Zionsville’s Aalia Carlson dribbles around a screen from Katey Richason in the second half of Thursday’s loss to Tri-West.

LIZTON - The Lady Eagles had no answer for Kenna Kirby and the rest of her Tri-West teammates on Thursday night.

The Bruin sophomore scored a school record 44 points, and Tri-West made 12 3-pointers as a team to top Zionsville 78-68 in non-conference action.

"Their whole team moves really well off the ball," Zionsville head coach Andy Maguire said. "And they pass it well too. They do a great job of attacking areas and then finding the open person. They know their roles and make you pay. They are a good team, I was just disappointed with how we started more than anything."

Kirby had a career-high of 24 points coming into Thursday night's game, and got going early.

She scored Tri-West's first 11 points, and had 16 in the first quarter to help the Bruins take a 23-16 lead.

Zionsville got as close as five in the second quarter, but Kirby had eight points and two 3-pointers during a 13-4 run that gave her team a 14-point lead.

Kirby ended up with 31 points in the first half as the Bruins led 48-40.

"In the first half, our defense was horrible," Maguire said. "We talked about Kirby and said that she might be one of the best players we see all year. We just didn't respect that and we paid for it."

The Eagles came out and played better in the third quarter, and used an 11-2 run out of the half to take a 51-50 lead on two free throws by Katey Richason.

The game was tied at 53 with 3:01 to go in the third, but the Bruins out-scored the Eagles 11-5 in the final stretch of the third to grab the lead for good.

"The third quarter we came out and played like we wanted, but we just made silly fouls early that set us up for trouble later on," Maguire said. "If we go into the fourth quarter and have everyone ready, I think it's a ballgame."

Zionsville could never mount a serious threat in the fourth quarter.

The Bruins' Adrie Thompson hit a corner 3 early in the quarter to put her team up nine, and the Eagles would get no closer than six the rest of the way.

The Eagles had to try and comeback without three of their starters, as Laila Hull, Richason and Imani Thomas all fouled out by the midway point of the fourth and had battled foul trouble for most of the final three quarters.

"We are just picking up silly fouls," Maguire said. "We aren't the same team with them on the bench."

Richason led the Eagles with 21 points on 7 of 8 shooting before fouling out.

Hull had 17 points and Aalia Carlson had 15.

It was the second-straight game in double figures for Carlson.

"Aalia has played as well as anybody," Maguire said. "She has been consistent, she has handled the ball well, she is making better decision and is getting more comfortable out there. Imani has been making progress too. She was in foul trouble tonight, but she had a good game against Kokomo, and started well tonight before picking up fouls."

Kirby finished with 44 on 14 of 21 shooting, hitting 7 of 10 3-pointers. Thompson had 16 for the the Bruins and Isabelle Saylor had eight.

The Eagles have less than 48 hours now to prepare for a solid Franklin Central team who has another premiere player in Rachel Loobie

"Loobie may score 50 against us if we defend like we did tonight," Maguire said. "We have to communicate better and just defend better. They rebound really well and match up with us size wise. Really, it's just the little things and we have to practice better. We don't practice really well and it shows when we get into games."

Loobie didn't score 50, but the Lady Eagles fell 62-47 to the Flashes.

The Eagles trailed by 17 at the half and couldn't come back.

Hull had 23 for the Lady Eagles, with Richason scoring 13.

Zionsville plays in the Columbus North Tournament starting Friday against Evansville North.

Box Score

Zionsville 16 24 18 10 -68

Tri-West 23 25 16 14 -78

Zionsville (4-8)

Aalia Carlson 6-11 1-1 15, Imani Thomas 2-5 1-1 5, Katey Richason 7-8 7-10 21, Mallory Heerdt 3-7 0-0 6, Laila Hull 5-12 6-8 17, Gabby Gay 2-7 0-0 4, Erica Bostwick 0-0 0-0 0, Mya Childress 0-0 0-0 0. Totals: 25-50 15-20 58.

Tri-West (10-3)

Isabelle Saylor 3-9 1-2 8, Adrie Thompson 5-6 3-4 16, Kenna Kirby 14-21 9-9 44, Grace Sandlin 1-7 0-0 3, Jacklyn Grubbs 0-0 0-0 0, Emma Swadner 1-2 0-0 2, Emily Starnes 1-2 1-2 3, Becca VanSlyke 1-2 0-0 2. Totals: 26-49 14-17 78.

3-pointers: Zionsville 5-17 (Carlson 2-5, Richason 2-3, Hull 1-3, Gay 0-3, Heerdt 0-2, Thomas 0-1), Tri-West 12-22 (Kirby 7-10, Thompson 3-4, Saylor 1-5, Sandlin 1-3).

Rebounds: Zionsville 31 (Richason 9, Hull 6, Gay 4), Tri-West 23 (Thompson 4).

Turnovers: Zionsville 23, Tri-West 18.

Will Willems is the Sports Editor of the Zionsville Times Sentinel and Lebanon Reporter. Follow him on Twitter @Will_Willems.

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