By Les Dixon / Sports Editor
WHITLEY COUNTY — Larry Anderson’s Whitley County Lady Colonels hosted one of the region’s hottest teams Thursday and turned in another stellar effort by limiting Lynn Camp to only 13-of-42 shooting from the floor during their 68-42 win.
Whitley County received a 20-point effort from Brandi Powers while Maria Johnson finished with 12 points, as the Lady Colonels knocked down nine three-pointers during the 26-point win.
“We knew coming in it was going to be a game,” Anderson said. “It was one of those games I kind of expected what was going to happen and I think it was a good game for us.
“I told the girls at halftime, I didn’t have any complaints,” he added. “I was pleased with our effort tonight and I believe we can build on that.”
Lynn Camp (11-3) entered the game with the second-best record in the 13th Region, but couldn’t overcome the Lady Colonels’ aggressive defensive pressure. The Lady Wildcats turned the ball over 16 times in the loss, including seven in the first quarter, allowing Whitley County (11-3) to take a 16-7 edge at the end of the period.
“We just didn’t handle their pressure well,” Lynn Camp assistant coach Mike Hensley said. “They are a very good team and there is a reason why they are the best team in the region. They can play good defense and they are a very good shooting team.
“They have very good three-point shooters,” he added. “It makes things harder when they probably have the top four three-point shooters in the region.”
Anderson’s squad began to catch fire from three-point range in the second quarter and extended its lead to 36-17 at halftime behind a couple of three-pointers from Johnson and one by Smith. The Lady Wildcats were their own worst enemy during the quarter, misfiring on one-of-10 shot attempts while finishing four-of-18 from the floor in the first half.
“A lot of things went wrong for us tonight, but the biggest thing was a three-minute stretch at the end of the first half,” Hensley said. “We were only trailing by eight and then all of the sudden they went on a run and I look up and we’re losing by 19 at halftime.
“I thought we played really good in the second half,” he said. “The big thing that turned out to hurt us was that three-minute span. We’ll learn from this and get better. We’ve got to take better care of the ball. A team like them will expose a lot of things and we just need to improve on those things.”
The Lady Colonels managed to put the game away in the third quarter with an impressive 23-6 run that carried over from the first half.
A three-pointer by Smith pushed the Lady Colonels’ lead to a commanding 56-29 edge heading into the final period of play.
Lynn Camp outscored Whitley County 13-12 during the game’s final eight minutes of play, but the damage had already been done.
Kayla Smith led Lynn Camp with 14 points in the loss.
Whitley County 68, Lynn Camp 42
Lynn Camp 7 10 12 13 42
Whitley County 16 20 20 12 68
Lynn Camp (42) — Smith 14, May 8, Wilson 6, Burke 11, Miller 3.
Whitley County (68) — Powers 8, Smith 20, Craig 4, Sizemore 5, Johnson 12, Dingess 11, Jones 6, Sizemore 2.