A dismal first quarter offensive showing proved to be the undoing of the Harrison County Fillies on Monday night in Paris. Homestanding Bourbon County took advantage of ice cold shooting by the Fillies and mounted a 9-2 lead after the first eight minutes of play.
It didn’t get much better for the Fillies in the second quarter and they trailed going to the locker room, 19-11.
“That’s two straight road games where we don’t shoot well at all early in the game,” said Harrison County Head Coach Jason Crisp after the game. “We were fortunate at Nicholas County last week that we were able to come out of it and win in the second half. We just had too big a hill to climb tonight.”
Crisp said that not hitting easy shots has seemingly become contagious and is putting stress on the rest of his team’s offensive game.
“We miss some easy open shots then we start pressing to try to get easier shots and that leads to forcing the ball either by dribbling into trouble or trying to make the spectacular pass. We just need to settle in and start making the shots we’re supposed to make and everything will be fine.”
Harrison County did shoot the ball much better in the second half. Kaitlyn Johnson opened the second half with two straight long range three pointers to get the Fillies back in the game. Defensively, however, Harrison County was unable to come up with key stops, which prevented them from cutting into the lead.
In spite of a 15 point third quarter, Harrison County still trailed by nine heading into the fourth period.
In the last quarter, Johnson maintained her hot hand, hitting two more three pointers and tallying 11 points overall, as Harrison County cut the margin to two points inside the last minute, but couldn’t get over the hump.
Johnson led all scorers with a career high 23 points, with 17 of them coming in the second half. She made five three pointers on the night.
Johnson didn’t have much scoring help in the loss to Bourbon County. Senior holdover Charley Hatfield suffered through a difficult shooting night and finished with just five. Brittany Murphy, coming off a career high scoring game against Williamstown on Saturday night, was held to just seven. Lorraine Dennie also had seven.
On Saturday night, Murphy was the player of the game for Harrison County. The senior forward scored a career high 24 points and pulled down 12 rebounds as Harrison County upended visiting Williamstown 61-47.
The Lady Demons are one of the favorites to win the 8th Region All “A” Classic this year.
Murphy hit a pair of clutch second half three pointers and came up with the loose ball as Harrison County got off to a good start offensively and never let up.
The Fillies got six quick points from Kaitlin Shepherd to start the game and rode that momentum to a 14-8 lead after the first quarter.
Murphy added six points in the second quarter to finish the half with 11, as Harrison County led 29-21 at halftime.
“We hit shots that we should hit and defended pretty well in the half court,” said Crisp on Tuesday. “I also thought we did a pretty good job of handling Williamstown’s full court pressure, which was a big key for us.”
Harrison County extended its lead to 44-30 after three quarters and maintained that margin until four minutes were left in the game when Williamstown cut the gap to six.
From that point on, Harrison County regained the momentum and won going away, 61-47. Dennie stemmed the comeback attempt by Williamstown by converting on five of six charity tosses down the stretch. She finished with seven points, all from the free throw stripe.
Hatfield had 12 points and Shepherd finished with nine.
Harrison County returns to play tomorrow night when they take the short bus ride to Paris to take on the Lady Hounds at Earl Redwine Gymnasium. After tomorrow’s game, the Fillies don’t play again until Dec. 20 when they meet Ryle in the first round of the Boone County Holiday Classic.