A dominant defensive showing in the second half propelled Christian County girls basketball to its first victory of the year 59-44 at home over Caldwell County.

Christian County’s Aaliyah Hampton led the way for the Lady Colonels with 24 points, showing everyone in the building her scoring prowess.

“Aaliyah is definitely an all-around athlete,” Christian County girls’ basketball coach Kiki Radford said. “She’s our leader on the court and is going to do what she needs to do to help the team win. She just needed that game to break out and relax to get her blood flowing. She definitely came out tonight and showed why she’s ranked as preseason player of the year.”

The first half featured sloppy play from both teams early on. Turnovers and point-blank misses at the rim highlighted the two quarters, as Caldwell County took a 22-21 lead into the break.

“We just weren’t focused,” Radford said. “We missed too many open shots and had too many turnovers, but you know that’s how we play. We’re up and down and try to be aggressive. Sometimes you make those turnovers. I was happy with our effort and thought we definitely bounced back from Tuesday night for sure.”

The Lady Tigers jumped out on a 6-0 run to begin the second half of play.

Caldwell County’s Jada Boyd splashed home a 3-pointer while Jacey Jaggers followed it up with a bucket of her own.

Shortly after this scoring spurt by the Lady Tigers, the Lady Colonel defense ramped up.

Senior guard Kinara Phillips’ length and athleticism forced Caldwell into some ugly offensive possessions, causing them major issues down the stretch.

With three minutes left in the third quarter, Phillips stole the Lady Tiger inbound pass and laid it home, putting the Lady Colonels in front 30-28.

Radford loved her team’s defensive performance in the second half, leaving her coach’s seat multiple times to applaud the effort.

Hampton got the Colonel crowd into it with two minutes remaining in the third quarter, as she finished through contact, getting the basket to go on the foul call. After converting from the foul line for the three-point play to make it 45-34, County began pulling away.

Phillips finished with 13 points while Bianna Snorton also scored in double figures for the Lady Colonels with 10 points.

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