Sophomore guard Lexy Lynch had her “A” game in form against Estill County in Tuesday’s first round game in the 56th district tournament played at Owsley County. Lynch notched a double-double with 20 points (on 9/14 shooting) and 10 rebounds as the Lady Owls won a hard fought victory over the Lady Engineers. Sophomore center Ameila Murray also had a double-double with 11 points and 12 rebounds. Sophomore guard Kenzie Herald added 9 points, sophomore guard Mic Johnson scored 6, and senior guard Emilee McQueen had 4 points.
Owsley led through most of the first half, leading 16-10 after one quarter and 28-21 at the half. However, Estill outscored Owsley 11-4 in the 3rd quarter to tie the game at 32 entering the 4th quarter. The 4th quarter was as intense as it gets in basketball, with the score going back and forth, but with the game tied at 38
Owsley’s McQueen nailed a huge 3 point shot from the corner and was fouled in the process. She stepped to the foul line and sank the free throw to finish the 4 point play and give the Lady Owls a 42-38 lead with about 2 minutes left in the game. Estill managed to get a steal at half court with a little over a minute remaining and made a layup and a free throw to cut the lead to one. With time running out and Owsley hanging on to a 48-47 lead Estill missed a shot in the paint and also missed two more offensive rebound attempts that would have given them a 1 point lead with 3 seconds left to play. Instead they had to foul Mic Johnson and she sank both free throws. Estill’s desperation heave from behind the half court line was way off target as the horn sounded and Owsley secured the 50-47 win.
The victory sent Owsley into Friday’s championship game against Powell.