There won’t be many opponents on Henderson County’s schedule that will be tougher than Castle.
As Henderson County coach Jeff Haile said after Tuesday’s 65-57 win, the Lady Knights have everything you could ask for in a team – size, talent, quickness.
The Lady Colonels’ relentless pressure was able to negate Castle’s size advantage. It showed that even with a lack of size, the Lady Colonels’ combination of quickness and aggressive defense will be effective. It also helps that the Lady Colonels knocked down six 3-point shots, three by Ellie Fruit, two by Maci Brown and one by Kacie Wallace.
There was good news after the game regarding sophomore forward Breya Cooper, who didn’t have a fracture as was feared after she was injured in the first minute of the game. Cooper injured her wrist as she tried to catch herself as she fell after fouling Castle’s Zuriel Sanders. A prolonged absence by Cooper would have been challenging for a team that is expecting to be without senior forward Brooke Tapp for most if not all of the season.