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Lady Bears drop district game to Whitesville Trinity; fall to Muhlenberg

WHITESVILLE - Visiting Butler County fell behind by double digits in the second quarter and couldn't battle back to upend the host team in its latest 12th District game. Homestanding Whitesville Trinity pulled away to beat Butler County 63-37 in a 12th District girls' basketball game on Friday night.

Whitesville Trinity dealt Butler County its third straight loss. 

With the loss, Butler County dropped to 5-17 overall and 1-5 in the 12th District.

Whitesville Trinity, which featured three scorers in double figures, improved to 11-12 overall and 1-5 in the district with the win.

Junior guard Nina Wathen, one of the top girls' basketball players in the Third Region, scored a game-high 24 points to lead Whitesville Trinity to the victory. Accompanying Wathen in double figures for the Lady Raiders, Cassidy Morris contributed 17 points and Savannah Aull posted 13 points. 

Butler County was forced to play from behind throughout the 12th District game. Whitesville Trinity excelled offensively en route to its 11th win in the 2017-18 season. 

Morgan Kinsey (six points) and Erin Kinsey (three points) provided additional scoring for Whitesville Trinity in the triumph. 

Jacie Ward, a sophomore, led Butler County with 13 points. Ward was the only Butler County player to reach double figures in the scoring column.

Maddy Murphy narrowly missed reaching double figures for the Lady Bears, netting nine points in the loss. 

Finishing one field goal short of reaching double figures for Butler County in the 12th District game, Kasidy Graham added eight points. 

Maddie Cardwell (two points), Audrey Deweese (two points), Ashley Thacker (two points) and Aubrey Clark (one point) delivered additional scoring for the Lady Bears in the setback. 

Butler County and Whitesville Trinity could meet again in the postseason. Both the Lady Bears and the Lady Raiders will compete in the 12th District Girls' Basketball Tournament later in the month.


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Lady Bears fall behind early, lose to Muhlenberg County


MORGANTOWN - Host Butler County fell behind early and couldn't recover from its slow start as Muhlenberg County pulled away to win 83-53 in a late-season girls' high school basketball game on Saturday night.

Butler County dropped to 5-18 as a result of the loss, which was its fourth straight setback. 

Following the win, its sixth straight victory, Muhlenberg County improved to 20-8.

The Lady Bears were forced to play from behind throughout the late-season contest. Visiting Muhlenberg County moved out in front shortly after the game's opening tip, outscoring the Lady Bears 26-14 in the first quarter. The Lady Mustangs managed to double up the Lady Bears 50-25 in the first half and outscored the home team 18-13 in the third quarter. 

Erica Cary led Muhlenberg County with a game-high 22 points. Cary was instrumental in Muhlenberg County's solid start as the Lady Mustangs excelled offensively. 

A trio of Muhlenberg County players reached double figures in the scoring column as Raegan Blackburn posted 17 points and Elizabeth Joines added 16 points. 

A total of 11 different players scored for Muhlenberg County in the victory. Additional scorers for the Lady Mustangs were Grace Hauslein (eight points), Chloe Lynn (six points), Destin Armour (four points), Sheridan Piper (three points), Macy Wilson (three points), Haleigh Hauslein (two points), Lydia Holskey (one point) and Allyssa Browning (one point).

Maddie Cardwell paced Butler County with a team-high 15 points. Cardwell was the only Butler County player to reach double figures in the scoring column.

Barely missing double figures in the Butler County scoring column, Hannah Chaney and Maddy Murphy netted nine points apiece for the Lady Bears. 

Jaelyn Taylor (seven points), Audrey Deweese (five points), Aubrey Hall (three points), Andrea Deweese (two points), Aubrey Clark (two points) and Taylin Clark (one point) provided additional scoring the Lady Bears. 

Butler County has regular-season games remaining versus Todd County Central  and Owensboro (home, Feb. 16). 


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Beech Tree News Staff Report


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