Just like the Lady Cats, the boys team fell victim to Grayson County in the district finals on Friday night. Luckily, the season didn't end as both teams advanced to the Regional Tournament. Even though it was bittersweet, 4 different Wildcats were named to All-District Teams.
All-District Academic Team: Senior Cole Bedwell
All-District Seasonal Team: Senior Dakota Woodcock, Junior Austin Sowders, and Junior Hunter Buttram
All-Tournament Team: Dakota Woodcock, Cole Bedwell, and Austin Sowders
A big fourth quarter by the Grayson County Cougars turned a neck-and-neck contest into a tough loss for the Wildcats during Friday night's 12th District Championship game, hosted by ECHS. The gym was packed as fans from both teams were ready for a hard-fought battle. Each team traded baskets until Dakota Woodcock hit an off balance three at the buzzer to give the Wildcats a 16-14 lead.
The second quarter was much of the same but the Wildcats struggled from the free throw line, missing a couple of opportunities to gain momentum. Senior Chase Turley became more aggressive in the second as he scored two quick baskets, keeping the Cougars in check. The Wildcats took a 26-25 lead into the locker room at the half.
Coach Mike McClintic said the key for his team early in the game was limiting Grayson County's points in the paint. The Wildcat zone defense forced the Cougars to shoot from long range, something that was an advantage for the Cats as they out-rebounded Grayson County 26-24.
Turley went to the bench after he picked up his 3rd foul with 4:05 left in the third, but Cole Bedwell stepped it up, scoring 7 straight points as the score was tied at 44-44 going into the fourth.
The fourth quarter would be a different story as Grayson County came out on a 9-2 run. "I don't know if the word 'crumble' is right, but it seems like we just crumbled, defensively," McClintic said. "We didn't get the shots we really wanted and we started having defensive breakdowns."
The Cougars outscored the Wildcats 22-8 in the fourth, which was the difference in the game. It was a collective offensive effort for ECHS as four Wildcat scored double figures. Hunter Buttram led with 12, Chase Turley and Cole Bedwell each had 11, and Austin Sowders added 10.
Edmonson County had to start fouling with around 2:00 left, but Grayson County didn't allow EC back in the game as they hit their free throws down the stretch, shooting 89% from the foul line.
Coach McClintic said he wants to remain positive going into the regional tournament. "At the start of the season, we were picked to finish 4th in the district and 14th in our region (next to last), but because of these kids, we had success and we're going to the Regional. We obviously wanted to win the district, but it didn't happen. I'm as proud of them as I could possibly be with any team."
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Although the Lady Cats didn't cut down the nets during last night's loss to Grayson County, they still had plenty of reason to hold their heads high as three members of this year's team were named to various all-district teams.
Senior Brandi Lindsey was named to the All-Academic Team, All-Season Team, and the All-Tournament Team.
Freshmen Caitlin Simon and Peyton Martin were both named to the All-Season Team as well as the All-Tournament Team.
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There are games where everything goes right for your team, other times, well...not so much. The Lady Cats were victims of the latter last night as they struggled to put points on the board in a lop-sided Grayson County 68-30 blowout. ECHS couldn't get an offensive rhythm going, something that the Lady Cougars took advantage of.
"Grayson County's defense was really good," Coach Ted Hill said. "They denied the passing lanes and when we got a shot off, it was contested, so it was just tough to score. Then, when we did get some easy shots, they'd rim out on us, and we just couldn't get anything to fall."
Freshman Caitlin Simon led ECHS in scoring with 11 points, the only Lady Cat in double figures. The team shot a disappointing 22% from the field, 24% from three point range, and 29% from the free throw line.
"You're not going to beat many teams shooting 22%," Hill said. "Especially a good team like Grayson. I feel like they're the best team in the region." Hill took part of the blame himself. "I was disappointed in everything tonight, starting with the coaching, all the way down to the playing."
Other Lady Cats helping the cause were Peyton Martin with 6 points, Brandi Lindsey with 5, Madelyne Taylor and Maddie Cline each had 3, and Lauren Ballance added 2.
Luckily, the Lady Cats' season isn't over. They're ready to put this game behind them and look for better results in the Region 3 Tournament. "The Region is even this year," Hill said. "We've played all the teams that will be there except for a couple, so they'll be teams we're familiar with." The tournament will be held at the Owensboro Sports Center, starting next week.
