OLIVE HILL The first shots of Menifee County on Monday night were like a godsend that kept Paul Ricker from having to dig into his piggy bank.
“We took shots early and it wasn’t us,” the Wildcats coach said calmly. “We have the ability to shoot, but we usually don’t do it like we did in the first quarter. So when that happened we started shooting all the cylinders. Our defense picked up. … The game plan was never really took effect because I didn’t expect to shoot like we did. “
Menifee County made 21 of 37 shots in the first half – 56% – en route to a 30-6 lead after a quarter and a 50-11 advantage in intermission in a 67-13 victory over Fairview in the 16th Region All “A” Classic Quarter-Finals at John “Hop” Brown Court in West Carter.
Kelsie Woodard scored 14 points – the last of which was his 2,000th career – for the Wildcats (10-7). Hannah Harris scored 15 points, all from the perimeter – reversing five of her eight 3-point tries – and Andi Wells fell in 11.
“This is what we see in training every day,” Ricker said of Harris’ performance. “She relaxed and saw a couple fall, and all bets are off then.”
The Wildcats also benefited from 27 Eagles turnovers, including 20 in the first half.
Fairview planned to eliminate Woodard and keep an eye on Jaycee Gevedon of Menifee County, Eagles assistant coach Jeff Humphrey said. Gevedon had made 32 trebles before the game, while Harris had just eight.
Fairview came out in an area 2-3, but Harris bombed on it, “and then when we had to defend ourselves man-to-man,” said Humphrey, “they’re so much bigger than us, we’re oversized, and it made it really difficult for us. “
Needing a bucket to reach the 2K mark, Woodard returned to the game late in the first half with most of his fellow starters already seated. She transitioned down with 28 seconds left in the first half, then watched with the rest of Menifee County’s starting fives throughout the second half.
“Honestly, I didn’t think I was ever going to (hit 2,000),” the fifth-year senior said. “It wasn’t really something I had set out to accomplish. But I’m really proud of my team tonight. We all played really well.”
Ricker believes that Woodard, a willing passer of the post, reaching this mark is worth celebrating because of his mentality.
“The reason it’s special, in my opinion, is because she’s so selfless,” Ricker said. “She seems to be passing more than she seems to be scoring. That’s where we run into the most, is that she always tries to kick shooters. can be so dominant. So seeing her get her 2,000th while being that type of player is special. “
The Eagles (5-8) have already tied their 2021 winning streak, but have been outshone by one of the region’s still strong All-A programs. Fairview continued to come, however, even with a big deficit and a running clock for the entire second half, perhaps best exemplified by eighth-year reserve guard Madison Caskey throwing himself after a ball out of bounds late. in a long-decided match.
“That’s all we stressed at halftime – just forget the score, play hard and whatever you do don’t give up,” said Humphrey. “We have some who are really fighting.”
Grace Worthington’s six points led Fairview. Ashton Stidham had five points and seven rebounds.
Humphrey captained the Eagles on Monday, although head coach Mo Mullins is back on the bench after a string of health issues kept him sidelined for the previous six games.
Menifee County advance to meet West Carter in the semifinals. This is the sixth consecutive year the two have met in the All “A”, with the Comets winning all five previous matches.
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MENIFEE CO. 30 20 13 4 – 67
FAIRVIEW 6 5 2 0 – 13
Menifee County (67) – Parks 2, Ke. Woodard 14, Gevedon 7, Harris 15, Baker 5, Hall 5, A. Wells 11, Deihl 4, Burgess 4, M. Wells, Ka. Woodard. 3-Pt. FG: 7 (Harris 5, Gevedon, A. Wells). FT: 2-7. Fouls: 7.
Fairview (13) – Stidham 5, Worthington 6, K. Loving 2, Newton, Mi. Caskey, Wallace, M. Loving, Ma. Caskey, Meade, Ruley. 3-Pt. FG: None. FT: 1-4. Fouls: 8.