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Fillies season ended by Lady Royals

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By Joey Lewis

The 2007-2008 basketball season came to an end for the Harrison County Fillies (16-14) on Sunday in the semi-final round of the girls 10th Region tournament at Campbell County Middle School in Alexandria. The Mason County Lady Royals (24-8) used a 16-4 run over the last five minutes of play to advance over the Fillies, 60-47.

On Feb. 15, the two teams met on the Hilltop and Mason County claimed a 65-43 win over the home-standing Fillies.

Mason County led in Sundays contest for much of the first half, with the score being 12-10 in their favor after one quarter.

In the second quarter, Fillies senior Laura Kendall led the way in a 14-2 run that gave Harrison County the lead at 24-18. Kendall tied the score at 18 with a bucket in the paint and was fouled. Making good on the free throw, she gave her team a 19-18 lead.

After the Fillies gained the lead, Mason County sophomore Keller Menke helped her team to a 9-1 run via a made three-pointer and an old-fashioned three-point play at the foul line on consecutive possessions to put her team on top 27-25.

Just before the buzzer sounded to end the half, Kendall buried a three-point shot for the Fillies, giving herself 13 points for the quarter and her team a 28-27 halftime lead.

The score remained close in the third quarter, a period of play marked by a considerably slower pace. At the end of the third period, the Fillies trailed by three at 39-36.

Halfway through the fourth quarter, the Fillies had cut the lead to just one at 44-43. After the Royals Menkes fourth three-point shot of the game increased the lead to four, Mason County senior DeSarae Chambers got a steal and a wide-open lay up to push the Harrison County deficit to six points for the first time since early in the second quarter.

From that point, Mason County would finish the game by outscoring the Fillies 11-3 to set the final score.

Even though this is the end of the road for us, and they are feeling it, there arent many dry eyes in the locker room, I cant tell you exactly how proud I am of this team and what they have accomplished, said Harrison County head coach Mac Whitaker.

From the beginning of the season we had some struggles and couldnt get everyone going in the same direction it seemed like, but weve been able to set game plans for the last several weeks and they have come out and executed exactly what we wanted to do. We were able to do that today, as well, but Mason County is just a very, very good basketball team.

Whitaker also expressed admiration for the way his four seniors finished the season.

Megan [Bullock], Laura [Kendall], Jessi [Jett], and Kacey [Muntz] have been tremendous, said Whitaker. They really stepped up and turned things around for this team and got us playing our best ball in the post season. Theyve accomplished something they can be proud of this year and that they can really look back on for years to come.

The Fillies were led by Kendall with 16 points and three three-pointers. Bullock added 10 for Harrison County, who shot 36.6 percent from the floor on 15 of 41 shooting.

Mason County placed four players in double figures, led by the sophomore Menke with 20 points. Senior Lacey Cline scored 15, Chambers finished with 12 points, and senior Kasey Litzinger added 11. The Lady Royals shot 70.6 percent from the floor in the second half on 12 of 17 shooting to finish the game at 48.8 percent (21 of 43).

In other 10th Region action, the Montgomery County Indians (26-6) also advanced to the championship game with a 78-52 victory over the Campbell County Lady Camels (15-13) on Sunday.

The Indians went on to defeat the Lady Royals on Monday night by a score of 66-58 to claim their fourth straight 10th Region championship and the right to represent the region in the Houchens Industries/KHSAA Girls Sweet Sixteen Basketball Tournament at E.A. Diddle Arena on the campus of Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green.

Montgomery County will play the 11th Region champion Henry Clay Lady Devils (17-13) tonight at 8 p.m.

Two Fillies named to 10th Region All-Tournament team

Harrison County seniors Laura Kendall and Kacey Muntz were honored with places on the 2008 10th Region All-Tournament team Monday night for their outstanding performance in this years tournament at Campbell County.

They are joined by Ginger Wallace of Clark County, Emily Sanker of Bishop Brossart, Dana Figgens of Bracken County, Natalie Kelsch of Pendleton County, and Paige Bowling and Katie Kitchen of Campbell County.

Three players from Mason County were named to the team, they are: Kasey Litzinger, DeSarae Chambers and Lacey Cline.

Four players from 10th Region champion Montgomery County were also honored, they are: Elizabeth Prewitt, Mary Jehlik, Mackenzie Lee, and Maggie Prewitt.