Hill said that even though he has a young team, it has experience. "Some of our kids have been playing a long time, so we'll give it our best shot. You never know what can happen in tournaments like this. We'll go there and give a great effort," he said. "We'll give a better effort than we did tonight."
Darren Doyle, story and photos
ECHS FRESHMEN LADY CATS ARE BACK TO BACK REGIONAL CHAMPIONS
After winning their first regional championship in the Green River Valley Conference regional tournament last year (2013-2014) as 8th graders, the ECHS Lady Cat Freshmen basketball team captured their second regional title.
On February 10, 2015 the ECHS Lady Cat Basketball Freshmen team won the freshmen district tournament. In the first round the Lady Cats defeated Butler County 42-21 and then moved on to defeat Grayson County 38-19 to claim the district championship.
On February 14, 2015 the Lady Cats defeated Muhlenberg County in the regional championship 53-38. Scoring for the championship game includes: Peyton Martin (18 pts), Caitlin Simon (10 pts.), Katlin Collins (8pts), Hannah Meredith (8 pts.), Skylar Lewis (7 pts), and Lauren Ballance (2 pts).
Front row (left to right): Katlin Collins, Caitlin Simon, Peyton Martin, Skylar Lewis, and Abby Alexander
Back row (left to right): Coach Christy Clark, Cierra Collins, Madison Harrison, Madison McCombs, Emma Rose Vincent, Hannah Meredith, Mia Goad, Chanley Logsdon, Keely Doyle, Lauren Balance, and Coach Nikki Culbreth.
Not pictured, Head Coach Ted Hill. (photo submitted by Nikki Culbreth)
Two Edmonson County Cheerleaders, Haley Ricketts and Katie Duvall, were honored during last night's 12th district tournament as they were named to the All-District Cheerleading Squad for 2015.
Also making the squad from other schools were Challee Shartzer and Kia Milam (Grayson Co), Rebecca Daugherty and Molly Sanders (Butler Co), and Hope Boue and Silva Stauffer (Trinity).
When you talk about a rivalry in Edmonson County, the first team you think of is Grayson County, and it seems like it's been that way for years. (Insert your own Swampee joke here). Senior Cole Bedwell, however, is one Wildcat who disagrees. "I believe here in the last few years it's turned to Butler County, big time," he said. "When this game started, we had chills. A big district game like this? You're always going to get those butterflies when you start, but as the game goes on, you start to settle and get more comfortable."
And comfortable Bedwell seemed, as he was part of a nail biting stretch where ECHS hit 8 free throws in a row in the last three minutes of the game. Bedwell, who scored 15 points, was 9-12 from the foul line, two of which stretched the lead to 72-68 with 22.5 seconds to go. "Being a senior, you have to use your experience from these types of games and just go up there with confidence."
Austin "Cuban" Sowders led the Wildcats offensively with 22 points and 12 rebounds. ECHS led by 10 at the half, but the Bears refused to go away and kept it close with a couple of runs in the third. That's when the Wildcats started pushing the ball inside. "We wanted to play inside-out," said coach Mike McClintic. "Once Austin gets going, or Chase, or whoever we have inside, it also opens up our shooters. They played Sowders lots of 1-on-1 in the third, and he got the best of it." Sowders gave credit to his team mates. "I got in position, but the guys just kept getting me the ball," he said. "We're just playing good team ball right now."
Sowders also hit two free throws with 1:57 to go, giving the Cats a 68-63 lead. His biggest play of the night, however, actually came when he short-armed two free throws, but got his own rebound and scored with just 13 seconds to go, sealing the deal, 74-68. Senior guard Dakota Woodcock, who scored 13 points, said "Once you go man-to-man, there's not anybody that can guard him, (Sowders) so we just kept telling him to take it to 'em."
Woodcock was 8-8 from the free throw line. "You just act like it's another free throw you're shooting in practice," he said. "Don't listen to the other team, zone everything out and just make 'em."
Coach Mac said one of the team's goals all year has been to make it to the regional tournament. Now that it will happen, the 12th district title is also within sight. "This one was the important one because we get to move on, so we've reached one goal (the regional), now we're looking for the second one (district)."
He also said that the 12 point lead his team held with about 5:00 to go began to disappear not because his guys became relaxed, but because they got in a hurry. "We didn't get in our offense the way we wanted to. We tried to do some things that we don't usually do."
