In Tuesday's AAAA region V matchup between the Aiken Lady Hornets and the Lexington Lady Wildcats, Aiken was able to rebound from last week's loss to Dutch Fork, defeating Lexington 49-31 at home. The win improves the Hornet's record to 12-4 overall, and 2-1 in region play. Lexington falls to 8-6 overall, and 1-2 in region play.
The Hornets traded baskets with the Wildcats during the first quarter, resulting in a 12-11 Hornet lead. The first quarter was a battle between guards, as Aiken's senior Erin Gilmore and Lexington's junior Allison Kay each scored often. During the opening period, Gilmore scored 6 of her team's 12 points, as Kay scored 7 of her team's 11 points. But the Hornet's ended the first half in a 7-0 run, taking a 24-14 lead into intermission.
Both teams were able to double team the opposing team's star guards (Gilmore and Kay) to force others to score in the second half. Aiken was able to find other scorers, with 4 players besides Gilmore scoring over 5 points. Lexington failed to do the same. The Wildcats only had one scorer besides Kay surpass 5 points. Aiken went on another 11-0 run, stretching their third quarter lead to 43-19. The Wildcat's couldn't find an answer to the Hornets' aggressive attacking offense.
The Hornets were led by Erin Gilmore's 14 points. The Wildcats were led by Allison Kay's 15 points. Hanna Williams, Jhay Graham, Alexis Odom and Sophie Nance all scored over 5 points in a balanced effort from the Hornets.
Watch the highlights above as Aiken proves they are a team to beat in AAAA region V play.