Lady Cats Fall To Madisonville
The Lady Cats fell victim to Madisonville-North Hopkins tonight as they lost 55-58 on day two of the Raffery's/Double Dog Caveland Classic at ECHS.
The Lady Cats were led by Senior guard Brandi Lindsey with 19 points, and 7 assists. Freshman Caitlin Simon also played well, adding 12 points and 4 assists. ECHS went into the locker room at halftime tied up with Madisonville 27-27 on Simon's bucket at the buzzer, but couldn't come out with the win.
Also adding to the cause was Peyton Martin (3 pts, 2 rebounds) Jhonna Basil (4 pts) Cierra Whitman with 3 pts, Tori Browning with 5 pts, and Rachael Duncan with three-3 pointers, finishing with 9 points.
The Lady Cats will take on a very tough Simon Kenton team tomorrow morning at 9am in the final day of the classic.
Edmonson Voice Staff
Darren Doyle, Photos
Woodcock Scores 29 As Cats Win In OT
Wildcats Defeat Warren East 71-67
Dakota Woodcock, named player of the game, paced the Wildcats with a season-high 29 points, adding several key free throws down the stretch. The Wildcats seemed to be in control the entire game with leads close to the double digit mark until about four minutes to go in the fourth quarter. Coach Mike McClintic said Warren East's pressure began to wear down the Cats. "We got a little bit tired there at the end. We also had some guys in the wrong places trying to handle the ball when they shouldn't have. We should've gotten the ball to Woody (Dakota Woodcock) a few more times. Warren East's defense picked up quite a bit towards the end of regulation and it caught us off guard, even though we knew it was coming," he said.
For the most part, Warren East's offensive threats were kept in check throughout the game, yet they still managed to hit some key three-pointers with just a couple minutes to go. "We actually had their best shooters covered well," coach said. "They had some guys hit those big threes, and honestly, they're the guys we wanted to shoot those shots...they just stepped up and made them."
Coach McClintic pointed out that nearing the end of regulation, he saw his team playing not to lose instead of playing to win. "We were getting in that mode a little bit, but we were able to get out of that. Hopefully tonight will help us in that issue."
Austin Sowders also had a big game, adding 18 points with a big three point play during the final stretch. Sowders took a hard hit while attempting to take a charge and was in obvious pain. "He's beat up...we all are, but he's ok. I hope these boys go home and go to bed, we need some rest," McClintic said.
Also contributing for ECHS was Chase Turley, who also hit key free throws in the final seconds (7 points, 8 rebounds), Devin Elmore (7 points, 2 rebounds), Hunter Buttram (6 points, 9 rebounds), Daniel Caudill (2 points, 3 rebounds) and Trevor Norris (2 points, 4 rebounds, 1 steal).
The Wildcats now 7-4, face Hopkins County Central tomorrow night at 5pm in the final game of the classic.
Darren Doyle, Story and Photos
Granville Meredith, Contributor
Austin Sowders scored 14 points to lead Edmonson County to a 65-58 victory over Ballard Memorial during their first day of play in the Rafferty's/Double Dog Caveland Classic on Tuesday. On a two-pointer from Dakota Woodcock, (game MVP) ECHS sealed their victory in the fourth quarter.
Leading 29-26 at the half, Edmonson County pulled ahead early in the game. The Cats looked confident in the third quarter, scoring 19 points. Sowders had a hot hand, shooting 67% (4-for-6) from the field while also shooting 67% (6-for-9) from the free throw line.
Daniel Caudill added 4 points, six rebounds and one steal. Bailey Board (7 points) and Trevor Norris (6) each had multiple three-pointers. Three other players were also in double figures as Woodcock had 12 points, while Hunter Buttram and Chase Turley added 11 points each. Buttram also contributed while grabbing six rebounds and a steal.
The ECHS Lady Cats, now 6-4, were just as impressive as they also won 64-50 over Ballard Memorial. Edmonson County was in control the entire game and was led by Brandi Lindsey with 15 points while Caitlin Simon added 12. Madelyn Taylor was a valuable contributor and Tori Browning was named the game MVP.