Coach also discussed overhearing the seniors talk about the absence of a district championship banner since 1993. "They know it...they see the old banner at the end of the gym." He said they didn't say it directly to him, but to the other players, trying to keep them focused. "They're just good kids...on and off the court. I think it shows how they've been raised, and it's great."
Other scorers were Chase Turley with 9, Hunter Buttram with 7, Daniel Caudill added 5, and Senior Trevor Norris nailed a huge three pointer down the stretch.
The game was emotionally charged as referees separated players during scuffles multiple times, opposing fans shouted at each other, and police gave a warning to Butler County's student section. So, which is the bigger rivalry? Grayson? Butler? If the Wildcats want a new district championship banner, looks like they'll have to beat both teams to do it. The Wildcats will play Grayson County in the championship game on Friday night. Tipoff is scheduled for 7pm.
Darren Doyle, story
Scott Skaggs, photos
It was an emotional night for senior athletes and their families last night as Senior Night Activities took place at ECHS during the 12th district tournament. Two cheerleaders and two Lady Cats took center court last night as they presented their families with flowers as a token of appreciation for support shown during their high school career.
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Freshman Peyton Martin led the way for the Lady Cats last night as she scored 25 points off the bench in a victory over the Lady Bears of Butler County in game one of the 12th district tournament held at ECHS. Martin provided a huge boost while scoring 14 points in the second quarter, a boost that would keep the Lady Bears a comfortable distance away for the remainder of the game.
Caitlin Simon, another freshman, also came up big for ECHS as she scored 20 points while adding 8 rebounds. Martin's big 2nd quarter helped give the Lady Cats a 42-33 lead at the half and they continued their momentum in the 3rd. Butler County had a strong 4th but ECHS held on for an 85-70 win.
Two other Lady Cats hit double figures as senior Brandi Lindsey added 16 points and Madelyne Taylor scored 12. Jhonna Basil helped out with 8 and Tori Browning added 3. The Lady Cats hit their free throws late in the game and hit a total of 33 out of 46 (72%). The victory last night guaranteed the Lady Cats a spot in the Regional Tournament which begins next week.
The Lady Cats will face top-seeded Grayson County, who rocked Whitesville Trinity 69-12, Thursday night in the championship game. The boys team will face-off tonight against Butler County in the first round of the boys tournament. Tip-off is scheduled for 6pm. Senior Night Activities will begin at 5:30.
D. Doyle, story and photos
ECHS Hosts 12th District Basketball Tournament
--Begins February 24th –
The 12th district basketball tournament returns to Brownsville. The girls and boys tournament will begin on Tuesday, February 24th with a girl’s doubleheader matching up Grayson County against Trinity at 6:00. The Lady Cats will play Butler County at approximately 7:45. The boys tournament will begin on Wednesday, February 25th with the Wildcats playing Butler County at 6:00 and Grayson County playing Trinity at approximately 7:45. The girls championship game will be at 7:00 on Thursday, February 26th. The boys championship will be at 7:00 on Friday, February 27th.
ECHS Athletic Director Kyle Pierce says that this year’s tournament could be one of the most competitive tournaments there have been in a long time. “In both our girls and boys tournaments, we have very similarly match teams. Our opening round games have matchups that will make it fun to watch. We know every team has worked extremely hard this season. We want to provide a great atmosphere for our teams and fans to have the best experience possible.”
Pierce wanted to make sure everybody knew that during district play, there are a few changes from the regular season. “First, we are going to have the main gate at the front doors of the high school, just like you would go to the office. Since the tournament receipts are shared with other schools, there are no passes that are honored. This includes coaches cards, season passes, reserved seats, etc. There are no signs, banners, posters, etc. allowed into the building during the district tournament. Admission is $5 per night.”
SENIOR NIGHT UPDATE: With this week's weather effecting many school's Senior Night activities, ECHS will honor each 12th district school's senior basketball players and cheerleaders during the tournament. Senior night was originally scheduled for this Friday night in Brownsville against Greenwood. The game has been cancelled and will not be rescheduled due to the district tournament.
This week's Senior Spotlight is on Wildcat Dakota Woodcock! As usual, the guys speak with Coach Ted Hill and Coach Mike McClintic. Would you like to win a Marathon Gas Card? Go to Twitter,re-tweet our Edmonson Voice link and listen...if the show gets 100 plays this week, you could win!
