The Region 3 All A Tournament games that were originally set to wrap up on Tuesday, January 15th, were rescheduled due to winter weather. McLean County High School, the host of this year's event, updated the full schedule yesterday that will feature games Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday as of now. More snow is forecasted which could potentially change the schedule again, but for now, the bracket below represents the updates.
The Lady Cats will take on Frederick Fraize on Tuesday at 6pm and the boys are scheduled for Wednesday at 6pm, also against Frederick Fraize.
The Edmonson Voice will carry all games from the WildcatsLive broadcast crew. Video streams will be possible should either or both boys' and girls' team reach the finals.
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The big comeback win for the Lady Cats would only be the first overtime victory of the night for Edmonson County as the Wildcats' match against McLean County was almost a carbon copy of the girls' contest in a thrilling 70-67 win in overtime.
The Wildcats struggled with their shooting throughout the game and McLean County took advantage of their second chance points opportunities. Like much of the season, Edmonson County was forced to play catch up the entire game. They shot a miserable 21% from the field during the first half.
The Wildcats faced an 11 point deficit as the fourth quarter began but a boost in their defensive effort began to cause some problems for the Cougars. A 20-9 run was capped off by a steal and layup by senior Logan Lindsey to tie the game at 57-57 with just over three minutes to go. It was the first time Edmonson County hadn't trailed in the entire game.
Each team exchanged baskets, turnovers, and free throws when Edmonson County was called for a touch foul with 43.2 seconds remaining. McLean County hit both free throws to regain the lead at 61-60.
Freshman Chaz Wilson drew a foul on a shot attempt with 12 seconds left to go. He tied the score at 61 after making the first, but the second bounced away as McLean rebounded and called timeout to set their final play of regulation. The inbound pass was stolen by Tucker Cole who went behind his back, drove to the left side and dumped the ball down to Wilson. Three McLean County players converged on Wilson, there was no call, and Wilson was unable to shoot before time expired at 61-61.
McLean struggled with hitting shots during the overtime and the Wildcats were able to rebound the misses. After a timeout from Edmonson County, the Wildcats spread the floor and senior Tucker Cole was able to take his man one-on-one straight to the rim for a 66-64 lead. McLean missed on their trip and the ball was rebounded again by the Wildcats. Cole drew the foul and calmly hit two free throws with 50 seconds left to go.
McLean scored on their next attempt with 38 seconds on the clock. After a Cougar timeout, Edmonson inbounded the ball and beat McLean's press as Dalton Decker slipped up the left side of the court, finding Chaz Wilson down low who drew the foul with 21.4 seconds left. Wilson hit both shots to put the Cats up by 4.
McLean drew a foul call on the other end and was able to connect on only one free throw. The Wildcats rebounded the miss on the second attempt and held the ball as time expired.
"The will in them was incredible tonight, especially the second half," Assistant Coach Bart Weaver said. "Our guys fought, fought, and fought. We should've won it in regulation but we missed some free throws and some other things, but you've gotta give 'em even more credit because they just dug in here in the overtime and came out with a win."
Weaver said one of the goals accomplished tonight in the win was a low amount of turnovers, which was only eight total, a season low.
Dalton Decker led the Cats in scoring with 15 points. Chaz Wilson had 13 points and 7 rebounds, Logan Lindsey had 13 points, Tucker Cole finished with 9, Logan Minton had 6, Ryan Lindsey had 5, Dylan Elmore added 3, and Brayden Carey and J.T. Vincent had 2 each.
The Wildcats are scheduled to play in round 2 on Saturday at 2pm; however, the winter storm will likely postpone that contest. We will pass along schedule updates as they become available.
Lady Cats Come Back From 11-Point Deficit To Win
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After a good start, the Lady Cats struggled all over the court until about three minutes left in regulation. Edmonson County's shooting troubles were widespread and they'd failed to connect on a single three pointer until 2:18 left in the fourth when a series of three of them gave the Lady Cats their first lead since early in the first quarter.
With 2:09 left in the fourth and Edmonson County trailing 39-31, Senior Peyton Martin nailed a three to get the Lady Cats within five. It was only Martin's second field goal of the game, but inched Edmonson County closer than they'd been since early in the game. After missed opportunities from both McLean and Edmonson to score on their next respective possessions, the Lady Cats blocked a McLean County shot and Peyton Martin drilled another three with 1:35 left, with EC trailing 37-39. Edmonson County called timeout to set their defense as McLean would take possession and would be going the length of the court.
McLean attempted a long pass on the inbound, but senior Katlin Collins picked it off and saved it from going out of bounds. The ball was recovered by Peyton Martin who found an open Caitlin Simon who busted the Lady Cats' third consecutive three pointer, which finished off a 9-0 run in less than one minute. It was the first lead (40-39) for Edmonson County since the first quarter.
McLean was unable to score on the next possession and Edmonson's Lauren Ballance was fouled with 30.6 seconds remaining. She was unable to connect at the free throw line. McLean grabbed the rebound and took it straight to the rim. What first appeared to be a clean strip by Ballance was called a foul from the official and McLean would have an opportunity to regain the lead with 18.6 seconds remaining.
The Lady Cougars tied the score at 40-40 after the first made free throw and Edmonson County called a timeout. McLean missed the second attempt and Edmonson County pulled the rebound with one more attempt to win the game. Caitlin Simon was forced to put up a heavily contested, off-balance shot that missed as the game was extended to overtime.
Edmonson County's defense was key once again in the overtime as McLean County was held to only one field goal as the Lady Cats held on for a 50-43 win.
Coach Kevin Jackson discussed the rollercoaster ride in the comeback win.
