Massac County's Lady Patriots ripped Murphysboro 72-49 Saturday to extend their winning streak to six games. The "gang that couldn't shoot straight" seems to have found their stride offensively, averaging almost 60 points a game on the current streak, and their opponents have paid the price.
Coming out of the Carbondale tournament, the state-ranked Harrisburg team felt the sting of the revamped crew, then the girls thumped Herrin and absolutely blistered Murphy in a "Saturday brunch special."
With all the injuries this year, Coach Justin Kindle has had to re-invent this team a couple of times. Now that things have settled a little, some of the girls who got tossed into the fire are more confident in their roles and their ability, and it shows.
Farrah Castleman has been getting needed scoring help from Kendra Waldon and Cali McCraw, and Sophie Bormann has compounded Massac's opponents defensive worries with her outside shooting. Cam McBride continues to be a defensive thorn in the side for teams, and Madie Coakley has been steady all year.
With Tayvia Bailey's aggressive play off the bench, Kindle has a newfound arsenal of weapons, and the best may be yet to come. Jessie Lewis has returned to playing status, and when she gets her "sea legs" Kindle will have the team that looked so promising earlier this year.
Massac County was in action Monday night at Paducah Tilghman and in a tale of two halves, mounted a nice comeback to extend their winning streak to seven games.
After an atrocious first half the girls turned it up a notch or two in the second half and went on to a 62-56 win. The girls put up only 22 first half points, but came out of the doldrums in the second half with 40 points to erase as much as a seven-point deficit and hold on in the final minutes to take the six-point win.
That balanced scoring was evident against the Blue Tornado as Bormann came off the bench to lead the Patriots with 16 points. Waldon had 10 points, and the girls got a big 11-point effort from Lewis who is returning after a long layoff. Eight girls made the scoring column.
Massac County will finish off their season with home games against West Frankfort Thursday night and Carterville in a Saturday afternoon game. The IHSA 2A regional will be held Monday, Feb. 10 at Vienna, and Massac will be in the opener against host school Vienna. The winner of that matchup will get Harrisburg in the 6 p.m. game Tuesday.