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Martin County defeats host school in first girls’ game of the Mountain Classic

Published: Feb. 4, 2021 at 7:47 PM EST|Updated: Feb. 5, 2021 at 11:53 AM EST
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HAZARD, Ky. (WYMT) - The Girls’ portion of the WYMT Food City Mountain Basketball Classic Presented by Kentucky Farm Bureau and Sponsored by ARH tipped off on Thursday.

With Knott County advancing by an Owsley County forfeit due to COVID-19 Protocol, Martin County and host school Perry Central played in the lone first round game of the girls’ tournament.

The Lady Cardinals defeated the Lady Commodores 73-56.

The Lady Dores returned to the hardwood for the first time since January 25th missing three games and plenty of practices due to the virus.

“You can’t question their effort,” said Perry Central Coach Misty McAlarnis. “Due to COVID protocol we have been off for 10 days and we had one practice and tried to play.”

It didn’t look like Perry’s first game back after a long hiatus as they went shot for shot with Martin County. PCC scored seven unanswered points in the final minute of the second quarter to lead 27-26 at the half.

“We were just getting the job done,” said Katie Dunnigan who led the team with 8 points in the first half.

The game would remain close in the third quarter until Martin County used a 25-5 run in the last five minutes, ending the quarter with 31points and a 59-41 win.

“It was huge,” said Martin County Coach, Robin Newsome. “We got off to a very slow start. I felt like our kids were nervous. This (tournament) is an honor and a big deal to our program.”

The Lady Cardinals had six players score with four of them in double figures. Freshman Laken Williams led the team with 22 points.

“Attacking the basket was working really well for me. My defense was working really well. I couldn’t knock down the shots so I attacked more to knock down the free throws,” said Williams on her performance.

Martin County shot 35 free throws, knocking down 29.

The Lady Cardinals improved to 8-2 on the season and will face region rival Floyd Central on Friday night at 8:30 p.m.

“I am excited. I think it is going to be a really good game,” said Alyssa Allen. “We played them in Regionals last year and it was a fun game to have. I want to see what our new team can do since most of us are all freshmen.

Floyd Central enters to Food City Mountain Classic 10-0 picking up a 66-50 win of their own on Thursday over Prestonsburg.

Knott Central (8-3) and North Laurel (10-2) will play in the other Girls’ semifinal game Friday at 6 p.m.

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