Lady Eagles 87 Lady Cats 84
The Lady Cats got things started last night in Brownsville as ECHS hosted Ohio County in a girl/boy doubleheader. It was a high scoring affair as 4 different Lady Cats scored double figures. It was pretty much an even match as ECHS faced a 5 point deficit at halftime, 47-42. The Lady Cats were laying it all on the court as they cut Ohio County's lead to 66-65 after the third, but couldn't overcome the awesome three point shooting of the Lady Eagles in the 4th as they lost, 87-84.
Multiple Lady Cats put up solid numbers as Caitlin Simon led the way with 33 points and 10 rebounds. She also went 6-6 from the free throw line. Brandi Lindsey and Peyton Martin also impressed as Lindsey scored 11 points with 10 assists, and Martin added 12 points with 9 rebounds and 6 steals. Jhonna Basil helped the cause while adding 10 points of her own. Other Lady Cats contributing were Madelyne Taylor with 8 points and 9 assists, Rachael Duncan and Maddie Cline each scored 3 as Tori Browning and Katlin Collins each scored 2. It was a very solid performance from the Lady Cats, they simply fell a bit short.
Wildcats 79, Eagles 65
At the boys game, EC fans saw the Cats take control in the second half as they defeated the Eagles 79-65. ECHS started off in the hole again, a problem that they've experienced many times this season, as the Eagles jumped out to a 19-13 lead. The Cats pulled to within three at halftime with the score 32-29. The momentum shifted back to EC in the third as the boys outscored Ohio County 26-18, putting the Cats on top, 55-50. A slam dunk by Chase Turley, a quick steal, and another Turley basket caused the fans to erupt and the Cats never looked back.
Offensively, the Wildcats were led by Dakota Woodcock with 20 points and 5 assists. He also shot 92% from the free throw line, going 11-12. Hunter Buttram had a fantastic game himself, scoring 18 and grabbing 13 rebounds, while going 3-6 from three point land. Chase Turley added 15 points and 8 rebounds to the win. Cuban Sowders contributed 14 points and 5 rebounds, and Cole Bedwell impressed with 10 points, 8 rebounds, going 4-4 from the free throw line.
The Wildcats will host Fredrick Fraize (Cloverport) tonight at ECHS in a JV/V game. Tipoff is scheduled for 6pm. The last regular season home game is scheduled for Friday, Feb 20th against Greenwood. The Wildcats will host the 12th district tournament the following week.
Darren Doyle, story
Granville Meredith, contributor
The Wildcats hosted The Fredrick Fraize (Cloverport) Aces last night in Brownsville in a game that was fast paced and competitive until the end. If you're familiar with the Aces, you know they've had a difficult time staying competitive for many years. If you expected a blowout win tonight, you were either greatly disappointed, or happy to see ten guys hashing it out all night long.
The Wildcats got things started sluggishly again tonight, playing catch-up as the Aces scored the first 9 points of the game. The Cats got straightened out at the end of the high-scoring first quarter, but still behind, 24-21. The second quarter fell in favor of ECHS and the score was tied at halftime, 40-40. Much like the previous game against Ohio County, the Cats came out in the third with good momentum and improved their rebounding. With the Aces cooling down from three point land, the Wildcats were able to hold a 59-55 lead going into the 4th quarter. Cloverport would gain ground, but ECHS would find a way to extinguish the run, making a play when needed. The Wildcats were impressive with their free throw shooting down the stretch and held on for the 82-76 win.
Assistant Coach Bart Weaver was asked about the consistent slow beginnings for the Wildcats. "Well, that's a good question," he said with a chuckle. "If we knew the exact answer to that, it wouldn't happen every game. That's something we gotta figure out." Coach gave credit to the Aces for a hard fought game as well as the performances from Cloverport's Logan Fuqua, who scored 29 points (7 three's) and Nicholas Smith who added 23. "He was solid tonight (Smith), he's probably one of the top 5 players in the region. And No. 2 (Fuqua) just lit it up, we didn't do a very good job on him, and he took advantage of it tonight."
The coaching staff was happy with the way the Wildcats handled the pressure in the second half. "Coach Mac (Mike McClintic) and I are really proud of these guys. Game after game after game, we've hit free throws down the stretch, and it's helped us in tight games," Weaver said.
Dakota "Woody" Woodcock led the Cats with 19 points, Chase Turley scored 14 and grabbed 7 rebounds, and Hunter Buttram scored 13 with 7 rebounds. Cole Bedwell added 11 with 7 rebounds, Daniel Caudill scored 10. Trevor Norris added 8 and Austin Sowders contributed with 7.
