On Thursday night, the Lady Cougars missed 18 layups in a 70-46 loss to Franklin-Simpson. But two days later, they got the best possible matchup in the region. Advancing as a runner-up, Logan County will face District 16 champ Russell County tonight at 8 p.m. in E.A. Diddle Arena.
It wasn’t just missed layups that caused Logan County problems in its district title game.
The Lady Cats outrebounded LCHS 46-31 – including a big disparity in the second quarter.
The Lady Cougars led 16-12 at the end of the first period thanks to some hot shooting.
Michelle England, Maegan Williams and Sarah Speck each hit a 3-pointer in the quarter as Logan County went 6-for-12 from the field.
The Lady Cougars ended the period on an 11-1 run after falling behind 11-5 in the first three minutes.
But in the second quarter, Franklin-Simpson outrebounded Logan 14-5 – including five from star forward Chasity Gooch – and took control of the game.
The Lady Cats had seven offensive rebounds and used them to help build a 36-28 lead at halftime.
Logan County fought back at the end of the third quarter. After trailing by as many as 13 points, the Lady Cougars scored the final six points in the third and were down just 47-40 heading into the final period.
That was as close as LCHS got, however.
Franklin-Simpson scored the first 11 points in the fourth and went on to outscore Logan County 23-6 in the quarter.
Gooch led all scorers with 23 points to go along with her 12 rebounds.
Senior Ann Dorris had a huge game for Logan County, scoring 20 points. Sarah Speck added 11 and also had nine rebounds.
Both Speck and Dorris were named to the all-tournament team. Gooch, Bianca Bryant and Briana Smith were all named from Franklin-Simpson. Russellville’s Nakia Daniel and Todd County Central’s Kalisha Rose were also on the tournament team.
The drawing for the Fourth Region Tournament was held Saturday morning and Logan County got the best possible matchup with Russell County.
The Lady Lakers are 18-8 on the year with six of those wins coming against District 16 competition. Russell County is just 1-3 against Fourth Region teams from outside of its district.
If Logan County wins, it will face either Greenwood (20-11) or Glasgow (19-9) in the semifinals.
The first round game will be tonight at approximately 8 p.m. in Western Kentucky University’s E.A. Diddle Arena.
The semifinals will be Friday night and the championship game is scheduled for Saturday.