Lady Cats Defeat Green County In OT 54-49
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The Edmonson County Lady Cats had a strong showing in the 2018 Rafferty's Caveland Classic, hosted once again at ECHS, which featured 7 total teams in this year's event.
The Lady Cats held on against the Green County Lady Dragons on Saturday night 54-49 in overtime, thanks to big performances by Madison Harrison with 13 points and 11 rebounds, and Lauren Ballance who impressed with 21 points and 9 rebounds.
After a scalding 13-0 start in the first quarter, the Lady Cats went cold as Green County responded with a 10-0 run of their own. Edmonson County held an 18-12 lead after one. From that point forward, the game never separated with more than a two-possession game on either end.
The Lady Dragons took a 44-42 lead with 1:50 to go on a shot in the paint. On the next Lady Cat possession, Katie Lindsey found an open Ballance on the left side who buried a 3 with 1:14 left for an EC 45-44 lead. Green County's Kylie Jackson drove the ball into the paint once again but drew a foul. She hit both free throws as Green took a 46-45 lead with 48 seconds left in the game.
Emma Vincent hit Ballance again with a give-and-go where she drew a foul with 16.7 seconds left. Ballance hit one of two free throws to tie the game at 46 all. Green County fired a 3 at the buzzer but it was no good to force overtime. Edmonson County held on to win in overtime for their 5th straight win.
Katie Lindsey scored 9, Emma Vincent had 8, and Chanley Logsdon had 3. Edmonson County defeated Hart County on Friday night 61-40 and Franklin-Simpson 58-19 on Thursday night.
Rafferty's was once again the corporate sponsor for the annual tournament, thanks to EC native Scott Lindsey, who plays the vital part in bringing the event to ECHS. As Senior VP of Rafferty's, Lindsey sees that sponsorship money is put back into Edmonson County schools for the tournament.
Wildcats Fall to Green County 49-46
Another scrappy and physical game was the case on Saturday evening as the Wildcats took on Green County in the final round of the Rafferty's Caveland Classic immediately following the Lady Cat win. As has been the case all year, turnovers were once again a factor as the Dragons capitalized on Wildcat mistakes throughout the night.
Edmonson County shot poorly from the free throw line as well (5-16) for only 42%. However, Nick Clemmons was hot from behind the arc as he sunk 5-three pointers for a total of 17 points. Dalton Decker was cold early but he was more aggressive around the rim in the second half as he finished with 14 points.
The Wildcats were down as much as 9 in the third quarter but an 8-2 run by EC cut that to 33-30 going into the fourth quarter. Edmonson County had a chance to tie it at the buzzer but Griffin Spainhoward's contested three was no good and Green County took the win.
Edmonson County faced a tough battle on Friday night against Hart County where they pulled out a 69-63 win over the Raiders. Fans saw a similar match up on Thursday as well in the first night of the classic as the Wildcats fell to yet another physical team in Metcalfe County, who defeated the Cats 71-64.
Both the boys and girls will off through Christmas and then the boys are scheduled to travel to Cloverport next Thursday, December 27th at 3pm to play Frederick Fraize. The Edmonson Voice will carry the audio broadcast only. The Wildcats are now 4-12 on the season.
The Lady Cats are 7-2 on the season and are scheduled to play in the Banker Hardwood Classic in Russell County on December 27th at 2pm.