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Lady Cards divide road games

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TCHS girls roll at Spencer, fall at McCreary on last-second shot

By Bobby Brockman

Taylor County’s Lady Cardinals went above the .500 mark with a victory at Spencer County on Friday before going back to .500 with a last-second loss at McCreary Central on Saturday in the Southern Kentucky Shootout.
Coach Whitney Hooper’s team pulled away from Spencer County with a 22-8 second quarter and needed a 22-16 fourth frame for insurance.
Rachel Shoemaker paced the Lady Cards with 20 points, despite going 4-9 at the free-throw line, while Becca Orberson had 16 (10-10 on free throws) and Haley Wright 12. Madison Lauer added eight points off the bench for Taylor County, who connected on 23-35 free tosses after both teams had 23 field goals and the Lady Bears made one more trey.
A night later, TCHS out-scored McCreary Central by one point in each of the first two quarters before the Lady Raiders won the third frame 21-15.
The Lady Cardinals led 63-62 before sophomore forward Kaylee Cotton hit a basket and subsequent free throw with 0.8 seconds left to record the win.
Cotton finished with 38 points, plus 15 rebounds, for coach Toby Curry’s outfit (4-8), who stopped a six-game losing skid.
Hannah Howard had 20 points on six three-pointers and a deuce and Wright totaled 18.
Taylor County (5-5) did not play at Pulaski County on Monday because of the cold, icy weather conditions, but is scheduled to play at Campbellsville on Friday (6:00) in the opening game of a girl/boy twinbill.
The Lady Cardinals also play at Fort Knox on Saturday (4:00) in a re-scheduled tilt.

Lady Cards 70, Spencer Co. 53
at Spencer County
Taylor County    16    22    10    22    —    70
Spencer County    12    8    17    16    —    53
Lady Cardinals (70) —
Howard 2 0-0 5, Shoemaker 8 4-9 20, Orberson 3 10-10 16, Wright 4 4-6 12, Pollock 2 2-2 6, Sabo 1 0-0 2, Carney 0 0-2 0, Lauer 3 2-2 8, Burress 0 0-2 0, Pogue 0 1-2 1, Baldwin 0 0-0 0. Totals 23 23-35 70.
Spencer County (53) — Totals 23 5-6 53.
3s —
Taylor County 1 (Howard 1), Spencer County 2.
McCreary 65, Lady Cards 63
at McCreary Central
Taylor County    7    21    15    20    —    63
McCreary Central    6    20    21    18    —    65
Lady Cardinals (63) —
Howard 7 0-0 20, Shoemaker 2 1-5 5, Orberson 0 3-4 3, Wright 5 7-8 18, Pollock 1 0-0 2, Sabo 3 2-2 8, Carney 0 0-0 0, Lauer 2 0-0 4, Burress 1 1-4 3, Pogue 0 0-0 0, Baldwin 0 0-0 0. Totals 21 14-23 63.
3s
— Taylor County 7 (Howard 6, Wright 1).