,” Lady Vikings coach Matt Stokes said. “We started off up 6-0, but we got them into a lot of turnovers and missed a lot of shots — it could have been a 15-0 game.”

Rowan County’s coach spoke very highly of Ashland following the game.

“They are a great team, you can see why they are ranked number one in the region,” Stokes said. “Inside play, outside play, they’re just an all-around great team.”

While Ashland was red-hot from beyond the arc, the Lady Vikings’ woes from distance were hard to overcome. Rowan County finished just 2 for 12 from deep.

“We had some wide-open looks,” Stokes said. “I think Hailey Rose had three go in and come out.”

It looked as though things might be looking up for the Lady Vikings in the third quarter when Rose made a 3 to start the scoring for Rowan County, and the Lady Vikings got Ashland into some foul trouble.

However, Cullop, among others, provided a big lift for the Kittens in the period. Cullop’s six third-quarter points pushed Ashland ahead 52-35 after three.

“She had eight assists tonight, she had some rebounds tonight and she ran the offense,” Bradley said of Cullop.

ASHLAND    FG    FT    REB    TP

Miller    3-7    0-0    1    9

Bradley    2-7    0-0    6    4

Sorrell    3-4    0-0    9    6

Cullop    2-7    0-0    7    5

L. Wallenfeltz     1-2    0-0    0    3

Parker    7-10    2-2    3    20

C. Wallenfeltz    0-1    0-0    1    0

Martin    5-7    2-2    6    12

Adkins    1-5    2-2    2    4

Patel    0-0    1-1    0    1

Latherow    1-1    0-0    0    2

TOTALS    25-51    7-8    35    66

FG Pct.: 49. FT Pct.: 87.5. 3-point FGs: 9-22 (Parker 4-7, Miller 3-6, Cullop 1-3, L. Wallenfeltz 1-2, Bradley 0-2, Adkins 0-2). PF: 16. Fouled out: None. Turnovers: 18.

ROWAN CO.    FG    FT    REB    TP

Lewis    0-2    2-4    1    2    

Rogers    3-11    0-0    2    6

Parker    0-0    0-0    0    0

Utterback    0-0    1-2    1    1

Ricer    2-7    0-0    5    4

Haynes    0-0    0-0    2    0    

Rose    3-8    1-5    6    9

Blevins    2-7    2-2    2    6

Ford    5-14    2-4    5    12

Melton    1-3    0-0    4    2

McKenzie    0-1    0-0    0    0

TOTALS    16-53    8-17    28    42

FG Pct.: 30.2. FT Pct.: 47.1. 3-point FGs: 2-12 (Rose 2-4, Ford 0-4, Lewis 0-1, Rogers 0-1, Ricer 0-1, Melton 0-1). PF: 9. Fouled out: None. Turnovers: 16.

ROWAN CO.    8    14    13    7    —    42

ASHLAND    20    13    19    14    —    66

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