It was an impressive start to Kentucky Sweet 16's for Henderson County, as the Lady Colonels knocked down Apollo early yesterday, and never really let the E-Gals up off the canvas, rolling to 55-31 blowout, advancing to tonight's Elite Eight match-up with Russell at Rupp Arena.
Head coach Jeff Haile's squad seemed unfased by the bright lights of the Bluegrass State's grandest stage, displaying their entire arsenal. The senior forward Jarie Thomas simply owned the paint, delivering a game-high 17 points, while senior guard Sadie Wurth came up clutch from beyond the arc, going 3-for-4 from the 3-point line, on her way to a 13-point outing.
Tonight presents a much tougher test, as Henderson County takes on Red Devils squad that overcame a slow start to pull away from Dixie Heights in last night's late game, 58-44.
However, this Lady Colonels team, after being denied a chance to play a year ago due to Coronavirus, is on a mission, and appears very confident coming into this match-up.
"I'm most definitely hungry," said Henderson County senior guard. "This is my last year. We didn't want to go out like last year. We didn't even get a chance to play. So, this makes it even sweeter that we get to advance."
"I got to play here my freshman year," said Henderson County senior guard Kaytlan Kemp, "and so since we didn't get to play last year, coming out here is like heaven all over again. I just thought we all played as a team and had a good team win."
"We've looked at all the teams in the tournament and feel like we can play with almost anybody," said Henderson County head coach Jeff Haile. "We've just got to come out and press. Play sharp. Play smart. And be determined."
The game tips off at 7 central time tonight at Rupp Arena. We'll have a postgame report coming up at 9 and 10 pm on 44News.