"We knew it was going to be physical, aggressive, and all the things we talked about. We watched them on film and knew what to expect, but sometimes girls don't understand the physicality of the game until you get in it, and it looked like it took us three and a half quarters to figure that out," he said. "I'm so proud of these girls and if I had the game ball, I'd give it to my assistant, Tyra Parsley Ballance, who played for me 23 years ago. She kept motivating the kids to keep digging, fighting, and keep clawing. I was about ready to throw in the towel a couple of times, I'm telling you, I was."
While the majority of scoring usually comes from Simon and Martin, each of them struggled until the end of the game. Jackson credited the duo for never giving up, in spite of a very tough shooting night for the pair, and he also praised the rest of the team for filling individual roles as well as providing a team effort from beginning to end. He also continued his thoughts on Coach Tyra Ballance's role in the game from the bench.
"My game ball goes to Tyra for believing in these kids as much as she does, fighting for them, and getting them to pull. During the timeouts, she was cheering, she was saying 'we can do this.' I was thinking, 'I don't know if we can or not, Tyra...we're down 10 with about 4 minutes to go,' but it just speaks volumes (of our team)."
Simon led the way in offense with 23 points and 7 rebounds, Martin finished with 13 points, Harrison added 6, Vincent had 3, Logsdon and Collins each had 2, and Ballance added 1.
The Lady Cats are now 15-3 on the season and are scheduled to take on Frederick Fraize in round two on Saturday at 12pm noon. Winter weather is likely to move that game to Monday and we'll have updates as soon as they become available.
Lady Cats Can't Top Lady Waves, Despite Comeback Effort
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The Lady Cats took only their third loss of the season at the hands of the Meade County Lady Waves in the inaugural Byrd is the Wyrd Classic on Saturday, January 6th, 72-68.
Meade County burned the nets at ECHS as they shot a blistering 89% from 3-point range (8/9), 68% from 2-point range, and hit 83% of their free throws (10/12). The Lady Waves shot a total of 79% from the floor for the entire game.
"You've got to give credit to Meade County, they shot the lights out," said Coach Kevin Jackson. "It's hard to be in a game when a good team shoots that well."
Jackson said he was proud of the effort put forth by the Lady Cats as they fought back from an eleven-point deficit with about two minutes to go in the game. After a three pointer by Caitlin Simon, a forced turnover on Meade, a three-point play by Simon, another forced turnover, two free throws by Lauren Ballance, and another bucket by Simon, who scored 31 points, the Lady Cats tied the score at 68-all with 50 seconds left to go.
Meade County was able to knock down a basket and draw the foul for a three-point play of their own with 40 seconds left to go, to climb back on top 71-68. The Lady Cats had two good looks at three-pointers during their final possession but neither fell and the Lady Waves went on to win, 72-68.
In addition to Simon's 31, Peyton Martin added 10, Logsdon and Ballance each added 7, Harrison had 6, Vincent scored 4, and Collins scored 3.
Edmonson County moves to 13-3 on the season and is scheduled to take on Breckinridge County Tuesday, January 9th at home in a JV/V match beginning at 5:30pm. There will be no live stream or broadcast so all Lady Cat fans are encouraged to attend the game in person.
Senior Peyton Martin was named the Edmonson County nominee for the 2018 Byrd is the Word Classic $1000 scholarship which will be awarded to one senior from one of the six participating teams in this year's classic. The winner will be named later by the appointed scholarship committee. The committee will be made up of representatives from each county, including Edmonson, Meade, Monroe, Allen, Grayson, and Muhlenburg.
Team Effort Gets Job Done Over Raiders
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The eleven game losing streak is over. Edmonson County was able to overcome the Trinity Raiders on the road last night to break the longest stretch of losses in recent Wildcat history. After battling a barrage of injuries and inconsistencies, Edmonson County took the floor last night in Whitesville with a full roster, positive energy, and the will to win. Those elements worked together in favor of the Cats as they took care of the Raiders 60-51 for their first win since December 4th and their first win this season in District 12.
The score was tied at 11-11 going into the second quarter but the Wildcats found success with transition baskets and points in the paint as they went on a 12-2 run to end the half. Senior J.T. Vincent, who led the Cats in scoring with 16 points and 7 rebounds, scored 12 of those in the first half to help give Edmonson County a 26-16 lead at halftime.
The Raiders came back in the third with a run of their own, knocking down three 3 pointers in a short span. They cut Edmonson's lead to 34-31 as the quarter ended, as they outscored them 15-8 in the third.
The Wildcats led 48-39 with just under two minutes to go in the game as Trinity began to turn up the defensive pressure with their chances getting slim. Senior Logan Minton buried a three pointer in the corner to put the Wildcats up 51-39, which also snuffed out any comeback attempt for the Raiders.
"Our game plan was to switch defenses regularly, catch them off guard, and keep them off balance, and I thought we did a good job at that" said Assistant coach Bart Weaver. "I thought we brought energy from the start and we talked about that, and I'm proud how they came out, on the road, in a district opponent's gym."
Weaver said it was obviously good to break the losing streak and "get the monkey off their backs," and that this was hopefully the beginning of a winning streak.
"You have to credit the young guys for stepping up through all our injuries and you have to credit the kids that treated their injuries and have come back. This is a team thing and that's what we preach all the time."
In addition to Vincent, Chaz Wilson scored 11 points, Logan Lindsey had 9, Tucker Cole had 8, Brayden Carey had 6, and Logan Minton and Dalton Decker each had 5 apiece.
Edmonson County is 3-13 on the season and is scheduled to take on Allen County, Saturday, January 6th with tip off slated for 4pm.