Just in case you wanted to see it again (and we know you do...) here is the video of Daniel Caudill's ridiculous game winning, half court, buzzer beater that defeated Barren County 57-55 at the Rafferty's Double Dog's Caveland Classic with the play-by-play from WildcatsLive.
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Rafferty's Vice President and Edmonson County native Scott Lindsey presented a check for $3,000 to Edmonson County High School Athletics last night in the final round of the Rafferty's/Double Dog's Caveland Classic.
Rafferty's has been the sponsor of the event for a decade as it has become a premier holiday basketball event in the area.
After the revival of the Caveland Classic in 2006, thanks to Lindsey and Rafferty's, Lindsey knew that this was something he wanted to continue to support.
"After that first year I became so impressed with our kids, parent involvement, and the coaches that I knew this tourney partnership needed to continue," he said. "And it will, as long as the school will have us, if it's always my decision."
The Lady Cats swept all three of their games with a 63-19 win over Russellville, a 60-46 win over Bardstown, and a 51-30 win over Barren County.
The Wildcats won two of three of their games, losing to Ohio County 52-45, notching an emotional 59-58 win over Clinton County in the final seconds, and a miraculous victory over Barren County with Daniel Caudill's half court shot at the buzzer for a 57-55 Wildcat win.
Darren Doyle, story- Jerika Simon, photos:
The Lady Cats defeated Barren County last night at ECHS in their final game of the Raffery's/Double Dog's Caveland Classic 51-30 to complete their three game sweep at the classic, which also ended their sixth game in eight days.
Barren County trailed the Lady Cats by only two at the end of the first quarter 12-10 as the Trojanettes were able to find success down low with solid post play, but that success wouldn't last long as Edmonson County's tough defense began to force bad shots and turnovers for Barren County.
The Lady Cats were able to extend their lead to 31-14 at the half and kept things at that pace throughout the third quarter, leading 39-21 going into the fourth.
Leading the way for the Lady Cats was Caitlin Simon with 18 points and 6 rebounds, while Peyton Martin added 16 points, 5 rebounds, and four assists.
Skylar Lewis and Katlin Collins also had solid performances as Collins added 7 points and 5 steals, and Lewis scored 6 while grabbing a season-high 9 rebounds.
Chanley Logsdon and Lauren Ballance added two points each.
The Lady Cats also shot 85% from the free throw line as a team while Simon was a perfect 10/10 and Martin hit 9/10.
Rafferty's Vice President and Edmonson County native Scott Lindsey presented a check to Edmonson County High School Athletics for $3,000 to cover the expenses of the tournament. Rafferty's also provided food for players, coaches, and staff of all teams during the tournament, along with the EC boys and girls basketball boosters.
Edmonson County is now 9-4 on the season and is currently ranked number three in Region Three.
The Lady Cats are on a four-game winning streak and will take a couple of days off before hosting Warren East at home on Monday in a JV/V match starting at 5:30pm. They will then travel to Butler County on Tuesday to take on the Lady Bears in the first district game of the season. Tipoff is scheduled for 6pm. The WildcatsLive pregame show will start around 5:50pm only on EdmonsonVoice.com.
Darren Doyle, story- Jerika Simon, photos
If you've ever played on an organized basketball team at any level, chances are you've pretended that the fate of the game lies in your hands with only seconds remaining. You've pretended that the pass comes to you and you heave up a prayer that goes in, you're the hero, and a celebration ensues.
It's also the way the last 3.1 seconds went in the Edmonson County-Barren County game Wednesday night at ECHS in the final game of the Rafferty's Double Dog's Caveland Classic, but instead of the hero being you, it was senior guard Daniel Caudill.
Caudill, known more for being an honorable mention all-state football player, was the man of the hour in Brownsville as he nailed a miraculous, half-court shot that he banked off the glass as time expired to give the Wildcats a crushing 57-55 win over Barren County.
Caudill said coming out of the final timeout, he was confident he could make a final shot.
"I told Tucker, I haven't really missed a shot tonight. Gimme the ball, I'm going to hit it, no matter what, I'm going to hit this," he said, still smiling. "I threw one up with a little more loft on it and it banked in. I've had a lot of awesome moments on the football field, but this is one of the most enjoyable moments I've ever had."
Barren County led the majority of the game until 7:10 left in the game when junior Logan Lindsey nailed a three-pointer to give the Wildcats a 42-41 lead. The Wildcats gave up the lead on the next possession on a Barren County basket, but Lindsey struck again with another three at the 6 minute mark.
