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WHS’s Kencia Levasseur brings the ball up court against Central on Thursday in the Hatchet House.

If the Lady Hatchets are going to have a successful season, they are going to have to channel a little Wizard of Oz. In other words, they are going to have to beat Lions, and Tigers and Bears. On Thursday in the Hatchet House, WHS took care of the Bears by beating Evansville Central, 62-40, to move them to 6-1 for the year.

Alaina Thorne and Kencia Levasseur combined for 43 points, getting 21 and 22, respectively, and controlling the tempo through the game.

Levasseur and Alaina Thorne worked together to put the Hatchets out to a 7-3 lead. Ali Barber also got hot for WHS, and the Hatchets moved out to a 12-6 lead, before going into the second quarter with a 14-8 lead.

Central’s Lauren Nalley added her third trey of the night for Central to cut the lead to 16-11, but Barber answered with a 3-ball of her own. Melinda Ajradinoska also picked up a bucket giving WHS a double-digit lead at 21-11.

Levasseur and Thorne accounted for the next eight points and WHS had its biggest lead of the game up to that point at 29-14. WHS was able to hold the ball for the final minute, allowing Ajradinoska to finish off the half with a jumper to make it 31-14.

Thorne and Levasseur started the second half the same way they started the game, with the first 10 points and a 21-point lead.

Thorne and Levasseur owned the paint for the rest of the quarter, combining for 18 points during the eight minutes and sending WHS into the final minutes with a 53-31 lead.

Jesse Ledgerwood added a 3-ball, along with more success for Levasseur right around the basket to make it 60-38. Two free throws from Thorne helped push WHS to the 62-40 final.

Also scoring for WHS were Barber with 10, Ledgerwood with five and Ajradinoska with four.

In the JV contest, WHS pulled out a 40-33 win in overtime. Chloe Browning led with 10, Brianna James had eight, while Sydney Melton and Bella Thorne had seven each.

The Lady Hatchets host Loogootee on Tuesday.

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