The Christian County lady Colonels celebrated senior night on Thursday night and it was more than just the 2021 senior class that made an impact against Muhlenburg County.
County got contributions from nearly everyone as the Lady Colonels took down the Lady Mustangs 62-44.
“Anytime we have senior night, it’s definitely emotional — not necessarily for the girls, but for me,” County head coach Kiki Radford said. “I told the girls after the game that it was a long day … I had to confess that I wasn’t all there mentally. But they got me out of it. Being out there and seeing Trin (McGee) who is injured and she’s giving it her all and everyone else rallied around her. Definitely a good showing tonight but we have to continue that energy and that intensity level.”
The Lady Colonels led from wire-to-wire, but through the first half, Muhlenberg County hung around and stayed within striking distance.
It was in the third quarter where Radford’s bunch pulled away.
In the final half of the third, the Lady Cols outscored the Lady Mustangs 18-3 to take a 19-point lead into the final eight minutes.
“That’s what Lady Colonel basketball is all about,” she said. “The defensive pressure, the energy (and) the intensity. That’s what the coaches tell them every day. That’s what we’re capable of doing and they showed it. I was so proud of them. Everybody was diving after the ball, everybody was talking, rotating. It was the energy we need for the rest of the season.”
From there, the Lady Colonels held off the late Muhlenberg push and walked away with the win on senior night.
Mikayah Killebrew and Amari Brown had good games, scoring 14 and 12 points respectively in the win, but the backcourt as a whole made a good impact.
Radford said the guards are going to need to continue to play at that level in order for the Lady Colonels to continue to compete at a high level.
“We know teams are going to key in on our post players,” Radford said. “We’ve been telling our guards they need to step up. They needed to be more aggressive on the offensive end and they couldn’t just sit back and watch. Amari is one of our best shooters and we’ve been trying to tell her all season to shoot the basketball.
“That’s what we need from the guards. We know what the post players can do and coaches know what the guards can do, they just need to show it.”
At the end of the day, it was all about the seniors, and this senior class has a little more to it to Radford.
“This is the last group that I had when I was the middle school coach,” Radford said of her senior class. “Just to see them at the middle school and see how much they’ve grown as players and as young ladies, I’m just proud of them and happy for them. I hope that they can continue to represent themselves, their families and the Lady Colonel program like they have been doing. Nothing bad at all to say about those five ladies.
The Lady Colonels will return to action tonight against Trigg County.
CHRISTIAN COUNTY 62, MUHLENBERG COUNTY 44
MC 5 13 11 15 — 44
CC 10 15 23 14 — 62
MC: Sarah-Cate Boggess 14, Chloe Lynn 9, Jaycee Noffsinger 7, Alyssa Browning 5, Maddie Vinson 3, Macy Fields 3, Aven Proffitt 3
CC: Mikayah Killebrew 14, Amari Brown 12, Reni Shemwell 11, Anaysia Bagwell 7, Trinity McGee 6, Nevaeh Day 6, Destinee Catlett-Watkins 6