The Meade County High School Ladywave basketball team were able to pick up a game against the Assumption Lady Rockets at the MCHS gym on Feb 25. Meade, coming off a close win over LaRue County over the weekend, was caught off guard at the start of the game by Assumptions defensive play, and quickly found themselves trailing. Assumption started the game off with an 11-2 run, before head coach Dina Hackert had seen enough and called a timeout to talk to her players. After the timeout, Meade began to aggressively move the ball up the court, getting through Assumptions press defense. Once Meade began to find the holes, they started chipping away at Assumption's lead, and were able to get to within five at the end of the first period. The beginning of the second period had both teams trading baskets keeping the game close, but towards the end of the period, Meade made up ground with the help of senior Jenna Gallimore hitting a pair of three-pointers to get to within two of Assumption at the half.
“I’m really not sure what happened at the beginning of the game. They threw some stuff at us that we were not prepared for, like doubling the ball when they were in man-to man, you don’t normally see that,” Gallimore said of the teams slow start. “But you know I think we really did a good job of adjusting our game to fit their style of play. Once we adjusted and found a rhythm, we began executing a lot better and were able to catch up on them.”
After the half, Meade came out with an adjusted game plan that Assumption could not handle. Meade’s press defense forced turnovers that they were able to capitalize on. Then when Assumption tried to double team a player, there were two or three other Ladywaves ready to step up and hit the shot. By the end of the third period, Meade had taken control of the game and led Assumption by 12-points.
With Meade continuing to play well, Coach Hackert, began rotating her younger players in to the game, giving them much needed, and very valuable varsity playing time. Hackert’s decision to play those young players panned out well as they gained valuable experience, and ultimately were able to keep their lead as Meade cruised all the way to the final horn, giving Meade their second straight win.
“We have a lot of weapons on this team, and we all play as a team. If a team is gong to double team one player, we have either myself, or PJ (Peyton Bradley), Molly (Aebersold), Emily (Myers) who has been playing awesome, or anyone else on the team for that matter that can score for us,” Gallimore said of how the team is playing. “We don’t play as individuals. We are always looking for who is going to get us the best possibility to score, and that’s who we’ll get the ball too.”