GIRLS’ 19th DISTRICT TOURNAMENT: Generals open district with big win

Robert Hundley

It wasn’t particularly a thing of attractiveness, but for a group of Thomas Nelson girls having the chance to engage in a district basketball video game on their household court docket for the only time in their occupations, Monday’s 67-28 win in excess of Washington County in the 19th District Event engage in-in video game was enjoyable even so.

With the victory, the Generals (8-18) innovative to Tuesday’s semifinal activity from leading-seeded Bethlehem (18-7), a recreation they can unwell-pay for to get off to the similar sluggish begin that hampered them in the early going against the Commanders.

“We talked about that right before the video game due to the fact we’re superior at that,” mentor Tim Courtney explained. “But we ultimately picked it up in the second quarter and have been on our way.”

Just one purpose for that sluggish start out could have been the Generals’ two straightforward wins above Washington County (47-19 and 73-33) in the frequent time, stated senior Bri Wibbels.

“I think we had been in our heads far too considerably that we were just going to occur out and wipe them off the flooring,” she claimed. “It’s really hard beating a team a few situations in a season.”

That next-quarter operate Courtney referenced was an amazing just one without a doubt.

The Generals experienced struggled in the opening period, leading only 13-11 when Kate Ballard scored in the closing seconds of the quarter.

But they went on a tear just after the losers cut the margin to 14-13 with 7:22 left just before halftime.

Thomas Nelson held Washington County scoreless for the relaxation of the quarter, forcing them into 18 turnovers through a 20- operate to end the 50 percent. All through that stretch, the Commanders missed 7 discipline intention makes an attempt.

Meanwhile, Wibbels assisted her group establish an insurmountable edge at the crack by scoring 10 of her video game-large 19 details in the next as the Generals led 34-13 at halftime.

The Generals hit an additional cold streak early in the third time period, making it possible for 4 straight Washington County factors in advance of Wibbels hit a no cost throw to get her staff in the scoring column in the next fifty percent.

They place the video game on ice with an spectacular taking pictures general performance as Wibbels, Haleigh Martin and Sydney Newton strike a few-point shots on successive journeys to close the quarter. Wibbels added yet another a single to commence the fourth period of time that give her staff a 51-27 lead, their greatest to that level.

Courtney was also pleased to see Newton crack out of a capturing slump as the freshman guard strike four treys en route to a 14-issue night.

“She and I satisfied past night mainly because she’s been discouraged with her shooting,” he explained. “I advised her to just keep shooting the ball and they would start falling. Tonight, it worked out very well for her.”

Martin also experienced a nice evening with eight rebounds to go with her seven steals and 8 points. Wibbels also had 7 steals and Emma Reiter blocked 4 pictures in the sport.

Washington County’s year finishes at 11-20, with 3 of all those losses coming to Thomas Nelson. Tipoff time in the Thomas Nelson-Bethlehem semifinal is 6 p.m. Tuesday, with the winner advancing to Friday’s finals. Nelson County (18-10) and Bardstown (17-13) fulfill in Wednesday’s 6 p.m. semifinal.

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