Lady Hornets use speed to run past Portsmouth

Published 3:36 am Friday, December 3, 2010


Tribune Sports Editor

COAL GROVE — When speed met size, speed won.

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The Coal Grove Lady Hornets used their team speed to get past the bigger Portsmouth Lady Trojans 46-44 Thursday.

“Portsmouth is a big team and they do real well around the basket with those big girls,” said Coal Grove coach Rick Roach. “We were able to get out and run a little against their size.”

Ashland Adkins scored 14 points to lead a balanced Coal Grove offense. Hope Ratcliff had 9 points and Taylor Fleming 8 as eight different players scored.

“Everyone of my kids that came into the game did an outstanding job to get a team win,” said Roach.

Ri-chiel McGraw led Portsmouth with 18 points despite leaving the game with about four minutes to play due to a turned ankle.

Coal Grove led 14-12 at the end of the first quarter but just 23-22 at the break.

Portsmouth (0-2) rallied to take a 36-33 lead after three quarters before Coal Grove outscored the Lady Trojans 13-8 in the fourth quarter to get the win.

Coal Grove (2-1) plays at Lakeside Christian Academy in Morehead, Ky., on Monday.

Portsmouth 12 10 14 8 = 44

Coal Grove 14 9 10 13 = 46

PORTSMOUTH (0-2): Dasia Kennedy 0, Tyler Mallory 0, Jordan Gross 0, Hannah Foster 12, Cailyn Rodriguez 0, Ri-chiel McGraw 18, Shanice Rollins 0, Tasha McGinnis 7, Justice Swords 7. Totals: 17 2 2-5 44. Fouls: 18. Fouled out: None.

COAL GROVE (2-1): Ashley Adkins 14, Amanda Collins 2, Katey Erwin 4, Darrien Hankins 5, Hope Ratcliff 9, Taylor Fleming 8, Morgan Sites 2, Alisha McClellan 2. Totals: 10 5 11-21 46. Fouls: 10. Fouled out: None.