ECHS Athletic Director Kyle Pierce was pleased with the first day of the classic. He said that the competition was well balanced and it brought good match ups. "Tuesday's games should be just as competitive," he said. "First will be undefeated Simon Kenton against Muhlenburg County (7-3) in girls action at 11:00am. Our boys will take on Warren East at 5pm and our girls team play Madisonville (6-2) at 7:00pm." The boys game will be a rematch from the gut-wrenching, half-court buzzer beater loss at Warren East last week.
Athletic Director Pierce encourages everyone to come early and enjoy all the games for a low price. "I also want to send out a special thanks to the girls and boys booster clubs for helping feed all the teams today."
General admission is $8.00 for all day and Edmonson County season ticket holders are allowed admission at no cost.
Edmonson Voice Staff,
With Granville Meredith,
Caveland Classic Begins Today
2014 Rafferty’s/Double Dogs Caveland Classic
For the eighth consecutive year, Edmonson County High School will play host to the Rafferty’s/Double Dogs Caveland Classic. The classic will begin on Monday, December 29th and finish on December 31st. There will be six girls teams and four boys teams involved this year.
The girls teams include: Edmonson County, Warren East, Muhlenberg County, Madisonville, Simon Kenton (Northern Kentucky), and Ballard Memorial (Western Kentucky). The boys teams include: Edmonson County, Warren East, Hopkins County Central, and Ballard Memorial.
ECHS Athletic Director Kyle Pierce says that the games should be extremely competitive. “When you look at the girls teams with strong schools like Muhlenberg, Madisonville, and Simon Kenton; those are teams that traditionally make big runs when the post-season begins. Our boys teams involve four teams that each game should be a tossup. They are all very similar with talent and all will play an exciting style of basketball. Also, with Hopkins County Central, you have some local flavor with ECHS Alumni Rex Booth as their head coach, and with Warren East, you have former ECHS assistant coach Brandon Combs as the head coach of the Raiders. So it will be good to see those guys again and see how their teams progress during the year.”
As title sponsor, Rafferty’s & Double Dogs restaurants play the key role in putting on the classic each year. Pierce said there would not be a classic without the help of Edmonson County’s own Scott Lindsey, who serves as vice president. “Without Scott, there would not be a Caveland Classic. He not only helps us out financially, but he has provided meals for all the teams. That’s a lot of food! The teams and coaches that come here are always impressed. The officials are always excited to come here also because they know we treat them well too. This 3 day event helps our high school teams, parents, and fans to stay close and not have to travel far away to watch us play. We are very fortunate to have Scott Lindsey and the people at Rafferty’s & Double Dogs to help us put on this great event, so come early and watch some great basketball.”
There will be five games each day with all games being played at the High School. Tickets are 8.00 for the entire day. There is no cost to season tickets holders. Their cards will be honored throughout the tournament.
Monday, December 29th
11:00--Muhlenberg County vs. Warren East (Girls)
1:00---Hopkins County Central vs. Warren East (Boys)
3:00---Madisonville vs. Simon Kenton (Girls)
5:00---Ballard Memorial vs. Edmonson County (Girls)
7:00---Ballard Memorial vs. Edmonson County (Boys)
Tuesday, December 30th
11:00--Muhlenberg County vs. Simon Kenton (Girls)
1:00---Ballard Memorial vs. Hopkins County Central (Boys)
3:00---Ballard Memorial vs. Warren East (Girls)
5:00---Edmonson County vs. Warren East (Boys)
7:00---Edmonson County vs. Madisonville (Girls)
Wednesday, December 31st
9:00---Edmonson County vs. Simon Kenton (Girls)
11:00--Muhlenberg County vs. Ballard Memorial (Girls)
1:00---Warren East vs. Ballard Memorial (Boys)
3:00---Madisonville vs. Warren East (Girls)
5:00---Edmonson County vs. Hopkins County Central (Boys)
EC Athletics Staff
UK or UL? The Debate:
A few days ago, we reached out to two guys. One of which was a die hard fan of the Kentucky Wildcats, the other was a Louisville Cardinal fanatic. We sat them down at a table and had them hash it out, to see what makes the other one tick. They both asked to remain anonymous. The rules were simple, no profanity and if either starting acting in anger, the conversation would be over. We recorded the debate and transcribed it for you. So who won this debate? You decide.
UK: BBN all the way, baby.
UL: Louisville first, Cards for life.
UK: Louisville first for what? A bunch of punks? What does that even mean, anyway.?
