Things weren’t looking too good for the Meade County High School Ladywave Basketball team at the start of their game against the North Hardin Lady Trojans on March 1. For North Hardin, the season has been rough, sporting a 3-10 record and now having to take on Meade who is just over .500 with an 8-7 record, but at the start of the game North Hardin pressed and played physical defense that got them to keep Meade from scoring and getting a lead. North’s defense held Meade to just eight points in the first period, which gave the Trojans the confidence they needed to keep up the pressure on a stronger, more powerful team. Unfortunately for North, though, Meade found their groove midway through the second period, which resulted in Meade going on a scoring frenzy led by eighth grader Peyton Bradley. Bradley scored 13-points in the second on her own, knocking down two three-pointers, three jumpers and a free throw. Senior Jenna Gallimore along with sophomore Katie Durbin and freshman Anna Belle contributed to the second period scoring also to give Meade a 15-point lead at the half.
“Our kids like to press, they like to get up and down the floor, and I though we did that better in the second period which allowed us to get up on them. They are constantly learning, improving to trust each other on the defense, and shooting the gaps when they see them on offense,” Coach Dina Hackert said of the team’s rebound in the second period. “When our defense is on, our offense is also, and I think that was key for us this evening. Once we got our defense rolling getting some steals it carried over to the offense.”
With the momentum Meade had going into the locker room at the half, they brought back to the court to start the second half. Meade’s defense only allowed North Hardin to score ONE-Point, that’s right, only one single point, during the entire third period. That point came off a free throw. With Meade’s man-to-man press defense working so well, in combination with their offense hitting accurate shots, driving lanes, and hitting the put backs, Meade had complete control of the game. By the end of the third period, Meade’s lead had grown to 29. To start the fourth period, Coach Hackert decided to put all five of her seniors back on the floor. It was their night after all, and they did not disappoint. The seniors showed the rest of the team how to play and have fun while doing it, but also how to buckle down and play some great defense. Hackert began rotating her the younger members of the team in taking out one senior at a time so they can be recognized. The Meade seniors had spread the lead to 35 before they all were on the bench cheering on the next generation of players that will take the reins next season as Meade cruised to an easy victory.
“I’m so happy for our seniors. I can not tell you how proud I am of this group of seniors. Very rarely do you have five seniors on a team, and this group of girls have played together since they were really young. So, they have a very special bond,” Hackert said of her seniors after the game, “They are the heart of what we do, and I told them prior to the game I think we can make a real tournament run at the end of the season due to the maturity and depth we have. I honestly believe that we have a good chance of making a run at state this year.”