The Wildcats extended their lead to 54-46 with 4:11 to go, but a couple of Wildcat fouls put Barren County at the free throw line twice where they cut the Edmonson County lead back to 54-50.
After a missed EC free throw on the next Wildcat possession, Barren scored on an easy bucket and cut the lead 54-52. The Wildcats threw the ball away on the next play and Bailey Board was called for his fifth foul as Barren County drove to the basket. They hit one of two shots to cut Edmonson County's lead to 54-53 with a minute and a half to go.
Edmonson County rebounded and played keep away from the Trojans for several seconds, but a questionable foul was called on Iszic Blankenship away from the ball with :40 seconds left.
Barren County ran the clock down to :18.6 and called timeout. After a missed shot and scuffle for the ball, the Trojans got the ball back as it bounced out of bounds, last touched by Daniel Caudill with 7.2 seconds left.
With 3.1 seconds left, it appeared as though Caudill blocked Barren County's Coomer, but was called for the foul, putting Coomer at the line for a chance to go ahead. After a series of timeouts, Coomer iced both, making the score 55-54 and giving Barren County their first lead since the beginning of the 4th quarter.
Edmonson County called timeout to setup a final play that would require them to go the length of the floor. After getting set, Barren called a timeout of their own to combat the Wildcat play, which Edmonson County changed.
With :3.2 left, Tucker Cole inbounded the ball to Caudill who bobbled the pass just past Barren's three point line and he was forced to throw up a 50 foot prayer from behind the half-court line that banked in, winning the game for the Wildcats.
Assistant coach Bart Weaver was one of the many folks in the building struggling for words after the win.
"It's unbelievable man, I mean we had two timeouts and we drew up two different plays, and I can tell you, that wasn't one of them," he said with a big laugh. "For us, just a great ending, for them, (Barren County) a terrible ending. It was nip-and-tuck the whole game."
Weaver told a great story about how Daniel's freshman team was defeated on long buzzer beater by Warren East three years ago. He said ever since that time, Caudill has jokingly "practiced" his half-court shot, always reminding the coaching staff by saying, "Hey coach, Warren East!"
"We'd fuss at him and ask, 'yeah, but how many of them are you gonna get in a game, Daniel?,' well, I guess it paid off, because there's one..."
Weaver said they guys would take a day off then ease back into basketball activities this weekend.
The Wildcat box score was Caudill 16, Lindsey 13, Skaggs 12, Board 7, Cole 5, Blankenship 4.
The Wildcats are now 5-6 on the season and are scheduled to begin district play on Tuesday on the road at Butler County in a girl/boy doubleheader. We'll bring you the action live on WildcatsLive, only on EdmonsonVoice.com with the pre-game show starting around 5:50pm.
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Basketball fans got their money's worth yesterday at the Rafferty's/Double Dog's Caveland Classic in the Edmonson County - Clinton County titanic struggle that saw a back-and-forth battle that included players shouting at players, fans shouting at fans, coaches shouting at coaches, and a deputy shouting at everyone.
Clinton County (10-4 on the season) controlled the first half with a strong offensive presence in the paint, taking a 29-24 lead at the half.
The Bulldogs momentum began to build at times during the third, but key plays from junior J.T. Vincent and Daniel Caudill kept things from getting away from Edmonson County. That momentum shifted mightily in the third in favor of the Wildcats as the Bulldogs began to inbound the ball with 2:23 left.
Things got heated as Wildcat Daniel Caudill established defensive position on the Bulldog's inbound play. He was face-guarding his man with close chest-to-chest contact as another Bulldog tried to squeeze in between them in a space where a piece of paper wouldn't have fit.
Caudill, who was strong enough to hold his ground and not be pushed out of the way, simply stayed put with his hands up in the air as two Bulldogs kept shoving, one hanging on to his jersey as the Edmonson County coaches tried to signal the officials.
The refs separated the players but the tension was still high as fans from both sides began to shout at each other. As the ball was inbounded, Caudill simply stopped holding his ground and allowed the Bulldog players to level him, as he drew the foul away from the ball.
Bailey Board schooled the Bulldogs on a crossover dribble-drive to the basket as he made an off-balance shot while drawing the foul with 1:01 left in the third. The bucket made the score 41-36 in favor of the Bulldogs when the Clinton County coaching staff began to shout at the Edmonson County players.
