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Lady Rockets slip past Spencer

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LeCompte nails fade away at buzzer for win

By Todd Martin

Haleigh LeCompte doesn’t like shooting dead on from the middle, and with less than 3 seconds to go, she was just 3 of 13 from the field. But none of that mattered.

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LeCompte grabbed the lobbed inbounds pass from Hannah Stucker after pulling away from a Spencer defender and buried her shot from the middle of the lane to give the Lady Rockets (6-6) a 51-50 victory over Spencer County (8-6) Monday.

“I was nervous,” she said. “That’s my worst shot, from dead-on like that. But as soon as it went up, I knew it was going in. I was kind of surprised they didn’t call a foul because of the way they were pulling my jersey. I think it [the jersey pulling] kind of helped though, because I was falling away. I think maybe it held me up.”

SCHS Coach Sally Zimmerman said there was no doubt that LeCompte would take the final shot.

“That’s the way we drew it up,” she said. “We had to put it in her hands; she’s our leader.”

Even though she had struggled earlier in the game, LeCompte said she knew what she had to do.

“I got down on myself early on because my shot wasn’t falling, but I knew I had to come through for my teammates,” she said.

LeCompte' shot ended a comeback that saw the Lady Rockets rally from a 49-44 deficit with 62 seconds to pla.

Spencer County hit just 1 of 4 free throws inside the final 44 seconds, and the Lady Rockets forced two turnovers, the last with 9 seconds left, which set up LeCompte’s buzzer beater.

“We knew from scouting that we couldn’t take Spencer County lightly,” Zimmerman said. “They have all the tools to pull an upset like this: a good point guard, a couple good shooters and a tremendous post player. We had no answer for her [Kenisha Marshall] in the post.”

Marshall led all scorers with 23 points, 11 rebounds and four blocks, including one with less than 10 seconds to play.

“If we see them again, we have to figure out a way to play her,” Zimmerman said.

Though LeCompte’s last-second shot saved the day, the victory was a team effort.

Early in the game it was Dee Dee Davis that kept the Lady Rockets’ alive. Davis scored 13 of her team high 15 points in the first half, including hitting 3 of 5 3-pointers.

Taylor Shaw hit a big 3-pointer with 23 seconds remaining, trimming the Spencer County lead to just one point.

“Taylor’s shot was huge, and Dee Dee, coming back into the game with a bloody lip. You can’t keep her out of the game. We rode her hot hand early and she kept us in it,” Zimmerman said.

The Lady Rockets couldn’t shake Spencer in the first half. They led by just one at the end of the first quarter and by only 29-22 at the half.

Spencer came out of the break and took the lead late in the third quarter, outscoring Shelby County, 17-9.

“We weren’t as physical as we needed to be,” Zimmerman said. “I was proud of the way we finished the game, but we need to be more physical throughout.”

Butler

The Lady Rockets trailed Butler (7-3) by just eight at the half, but the Bearettes took over in the second half to pull away for a 64-47 victory Friday.

“We played a really nice first quarter, and I thought we could play with them,” Zimmerman said. “They’re not 17 points better than us.”

Butler’s Tiara Hopper led all scorers with 17 points. Hannah Stucker scored a team-high 11 for the Lady Rockets.