Senior Skylar Lewis and Junior Nick Johnson To Receive Awards
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Two Edmonson County High School students have been named to the Tom Leach "All-Resilient Team," according to a spokesperson from the organization.
The All-Resilient Team honors student-athletes from Kentucky high schools who have had to overcome some form of adversity to compete and often excel in sports, within the previous calendar year.
Nick, a basketball team manager, member of the JV basketball team, and former football manager, suffered a stroke while in the womb. Doctors said he'd never walk nor talk. His mother, Elysia, said she and her husband Mickey, weren't satisfied with that diagnosis so they got a second opinion. Another group of doctors said otherwise and Nick began physical and speech therapy at around 8 months of age.
Nick's right side is weakened somewhat and has occasional trouble lifting certain objects with his right hand, but that's certainly not stopped him. During a recent JV basketball game at home against Metcalfe County, Nick hit three consecutive three-pointers that brought both the crowd and the opposing team to their feet.
There are few students anywhere with the school spirit like that of Nick Johnson.
Skylar Lewis is also no stranger to overcoming obstacles. She was diagnosed with epilepsy at age 10 then with Type I Diabetes at age 12. Despite that, she began playing little league basketball at age 4, which eventually led to her role as a valued member of the Edmonson County Lady Cats, who just completed the most successful season in school's history.
Just this year alone, she's overcome a shoulder injury, a knee injury, and a horrible round of the flu--coupled with a viral infection where she suffered vertigo for nearly a month, in addition to her battles with epilepsy and blood sugar troubles. She recovered, and helped the Lady Cats claim the team's first district championship in 20 years.
She was named a Region 3 winner of the Ronnie Hardin Memorial Scholarship during the regional tournament. She is the daughter of Jessica Hines and Brian Lewis.
Both students are invited to a formal awards banquet at the Ramada Plaza Hotel Convention Center in Louisville on Thursday, April 26th at 6pm eastern time.
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Logan Lindsey, a senior forward for Edmonson County, was named to the Region 3 All Tournament team last week at the conclusion of the Region 3 Championship at the Owensboro Sports Center.
Logan was the leading scorer and rebounder for this year's Wildcat team, finishing with an average of 11.8 points and 5.3 rebounds per game, despite being injured early in the season.
The Wildcats finished 10-22 on the season and were 12th District runners up as well as runners up in the All A Region 3 Tournament.
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Although the Lady Cats historic season ended sooner than Edmonson County had hoped, the team still enjoyed record-breaking feats and accolades, even after the season's end.
After the Region final, the end of season awards were presented and Head Coach Kevin Jackson, senior guard Caitlin Simon, and senior guard Peyton Martin all received top honors.
Coach Kevin Jackson was named Region 3 Coach of the Year, Caitlin Simon was named 3rd Region Player of the Year, All-Region 1st Team, and Region All-Tournament team, and Peyton Martin was named to the All-Region 1st Team & Region All-Tournament team.
The Lady Cats finished the season 29-5, the best in school history for a girls basketball team, 12th District Champions for the first time since 1998, the All A Region 3 Champions, and seniors Simon and Martin finished first and fourth (respectively) on the all-time scoring list for the Lady Cats. Simon finished with 2,564 points and Martin finished with 1,740.
Three seniors from this year's team received offers to play at the collegiate level, including: Simon, Martin, and Katlin Collins, although none have committed to any of those schools at this time.
Record-Breaking Lady Cat Season Ends With 53-41 Loss To Lady Mustangs
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The historic 2017-18 Edmonson County Lady Cat season came to an end last night as Edmonson County fell to the Muhlenberg County Lady Mustangs 53-41 in the Region 3 semifinals, thanks to a stellar defensive effort from Muhlenberg County.
Edmonson County has consistently ranked in several of the state's top statistical categories over the course of the season, one being total team field goal percentage, where they were listed at #4 going into last night's game at 49.6%. Muhlenberg's defense held the Lady Cats' shooting at only 38% for the game. Edmonson County also shot poorly from the free throw line, connecting on only 25% of shots. The team has been one of the better teams in the state all season long, normally shooting more than 70% as a whole.
The team's leading scorers in seniors Caitlin Simon and Peyton Martin were held to 18 combined points. They averaged 36.8 points per game going into last night's game.
Edmonson trailed 15-9 after the first quarter and had cut the deficit to 22-18 at the half. Muhlenberg's man-to-man defense made the comeback difficult for the Wildcats and a triangle-and-two bothered Simon and Martin all night long.
Muhlenberg County was able to create more space in the fourth on both drives to the basket and perimeter shooting. They hit their free throws in the final minutes to extend their lead and move on to the region final game on Sunday.
Coach Kevin Jackson said it was obvious that his team was rattled from time to time and that it was difficult for the Lady Cats to get any momentum when they need it most.
"Muhlenberg hit some shots early, we missed several early, and that happens," said Jackson. "We were still only down four at the half and we had a good positive talk at halftime about 'hey, the second half will be ours,' but we came back out with that same blank stare. I don't know if it was nerves or what. Sometimes it's hard to tell with kids, and what's going on in their minds, but I can't blame one person for doing something bad or wrong, it was just that the team effort didn't get the job done tonight."
