NICHOLASVILLE — Color Michael Sowers happy.
Shelby County wrapped up a girls' tripleheader in the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic by pulling out a 52-43 victory over host East Jessamine.
Having won three games last year, Sowers bet his girls before this season that they wouldn't win 10, or he would dye his hair blue and gold.
Saturday's win pushed the Lady Rockets to 10-7.
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"So I've got to step up — a bet's a bet," Sowers said. "They were quick to remind me of that."
In the opener, Anderson County topped Tates Creek 56-45. Then Woodford County routed Lafayette 65-41.
Shelby Co. 52, East Jessamine 43: Katie Hudgins, scoreless through three quarters, tallied 14 of the Rockets' last 16 points.
She and Justus Martin each finished with 14 points, and Martin led the Rockets with seven rebounds.
"I feel like we weren't going as hard as we could have in the first to third quarters," said Hudgins, a 5-foot-4 freshman guard. Then, glancing at Sowers, she smiled and added, "I think that big motivational speech he gave us really got me going. I hate to be yelled at; that just gets under my skin. So I just gun it and try to do my best."
Hudgins got 10 of her 14 points at the foul line.
Shelby shot 17-for-23 at the free-throw line, while East Jessamine was 1-for-5.
The Jaguars (3-15) lost their 10th in a row.
Madison Collins led East with 12 points, and Maddison Stollings had 10.
Malin Miracle's basket to open the fourth quarter gave the Jaguars a 35-32 lead.
Shelby took over, though, by scoring the next eight points — four by Martin and two each by Hudgins and Mackenzie Raizor.
"The first half, we were under control, and we were executing the game plan, which was to take care of the basketball and limit their second-chance shots," Jaguars Coach Jacqueline Coleman said. "As the game went on, tensions got a little high and with the (young) team that we have, it's very difficult to keep them composed."
No. 8 Anderson Co. 56, Tates Creek 45: Sydney Brown scored 14 points, and MacKenzie Cann had 13 as the Bearcats bounced back from a one-point loss to South Oldham a night earlier.
"It was a quick turnaround from last night," Coach Tony Kays said. "I was pleased with our effort. We've still got some areas to work on. Give Tates Creek credit, too. We got up early on them, and they battled back, so it was a tough game for us."
Anderson (15-5) led 17-4 through one quarter.
A 12-0 rally in the second quarter, though, enabled Tates Creek to pull to within one, 21-20. Anderson led by three at halftime and four points through three quarters.
The Bearcats used an 11-0 spurt early in the fourth quarter to take a 56-42 lead with 4½ minutes left.
Peyton Hisel, benched in the first quarter, responded by scoring 24 points over the last three quarters. She also led all rebounders with seven.
"We are really good at playing 24 minutes of basketball," said Justin Cheatham, coach of the Commodores (8-13). "Like I told them after the game, the game is 32 minutes long. I'm proud of them, and they made their parents proud of them, their coaching staff proud of the way they fought for three quarters. The problem is, the game's four quarters long."
Anderson also topped Creek 61-34 on Dec. 10.
Woodford Co. 65, Lafayette 41: The Yellowjackets scored the first six points and were never caught.
"Our first half was awesome," said Coach Jay Lucas, who saw his team make five three-pointers and commit only two turnovers en route to a 38-20 lead at intermission. "When you do that, that's pretty special. We rebounded well; we defended well in the first half to get that 18-point lead.
"Then I just told them, 'Come out in the third quarter and play hard for the first four minutes, and it will be your game.' "
The result was quite a turnaround from three weeks earlier, when Lafayette edged Woodford 49-48.
"Woodford County did a good job of coming out ready to play," Lafayette Coach Allison Denton said. "They put the ball in the hole quickly. And we dug ourselves a pretty big hole and couldn't get out of it."
Catie Fletcher led Woodford (15-7) with 17 points. Chelsey Ford scored 14. Jessica Morgan and Hannah Morgan scored 11 each, with Jessica snaring 13 rebounds.
Lafayette (11-8) got 15 points from Sarah Cooley and 12 from Ken'yale Demus.
ANDERSON CO. (15-5) — Rice 2, Cann 13, Robinson 4, McKee 3, Brown 14, Avritt 10, Pike 8, Currens 2. Totals 21-43 12-14 56.
TATES CREEK (8-13) — Whaley 3, Harrison 7, Pippen 6, Hisel 24, Tichenor 4, Drake 1. Totals 19-33 7-14 45.
Anderson Co. 17 11 17 11—56
Tates Creek 4 21 16 4—45
LAFAYETTE (11-8) — Givens 0, K. Demus 12, Cooley 15, Thomas 6, Stiltner 0, Justice 2, S. Demus 2, Pankins 4. Totals 16-51 7-11 41.
WOODFORD CO. (15-7) — McDonald 7, Fletcher 17, Ford 14, J. Morgan 11, H. Morgan 11, Reed 3, Worrell 2. Totals 24-59 10-13 65.
Lafayette 14 6 10 11—41
Woodford Co. 18 20 15 12—65
SHELBY CO. (10-7) — Martin 14, Powell 2, Hudgins 14, M. Raizor 9, S. Raizor 9, Holt 2, Simmons 2. Totals 17-32 17-23 52.
EAST JESSAMINE (3-15) — Haney 3, Welch 4, Collins 12, Rainwater 2, Stollings 10, Florian 6, Hatfield 2, Miracle 4. Totals 20-48 1-5 43.
Shelby Co 11 13 8 20—52
East Jessamine 10 14 9 10—43