Madison Southern girls basketball team could not overcome a strong shooting night by Casey County on Tuesday and fell 68-45 at home.
It was the Lady Eagles' (12-13) fifth straight loss and Casey County's (20-5) seventh straight win.
"In the first half (our game plan) was working. We were focused on being patient on the offensive end and be aggressive on defense and work through what we needed to work on. We knew coming in that Casey County can shoot the lights out. We had some good ball movement in the first half and then we just got away from it in the second half," Southern coach Allie Turley said after the loss.
Southern battled in the first quarter, but the Lady Rebels had four three-pointers and took a 14-10 lead into the second quarter.
The Lady Eagles answered and a three from Samantha Cornelison and a layup from Reece Estep gave Southern a 20-15 lead with four minutes left till halftime.
However, Casey County came storming back and ended the quarter on a 9-0 run.
The Lady Rebels tied up the game with a three-pointer from Natalie Duggins, 20-20, with 1:42 left until halftime and then another three from the sophomore gave Casey County a one-point lead at halftime.
After that, the Lady Rebels never trailed again.
The Lady Eagles only scored six points in the third quarter as Casey County used an 11-0 run to take a 39-24 lead .
A three-pointer from Mackenzie Cundiff gave the Lady Rebels a 16-point lead going into the final quarter, 44-28.
"It goes back to making sure we stick with our plan and stay focused. What we do in the first half, we need to keep doing in the second half. We were over-helping on defense and you just can't leave a team like Casey County open. They all can shoot," Turley explained.
The Lady Eagles were able to shave the lead back to 10 points with six minutes left to play after Morgan Flannery fought through defenders for a layup and then got the and-1.
However, Casey County used another 8-2 run to stave off the rally.
Sunni Walters finished the game with nine points. Samantha Cornelison had nine points.
Aleigh Richardson had six points. Skylar Sparks had six points and was 4-of-4 from the free throw line. Reece Estep had six points. Macie Daniels had five points. Flannery had three points and Tara Wooten contributed one point.
Four players for Casey County ended the game in double figures. The Lady Rebels were led by senior Gena Cravens, who had a game-high 23 points and had six three pointers for the night.
Southern struggled from the field on Tuesday but were 10-of-11 from the free throw line.
"This stretch is going to be the toughest part of the schedule. I knew that coming out of it was gonna be rough, but again we are looking forward and focusing on what we have to prepare for," Turley said. "We are going to keep grinding and working and learning."
The Lady Eagles will take on Lafayette next at home on Thursday.