For the second year in a row, Webster County is on top of the Sixth District in girls’ basketball.
Senior Jamie Winstead recorded a double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds, and the Lady Trojans held Henderson County to just one field goal in the second quarter to hand the Lady Colonels a 51-42 loss on their home floor on Thursday night.
Webster County 51
Henderson County 42
The win over the Lady Colonels marked the 13th overall district title in school history, and the sixth time that the Lady Trojans have won back-to-back championships.
Webster County led 13-9 at the end of the first quarter, but the Lady Trojans built up a 29-14 advantage at the intermission thanks to a 13-0 run that was sparked by sophomore Marissa Austin nailing back-to-back 3-pointers at the end of the first quarter and beginning of the second.
The Lady Colonels were able to whittle the deficit down to 41-34 with 6:18 left in regulation, but the Lady Trojans responded with a basket by Winstead and a 3-pointer by junior Karlie Keeney to push the lead back to 12—Henderson not being able to surmount another serious rally the rest of the way.
Henderson County was led in the loss by Emilee Hope with 13 points while Kaytlan Kemp added eight. Katie Rideout and Jaylee Carter finished with five and seven points, respectively, for the Lady Colonels.
The Lady Colonels hit 11 3-pointers in the 64-53 win over Webster County back on Jan. 26, but the Lady Trojans held Henderson to just three makes from downtown this time around.
Henderson was also without the services of second-leading scorer and leading rebounder Alyssa Dickson, who missed the game due to an upper respiratory infection.
Dickson’s absence definitely made a difference in the rebounding battle, as the Lady Trojans outworked the Lady Colonels 30-17 on the boards.
Winstead grabbed 10 of Webster’s 30 rebounds and added 12 points to lead Webster County while fellow senior Jessica Winders finished one rebound shy of a double-double with 10 points and nine rebounds.
Keeney finished with 10 points for Webster County, and Austin poured in nine by nailing three trifectas.
Freshman Mariah Austin tallied six points off the bench, and sophomore Alyssa Payne and freshman Sadie Wurth each finished with two points apiece.
Marissa Austin, Keeney, Winders and Winstead were all named to the All Sixth-District Team for the Lady Trojans. Senior Paige Miller also brought home All-District honors for the Webster cheerleading squad.
Webster County senior Jamie Winstead expressed after the 51-42 win over Henderson County in the Sixth District Championship on Thursday night that the Lady Trojans were not stopping there and being content with just the district title.
Webster certainly showcased that mentality on Monday night in the first round of the Second Region Tournament against Seventh District runner-up Dawson Springs.
The Lady Trojans came out of the gates roaring with 17 unanswered to begin the game, and Webster never looked back in a 65-21 thrashing of the Lady Panthers at Trojan Gym.
Webster County 65
Dawson Springs 21
Webster led 37-7 at the end of the first quarter, and the Lady Trojans had already forced the KHSAA-mandated running clock in the first half by taking a 50-14 lead into the locker room.
The Lady Trojans let off the throttle in the second half, but the Lady Panthers still only scored seven points while Webster put up 15 in the final 16 minutes.
Erin Orten and Denisha Randolph paced Dawson Springs in the loss with seven points apiece.
Meanwhile all the players on Webster County’s roster would get to see floor time.
Sophomore Marissa Austin led Webster with 15 points on three 3-pointers while junior Karlie Keeney scored 13 on three trifectas. Senior Jessica Winders finished with 14 points, but her points came on five shots inside the arc and 4-of-4 shooting at the free-throw line.
Senior Kelsey Payne finished with eight points, freshman Adeline McDyer six, and Winstead and freshman Sadie Wurth each poured in three points.
Sophomores Lana Eastwood and Alyssa Payne rounded out the Lady Trojans’ scoring with one and two point(s), respectively.
Webster County will now take on Hopkinsville in the semifinals round—the Lady Trojans just two victories away from going to the state tournament for the first time in 20 years.
The Lady Trojans have not played Hopkinsville since the regular season last year, but Henderson County has beaten the Lady Tigers by double-digits twice this year—the Lady Colonels being a team that the Lady Trojans have defeated three out of four times this season.
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