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~TIMES-NEWS, HARTFORD AND BEAVER DAM,-KENTUCK, MARCH 3, 2005, PAGE 2-B BY NEIL GRANT Times-News sports writer ' sportsdesk@octimesnews.c0m The 13th-ranked Ohio 'County High Lady Eagles 'finished their 2004-'05 regu- lar season last Friday night, "beating Breckinridge County i'70-41 in a game at Harned. : Friday's win, coupled with a :78-50 win over Owensboro :'Catholic the night before, !pushed Coach Brad :Johnson's squad to 21-5 on the year. The six-time defending champion Lady Eagles en- tered 12th District Tourna- " nent action this Monday ihight, February 28, taking on McLean County's Lady Cou- .'gars. This year's 12th Dis- %rict event is being staged at McLean County High School " in Calhoun. :: Thursday night's game at "the OCHS gym was Senior " Night for four Lady Eagles seeing the final action at ":their home gym. Along with Julie Leach, Ashley Payton, !land Samantha Schroader, : the game marked the return bfLady Eagle senior Amanda :'Critchelow, who had been : 'sidelined since suffering a :'severely-sprained ankle /January 29 in a game at Henderson County. Owensboro Catholic, who :" entered Thursday's matchup "with a 2-21 season record, fell victim to the Lady Eagles' : rademark pressure defense the early going, falling be- hind 20-10 after one period. r**Slx &fferent Lady Eagle !:players scored in that open- ; ng stanza, led by sophomore 4~~ guard Lauren Goff s five points. Goff added five more the second quarter, as Ohio County edged out to a 36-20 halftime advantage over the game Lady Aces, who did a respectable job of containing Leach, the state's second-leading scorer. Sophomore guard Kirsten McDaniel made Catholic pay for.packing in the defense around Leach, knocking in three three-point field goals in the third quarter as Ohio County's lead grew to 56-32. Both coaches substituted lib- erally in the final eight min- utes, as the outcome was not in doubt. McDaniel led all scorers in the game with 16 points, while Croft finished with 14 and Leach 10, as 13 different Lady Eagles marked in the scorebook. McDaniel also led the winners in steals with six while Goff had six assists. Schroader's six rebounds paced Ohio County's 32-21 rebounding edge. Catholic's Kathryn Howard paced her team with 13 points and 11 rebounds, while Brittany Rumage added 12 points and reserve Erin Rasp had 10 in the losing effort. Ca 10 10 12 18--17 13/18 10 OC 20 16 20 22--31 5/8 20 Ohio County 78)-- McDaniel 16, Goff 14, Leach 10, Payton 9, Adams 7, Schroader 7, Critchelow 3, Jes.Whittaker 3, Albin 2, Hamilton 2, Hunt 2, Keown 2, Embry l(3-pt.FGs, McDaniel 4, Payton 3, Goff 2, Critchelow, Whittaker). Owensboro Catholic(50)-- Howard 13, Rumage 12, Rasp 10, Dickinson 4, Clark 3, Elliott 3, Kauffeld 3, Fogle 2(3-pt.FGs, Clark, Elliott, Howard). **Game statistics: Re- 23 points and grabbed eight bounds--Ohio 32(Schroade r rebounds to lead all in that 6, Erin Adams 5, Leach egory, too. Adams and Catholic 21(Howard 11); Golf added strong perfor- Blocks--Ohio 3(Leach, Jensen Keown, McDaniel), Catholic 3(Clark, Howard, Rasp); Assists--Ohio 22(Goff 6, Payton 4, McDaniel 3. Schroader 3), Catholic 7(Howard 3); Steals--Ohio 19(McDaniel 6, Adams 3, Payton 3, Schroader 3), Catholic 4(Kauffeld 2); Turn- overs--Catholic 27, Ohio 9; Fouled out--Ohio(Leach). Friday night at Harned, Coach Johnson decided to rest seniors Amanda Critchelow and Ashley Payton for the upcoming dis- trict tourn.ament. But some Lady Eagles reserves stepped in and the local team did not miss a beat against Breckinridge County, win- ning going-away 70-41. The loss dropped the homestanding Lady Tigers to ]1-13 on the year. Sophomore guard Lauren Goff had the hot hand early, nailing three three-point bas- kets in the first eight min- utes as Ohio County jumped on top 17-8. Senior forward Julie Leach took over in the second period, netting 12 points as the Lady Eagles stretched out to a 31-19 half- time lead. Sophomore forward Erin Adams had six points and Goff five more in the third frame as the visiting Lady Eagles outpointed the home team by a 23-7 margin, push- ing their lead to 54-26. And, like the night before, Coach Johnson went to his bench early and oi n in the final quarter. Leach led all scorers with ;,~, ' " Dustin Bratcher/photo i Wrestlere fill the the mats during the opening ceremony of the KHSAA State Wrestling Champlonships at the Famham Dungeon in Frankfort. In all, 448 wrestlers in 14 different ' weight classes competed in the tounlrnament with Ohio Count,]/wrestlers Adam Burdin Wesley Kiper each finishing eighth in their divisions. (Right) Ohio County wrestler Ringkor pulls St. Xavler's Matt Stebbin's arm and drives his head toward the mat the first round of the 152-pound tournament. Dustin Bratcher/photo hio County sophomore Jonathan Miller tries to get ankle hold on Eastem's Robert Smith. Inthe 135-pound weight class. mances for Johnson's team, each scoring 14 points and dishing out five assists. Goff also had seven rebounds from her guard position while Adams snatched five. Anna Smith paced Breckinridge County in the loss with 11 points. "I was very pleased with our performance at Breck," Johnson said. "We played with good effort, which is a very big thing. I am very sad for our seniors Ashley and Amanda that they are ap- proaching the district less than 100%, because they de- f season serve better. But our other kids have been stepping it up and taking advantage of their opportunities." "The teams in our district are very much improved and we will have a stern test to come out with the champion- ship. But we feel good about where we're at right now. We feel like we are playing our best basketball of the year. We must keep working hard and be prepared every night out now." OC 17 14 23 16--26 9110 19 BC 8 11 7 15--15 10/16 13 Ohio County(70)---Leach 23, Adams 14, Goff 14, McDaniel 4, Schroader 4, Barnwell 3, Hunt 3, Keown 2(3- Goff 4, Barnwell, Hunt, Leach, Breckinri County(41)--Smith Rudolf 8, Brown 6, Whitfill 5, Elder Wethington 2, Weatherholt l(3- ler). **Game statistics: bounds--OC Goff 7, Adams 5), 34(Brown 6, Smith 5); 3(Kirsten sists--OC 25(Adams i 5, McDaniel 4), Steals---OC 6; Dustin Lady Eagle seniors Amanda Critchelow (front), Samantha Schroader(middle Leach (middle back) and Ashley Payton (back) line up on the left side of the inbounds play during the final home game for Ohio County. Sign Up at B.D. Elementary (Forms available at J.R. Williams T.V. and Appl. Downtown BD 274-4922) Fri. Mar. 4th - 6:00 - 8:00 Sat. 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