GRC turned up the heat to pull away against Bourbon

The George Rogers Clark Lady Cardinals left Bourbon County with a 74-42 win over the Lady Colonels in a 40th District match up.

After both teams went scoreless in the first two minutes of the game, the Lady Cards caught fire.

Kennedy Igo went 6-7 from three-point range in the first half to seal a 19-9 lead after the first and stretched it to a 35-19 lead by halftime.

Igo finished with a game-high 29 points.

GRC kept the ball rolling through the third quarter as they outscored the Colonels 17-9 to extend their lead to 24.

The Lady Cards were able to coast through the fourth until the final buzzer.

Despite the win, head coach Robbie Graham felt his did not perform to their usual standard.

“We didn’t play our best basketball,” he said. “We had a lot of areas we were raggedy in on both sides of the floor. We missed a lot of easy shots and not sure what the reasoning is for. We left a lot of easy points out there from missing easy shots. We played harder in the second half and had a good run to finish the game.”

Graham said his team was able to end their early scoring drought by feeding off Bourbon’s turnovers.

“Once we started making baskets, we were able to get in our press to cause turnovers,” he said. “We feed off turnovers and get easy baskets in transition. Igo got hot and we were able to get some traps to get us going a little bit.”

The Lady Cards will head to Scott County Thursday for the first game of the Toyota Classic.

GRC will face 13-2 Lincoln County Thursday, 10-6 Simon Kenton Friday and 17-0 Scott County Saturday.

Graham understands his team will have their hands full against these powerhouses in the upcoming weekend.

“It is a heck of a week coming up for us,” he said. “They are three really, really good teams. Three teams that will have the chance to win their regions and one team probably favored to win state in Scott County. We are excited and are looking forward to the challenge. It is going to be tough and that’s what we want. Nobody is cutting any nets, but we are going to go out there and compete.”

Maleaha Bell added 11 points, Brianna Byars put up nine points and Jasmine Flowers had eight points.

GRC will tipoff the Toyota Classic 5:30 p.m. Thursday.