COLONY — Jeff True found his Southern Coffey County High girls squad in unfamiliar territory Thursday evening against their old rivals from Crest High.
While the Lady Lancers have struggled in recent years, SCC has been among the most competitive class 1A teams in the state. Quite often, Southern Coffey County grabbed an early lead and coasted to the win.
But Crest was having none of that Thursday.
The squads were tied after three periods, 29-29, before the Lady Titans scored seven straight points to start the fourth quarter.
They held onto that advantage down the stretch, outscoring Crest 15-3 in the fourth quarter, in a 44-32 win.
The Lady Titan win comes in the season-opener for both squads. Southern Coffey County heads to Yates Center Monday to begin play in the Wildcat Winter Classic. Crest will be in Humboldt for its preseason tournament.
“It was good to get the first win of the season,” True said. “The girls played hard all four quarters. I was pleased with how the girls finished strong.”
Crest coach Ben Vaughn was equally pleased with his team’s effort.
“We fought until the end,” he said, adding he was impressed with his team’s energy and leadership.
Southern Coffey County’s post players, 5-11 senior Sarah Webb and 6-foot junior Breanna Isch, led the way for the Lady Titans with 15 and 12 points. Martyna Hegwald added 10 points.
Crest senior Kurston Gilliland had her moments inside as well to pace Crest with 10 point. Madison Covey followed with eight.
So. Coffey Co. (14-7-8-15—44)
SCC (FG-FT-F-TP): Newkirk 2-2-2-6, Emmons 0-0-1-0, Ma. Hegwald 5-0-3-10, My. Hegwald 0-1-0-1, Webb 4-7-4-15, Brite 0-0-1-0, Alumbaugh 0-0-1-0, Isch 5-2-1-12. TOTALS: 16-12-14-44.
Crest (FG/3pt-FT-F-TP): Gilliland 5-0-5-10, Bradshaw 3-0-1-6, Kellar 1-2-4-4, Covey 2/1-1-4-8, Sedlak 1-0-2-2, LaCross 1-0-2-2. TOTALS: 13/1-3-23-32.