The Harrison County Fillies completed 2010 by splitting the four games they played in the Paris-Bourbon County Holiday Classic last week.
They opened the tournament with the game reported last week, the 60-45 loss to Ohio County. The Fillies battled the Bell County Lady Cats on Thursday morning after the Region 13 power lost a tough game to Lafayette 49-35 in a game where they could not buy a basket early.
Bell County used a full court press to cause Fillies’ turnovers and rolled out to a five-point lead at the end of the first period. In this period center Maci Morris scored 12 of the 15 points to lead the Lady Cats.
The Fillies cut the lead to three at the half 25-22, but were unable to get any closer. The final score of 52-42 was the largest lead of the game for Bell County. The Fillies had three players with 10 points to lead the scoring for Harrison County. Senior Pam Custard, junior Mariah Nichols and freshman Jordan Doram led the way.
Nichols injured her ankle in the early part of the fourth period. Bell County won two more games in the tournament beating both Bourbon County and Paris to finish ninth in the 16-team event with a season record of 7-4. The Fillies dropped to their first losing record of the year at 4-5.
The losing record didn’t last for long as the Fillies had to turn right around and play the Whitefield Academy Lady Wildcats out of the Seventh Region.
The Lady Wildcats entered this game with a two-win, six-loss record having lost their opener in the tourney to Pendleton County’s Lady Wildcats 63-36.
This was never a game as freshman center Jordan Doram scored 23 points to lead the Fillies to a 61-26 win.
The score was 18-4 at the end of the first period and 32-4 at the half.
Coach Piper Akin played the whole roster in the second half especially the last quarter.
The Fillies were much better from the three point line in this contest hitting on five of 11 for the game.
Custard had 11 points with two threes and fellow senior Tiffany Snider had eight.
Russell’s Red Devils were the last opponent for the tournament with the winner finishing 13th overall.
The Red Devils were the youngest team in the tourney having only three juniors on a roster dominated by freshmen.
Still they put up good battles in the tourney losing to Leslie County and Bracken County before defeating Deming in the battle of the Devils.
The Red Devils sported a deceiving 3-8 record as they began the battle with the Fillies.
Sophomore Arden Gross and Fillies’ Doram had a scoring battle in the first period won by the Fillies 12-10. Gross scored eight of her team and game high 23 in the first period while Doram bested her by one hitting for nine.
Russell rallied and took a 21-20 lead in at the half as only three Fillies scored in the first half.
Russell stretched the lead to three at the end of the third period. Russell held the three point lead until only 45 seconds were left in the contest. At that point junior guard Kelsey Cummins scored her first field goal of the game to cut the lead to one and then stole the inbounds pass.
Cummins was able to drive to the baseline and bank in the game winner with only 12 seconds left. Gross got off a jumper from about 15 feet with three seconds left but misfired and junior guard Emalee Little grabbed the rebound to end the game.
Doram led the way in scoring for the Fillies scoring 18 points. Custard had nine points.
“We are still having trouble handling pressure causing us to turn the ball over too much,” Aken lamented. “We have got to play smarter and take care of the ball. I was proud of how hard we played and especially our effort in the first three quarters against Ohio County. We need to continue to play hard as the schedule gets much tougher now.”
Lafayette won the overall tourney defeating Woodford County in the championship game. Ft. Thomas Highlands was third.
The Fillies with a 6-5 record play next at Bracken County on Wednesday night Jan. 5. The Lady Bears sport a 7-4 season record and are very tough in their home in Brooksville. The Fillies follow this game with a Saturday night date in Covington with the Scott High Lady Eagles.