Lady Hounds face Central Private today at Woodville

Published 12:00 am Thursday, January 2, 2003

WOODVILLE &045; It’s been two months since Huntington’s Lady Hounds met up with Central Private.

To Central Private, it still seems like yesterday.

The two teams meet today in the first day of the WCCA Shootout in Woodville. The matchup is the highlight of the day that includes basketball games beginning at 10 a.m. and ending around 10 p.m.

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The Lady Hounds took the 51-47 win over MPSA Class AAA Central Private, and the Lady Rebels are welcoming the rematch.

&uot;I know for a fact (they are),&uot; Huntington head coach Michael McAnally said. &uot;I talked to Coach (Hugh) Webb when I watched them at the Parklane tournament. They’re looking forward to a rematch with us. It’s going to be a good challenge for our girls. I think it’s something we need, especially as we get in district.&uot;

The matchup is an even one, although Webb admitted following the first meeting his Lady Rebels played one of their worst games up until that point. The Lady Rebels’ production revolves around Samantha and Stephanie Kirkwood, but Samantha burned 27 on Huntington in the first meeting.

&uot;Samantha is so strong down low,&uot; McAnally said. &uot;She really is their go-to person. We have to limit second-chance opportunities. If we can block out well and limit them to one shot, I feel we’ve got a chance to stay in the game. Blocking out is something we’ve put a lot of emphasis on. Certainly I look for them to press us.&uot;

The Lady Hounds, who have beaten ACCS twice and lost to Jackson in other matchups against Class AAA teams, have not played since they hammered Briarfield Academy Dec. 21 in their own tournament.

The two games this weekend &045; they play Centreville at 5:30 p.m. Saturday &045; will help them get back in top form when District 7-1A resumes Tuesday.

&uot;Certainly any time you have two weeks off you’re going to have some (rust),&uot; McAnally said. &uot;We’ve been practicing for a week solid now. I know we’ll have to play well to win this game, and that’s what makes it exciting.&uot;

Action starts at 10 a.m. today with Trinity Episcopal’s girls taking on Bowling Green. The Saints follow against Bowling Green’s boys at 11:15 a.m.

Adams County Christian School’s boys face Centreville at 6:45 p.m., and Huntington’s boys face Silliman at 5:30 p.m.

WCCA has the final two games, and the Lady Rams get a chance to work Caroline Kee back in the lineup. The senior has missed action of late with a knee injury.

The Lady Rams haven’t played since getting drubbed by Central Private, 55-26.

&uot;We haven’t played in two weeks,&uot; Lady Rams head coach Sam Byrd said. &uot;My girls played hard. Take (the second quarter) away, and they beat us 32-24. She (Kee) is our leading scorer. She’s averaging close to 15 points a game. She’s a senior and has been playing for three years. She has the leadership you need on the floor.&uot;