In what nearly everyone in the gym saw as a classless and unprofessional move, Clinton County's head coach escalated the issue by coming past the halfway mark at the scorer's table shouting at Wildcat Coach Mike McClintic. Officials quickly jumped in and Edmonson County Sheriff's Deputy and School Resource Officer Jeff Brooks took to the floor as he ordered everyone back to their benches. Board nailed the free throw to cut the Bulldog lead to 4 and the energy shifted again in favor of the Wildcats.
The Wildcats trailed 40-44 as the fourth quarter began but that deficit was cut when Daniel Caudill busted a huge three pointer to make the score 44-43. The Bulldogs drew a foul on their next possession but missed both free throws. On a dynamite pass from Caudill, J.T. Vincent made an impressive spin move to the basket and scored, giving the Wildcats their first lead of the game, 45-44, with 6:50 left.
The lead would change 8 different times over the next five minutes when Bailey Board's free throws tied things up at 55-55 with 1:35 to go.
Clinton County scored on the next possession but those points were matched by Bailey Board on the other end to even things up at 57 all.
With :36 seconds left in the game, Clinton County drew a foul and went to the line for a 1 and 1. They hit the first shot for a 58-57 lead, but missed the second as the Wildcats rebounded and pushed the ball up the court. Caleb Skaggs hit an off-balance shot in the paint to give the Cats a 59-58 lead with only :16 seconds to go. It would be all that the Wildcats needed as they held on to win.
Coach Bart Weaver was smiling ear-to-ear during his post game interview.
"It was a war, a battle," he said. "We knew it was going to be tough and we knew that going into it. Just a great win for us. I could talk for an hour about all our kids tonight, but we really had some that stepped up off the bench like J.T. Vincent and Brayden Carey, they played guts-out ball."
Bailey Board led the Cats with 18 points and 5 rebounds while three other Wildcats ended up in double figures, including Blankenship, Skaggs, and Caudill with 10 each. Vincent finished with 8 and Carey added 3.
The Wildcats are now 4-6 on the season and are scheduled to take on Barren County today in the final game of the Caveland Classic with tip off at 7:15.
The WildcatsLive pregame show will start around 7pm on EdmonsonVoice.com.
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A strong first half paved the way for the Lady Cats' 60-46 win over Bardstown on day two of the Rafferty's/Double Dog's Caveland Classic yesterday at ECHS.
Led by point guard Peyton Martin, who finished with 24 points, 3 assists, and 3 steals, and guard Caitlin Simon who added 21 points and 5 rebounds, the Lady Cats were able to find open lanes as they drove to the basket for high percentage shots.
The Lady Cats jumped out to a 15-5 lead in the first quarter and extended their advantage to 35-15 at the half.
While Martin and Simon handled the majority of the scoring, it was a team effort as several Lady Cats got in on the action with big shots when they were needed, scrapping for loose balls, and forcing turnovers with solid defense and deflections.
Bardstown made a couple of large runs in the second half with a full-court trap press, as they cut a 20 point deficit to 9, but the Lady Cats figured out how to break it which led to more layups at the basket.
The remaining box score showed: Collins 7 (5 rebs), Lewis 5, Alexander 3.
The Lady Cats improve to 8-4 on the season with their third win in a row and are scheduled to take on Barren County in the final game of the classic today at 5:30pm. Edmonson County notched a 56-41 win over Barren earlier in the season on the road.
The WildcatsLive pregame show will start around 5:15pm on EdmonsonVoice.com.
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Ohio County was able to take advantage of a rough Wildcat second half last night at the Rafferty's/Double Dog's Caveland Classic as Edmonson County fell 52-45 at ECHS.
The Wildcats were outrebounded by the Eagles 27-21 and also lost in the turnover column with 23, compared to Ohio's 18. Going into the game, the Wildcats knew they'd have to find success in both areas to be able to pull out the victory, which unfortunately didn't happen.
After a sluggish start, the Wildcats found success with a zone defense against Ohio County that shut down their post and paint offense and took a 27-22 lead going into the locker room at the half.
The third quarter was a repeat of the first as the Wildcats struggled to keep Ohio County off the boards and out of the paint and Edmonson County found themselves trailing 36-35 going into the fourth.
Some costly turnovers down the stretch forced the Wildcats to have to foul in the last couple minutes of the game where Ohio County hit their freethrows and went on to take the game from Edmonson County 52-45.
Bailey Board led the Wildcats in scoring and rebounding with 17 and 5. Caleb Skaggs was the other Wildcat in double figures with 11 points, all coming in the first half.
The remaining box score was Blankenship 8, Caudill 4, Carey 3, Cole 2.
