It’s hard to feel good after a loss, but Henry County High School girls’ basketball coach Cliff Curd wasn’t as down as normal after his squad’s 62-57 loss to Northwest Tuesday night at Clarksville.
Curd was somewhat upbeat because of the strong effort, hustle and determination the Lady Patriots played with on Tuesday.
“That was the best offensive basketball game that we’ve had in quite a while,” Curd said after the game. “We hit shots and we created some shots. We took care of the basketball. We played good defense, too. Northwest just made some really tough shots and hit enough to hang on to win.”
Curd said the Lady Vikings held a big edge in second-chance points that came from offensive rebounds and he felt that was the difference in the game.
“The best part is our girls are leaving here knowing that if we do just a little better job of keeping them off the boards, then we have an excellent chance at beating this team. That is important because we’ll likely be seeing them again about the semifinals of the district tournament,” said Curd.
Henry County will complete its regular season at home. On Friday, the Lady Patriots and Patriots will celebrate Senior Night during a matchup with Montgomery Central at Gamlin Gymnasium. Senior players, managers and cheerleaders will be honored between the girls’ and boys’ basketball games.
On Saturday, Kenwood visits HCHS for makeup games that were called off last week because Henry County schools were closed for illness. Varsity play begins at 6 p.m. on both Friday and Saturday.
LADY VIKINGS 62, LADY PATRIOTS 57
Northwest came out shooting well in the first period and quickly built a 12-point lead. Henry County fought back to close to within a 20-13 score at the end of the first period thanks partly to back-to-back 3-point baskets by Ella Bomar and Ta’Mya Easley.
While Northwest continued to score well in the second period, Bomar began to heat up for a big scoring night for the Lady Patriots. She hit a pair of 3-point shots in the second period while Abby Grace Alton added another 3-pointer to help the Lady Patriots cut an 11-point deficit in the period to 30-25 by halftime.
The game continued at that pace with the Lady Vikings stretching the lead and the Lady Patriots fighting back. Alton sank a 3-pointer early in the third quarter to get Henry County within three points at 33-30 but Northwest pulled back out to a 47-40 lead by the end of the stanza.
Bomar did all she could to shoot the Lady Patriots back into the game in the fourth period as she hit three 3-point shots and scored 12 points. The Lady Patriots outscored the Lady Vikings 17-15 but had to settle for the 62-57 loss.
Bomar finished with 25 points in the game, including six 3-point baskets. Henry County hit 11 3-point shots in the contest.
Averie O’Daniel contributed nine points for Henry County while Alton finished with eight. Both Easley and Mary Raye Smith put in five points. Gracey Pack scored three points with Aly Diggs tacking on two.
Northwest got 19 points from Tamia Scott while Zay Freeman chipped in 13 points and Kayla Howell scored 11. Emiyah Cole tossed in eight points and Madison King added seven. Madison Gerkin hit for three points while Emagine Harris scored one point.