Four players reached double figures for Sacred Heart in a 72-42 victory over Campbell County Friday night. Seniors Kristen Clemons and Destinee Marshall led the Valkyries with 17 points each while fellow senior Erin Toller finished with 15 points, and sophomore Josie Gilvin tallied ten points.
“I think we lacked a little bit, but I think we played as a team, and that’s all you can really ask for,” said Clemons. “There are definitely some areas we can pick up, but I think whatever we are lacking, we find a way to find that energy and finish out a game like we did tonight.”
Leading 11-7, the Valkyries outscored the Camels 14-2 in the last three-plus minutes of the first quarter to take a comfortable 25-9 lead. They maintained their lead in the second quarter and entered the break up 40-22. Still, head coach Donna Moir was not pleased with her team’s effort in the first half.
“We got on them early, and I think we quit playing a little bit,” said Moir. “We have to learn to keep it going.
“We have to keep playing and not worry about what the score is or any of that stuff. We didn’t look as good as we did the other night, but a 30-point win, you have to take it.”
Earlier this week, Sacred Heart (11-1) hit 15 three-pointers at an 83 percent clip in a win against Manual. Understandably, shots weren’t falling nearly as much on Friday. The Valkyries were 5-of-22 from deep but shot almost 72 percent inside the arc.
“If things aren’t hitting outside, we have the ability to go inside and score,” said Moir. “I thought we were settling for threes, and half our shots were three-point shots at halftime. We talked about getting it inside.”
Clemons is why the Valkyries can score inside. She took over in the third quarter, scoring eleven of her 17 points in the third period. Clemons only missed one shot all night, a three-pointer.
“She can hit those. She’s a good shooter,” said Moir. “I feel Kristen is the best post player in the state, hands down. She’s a gamer. Her footwork is better than any post you’ve ever seen. And she’s worked really hard on her game.”
“My teammates have been making some awesome passes to me at the right times, and they’re just getting me open. And it makes for an easy shot. That’s just teamwork right there,” said Clemons.
Senior Mallory Holbrook finished with a game-high 18 points for Campbell County (9-5). Sophomore Kylie Koeninger scored nine points to go along with six rebounds and three assists.
Sacred Heart is back on the court Sunday afternoon at Owensboro Catholic.