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Brylee Butts takes it to the hoop strong versus Hopkinsville.

A clash of the Region 2 Lady Tigers, left Caldwell County on the losing end, 78-51. Hopkinsville used a nearly 20-point lead in the first quarter to cushion their second win of the season, Tuesday night in Caldwell County’s CAB gym.

Before the Lady Tigers could get a handle on things, a 19-3 run from Hopkinsville didn’t help matters.

Once the Lady Tigers found their rhythm, the score was a little better, 24- 7 at the end of the first quarter.

Brylee Butts, who led Caldwell with 14 points, drove the lane and then put in work at the line to close the gap to single digits nearing the end of the second quarter. By half-time, Caldwell was still down 36-26. Butts was 8-for-12 from the line for the night. Overall the Lady Tigers shot 57% collecting a total of 20 points from the line for the night.

Despite Katy Smiley pulling down double digit rebounds and the team collecting 44 total for the night, the Lady Tigers let the ball get away from them in the third quarter and Hopkinsville was edging on a 20-point lead once again entering the final stanza.

The Lady Tigers shot less than 25% for the night, only hitting 14 of 62 shots taken. The offense struggle paired with a high rate of turnovers helped Hopkinsville run away with a 27 point advantage, 78-51.

Smiley closed the night with 8 points to add to her 11 rebounds. Paris Gray also tallied 8 points. Presley McKinney topped Caldwell shooting 37.5%, earning her 6 points. McKinney had 6 boards to match.