The championship of the 54th district girls came down to the Perry County Central Lady Commodores and the host Leslie County Lady Eagles. The only regular season game between the two was cancelled due to bad weather, so neither team had an idea of what to expect.
Leslie County came out hot, hitting “3” after “3” and putting Perry Central down by double-digits in the first period. The Lady Commodores did not perform poorly, but could not withstand the Lady Eagle assault. At the horn, Perry Central trailed 24-14.
The Lady Commodores managed to slow the Lady Eagles down in the second period, but did not stop their high powered offense. Perry Central outscored Leslie County in the frame, but still went into the break trailing 38-30.
Coach Randy Napier changed both his offense and defense for the second half, catching Leslie County off guard. Perry Central was able to turn their defense into instant offense, and quickly erased their deficit. Going into the final period, the Lady Commodores were on top 46-42.
The fourth quarter would be a see-saw battle as both teams took turns controlling the tempo. With a little over a minute left to play the game was tied at 49.
Perry Central’s missed on a couple of free throw attempts late in the game, giving Leslie County an opportunity to take tie or take the lead. Each time, the Lady Commodore defense stepped up, giving Perry Central new life.
The Lady Commodores would hold on down the stretch, and came away with the 56-51 win.
Perry Central (56) Rachel Curry 9, Morgan Eddington 6, Cassie Fields 14, Sydnie Hall 11, Desiree Sturgill 9, Maddi Minks 3 and Allie Sizemore 4.
Leslie Co. (51) Shelby Sparks 8, Emily Griffith 15, Kelsey Gay 8, Madisyn Combs 8, Keley Collett 6 and Hailee Mullins 6.
Tony McGuire can be reached at 606-436-5771 or on Twiter @HazardHerald.