The Harrison County Fillies improved their season record to 10-9 with home victories over Campbell County on Saturday and Bourbon County Monday night.
The games were as different as the opponents as the Fillies stopped a Campbell County 15-0 start with a 55-49 victory Saturday night.
It was one day short of a month that the Lady Camels had blistered the Fillies by a 68-46 score in the Edwardo’s Classic at Pendleton County as they went on to win that tournament.
The Lady Camels had beaten four teams who had beaten the Fillies, Mason County, Pendleton County, Scott and Montgomery County all of them on the road except Montgomery County.
But Saturday was another story as the Fillies battled from a small deficit in the early first period to a 12-11 first quarter lead.
Campbell County took the lead back for much of the second period but a three-pointer by junior guard Kelsey Cummins gave the lead back to the Fillies at 19-18 with just about a minute to go in the half.
Lady Camel’s junior guard, Megan Rauch, hit her only three of the game to give the lead back to the visitors, but a Jordan Doram basket tied the game at 21 to end the first half.
The second half was a nail biter from start to finish, although the Fillies led at one point in the fourth quarter by 14 points at 46-32.
The third period was close as each team battled hard with the Fillies pulling out to the largest lead of the game with 3:33 left in the period 28-23.
The Lady Camels battled back and took a one-point lead at 32-31 on senior Taylor Griffin’s put back.
Cummins scored successive baskets allowing the Fillies to retake the lead at the end of the stanza 35-32.
This was a lead that the Fillies would never surrender. In fact, a Cummins’ three to open the fourth period pushed the lead to six and the Lady Camels never got closer than five the rest of the game.
Cummins led the Fillies with 16 in her best performance to date while freshman Jordan Doram had 15 points and 12 rebounds for another double double.
Down the stretch of the final period, seniors Tiffany Snider and Pamela Custard took over scoring nine points between them as the game clock ran down keeping the Lady Camels at bay.
It was an all out team effort as Snider had six points and 11 rebounds, Custard eight points and eight rebounds and junior Mariah Nichols had eight points and nine rebounds.
When foul trouble struck the Fillies at the end of the game with three starters fouling out, junior guard Emalee Little came in and hit two big free throws to fend off a Campbell County rally.
Doram, Snider and Nichols each fouled out of the contest leaving the Fillies with Little, who plays quite a bit, and sophomore Morgan Florence and eighth grader Chelsea Ingram in the line up for the last two plus minutes.
“I was proud of how the seniors (Snider and Custard) took charge when we got into foul trouble,” said Fillies Coach Piper Akin. “I just told the girls early to just keep battling and have a hand in their face on defense. I’m thrilled the way it turned out for us.”
The hand in the face worked for the Fillies as they held the usually hot shooting Lady Camels to 15 of 71 from the field for the night for 21 percent. The Fillies were 18 of 46 for 39 percent.
Probably the key statistic other than the field goal shooting was the Fillies’ 46-32 rebounding edge.
Turnovers continue to be an issue as the Fillies turned the ball over 34 times for the game compared to 16 for Campbell County.
The Lady Camels were led in scoring by senior Taylor Griffin who had 12 points and seven rebounds. Six-foot-three center Kaitlin Siegmundt grabbed eight boards, but was held scoreless for the night as she also fouled out of the contest. Campbell County is now 15-1 for the season while the Fillies improved to 9-9.
The Fillies junior varsity fell to the Campbell County junior varsity 30-14.
The Monday night game was a contrast to Saturday’s game.
In the words of Coach Akin: “I told the girls that a win is a win, but this was ugly. We learned that we can’t just show up and win a game.”
The Fillies defeated the Lady Colonels 36-31 in a game that was lackluster for both teams.
Bourbon County played as it dealt with losing their leading scorer Kylie Highlander to a season ending injury.
The Fillies jumped out to a 7-1 lead with 3:45 left in the first period causing Coach Tony Sosby to call a time out.
Sophomore guard Olivia Sparks hit a three coming out of the timeout cutting the lead to three, but the Fillies took it back to five at 11-6 to end the opening period.
The Fillies were only able to hit on three of 11 in the second period and the Lady Colonels took advantage of the shooting lapse to tie the game at 18 going into the first half break.
Harrison County turned the tables in the third period as they out-scored Bourbon County by a 12-2 margin including 10 straight to take a commanding 30-20 lead going into the final period.
The Fillies turned the ball over eight times in the fourth period allowing Bourbon County to get back into the game and with less than a minute to go they cut the lead to three at 34-31.
Cummins made two free throws to extend the lead back to five and the Fillies escaped. Doram had another double double as she scored 13 points and snared 14 caroms. She was the only player in the game that scored in double figures.
Snider grabbed 10 boards to help the Fillies to a 30-20 rebounding edge for the game. The Fillies were 15 of 40 from the field for 37.5 percent while the Lady Colonels managed 13 of 47 for 27.6 percent. Harrison County was five for 11 from the charity stripe.
Bourbon County committed 15 fouls to seven for Harrison County. The Fillies are now 10-9 with a date Thursday at East Jessamine (2-11). Bourbon County falls to 3-14 for the year. Bourbon County won the junior varsity contest 32-19.