UL: Nope, that's ya'll. Bunch of cheaters...Ain't nobody on our team being paid to play.
UK: That's the stupidest thing I've ever heard of. Because Cal's got the best talent in the country on our team they're being paid to play? Typical Louisville thinking.
UL: Everybody knows it, you do too...you just won't admit to it. Cal's a cheater, he has no character, and he'll do whatever it takes to win.
UK: Right, no character? He hasn't been hanging out in any restaurants with ugly old chicks...
UL: Oh, nice...you gonna go there?
UK: Don't bring up character, dude... That won't fly in this conversation.
UL: I'm just sayin, you know Pitino is a better coach. He's a hall of famer. Don't be surprised when Cal's banner is taken down in a few years from now.
UK: Better coach? I'm not gonna say that. HOF'er? Sure man. Everybody knows that. You know why? We knew him when he coached Kentucky. And when he did, you and all your little buddies hated him. You said he sucks, he was a cheater, and everything else. Same crap you say about Cal now. All the sudden Ricky P comes to Louisville and all you guys accept him as your personal savior. It's hilarious and pathetic all at the same time. He's the same coach now as he was then.
UL: He can win without recruiting the best players in the country. Take away Cal's recruited talent and he couldn't win in high school.
UK: Wow...that's like saying, "If Shaq wasn't over 7ft tall and weighed over 300lbs, he'd be a sucky center." That's so stupid!! Cal gets these guys because kids trust him and they know they have a shot a winning a title while they're here!
UL: Yeah, a whole year.
UK: Yeah, Harrison Twins, Dakari, Willie Cauley-Stein. They all could have gone last year (to the NBA)
UL: Yeah, right. Try again, they wouldn't have even made the cut...and that's even IF they had been drafted. All you guys so overrate your talent.
UK: Overrated talent? You just cried about Cal's talent...Now they're overrated? We have TWO teams.
UL: Some of them are overrated. They wouldn't all be starters on our team.
UK: BECAUSE YOU CAN'T START 10 GUYS!! Do you know how many Kentucky guys are in the NBA right now? 22 I think...if not more. I don't know how many Louisville kids there are, maybe 4 or 5...They mostly go on to institutions like Taco Bell, Home Depot, and jail.
UL: Oh, nice...You mean like Captain Bankruptcy, Antoine Walker?
UK: (laughs) You mean the same Antoine Walker that won a championship ring from '96, an NBA ring from '06, and was the 6th pick overall? Every fan in college basketball knows who Kentucky players are, even from back then. The only people that know UL players are cops and people ordering from McDonald's that can see their name tags.
UL: Didn't Walker have to sell those rings for gambling debt?
UK: Maybe so...He and Chane Behannen apparently have been hanging out. What ever happened to that guy? Is he still at the deep fryer or did he move to the drive thru?
UL: See? That's typical UK fan crap right there...you think you're so much better than everybody else. Like you're something special...you're always running your mouths.
UK: We are so much better than everybody else. We've won more games than anyone else, we have the highest winning percentage in history, and we've made more tournament appearances than any other team. There's only one school that has more than the 8 national titles we have, so yeah...we're something special. It's called A DYNASTY.
UL: Yeah, and you got that way by cheating. I've seen some of your games this year. You got some of the dirtiest players ever and the officials always turn their heads. It's actually funny.
UK: Listen to yourself! Why are you watching UK games? Are you that obsessed with them? You know how much I know about UL's current players? Nothing! Because I don't give a crap! I have my own team to watch! Now, after the season, when some of them turn up in the news for smoking dope or selling their team gear, we'll all see it, but dude, you've got problems if you're stalking Kentucky...and THAT'S what's funny.
UL: You can cry all you want, but you know it's the truth. You're gonna have a rude awakening when we beat you at our house by 10 or 12.
UK: Whatever, and you know what? You very well could beat us at your Chicken Bucket...Louisville is a good team that's well coached. There's a reason you're ranked #4. But Kentucky is the number one team in the country that's beaten 3 ranked teams so far, actually demolished most of them...and you guys have beat who? Oh, that's right...NOBODY.
UL: That will all change after today. And it's the KFC YUM Center.
UK: Right...whatever it's called. Our house is Rupp Arena, named after one of the greatest. Your house is named after the future place of employment for your players, and there you go again...always talking about what you're either gonna do or what you almost did. When you have a dynasty like UK, it speaks for itself.
