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Lady Generals start modern streak with consecutive titles

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Middle School Championships

By Mike Farner

ZONETON -- Once again, the Mount Washington Lady Generals have a winning streak when it comes to winning the Girls’ Bullitt County Middle School Basketball Tournament.

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The Mount Washington program has now won 13 of the past 15 titles and on Thursday the Lady Generals made it two in a row with a 41-29 victory over the Zoneton Lady Timberwolves on their home-court.

The Bullitt County Middle School Tournament was sponsored this year by Schmid Funeral Home along with The Awards Center and The Pioneer News.

Mount Washington won the ‘B’ title a year ago, so getting back to the championship game was not unexpected for the blue and gold under veteran head coach Christal Scott.

“That is always our goal,” Scott said. “You always hope to be here, but you never expect to be here. We wanted to be in the final and then see how it shakes out. When you play for Mount Washington that is what you play for is a county championship.”

The Lady Generals were undefeated against their Bullitt County rivals this season, going 10-0. Overall, the team posted an 18-5 mark.

As they have for much of the season, the Lady Generals used a strong inside-outside combination that made it difficult for opposing defenses to concentrate on any one player. In the championship game, 5-9 center MacKenzie Bass led all scorers in the game with 14 points while guards Emily Fryman and Taylor Blair each hit a trio of three-pointers as both players scored nine points.

“We have had a very good inside-outside game,” Scott pointed out. “We have been able to get contributions from all the kids. That’s been a strength that teams can’t key on one person.

“If you try to shut one down, then somebody else stepped up,” the coach added. “We are really hard to guard.”

Mount Washington really seemed to have the game in hand when they held Zoneton to just two points in the third quarter as they surged ahead 27-15. That changed early in the fourth quarter when a 10-3 run by the Lady Timberwolves pulled them within 30-25 with less than four minutes remaining in the game.

Scott called a time-out and her team answered with a three-pointer from Hallie Glavinos and eight points from Bass to put the game away.

“We just told them to relax,” Scott said of her talk during the time-out. “They made a nice run at us. We knew they wouldn’t lay down. We just wanted to settle our kids down. I thought our kids responded well to what we told them during the time-out.”

This marked the first time that the Zoneton girls reached the ‘A’ Division championship game. The Lady Timberwolves were just the number three seeds when the event started but they beat Bullitt Lick and then upset second-seeded Bernheim to earn another chance at Mount Washington. The Lady Generals had beaten Zoneton twice during the regular season, but one had been a three-point decision.

“We had a chance to change-up the defenses a little,” Zoneton head coach Josh Whitehouse said of the run is team made early in the fourth quarter. “Mount Washington is well coached and they adjusted. They play like a fine-tuned machine and they pass it well.”

Whitehouse, who played basketball at Bullitt Central before graduating in 2002, is in his first season at the helm of the Lady Timberwolves. The team posted a 12-6 record this year with half of the losses coming to the Lady Generals.

Eighth-grader Alyssa Miller led Zoneton with 13 points.

“Our girls stuck with it,” Whitehouse said. “It’s tough for them being here for the first time.

“I’ve tried to teach them to play with respect and play hard until the game is over,” the coach added. “They played hard tonight.”

Bullitt County Middle

School Championships

‘A’ Division

Final

ZONETON 29 (6-7-2-14) Alex Ashbury 4, Courtney Bloom 7, Alyssa Miller 13, Savannah Morrison 2, Breann Stewart 1, Katie Downey 2, Maria George, Shelby Morrison, Shelby Crensahw, Medysea Derry, Brittany Driver, Megan Goeing, Erin Dolan, Belle Leonard and Alexis Sheehan.

MOUNT WASHINGTON 41 (8-12-7-14) Emily Fryman 9, Kaleigh Sharpe 4, MacKenzie Bass 14, Taylor Blair 9, Hallie Glavinos 3, Savannah Salyer 2, Cassedy Janes, Chelsey Baize, Kelli Lutes, Abi Duncan, Abby Pickett, Maeve Armstrong, Megan Marksbury, Lauren Reynolds, Madison Smith, Katelyn Ballard.