The Bowling Green girls’ basketball team was unable to solve McCracken County for the second time this season, with the Lady Mustangs cruising to a 65-46 win Friday over the Lady Purples in a battle between top-10 teams in The Associated Press statewide poll at Bowling Green High School.

No. 4 McCracken County (15-1) dominated the first half to take control, with No. 6 Bowling Green (11-4) unable to mount a second-half comeback. It was Bowling Green’s second loss this season to McCracken County. The Lady Purples dropped a 45-38 decision at the Queen of the Commonwealth on Dec. 22.

“We have to be better,” Bowling Green coach Calvin Head said. “They showed us a lot on where we need to be to win a state championship. We’ve got a lot of work to do.”

McCracken County jumped out to a 10-2 lead with a strong defensive effort. Bowling Green finished 1-for-9 from the field in the first half and went more than 12 minutes between field goals, allowing the Lady Mustangs to build a 31-10 halftime lead.

Bowling Green finished 2-for-15 from the field in the opening half.

“They were great defensively,” Head said. “We were not good offensively and a lot of that was a credit to their defense. On the flip side of that, we were not in a good defensive rhythm. Even with us wanting to press a little bit, we couldn’t score to set it up.”

McCracken County’s lead grew to 25 points midway through the third period. Bowling Green had a mini-rally early in the fourth quarter, cutting the deficit to 55-39 after a steal and layup from Taniya Fugate, but was unable to get any closer.

Bowling Green outscored McCracken County 36-34 in the second half.

“We played harder in the second half,” Head said. “You just can’t dig yourself a 20-point hole against the No. 4 team in the state. Lesson learned.”

McCracken County had five players in double figures, led by 15 points from Destiny Thomas. The Lady Mustangs shot 58.1% from the field.

Meadow Tisdale and Saniyah Shelton had 13 points each, while Tanaya Bailey added 11 points.

MCHS 13 18 22 12 – 65

BGHS 6 4 24 12 – 46

MC – Thomas 15, Johnson 13, Sivills 12, Daye 12, Buchanan 11, Henderson 2.

BG – Tisdale 13, Shelton 13, Bailey 11, James 4, Huskey 3, Fugate 2.

– Follow prep sports reporter Micheal Compton on Twitter @mcompton428 or visit bgdailynews.com.

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