UL: What's this dynasty stuff you keep talking about? That's hilarious.
UK: What's hilarious is that you're denying it. Plus, every kid in the state with a basketball goal in the back yard doesn't dream of making the winning shot as a Cardinal.
UL: Yeah, right...everybody wanted to be Dr. Dunkenstein and you know it.
UK: You're talking about somebody from the 70's? Really? If that's the case, we could pick out a player from every decade! Crap, for that matter, just about every friggin team! It's just easier to pick one from the current team...Your kids are only UL fans because they have some kind of gang sign they flip around with that "Loser L thing," or whatever that's supposed to be.
UL: Yeah, bunch of cheaters.
UK: I'm done with that talk, man...that's ridiculous.
UL" Louisville first, Cards for life.
UK: Ok then...Go cats!
ECHS Defeats Thomas Nelson High
The Edmonson County Wildcats defeated Thomas Nelson 56-53 on Saturday with the help of Dakota Woodcock, who scored 16 points.ECHS locked in the win in the fourth quarter on a free throw from Hunter Buttram. With a 24-20 lead at the half, Edmonson County scored points early in the game.
Woodcock led Edmonson County Wildcats Varsity's offense, going 5-for-11 (45%) from the field while also going 5-for-6 from the free throw line.
Austin Sowders added another solid performance with 14 points. Also contributing for Edmonson County were Chase Turley (7 points, 5 rebounds), Trevor Norris (6 points, 2 rebounds, 1 steal), Devin Elmore (5 points, 3 rebounds), Buttram (4 points, 4 rebounds), Daniel Caudill (2 points, 1 rebound) and Bailey Board (2 points, 2 rebounds). Sowders was also impressive with 11 rebounds.
The Wildcats will be back in action at a Warren East Invitational Tournament on Monday, December 22.
Granville Meredith, Contributor
Wildcat Alley 12/19
Edmonson County fell to Hancock County on Friday, 67-64, despite Chase Turley's team-leading 13 points. Hancock County secured their lead in the third quarter on a two-pointer from Kane Logsdon.
The Wildcats scored early in the game, claiming a 36-29 lead at the half, but it wouldn't be enough as Hancock pushed forward. ECHS showed confidence while finishing strong, adding 20 points in the final quarter, but it wasn't enough overcome their opponent. The Cats put forth an aggressive effort, accumulating 22 fouls over the course of the game.
Putting up seven points, Turley saw his best shooting game in the second period, and Devin Elmore put two three-pointers on the board, scoring 12 points total. Three other players also scored in the double figures for Edmonson County: Austin Sowders and Dakota Woodcock both added 12 points each, and Hunter Buttram finished with 7 points, 10 rebounds, and 1 block. Other contributors where Daniel Caudill (5 points, 2 rebounds, 1 steal) and Trevor Norris (3 points).
ECHS will host Thomas Nelson High School tonight in a JV/V game, with the JV match starting at 5pm.
Granville Meredith, Contributor
The 2014 Rafferty's/Double Dogs Caveland Classic will be back in Edmonson County, beginning on Monday, December 29th at ECHS. Below is the game schedule, times will be announced soon.
Monday, December 29th
11--Muhlenberg County vs. Warren East (Girls)
1---Hopkins County Central vs. Warren East (Boys)
3---Madisonville vs. Simon Kenton (Girls)
5---Ballard Memorial vs. Edmonson County (Girls)
7---Ballard Memorial vs. Edmonson County (Boys)
Tuesday, December 30th
11--Muhlenberg County vs. Simon Kenton (Girls)
1---Ballard Memorial vs. Hopkins County Central (Boys)
3---Ballard Memorial vs. Warren East (Girls)
5---Edmonson County vs. Warren East (Boys)
7---Edmonson County vs. Madisonville (Girls)
Wednesday, December 31st
9---Edmonson County vs. Simon Kenton (Girls)
11--Muhlenberg County vs. Ballard Memorial (Girls)
1---Warren East vs. Ballard Memorial (Boys)
3---Madisonville vs. Warren East (Girls)
5---Edmonson County vs. Hopkins County Central (Boys)
Top row L-R: Coach Tyra Ballance, Alexis Cook, Assistant Alex Shea Horn, Madison Harrison, Mia Goad, Lauren Ballance, Ashley Norris, Cherokee Brooks, Hannah Meredith, Chanley Logsdon, Emma Booker, Emma Rose Vincent, Keely Doyle, Madison McCombs, Julie Hedges, Coach Tom Vincent, Shawnee Brooks, Mariena Thomas
Bottom L-R: Hallie Sue Ashley, Shea Vanmeter, Macie McCombs, Lilli Minton, Katie Lindsey, Lily Jayne Vincent, Abbie Slaughter
On Thursday, December 11, 2014, the Edmonson County Lady Cats traveled to Butler County to play Muhlenberg South in the finals of the Green River Valley Conference Tournament. Coach Tyra Ballance had her Lady cats prepared for this game as they came out in complete control. The Lady Cats had everything working and never trailed once during the entire game.
