By Shawn Roney-For The Richmond News
The Hardin-Central girls basketball team’s inexperience was obvious to coach Kenneth Layman during last Monday’s 46-31 to visiting Santa Fe.
Layman had only one returning starter for Hardin-Central’s season and home opener: senior Olivia Ellis, who paced Hardin-Central with 17 points and was the only Bulldog in double figures.
One of Monday’s starters was a freshman – Addie Paul. Senior Mary Penny and juniors Maddi DeMint and Maria Powell rounded out the quintet.
The lack of starting experience might have explained why Hardin-Central fell behind early. The Bulldogs trailed 11-4 after one quarter. Sparked by Ellis’ six second-quarter points, they rallied to knot it 14-14 at halftime.
“It’s just a matter of getting their confidence out there and knowing what they can do – and what they can expect the others to do on the floor,” Layman said.
The Chiefs took control by outscoring the Bulldogs 12-5 the third quarter. Led by Brooke Barnett and Alexis Smith, Santa Fe outscored Hardin-Central 20-12 the final quarter. Barnett, a senior, scored nine of her 14 total points during the quarter. Smith, a junior, scored eight of her team-leading 15 total points in the last eight minutes.
The complete story is in the Monday, Dec. 2, 2013 Richmond News.