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Meade dominates John Hardin


Sports Reporter

The Meade County High School Ladywaves were still feeling rather good coming off their dominating performance the night before when they took on the John Hardin Lady Bulldogs on Mar 2. John Hardin began the game by pressing Meade, trying to keep Meade’s scorers from using their outside shooting ability. By doing this they left the middle open to drive, which eighth grader and Ladywaves leading scorer, Payton Bradley, took full advantage of. While Bradley was driving the lanes accumulating 10-points in the first, other Ladywave shooters piled on the points from the outside. Senior guard Jenna Gallimore knocked down a pair of threes, followed by junior guard Aubrey Hardesty and freshman Anna Belle Babb each hitting a three-pointer. Meade took a commanding 17-point lead by the end of the first period. Meade’s offense did not skip a beat in the second period as Bradly continued to drive the lane, which resulted in fouls, and free trips to the foul line. In the first half of the game, Bradley was fouled four times, hitting 7 of 7 free throws helping to spread Meade’s lead over John Hardin. By halftime Meade had maintained their 17-point lead, at one point going up by 21, but with rotating player in and out John Hardin was able to gain some ground back.

After the half, Bradley continued to lead Meade in scoring, adding another 10-points in the third, while senior D. Griffin contributed to Meade’s efforts by dropping in seven points of her own. With Meade in cruise control mode, John Hardin still could not find a way to make any gains on Meade. They tried the quick passes to bypass Meade’s tough press defense, that did not work. Then they tried to drive the lanes, only to find Meade players collapse on the ball and halt their advance. Meade finished the third period hitting on all aspects of the game as they headed to the fourth with an 18-point lead. With Meade Offense having their way with the John Hardin defense, John Hardin began to commit hard fouls that sent Meade to the free throw line what seemed like each time they brought the ball down. Meade went to the free throw line nine times and hit 11 of 17 free throws. Meade hit 74.3% from the free throw line, which is the highest percentage this season, and would cruise to another easy victory, bringing their season record to 10-7 with just three games remaining in the regular season.