At the end of the night, ECMS cut down down the nets as the Lady Cats won 49 to 36. Chanley Logsdon led all scores with 16, Hannah Meredith finished with 11, Lauren Ballance added 8, Madison McCombs had 6, and Keely Doyle added 5.
This is the second year in a row that the Lady Cats have brought home the Green River Valley Conference Tournament Championship trophy. The girls will play their final home game for this season tonight at Edmonson County Middle School at 5:30pm.
This Week's Wildcat Alley
We have your EC Basketball covered, from the 8th Grade Lady Cat Conference Champs to the latest on the ECHS Wildcats and Lady Cats! We'll hear from Coach Ted Hill and Coach Mike McClintic.
Wildcats Defeat Scotties
Edmonson County Wildcats Varsity Defeats Glasgow
Cole Bedwell led the way with 21 points, helping Edmonson County notch a 60-48 victory over Glasgow on Thursday. The Edmonson County Wildcats locked down their lead in the third quarter on a two-pointer.
Edmonson County and Glasgow were tied up at 26-26 at the half, but the Cats pulled away during the final two quarters. Edmonson County had a strong finish, adding 21 points in the final quarter.
Bedwell was on the ball for ECHS, making 71% (5-for-7) from the field and hitting 75% (9-for-12) from the free throw line.
Two other players also racked up double figure scoring for Edmonson County. Chase Turley scored 12 points and Devin Elmore added 10 points. Also helping the effort was Hunter Buttram (5 points, 5 rebounds), Dakota Woodcock(5 points, 1 steal), Trevor Norris (3 points, 2 rebounds) and Bailey Board (2 points, 2 rebounds). Turley was a big defensive contributor as well, as he scooped up eight rebounds, swiped two steals and added one block.
Edmonson County finished the game with 36 total rebounds (13 offensive/23 defensive), one block and six steals.
“We fought really hard tonight and are coming together nicely, we're playing great team basketball. Great defense and good shot selection tonight helped us get the win," Coach McClintic stated.
Austin “Cuban” Sowders left the game last night after reinjuring his shoulder. Sowders came down awkwardly from a rebound in obvious pain. He originally injured it last season and has since had issues with it. Coach Weaver said, “It's one of those injuries that can happen at any time. Over the summer, Cuban reinjured it while swimming. We'll just take it day by day and see how it goes.”
The Wildcats will travel to Larue County on Tuesday, December 16.
ECMS Lady Cats Advance To Finals
Morgantown, KY- On Saturday December 6, the ECMS 8th grade Lady Cats won their opening round game in the Green River Valley Conference Tournament by defeating Ohio County, 24-21. The Lady Cats were back in action on Tuesday night to play 3rd round opponent McLean County. The first half of the game was more like a lopped-sided romp of questionable fouls called against ECMS. They were penalized with 7 fouls to only 3 called against McLean County, but still somehow went into the locker room with a 4 point lead. At half time Coach Tyra Ballance went over her game plan again and told the girls that this was their game, and that somehow they had the lead despite petty fouls and poor play. She also said that they needed to slow the game down, run their offense, and rebound. The girls listened, and responded.
