Wildcats Fall 75-47 To Breckinridge
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Wildcat forward Chaz Wilson put up 24 points for the second night in a row, but it wasn't enough to overcome an impressive Breckinridge County team in a 75-47 loss on the road last night.
Wilson also put up double figures in the rebound column in back-to-back performances with 10 rebounds last night, but the Tigers had too many weapons they used against the Cats. When Edmonson County pressured outside shooters, Breckinridge found success with dribble penetration for easy baskets in the paint. When the Wildcats tried shutting down the paint, the Tigers took advantage of open looks behind the arc.
For the second night in a row, turnovers where once again a source of trouble for Edmonson County. The Cats committed 29 turnovers (28 on Monday night) against the Tigers that led to several layups for Breckinridge.
"We played hard, we didn't give up," said Coach Mac, "but we had 29 turnovers, which is 56 in two games. That's pretty much on the coach because I don't have them mentally ready, but that's going to change. They're playing hard, but making mistakes we don't need to be making."
The remaining scoring for the Wildcats was: Decker 9, Pierce 6, Spainhoward 2, Woosley 2, Meredith 2, Roof 2
Edmonson County will take on Warren East Friday night at home in a G/B doubleheader beginning at 6pm.
Breckinridge County Tops Lady Cats
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A hot start was short lived for the Lady Cats in their season opener against Breckinridge County last night as they fell 61-38 on the road on Tuesday night. Edmonson County jumped out to a 9-0 start but a second quarter adjustment by the Lady Tigers turned things around in a hurry. An 11-5 first quarter lead turned into a 24-15 deficit for the Lady Cats at the half.
Full court pressure from Breckinridge County caused not only turnovers for Edmonson, but a total disruption of the Lady Cat offense. Breckinridge's 6 foot Kayla Young was also intimidating in the post. No one from Edmonson County landed in double figures in the loss.
Led by both Emma Rose Vincent and Lauren Ballance with 8 points each, the Lady Cats struggled offensively in the low-scoring affair. Chanley Logsdon added 7 points, Madison Harrison had 6, Katie Lindsey added 6 points, and Mia Goad scored 3.
"I was proud of how our kids came out. They were ready to play and I'm sure we were overlooked a little bit by Breckinridge with them being ranked the second team in the region," said Head Coach Bart Weaver. "We did a good job early, but when you make turnovers against a good team, it seems like it's magnified. Turnovers are always bad, but it's worse against a good time. We still have girls that are not looking to score. I know in the past some have not had to score, but we have to be more aggressive and look to the basket."
Edmonson County will take on Warren East Friday night at home at 6pm in the first game of a girl/boy doubleheader.
Three Wildcats In Double Figures, Wilson Impresses With Double-Double
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Turnovers overshadowed a solid effort by the Wildcats against the Thomas Nelson Generals at ECHS last night in the 2018-19 season opener, as Edmonson County fell 90-81.
Three Wildcats landed in double figures, with two of them at 20 points or higher, and one with a double-double.
Sophomore Chaz Wilson led Edmonson County with a career-high 24 points and 13 rebounds, followed by junior Dalton Decker's 20 points and 8 assists.
Edmonson County got off to a great start and took the lead early, but dribble penetration from the Generals caused the Wildcats some trouble in the second quarter. Thomas Nelson put together a 12-2 run that gave them the lead for good as they took a 48-46 advantage into the locker room at the half.
In addition to Wilson and Decker, EC had plenty of positive offensive performances as multiple Wildcats put points on the board. Junior Mason Pierce added 15 points, junior Eli Booker added 9, junior Nick Clemmons added 6, and senior Griffin Spainhoward also added 6. Jon Smith also had one point.
Edmonson County crashed the boards hard, which allowed them to win the rebound battle, but in the end, it would be the turnovers (27 of them) and lackluster free throw shooting (18/30 for 60%) that would be the difference.
"We had things going our way until midway through the second quarter," said Head Coach Mike McClintic, better known as 'Coach Mac.' "But you can't turn the ball over like we did. When you do that, you're giving up layups--easy buckets. But you know, there were some positives. We didn't give up. Decker's got 8 assists. Wilson's got 13 rebounds, and he was in foul trouble. But we have to take better care of the ball. Until we do that, we're going to have problems."
Coach Mac said there was plenty to discuss before tonight's game on the road at Breckinridge County, who is ranked number one in Region 3, but he also said he knew there's much more basketball to play.
The Lady Cats will join the Wildcats tonight in a girl/boy doubleheader with girls' action beginning at 6pm. A live video stream for both games will be available on the Edmonson Voice Facebook Page and later on the website.
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The scoreboard said 37-20 with the Wildcats falling short to Caldwell County in Princeton Friday night but for Edmonson County fans, the game was much closer than that because of the heart showed by EC.
The Tigers were sharp from the very beginning as senior quarterback Joby Jaggers connected with DeEric Hollowell for a 7-yard touchdown. The extra point gave them a 7-0 lead with under a minute into the game.
Caldwell County's Trace Olden scored again on a 25-yard touchdown run. The extra point gave the Tigers a 14-0 lead with 4:48 left in the first. The Tigers scored once more in the first quarter as the Wildcats took a 21-0 deficit as the second quarter began.
The Tigers kept rolling in the second as Gabe East returned a 70-yard kick off return for a touchdown with 10:27 left in the half. The extra point was good and the Wildcats trailed 28-0. Caldwell County wasn't finished in the half as they scored again with 4:18 left and extended their lead to 37-0.
Many teams would already be down for the count at this point, but apparently no one told the Wildcats that the game was already a blowout. Edmonson County's effort was as strong as it's been all year as they played as if the score was tied in the final quarter. With the quarter winding down, Jon Smith connected with Brock Stethen on a big 37-yard catch to move the Cats into the red zone. Smith scored on a one-yard push and the Wildcats cut the lead to 37-6 at the half.
The Wildcats pressed on and Edmonson's defense held the Tigers at bay during the third as neither team scored. Edmonson County scored early in the fourth on another touchdown run for 15 yards. The Wildcats failed on their two-point conversion and cut the lead to 37-14 with 8:24 to go.
The Wildcats continued their fight as they attempted an on side kick at the next kick off and recovered the ball. That led to another solid run as Smith connected with Isaiah Johnson for a 26-yard touchdown with 4:22 left in the game. Edmonson County attempted another on side kick but the Tigers got on the ball and Edmonson County was unable to score again.
Edmonson County ends their season with a record of 4-7 on the year. It was the final high school game for six seniors: Hunter Frederick, Hunter Goad, Jonathan Hollis, James Hollis, Logan Hagan, and Grayson Perdue.