"We're going to continue to get ready for the district tournament. We've got a couple more games, so the more momentum we can build before then is huge," Coach Weaver said. "Tonight was a good win against a good quality opponent. This is another stepping stone for us before the tournament."
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The ECHS Freshman Lady Cats opened play in the Freshman 12th District Tournament at Butler County last night as they played a double header, first winning against Butler County, then advanced to the championship game against Grayson County.
The Lady Cats jumped out to an early lead vs. Butler County and held it through halftime leading 23-7. In the 3rd quarter they continued, extending the lead to 38-10. The Lady Cats ran away with this game, winning 44-10.
Caitlin Simon led all scorers with 11, followed by Skylar Lewis with 6 and Peyton Martin and Hannah Meredith each finished with 5. After only a few minutes of rest, ECHS continued on to the championship game.
The Lady Cats continued their strong play in the final game and managed to shut down Grayson County holding a commanding lead at halftime, 21-4. ECHS was simply too much for Grayson County as they dominated with this win, claiming the 12th District Freshman Title, 38-19.
Caitlin Simon finished the game with 12 points, 6 rebounds, and 4 steals, Kaitlin Collins added 10 points and 6 rebounds. They will advance to the Regional Tournament scheduled for this Saturday. Times and location are still TBD.
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Shawn McCombs, contributor, photos
ECHS looked to make it three wins in a row last night, but a slow first quarter along with a momentum killer in the 4th kept that from happening, as the Cats lost to Breckinridge County at home, 78-65.
For the second game in a row, ECHS let their opponent get the best of them to start the game, as the Cats fell behind 19-11 after the first quarter. Much like last week's game vs. Whitesville Trinity, the Wildcats had to play catch-up the rest of the game.
ECHS had a much better showing in the second quarter as they pulled to within 3 at halftime, trailing 33-30. Breckinridge edged the Wildcats by only a couple of points in the third quarter, yet added to the lead as EC trailed 55-49 going into the 4th quarter.
In a close contest halfway about halfway through the 4th quarter, Wildcat Dakota Woodcock was called for what fans considered to be a questionable technical foul. It appeared that Woodcock was simply trying to get position from being boxed out, but the official ruled the push into the back of the Breckinridge player was intentional. This changed the momentum of the game, causing the Cats to start shooting threes. Unfortunately, that only works if you make them, which the boys weren't able to do. The game was closer than the scored showed, but Breckinridge hit freethrows down the stretch, increasing the lead and eventually sealing the win.
The Wildcats were led offensively by Dakota Woodcock with 16 points, 3 assists, and 1 steal. Two other Wildcats hit double figures as Cole Bedwell scored 12 points and Cuban Sowders added 11 along with his 7 rebounds. Other contributors to the cause were Hunter Buttram with 9, Turley, Norris, and Caudill each added 5 points apiece, and Devin Elmore added 2.
The Wildcats will play Ohio County at home this Thursday night, Feb 12th, in a girl/boy doubleheader. Tipoff is scheduled for 6pm.
Darren Doyle, story
Granville Meredith, contributor
Scott Skaggs, photos
The ECMS Lady Cats basketball squad held their post-season awards banquet last night (Feb.8) at The Ken Byrd Center in Chalybeate. The players, coaches, and families, enjoyed a nice evening of reflection and good food. Coach Tyra Ballance handed out awards and gifts to each 6th, 7th, 8th grade girl that was apart of the of 2014-15 season. A special video tribute was viewed by all in attendance, followed by some special recognition, and the 8th grade's Conference Championship banner was unveiled by Principal Brandon Prunty. Before the night was over the players presented gifts to both coaches Tom Vincent and Tyra Ballance. The 8th grade girls also presented a very special gift to Coach Tyra Ballance that capped off the night.
The 8th grade girls have won back to back Green River Valley Conference Championships under Coach Tyra Ballance. These ladies are not only exceptional athletes, most are also exceptional students. Many will continue to play basketball for Edmonson County in high school. We wish them much success in all their endeavors.
Above: Principal Brandon Prunty and Coach Tom Vincent display the GRV Conference Championship Banner.
Shawn McCombs, story and photos
Five months ago, a group of middle and high school students were assembled together to attempt to build Edmonson County's first Archery Team. Since that time, Coach Chris Shelton says he's seen an amazing transformation, one that will possibly allow this team to compete in the National Archery in Schools Program (NASP) sanctioned Kentucky State Tournament.