Although the game and the season didn't end as expected and Jackson was solemn after the game, he was still able to smile when asked about the overall success of the record-breaking season that brought a district championship back to Lady Cat basketball for the first time in 20 years, along with more wins than any other girls' basketball team in Edmonson County history.
"You could argue that this is the best (Lady Cat) team ever, as far as from top to bottom," he said. "It's been a pleasure for me. I want to thank our fans that came down tonight and the ones at home listening. I know I've heard so many positive things about this group and they have nothing to be ashamed of."
"I also want to say thanks to our coaching staff and support staff," he continued. "They don't get much of the attention, but they do the dirty work with me that when nobody else is watching. Terry Alexander is keeping stats, Tom Vincent is keeping stats, Tyra (Ballance) and Christy (Clark) on the coaching staff, it's been a total team effort. I love this bunch and it's probably been the most fun I've had."
For five seniors, it was their final game. Caitlin Simon, Peyton Martin, Katlin Collins, Skylar Lewis, and Abby Alexander. All have played valuable roles on the team for several seasons. Three of them have received offers to play basketball at the collegiate level, including Simon, Martin, and Collins.
Simon finished as the all-time leading scorer for Edmonson County girls basketball with a career total of 2,564 points, according to team and KHSAA stats. Peyton Martin finished as number four on that list with 1,740.
"When you lose five seniors like we have," Jackson shook his head. "It's been such a pleasure for me to be around the last three years. Everybody told me that they were good players, but nobody mentioned how good of people they were when I mentioned coming back. I would've jumped on that quicker had I known how good of people they are, but those five seniors left their mark on Lady Cat basketball. Whether it's their record, their behavior, whatever it is, they left their mark. To lose five quality ladies, it's disappointing and it hurts."
Jackson said he'd never have anything but good things to say about the senior-led team and wished them nothing but the best in their futures.
The Lady Cats were led by Chanley Logsdon with 13 points, Martin finished with 10, Simon had 8 points and 7 rebounds, Lauren Ballance had 7, and Collins had 3.
The Lady Cats finish the season at 29-5, the best in school history. They are the 2018 District 12 Champions and the 2018 Region 3 All A Champions.
Regional Tournament Game Goes Down To Final Seconds
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A free throw in the final seconds made the difference in the 53-52 Wildcat loss in Wednesday's Region 3 game against the Ohio County Eagles that ended Edmonson County's 2017-18 season.
Trailing 44-52 with 1:31 to go, the Wildcats went on an 8-0 run, capped off by Ryan Lindsey's second three-pointer of that run that tied the score at 52 with 25 seconds remaining.
Ohio County went the length of the floor and Eagles forward John Parker (26 points) drew the foul on a shot with 4 seconds left. Parker hit the first free throw to give Ohio County the lead but missed the second one; however, Edmonson County was not able to grab the rebound and Ohio County's Logan Sandefur was able to tip the ball away from the Wildcats.
Wildcat fans wanted an over-the-back call. They didn't get it. Edmonson County was forced to throw up a prayer that didn't come close and the Eagles came away with the victory.
Edmonson County struggled with making shots early but stellar defense kept them in the game. The coaching staff wanted to focus on defense and rebounding and also wanted to take away the three point shot from the Eagles. Ohio County made only one of thirteen 3s for the entire game. The Wildcats forced 9 turnovers while only giving up 5. The rebounding differential was close, (Ohio 33-EC 26), but eleven of the Eagles' points came from offensive rebounds and putbacks.
Edmonson County also shot poorly from the free throw line, making only 1 of 7 for the entire game. Ohio County shot 12-20 for 60%. The Wildcats were 44% from the field compared to the Eagles' 45%.
"Our goal tonight was to shut down their three point shooters," said Assistant Coach Bart Weaver. "And we did a heck of a job. If you were to tell me before the game that they'd only make one of them I'd have told you we're definitely winning. Ever since the Trinity game where we had to cover those shooters, they've played their tails off by covering the shooters. Of course, that opens up where we're a little weak and that was against their size and we paid for that, but what a comeback. Man, I'm really proud of them. The eight seniors we got are quality young men."
Leading the Wildcats was senior Logan Lindsey with 18 points and 6 rebounds. He finished the season as the Wildcats' leading team scorer at just under 12 points per game. Also scoring was Tucker Cole with 11 points, 6 rebounds, and 6 assists. Logan Minton added 7, Ryan Lindsey and Dalton Decker each added 6, and J.T. Vincent added 4 points, 6 rebounds, and 3 blocked shots.
Eight seniors left the court for the last time in an Edmonson County Wildcats uniform. Coach Weaver talked about their leadership and their impact on Wildcat basketball.
"The first thing that comes to mind is how they've persevered through adversity. We've had injuries, we've had a round of the flu, I know all teams go through adversity, but these guys heard a lot of chirping like 'you're not winning enough,' but they just kept fighting and fighting. These eight seniors we got, not one time have they been in trouble at school, they're just quality young men."
"At first, I think it was tough for some to sit back and watch some younger guys play and get some of their minutes, but when it's all said and done, we're a team and they learned how to accept that and go on. That says so much about their character. We've also got young kids that we had to throw in the fire because we had to, and they responded. I just couldn't be more happy. It's a blessing for me and Coach (Mac) to coach these young men. And these guys? We're gonna miss them."
Edmonson County ends the season with a record of 10-22.