HANCEVILLE — Watching from the sideline, Kenny Coffey crossed his arms and grimaced as Kaitlyn Rogers caught a pass in the lane and made an uncontested basket.
The sight wasn't unfamiliar. The Lawrence County High girls basketball coach already had seen it several times Tuesday morning.
For Lawrence County, slowing down Rogers, Wenonah's big, athletic center was a problem.
Rogers finished with a double-double, scoring 13 points and grabbing 10 rebounds as Wenonah advanced past Lawrence County 48-36 on Tuesday morning in the Class 5A Northwest Regional semifinals.
Wenonah advances to face Fairfield on Friday in the Class 5A Northwest Regional final.
"Our plan was to pack the lane because they're so big and athletic," Coffey said. "But they killed us with the high-low the whole game. We couldn't stop it."
Shauntece Catlin and Jameka Holmes sank a pair of 3-pointers in the second quarter to spark a Wenonah 13-4 run, giving the Dragons a 12-point halftime cushion.
Lawrence County wasn't able to overcome the deficit.
"They just wanted it more than we did," Lawrence County forward Adrien Coffey said. "It's that simple."
Rachel Childress pulled Lawrence County within 10 early in the third quarter with a 3-pointer — her first of the game. She finished with eight points — well below her season average. Whitney Woodard led the Red Devils with 10 points, and Khelea Roberts added eight.
Wenonah coach Emanual Bell said stopping Childress was a priority.
"All the scouting reports we got said she was their big scorer," Lane said.
"Our game plan was to make sure she didn't beat us, and I think our players guarded her well."
Despite the loss, Kenny Coffey said Lawrence County's season was a success.
"Yeah, we came down here with intentions of winning, but these players overcame a lot to just get here," he said. "They really grew up and got better as the season went along. It was a fun team to coach."
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