The Edmonson County team traveled to Owensboro Apollo High School this past weekend to compete in their very first 3rd Regional Tournament, where they not only held their own against seasoned, veteran-led teams, but racked up a score good enough to push them into the state tournament.
In most school sports, you have a regional champion which automatically gets the bid in the state tournament. In archery, it's all based on a point system. The EC team scored in the neighborhood of 3,000 points, which according to previous years' scores, should be good enough for the team to advance. There is an element of suspense involved, as the Wildcats don't know what other teams scored over the weekend, and unfortunately, they won't know until February 16th. "I feel pretty good with where we're at with this score," Coach Shelton said. "We have a really good chance to move on." More than one team can compete within each region.
Shelton said that the school board will vote on whether or not to change the team from the current status of "club" to an official school "sport." This will allow the team to fall under KHSAA requirements and grant more opportunities as a whole. "It's hard to imagine, but in just 5 months, these kids have gone from never competing at all, to hopefully being on their way to the state tournament in Louisville," said Shelton. He also discussed the benefits that the sport gives team members. "Some of the kids don't play other sports and this gives many of them an identity they're comfortable with. We also teach them other values and accountability. They're all such a great bunch of kids, they're awesome."
The team is also coached by Wally Ritter, and Shelton said that the ultimate goal for the team is to continue their growth so that scholarship opportunities can be created, allowing some EC students a different path to college.
The Edmonson Voice salutes Coach Shelton, Coach Ritter, and another great group of kids that continue to make Edmonson County proud.
EC Archery Team, photos
If you only watched the first quarter last night, you probably would have predicted the Cats getting blown out on the road at Whitesville Trinity. However, the 2nd and 3rd quarters were a different story as the Cats went on to defeat their district foe with solid win, securing their number one seed in the district tournament when it begins in a couple weeks at ECHS.
The first quarter saw the Cats struggling to put points on the board as they managed to scratch out a measly 6 points, compared to Trinity's 15. The second quarter saw life from ECHS as they had literally evened the score 25 all at halftime. Another strong performance in the third secured the lead and really the difference in the game as the final score was 65-54, ECHS.
It was all Lady Cats last night at Whitesville Trinity as ECHS won the last district game of the regular season by 29 points. Caitlin Simon led the way offensively with 13 points with help from Brandi Lindsey who dished out an amazing 17 assists while nabbing 7 steals.
The Lady Cats dominated the first quarter 26-4 and built on their lead from there. Leading 36-10 at halftime, ECHS was able to pretty stay on cruise control until the final buzzer sounded, winning 59-30.
The Lady Cats finished in the middle of the pack in district standings, tying with Butler County at an even 3-3. They will face Butler in the first round of the district tournament when it begins in a couple of weeks.
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The Lady Cats took on Metcalfe County last night in the second game at homecoming night. ECHS started the game in control as they jumped out to an early 17 – 14 lead after the first. In the second quarter both teams struggled to put points on the board, but the Lady Cats held on to the lead going into halftime 25 – 22. The third quarter was much of the same with defense from both teams keeping scoring low, but the Lady Cats went in the 4th clinging to a two point lead. During the last quarter, ECHS was able to take full control as they got hot from the field, putting up 28 points and were able to defeat Metcalfe 61 – 47.
Brandi Lindsey led the way for the Lady Cats with 23 points, 6 assists, 2 rebounds, and 5 steals, but an impressive team effort was also displayed as Caitlin Simon added 12 points, 3 assists, 8 rebounds, and 3 steals.
Jhonna Basil had 11 points, 1 assist, 3 rebounds and 1 steal, while Peyton Martin helped out with 8 points, and Tori Browning scored 7 points.
The girls are scheduled to travel to Whitesville Trinity for a district matchup in a girl/boy doubleheader on Friday night starting at 6 pm.
Granville Meredith, contributor
Darren Doyle, photos
The Edmonson County Wildcats had no problem taking care of Metcalfe County on Tuesday night, at least not until a late rally in the last couple minutes from the Hornets during the first game of the Basketball Homecoming Boy/Girl doubleheader. The Wildcats jumped out to a ten point lead after the first quarter and stayed on cruise control with a 15-20 point lead throughout the game until the fourth quarter, when a combination of sloppy play from the Cats and good execution from the Hornets made for an interesting run.
