The Adair County High School girls’ basketball team, under the direction of veteran head coach James Turner, opened the 2012-13 preseason on Friday against 4th Region rival Barren County. Adair County managed to execute well and turn in a solid showing in its first of two scrimmage games to be played as part of the 2012-13 preseason. The Lady Indians enjoyed balanced scoring effort in the exhibition game versus Barren County.
“We played pretty well for the first scrimmage,” Turner commented. “We had very balanced scoring scoring and rebounded well.”
Senior guard Mercedes Cox paced the balanced Adair County effort with 16 points. Cox led a quartet of Adair County scorers in double figures. Freshman guard Alex Keltner netted 15 points, senior guard Katie Keltner scored 13 and sophomore forward/center Harlee Smock tossed in 12 for the Lady Indians.
Cox and Smock led Adair County on the boards, securing eight rebounds apiece. Adair County rebounded well throughout the preseason contest against Barren County.
The Adair County head coach was also pleased with his team’s defensive effort. Adair County fared well well defensively in the preseason outing.
“Defensively, we did a lot better than I thought we would,” Turner said. “Our defensive rotation and help side defense was really good for this early in the year. Overall, I was pretty pleased. One negative that I saw is that we have to do a better job in our halfcourt offense. There were times we were not patient enough.”
The Lady Indians played a Barren County girls’ basketball team that finished the 2011-12 season 15-12. Barren County competes in the 15th District along with Glasgow, Monroe County and Allen County-Scottsville.
Adair County entered the week with a second scrimmage game looming on the road versus Mercer County. The Lady Indians were scheduled to meet Mercer County on the road Tuesday (Nov. 20).
Adair County concluded the 2011-12 season 25-6. The Lady Indians finished runner-up in the 20th District.
Adair County will tip off the 2012-13 season at Cumberland County on Nov. 27.
By Steve LeMaster