By Mitch Howard
LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. —
The season-long coronation of Bush as the county’s best girl’s basketball team became official Monday with a 37-4 win over Wyan-Pine in the championship game.
It was just another typical win for a team that outscored its opponents 446 to 69 on the season.
“Once they saw the way the first two or three games went and saw just how good they were, every game they were into it and focused. They just wanted to win,” Coach Melanie Philpot said.
The Blue Devils never had an off game and were never content with what they had accomplished. Philpot said her team was always willing to work on what would make them better.
“We’ve won by 30 points almost every game,” Philpot said. “They wanted a 26-0 season and they wanted this trophy again. “
Bush also won last year’s title following back-to-back titles by Sublimity. Cold Hill won the championship the first year elementary basketball returned to Laurel County. Now the Blue Devils can try to be the first team to three-peat.
“I’ve got a very good contender coming back,” Philpot said.
There was very little drama in the championship game. Bush led 12-0 after one quarter. Much of the offense was a result of stifling defense. Wyan-Pine only attempted three shots in the first quarter.
“We’re crazy good defenders,” Philpot said.
Bush played four different defenses against Wyan-Pine. They switched from a man-to-man, box-and-one, 1-2-2, and 2-3 press.
The Comets first points came on free throws in the second quarter. Their first field goal was by Sterlyn Patton with 1:48 in the half on an assist from Hailee Valentine. By then Wyan-Pine was already behind 18-4. They trailed 20-4 at the half and did not score again.
Philpot did play her starters early in the fourth quarter, but only long enough to pull them out for a final ovation. No matter who she put into the game, the intensity did not change.
“We’re really deep. They all play hard. They all work hard and I just have a whole lot that know the game,” Philpot said.
Maylee Philpot led Bush with 12 points and Meg Anderson scored six points.