With 2 minutes to go, the Hornets nailed a three to cut what had been a Wildcat 20 point lead to only 5. The difference would get no closer than that as the Cats hit their free throws down the stretch and pulled out the win, 66-56.
Chase Turley led the way with 13 points and 8 rebounds. He fouled out, but not before he brought the crowd to their feet as he slammed home two points on a breakaway dunk in the second half.
Coach Mike McClintic said that his team simply got a little too comfortable in the fourth quarter. "The first three quarters were really good, but I think there at the end our guys just felt like 'hey we got this' and it just got sloppy." He also said that even though he's no fan of looking for excuses, last night's district nail-biter against Butler County didn't make things any easier tonight. "That and tonight's game being emotional--homecoming, you know, it may have worn us down a little bit as the game went on."
Coach also smiled as he talked about the dunk from Chase Turley. "I think that's gonna help Chase a little bit through the rest of the year. He's wanted that badly, and yeah, that'll keep him going." He said it was good to get the win tonight which brings the Cats' record to 13-10 heading into Friday's district game against Whitesville Trinity, at Trinity.
Dakota Woodcock added 12 points, going 10/12 from the free throw line, some of those coming in the final minute of the game. Cuban Sowders scored 11 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. He's nursed a sore shoulder all season long, and while attempting a rebound, it popped out of place, but as he hit the ground, it actually popped back in. Coach McClintic said Sowders might have surgery after the season ends. Hunter Buttram scored 6 points while Cole Bedwell and Caleb Skaggs added 5 each.
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Twenty-two beautiful young ladies took to the court tonight at ECHS with their escorts to see who would join the Homecoming Court for this year's event.
From L-R: Sophomore Princess McKenna Wood, escorted by Walker Hazel, Junior Princess Jhonna Basil, escorted by Dylan Skaggs, Senior Homecoming Queen Cierra Whitman, escorted by John Finch, and Freshman Princess Peyton Martin, escorted by Ryan Lindsey.
Darren Doyle, photos
The ECHS Wildcats Defeated The Butler County Bears for the second time this season last night in Brownsville. The Cats looked pretty good to start the game, with a 17-13 lead after the first quarter. ECHS kept control of the contest going into the locker room at halftime, leading 30-23. The third quarter looked much of the same, with the Bears giving the Cats a scare in the fourth but still fell short as ECHS snatched the one-point win, 62-61.
The offense was led by Cole Bedwell with 16 points, going 5-7 from the field and 5-6 from the free throw line. Hunter Buttram added 13 points while Dakota Woodcock scored 12. Other contributors were Austin Sowders with 9 points, 5 rebounds and a blocked shot, Chase Turley helped out with 7 points and 7 boards, Devin Elmore scored 3 points and Daniel Caudill added 2.
The 2015 Homecoming Game is tonight vs. Metcalfe County at ECHS in a Boy/Girl Doubleheader. The boys are scheduled to play first at 6pm. Homecoming activities will be in between games.
Kathy Meredith, Photos
The ECHS Lady Cats hosted district rival Butler County last night as they took on the Lady Bears. The Lady Cats, who were without head coach Ted Hill due to a family matter, looked to improve their 9-12 season record. The first quarter was evenly matched as EC held a slight lead, 17 – 14. With a 12 - 6 2nd quarter, Butler County grabbed a 23 – 26 lead at halftime. The second half was a little different story and the game slowed down with a total of 28 fouls being called. The third quarter sped back up a bit as EC gained some momentum and pulled out to a 46 – 38 lead. In the fourth quarter both teams looked a little flat and went back -and- forth on the lead as regulation ended with a tie, 56 – 56 . As the match moved into overtime it was an even contest until the last minute where Butler County gained control as the Lady Cats fell short, 66 – 69.
3 Lady Cats were in double figures: Brandie Lindsey had 21 points, 6 assists, 7 rebounds, and 6 steals, Caitlin Simon also added 21 points along with 2 assists, 8 rebounds, and 2 steals, and Jhonna Basil finishedwith 11 points 4 rebounds.
Other scorers were Tori Browning 6 points, Madelyne Taylor 2 points, Rachael Duncan 2 points, Skylar Lewis 2 points, and Peyton Martin with 1 point.
The Lady Cats will play tonight at home against Metcalfe County as ECHS celebrates the 2015 Homecoming. Activities are scheduled to take place between the Boys and Girls games, as the Boys will play first. Tipoff is scheduled for 6pm.
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