Bowling Green falls in First Round of 2023 Mingua Beef Jerky Girls' Basketball Sweet 16® Tournament – WNKY News 40 Television


LEXINGTON – The Girls Sweet Sixteen tipped off with an instant classic between Owensboro Catholic and Bowling Green but the Lady Purples couldn’t advance.

Bowling Green lost to Owensboro Catholic, 54-51.

The team was led by Sophomore Katy Smiley, who scored 20 points sinking 6 threes for the Lady Purples.

But the Lady Aces shot over 50% from the three-point arc, while Bowling Green shot 60% from the free throw line.

The squad is extremely proud of their journey although it has come to an end.

“I just hope that we left the legacy of competing and embracing the grind just for the younger ones so that like next year they can come back to rep and keep the history going,” Tanaya Bailey said.

“I’m just blessed to be here and be here with my teammates and I’m proud of this team,” Saniyah Shelton said.

“They’ve been the most resilient group that I’ve ever coached,” Bowling Green Lady Purples Head Coach Calvin Head said. “It hurts not finishing it right there, but anytime in the state of Kentucky you can finish your season here in front of all these people and you all, it’s been a success. I’m proud of my group. I wouldn’t trade ’em for the world even though sometimes, you know, I had my doubts. But I love them like my own. I really do.”

The Lady Purples finish the 2022-23 season with a 24-11 record.