The Lady Cats came out on an offensive roll, knocking down their first 5 shots to McLean Counties one basket. About halfway thru the 4th quarter, McLean mounted a comeback, cutting the lead to 5, but that’s as close as they would get. On the heels of good guard play by ECMS, Chanley Logsdon, and Hannah Meredith took over on both sides of the ball, shutting McLean down with steals and dominating offense. ECMS won 35-23, with 7th grader Lauren Ballance leading the way with 10 points, followed by 8th graders Chanley Logsdon with 9, and Hannah Meredith with 8 points. ECMS advances to the Finals of the Green River Valley Conference Tournament to play Muhlenberg South Middle School tonights, Thursday December 11, 2014 @6:45pm, at Butler County Middle School in Morgantown. Everyone come to Morgantown and cheer these girls on if you get a chance, and GO LADY CATS!!
Wildcats Fall Hard to Daviess County
The ECHS Wildcats took a little road trip last night to Daviess County, but there was no celebrating at the end. According to Head Coach Mike McClintic “We played hard for 32 minutes against a very good team. We stayed in the game but had a bad 3 minute stretch in the 2nd quarter that changed everything. We battled back from that and did some good things, so despite the score, there were still a lot of positives.”
ECHS lost the game 88 – 65 against a very good Daviess County team.
Austin “Cuban” Sowders had a solid performance last night going 6 of 8 from the field and 4 of 9 from the free throw line. He also ended up with 7 rebounds, 5 of which were defensive. He lead the team in scoring with 16 points.
Hunter Buttram gave the wildcats some great play by pulling down 4 defensive rebounds and knocking down 3 of 4 from behind the arch. He finished with 14 points.
Cole Bedwell 9
Caleb Skaggs 8
Dakota Woodcock 4
Iszic Blankenship 4
Devon Elmore 3
Chase Turley 3
Trevor Norris 2
Daniel Caudill 2
EC will take on Glasgow Thursday night at home with JV tip at 6 pm.
ECHS Lady Cats Win Home Opener
The ECHS Lady Cats game out on top 74-60 against Cumberland County on Saturday on the strength of Brandi Lindsey, who scored 16 points.
ECHS came out strong, claiming a 40-15 lead at the half. With 24 points in the third quarter, Edmonson County added to their existing lead.
Lindsey had a great game from the field, making 50% (11-for-22) of shots attempted as well as 50% (2-for-4) of threes attempted. She also shot well from the line, making 83% (5-for-6) of free throws attempted. She also had 12 assists, 5 deflections and 2 rebounds.
Other scorers were Jhonna Basil 16 pts, Caitlin Simon 10 pts, Rachel Duncan 8 pts, Peyton Martin 6 pts, Madelyne Taylor 3 pts, Kaitlin Collins 2 pts.
Edmonson County finished the game with 26 rebounds (7 offensive/ 19 defensive) and 8 steals.
After the game, coach Ted Hill said, “We are doing a lot of things well, we just need to improve on the little things. We had 9 turnovers and we missed a lot of free throws. We need to work and improve these, but sitting at 3-0 looks pretty good.”
The Lady Cats travel to Daviess County tomorrow night for a boy/girl doubleheader beginning at 6pm.
Granville Meredith, Contributor
Edmonson County Wildcats Varsity Notches A Win Against Cumberland County
Edmonson County emerged victorious 73-34 against Cumberland County on Sunday on the strength of Dakota Woodcock, who scored 16 points.
The Wildcats scored early, claiming a 40-15 lead at the half. With 24 points in the third quarter, Edmonson County added to their existing lead.
Woodcock had a great game from the field, making 71% (5-for-7) of shots attempted as well as 60% (3-for-5) of threes attempted. He also shot well from the line, making 75% (3-for-4) of free throws attempted.
Hunter Buttram (8 points) and Caleb Skaggs (7) each contributed multiple three-pointers. Austin Sowders made it into double digits, scoring 15 points for Edmonson County (6-for-7). Also contributing for Edmonson County were Bailey Board (7 points, 2 rebounds), Cole Bedwell (7 points, 4 rebounds), Trevor Norris (6 points, 1 rebound),Chase Turley (4 points, 5 rebounds, 1 steal) and Iszic Blankenship (2 points, 1 rebound). Sowders was a big defensive contributor as well, racking up eight rebounds.
Edmonson County finished the game with 38 rebounds (14 offensive/24 defensive) and five steals.
The Cats travel to Daviess County tomorrow night for a boy/girl doubleheader beginning at 6pm.
