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Wolfe Wins District Battle in Big Comeback

Kenzie Miller shoots the game winner - photo by Brendon D. Miller - Bluegrass Sports Nation

Wolves outscore LadyCats 29-10 in the second half for the W

JACKSON – December 13, 2022 – Brendon D. Miller

Wolfe and Breathitt renewed their annual roundball 55th District rivalry on Tuesday night with the ladies taking centerstage at the Fairce O. Woods Coliseum. The matchup was definitely a tale of two halves.

Breathitt ruled the first two quarters scoring multiple baskets in transition as Senior Riley Bush piled up 22 of the Ladycats’ 38 in the first half to lead 38-21 at the half. The Lady Wolves turned up the defense in the second half holding Breathitt to only 10 total points in the half. Senior Bailee Wright had 11 in the half, and she and Jasmine Banks (nine in the half) led the comeback. Wolfe climbed all the way back to take the lead 45-44 on a three-pointer by Wright at the 3:42 mark of the fourth quarter. With the score tied at 45, Wright scored a driving layup to put the Lady Wolves up two. Breathitt then scored the next three and took the 48-47 lead on a bucket by Maddie Haddix, with :54 on the clock. Kenzie Miller then did what she does, hit game winners, as she connected from just left of the top of the key with :15 on the clock from three land.

The win puts the Lady Wolves in the driver’s seat for the top seed in the 55th District Tournament in February.

Breathitt started hot breaking the Wolfe press with Bush scoring six. Emily Neace added two baskets for four, and Maddie Haddix and Brenley Gross each a field goal. Banks had two scores for four and Wright also had four including a three-pointer for the Lady Wolves. Breathitt led 14-9.

Bush was on fire hitting short jumpers and getting in the lane for eight buckets and 16 in the quarter. Jerrica Neace came off the bench for five and Neace hit a three-pointer. Banks had five, Wright hit her second three-pointer and Sarah Smith had four. Breathitt led 38-21 at the half.

Riley Bush – photo by Brendon D. Miller

Wolfe started the come back as Breathitt could just not score in the quarter. Banks led with five including three of four from the line. Wright added two baskets and Miller hit her first three of the game. Breathitt got a bucket from Bush and two free throws from Kaylea Ritchie. Headed to the fourth, Breathitt’s lead was nine at 42-33.

Wolfe continued the pressure, and the LadyCats continued taking shots that would not fall. Miller had a basket in addition to her game winner for five, Wright had six of her team-high 19, and Banks added four. Both of Breathitt’s baskets in the quarter came from Haddix.

Thanks to Jessica Gross for Stats!1st2nd3rd4thTotal
WOLFE COUNTY (5-1)912121750
BREATHITT COUNTY (1-6)14244648
Bailee Wright – photo by Brendon D. Miller

WOLFE COUNTY: Bailey Wright 19, Jasmine Banks 18, Kenzie Miller 8, Sarah Smith 5

BREATHITT COUNTY: Riley Bush 24, Emily Neace 8, Maddie Haddix 6, Jerrica Neace 5, Kaylea Ritchie 3, Brenley Gross 2

The next meeting is scheduled for January 20th at Wolfe, but will be rescheduled as is same night as Breathitt-Wolfe boys second matchup.

The Boys will take the stage this Friday for their first matchup of the season at Rose Gymnasium! Game will be carried LIVE here on BSN Facebook and Youtube if you can not make it out to the game.

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