MAYSVILLE, KY — Bracken County got off to a strong start, leading 19-9 at the end of the first. However, the senior-laden Lady Eagles’ experience and pressure was too much for Bracken County to handle. Scott would go on to win the rest of the three quarters 18-11, 13-6, and 19-10.
Final Score: Scott 59, Bracken County 46
Location: The Fieldhouse, Mason County
Records: Scott (15-15), Bracken County (19-14)
Scott and Bracken County were scheduled to play in the regular season, but Bracken County had to cancel due to being over their 30-game limit. Bracken County has not won a game in the region tournament since 2012. They came in as district champions for the first time since 2014.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
— Bracken County led 19-9 in the after one. However, Scott would outscore the Lady Bears 50-27 the rest of the game.
— Bracken County only scored 16 points in the second half with 9 turnovers.
— Bench Points: Scott 22, Bracken 2
— Scott 14 turnovers and Bracken had 15. However, Scott scored 16 points off those turnovers to the Bracken 5.
— Rebounds: Scott 33, Bracken 32
— Kayla Overman (S) had 11 points and 5 rebounds.
— Autum Ponder (S) had 11 points and 3 threes
— Ava Coleman had 5 assists.
— Ella Johnson (B) had 17 points off 3 threes (all in the first quarter) and 7 rebounds.
— Nicole Archibald (B) had 14 points and 3 assists.
— Gineva Rilery (B) had 6 points and 6 rebounds.
Eric Pouncy, Jr. – Scott:
— “The first half was a little shaky there. I knew that if we kept it close our depth would really help us later in the game. It’s a great feeling to get that first win in the regional tournament. I feel like that’s the hardest one.”
— “Defensively I told them, our defense is going to lead to our offense. We gave up 6 points in the third quarter. We handled pressure well. In their zone we just slowed ourselves down. It’s probably the best we’ve done against a zone all year.”
— “We tell them to get up and pressure the ball. Ball pressure changes a lot on the offensive end. If there are cutters and we’re behind on it, that allows us some time if we have the ball pressure there. When I first got the job that’s the main thing I worked on over the summer and we’ve done it all year. Just the shell drill and the basics.”
— “Telling them that this could be your last game. Once I said that, it was just a different mindset.”
— About facing GRC: “I just want us to fight for 32 minutes. You never know what could happen in this tournament.”
Troy Archibald – Bracken County:
— “We get a lead and we just can’t take care of it. That’s the story of our season. I don’t really know what happens. We’ve just got to get back to it next year and we’ll figure it out.”
— “I’m proud of the girls and proud of the way they played. We were worried about getting out-rebounded, and they only out-rebounded us by one. They’re a very physical team, and we just couldn’t finish.”
— I think in the first half we missed 14 layups. That’s been our story too. So you make those… Those are layups we should have made.”
— “We just don’t get a lot of points off the bench right now, but we’re young. We have mostly sophomores and juniors with some freshmen. I’m alright with that right now; we’ll get better.”
— “We knew they were going to come with a lot of pressure. I thought for the most part we handled it. We just couldn’t capitalize on our layups. That’s the difference in the game.”
— “Our two seniors are going to be very hard to replace, if we can. Gineva Riley, her rebounding this year has been outstanding. Macie Sharp gave us a double-double every now and then and her leadership is tremendous. I’m tickled to death with how they played this year. They’re both going to be successful in life.”
Scott will face George Rogers Clark in the 10th Region Tournament semifinals on Friday, March 3 at 7:45pm.
Bracken County‘s season comes to an end after other much improved year under Troy Archibald. They lose two seniors: Macie Sharp and Gineva Riley. Ella Johnson was named to the All-Tournament team.
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