Granville Meredith, Contributor
ECMS Lady Cats Back In Action
Barren County vs. Edmonson County Dec 1, 2014
The Edmonson County Lady Cats returned to action on December 1st, hosting the Lady Trojans from Barren County. For the 7th grade, the Lady Trojans were looking to avenge their earlier loss in the season to ECMS, as they came out running and red hot. Barren County went into the locker room at half time holding the largest deficit that ECMS had seen all year. Coach Tom Vincent’s Lady Cats came within 3 points, but never could overcome their 1st half turnovers as Barren County held on for a 29-25 win. Lauren Ballance led the Lady Cats with 12 points and 4 rebounds.
Coach Tyra Ballance was hoping to see some improvement over their last game against Barren County. The Lady Cats got out to a good start, going basket for basket with Barren County, and only trailing by 1 at halftime 15-14. But Barren County came out strong in the 3rd and and began to put space between themselves and The Lady Cats with a 27-22 lead at the end of the 3rd. It continued in the 4th, and ECMS couldn’t overcome the deficit as Barren County came out with the win 35-27. Hannah Meredith led all scorers with 14 points and Lauren Ballance added 9.
Edmonson County at Drakes Creek Dec 2, 2014
ECMS got right back to it on the next night, making the trip to Bowling Green to play Drakes Creek Middle School in a 7th/8th grade double header. Looking to bounce back after a subpar performance against Barren County, both 7th and 8th grade came ready to play. Coach Tom Vincent’s 7th grade Lady Cats struggled in the last couple of games, and this one turned out to be more of the same. Seven turnovers in the first half and Eleven more in the 2nd half spelled TROUBLE as the 7th grade lost their 2nd straight game, 29-24. Coach Tom Vincent said that he was looking forward to getting back to practice on Wednesday, and hopefully could get the kinks worked out as they prepared to move forward.
The 8th grade Lady Cats came out swinging and doing it at pace-- just a step faster than Drakes Creek might have wanted. Going back and forth most of the game, it seemed the hard work the Lady Cats put in before the season started with their conditioning program may have been the key factor in the outcome of this game, as The Lady Cats simply wore down the Lady Gators on top of great team play, and never stopping on either end, and ECMS won 38-26. Lauren Ballance led the way with 13 points, followed by Chanley Logsdon with 10, and Hannah Meredith with 9.
Green River Valley Conference Tournament Dec 6, 2014 @ Butler Co
ECMS traveled to Morgantown down Hwy 70 early Saturday morning to take their talents to Butler County High School, as play began in the GRVC Tournament. The 8th grade played first, entering the tournament as the #2 Seed in the South, playing Ohio County, the #3 seed from the North, a team ECMS had beaten once already earlier in the season. Regardless of the tournament seeds, Ohio and Edmonson Counties seem to have some of the best basketball games against each other, and this one would not disappoint. From the tip of the ball, to the final second of the game this one went down to the wire. The action was fast and back and forth, like a couple of championship boxers exchanging heavy punches. It was back and forth, and at the end of the 1st the score was 6-5 Ohio County, at the half it was 12-11 Edmonson County, and at the end of the 3rd quarter it was tied up, 18-18. Chanley Logsdon hit a big 3 in the 4th quarter, and both Lauren Ballance and Madison McCombs came up with some big rebounds to help ECMS as they hung on to put Ohio County down 24-21. Chanley Logsdon finished with 8 points, and Madison McCombs and Lauren Ballance both finished the game with 6 points each.
The 7th grade Lady Cats entered the tournament as the #1 seed in the South, and had to play #4 seed from the North, host Butler County. Coming into this tournament on 2 game losing streak, it would have been easy for this young group of Lady Cats to be down and out, but that wasn’t the case. ECMS came out and looked like the #1 seeded team, knocking down shot after shot and making a defensive stop on the first 6 times that Butler County touched the ball. Nine different players scored in this game for ECMS, as they cruised on to the next round in high fashion, beating Butler County 36-16.
The 7th grade will be back in tournament action tonight, December 8th, 5:30 pm at Butler County Middle School, playing either McLean or Hancock counties. The 8th grade returns to action Tuesday, December 9th, 6:45 at Butler County Middle School.
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This Week's Wildcat Alley
ECHS Wildcat and Lady Cat Basketball is well underway! We talk to Coach Mike McClintic, Coach Ted Hill, and entertain a special guest, Coach Larry Starnes. Also, we get an update from ECMS Lady Cat Basketball.
