Metcalfe County made things interesting late, but Logan County is the team moving on.
The District 13 champion Lady Cougars led the District 16 runner-up Lady Hornets by 10 points entering the fourth quarter but watched their lead be cut to just one point with only seconds left.
Despite Metcalfe County’s big fourth period – in which it outscored Logan County 18-11 – the Lady Cougars were able to make late free throws and come away with a hard-fought 53-50 win in the quarterfinals of the Girls’ Region 4 Tournament on Monday night at E.A. Diddle Arena.
Kennedy Nichols led the way for Logan County (16-16 overall) with 16 points and 17 rebounds, while Peyton Vanzant finished with 13 points. Paige Vanzant and Addie White each scored nine points.
Jaycie Harper scored 19 points to lead Metcalfe County, which finished its season 11-16.
The Lady Cougars will face Barren County in Friday’s 7:45 p.m. semifinal.
Logan County started hot and jumped out to an 8-0 lead just two minutes in, but Metcalfe County battled back to get within 13-6 after eight minutes of action.
Kadyn Costello’s basket at the 3:39 mark of the second put the Lady Cougars up 17-9, but Harper scored eight straight points for the Lady Hornets to cut their deficit to 22-17 late in the half.
Logan County used a 3-pointer from White with just 6.5 seconds left in the frame to lead 25-17 at the break.
Back-to-back Nichols scores pushed Logan County’s advantage to 31-21 at the 4:39 mark of the third quarter, and the Lady Cougars led 39-29 with 1:51 remaining in the period.
Kassady London’s 3 helped the Lady Hornets get within single digits at 41-32, but the Lady Cougars were up 42-32 entering the fourth.
Metcalfe County got within 45-39 with 3:32 remaining after Harper scored inside, and the Lady Hornets soon used a 5-0 run to trim their deficit to just three at 47-44 with 1:18 left.
A pair of Braelyn Davis free throws tied it at 47-47, but the Lady Cougars scored four quick points to go up 51-47 with 26.3 seconds to go. Davis hit a 3 to bring Metcalfe County within 51-50, but Logan County was able to hold off the Lady Hornets in the final seconds.
MCHS – 6 11 15 18 — 50
LCHS – 13 12 17 11 — 53
MC: Jaycie Harper 19, Braelyn Davis 13, Kassady London 9, Macy Welsh 8, Anna Blythe 1.
LC: Kennedy Nichols 16, Peyton Vanzant 13, Paige Vanzant 9, Addie White 9, Grace Christian 4, Kadyn Costello 2.