The Cougars will face Eaton in a sectional final on Saturday.
NEW CARLISLE — After a timeout with 3:30 remaining in the opening period, Kenton Ridge found itself down 8-0 against tenth-seeded Greenville.
It was all Lady Cougars from there though, as Kenton Ridge proceeded to post a 9-0 run of its own on their way to a 61-44 Division II sectional semifinal victory at Tecumseh High School’s Reynolds Gymnasium on Wednesday night.
Kenton Ridge advances to play third-seed Eaton on Saturday in a sectional final game. Eaton defeated Tippecanoe 49-47 in the other semifinal on Wednesday night.
The second-seeded Lady Cougars rode the strength of their guard play as they were able to overcome the dominant inside play of Greenville 6-2 center Megan Galloway, who posted 20 points and 14 rebounds.
According to Kenton Ridge head coach Ed Foulk, his team just took a few minutes to become aware of Galloway’s presence.
“I don’t think we realized that she was scoring all of their points,” Foulk said. “We went full-court press, back to a 2-3 (quarter-court zone defense). We tried to front her and put one man behind her at all times, and we didn’t do a good job of that early. Basically stopping Galloway from scoring in the last three quarters, I think, made the difference.”
After Kenton Ridge held a slim 14-12 lead after one period of play, the Cougars starting getting some steals that led to some fast-break points. They led 32-24 at the half, and cruised through the second half while holding a 44-36 advantage after three quarters.
Foulk liked what he saw from his guard play.
“We ran and got some easy transition lay-ups,” Foulk said. “We’ve been getting balanced scoring all year.”
Kenton Ridge (20-4) senior guard Paige McCrary was pleased to go back to the sectional finals.
“It feels great,” McCrary said. “At the beginning of the season people were doubting us, so I guess we proved them wrong,”
The Cougars shot 21 of 26 from the free-throw line for just over 80 percent with Stefanie Davis contributing 10 of 12 on her way to 14 points. Sophomore guard Baylee Bennett was a spark off the bench, and led her team to a team-high 18 points. Freshman Sydney Bates notched ten.
Greenville, a second place finisher in the GWOC North, ends its season at 12-11.