ECMS Lady Cats Continue To Impress
Lady Cats vs. Glasgow Lady Scotties:
On November 17, the ECMS Lady Cats hosted the Lady Scotties of Glasgow for a 7th/8th double header. The 7th grade continued their winning ways as they cruised easily past Glasgow 28-17, Lauren Ballance led all scorers with 10 points and 12 rebounds, improving their record to 7-0.
The 8th grade team came out solid to begin the game, going basket for basket with the Lady Scotties, only trailing by 2 at half time 17-15. This game would remain close till the 4th quarter, when ECMS got a boost from bench play with 6th grader Katie Lindsey, who sank two key 3 pointers to capture the lead, and the Lady Cats never looked backed. ECMS won 34-24, Chanley Logsdon finished with 9 points, and Hannah Meredith continued with her solid play, finishing with 7 points. After the match, the Lady Cats were 5-2.
Lady Cats vs. Barren County Middle School
On the following night, the Lady Cats took to the road as they played BCMS in Glasgow. Both Barren County Middle School teams would pose a challenge for the Lady Cats. The 7th grade game went down to the very wire, with Barren County leading the entire game until ECMS took the lead on a 3 pointer from Katie Lindsey with 2.2 seconds left, and the Lady Cats held on for the win 32-29. Lauren Ballance led all players with 14 points, going 8-10 from the free throw line.
The 8th grade Lady Cats would face their toughest test this year, being undersized against Barren County. The size of BCMS showed on both sides of the ball for ECMS, as the Lady Trojans easily cruised past Edmonson County 41-23.
Lady Cats vs. Owensboro Cathlolic
Action continued as the Lady Cats hosted Owensboro Catholic on Friday, November 21. Both 7th grade teams would begin the contest undefeated. Each side began with what seemed to be really nervous play as the first quarter ended in 2-2 tie. Owensboro blew the game wide open in the 2nd going on a 19-2 run, and cruised on to victory over ECMS, 28-14. It was the 7th grade team's first loss of the season, bringing their record to an impressive 7-1.
The 8th grade Lady Cats wanted to set the tone early and try to control the tempo of the game. It was back and forth for each time with Owensboro Catholic taking a 16-15 lead into the locker room at halftime. The Lady Cats made some key steals, and rebounds in the 4th to edge Owensboro Catholic 35-31. Chanley Logsdon led the way for the Lady Cats with 10 points, hitting two big 3 pointers from way downtown in the last minutes, helping improve their record to 6-3.
Lady Cats vs. Hancock County
The next morning, ECMS made the long trip to Hancock County for a 7th/8th game. The 7th grade looked to bounce back from their only loss of the season, doing a fine job, as they easily handled Hancock County, 32-19 with Lauren Ballance leading the way for the Lady Cats with 14 points.
Next up was the 8th grade, and what would turn out to be an absolute fantastic performance for two players. Both teams came out sluggish with sloppy play in the first, somewhat turning it around by halftime. Starting the third quarter, Hannah Meredith and Chanley Logsdon would take over this game, and neither attempted to look back. Meredith shot well, finishing with 8 points, and Chanley Logsdon, was on fire, finishing with 21 points, 6-7 FGs, and 3-4 from the three point line. The Lady Cats improved to 7-3.
Lady Cats vs. Grayson County
And finally before the Thanksgiving Break, ECMS would travel to Leitchfield to battle brooder rival, GCMS. Coach Tom Vincent was left scratching his head after the 7th grade game, as the Lady Cats committed 23 turnovers, killing the chance of victory, as they lost a tough one to the Lady Cougars 36-26. Lauren Ballance led the team in scoring with 11 points.
Coach Tyra Ballance knew her team would have their hands full with this Grayson County team, but the Lady Cats punched them right in the mouth to begin the game,never trailing, and brought home the win
over rival Grayson County 34-24. Hannah Meredith led the Lady Cats in scoring with 12pts.
The Lady Cats are back in action on tonight, December 1, hosting Barren County, then Tuesday December 2nd, the Lady Cats travel to south Bowling Green to play Drakes Creek. December 6th is scheduled to be the conference tournament. Stay connected to the Edmonson Voice for the details.
This week’s Edmonson Voice player of the Week goes to Chanley Logsdon for her outstanding performances on and off the court.