The Wildcats are now 3-6 on the season and are scheduled to take on Clinton County tonight at 7:15 as the Caveland Classic continues at ECHS. WildcatsLive will air on EdmonsonVoice.com with the pregame show around 7pm.
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Edmonson County kicked things off with a bang at the Rafferty's/Double Dog's Caveland Classic yesterday as the Lady Cats pounced on the Lady Panthers of Russellville in a huge 63-19 win at ECHS.
After the Lady Cats were able to establish a 19-2 lead after the first quarter, the whole team got involved in the lop-sided win, as 14 different players ended up on the stat sheet in one form or another.
Edmonson County stretched their lead to 39-10 at halftime which allowed Coach Kevin Jackson to rest his starters for a portion of the second half. The Lady Cats led 48-14 after three quarters and the younger reserve Lady Cats held their own, including sophomore Mikayla Dishon, who nailed a three-pointer from the corner at the final buzzer.
Caitlin Simon led the offense for Edmonson County with 21 points while adding 4 rebounds, 4 steals, and 2 assists.
The remaining box score was: Ballance 8, Lewis 7, Collins 7, Martin 5, Cline 4, Dishon 3, Doyle 3, Harrison 3 (6 reb) Vincent 2. The Lady Cats shot nearly 60% from the field and 77% from the free throw line.
Edmonson County improved to 7-4 on the season. They are scheduled to take on Bardstown tonight as the Caveland Classic continues at ECHS at 5:30pm. The WildcatsLive pregame show will start around 5:15pm on EdmonsonVoice.com.
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Wildcat Head Coach Mike McClintic said in a preseason interview that the key to success for this season would be how well his team could come together as a unit and operate in a way that would revolve around unselfishness. He said it would probably take a few games but he was confident that it would come.
The Wildcats started the season off in the hole, going 0-5. During those games, the Wildcats looked hurried, sloppy, and sometimes even confused as they squandered away leads and got pushed around on the boards. It was brutal to watch them at the free throw line as they struggled to even shoot 50%.
A heart-to-heart 45 minute team meeting was held after practice last week, described by Coach Mac as "let's just say it was interesting," and Coach Bart Weaver said "we all got some things off our chest."
Wildcat fans are hoping that whatever was on their chests is gone for good as the boys have seemingly righted the ship, winning their last three games, two of which were blowouts.
The Wildcats dominated Fredrick Fraize (Cloverport) tonight at home in a 75-51 win that saw three EC starters in double figures, but more importantly, the team effort Coach Mac has been looking for as the Wildcats racked up 17 assists, compared to only 8 turnovers in the game while outrebounding the Aces 29-27. The team free throw shooting percentage has jumped almost 20 points to 64%.
Coach Mac said it was pretty simple.
"We outrebounded them 17-12 in the second half, we got out in transition, and we shared the ball," he said.
The Wildcats forced 20 turnovers against the Aces while they shot 50% from the field.
Leading the way offensively for the Cats was Caleb Skaggs who put up a season high 24 points while dishing out 5 assists. Iszic Blankenship added 15 points and 4 rebounds, and Bailey Board scored 14 while grabbing 4 rebounds.
The remaining box score was: Cole 5, Minton 2, Lindsey 1, Vincent 2, Caudill 4, Talley 4.
The Wildcats are now 3-5 on the season and will take some time off for the Christmas break. Coach Mac said the team is scheduled for a walk-through/shoot around on Monday at 10am to prepare for their 7:15 game against Ohio County in the Rafferty's/Double Dogs Caveland Classic.
In other basketball news, manager extraordinare Nick Johnson, a sophomore, saw his first time on the court as a player in tonight's JV game. Nick entered the game and hit a free throw, notching his first career point as a Wildcat. Nick is a fan favorite and is arguably the biggest Wildcat fan in the county. He's also a manager on the ECHS football team.
The Lady Cats fell to Whitley County tonight in the Campbellsville Food Pantry Classic 51-44. They were led by Caitlin Simon's 28 points. They are scheduled to play Metcalfe County 5:30 EST for third place on Friday, December 23.
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After a sluggish start, the Lady Cats were able to overcome the Adair County Lady Indians 71-48 in a lop-sided win at the Food Pantry Holiday Classic in Campbellsville Wednesday night that saw ten Lady Cats put points on the board, three of which that landed in double figures.
Edmonson County ended the first quarter with a 13-15 deficit but quickly got things turned around as they outscored Adair 27-13 in the second, taking a 40-28 lead at the half.
The Lady Cats never looked back as their press was able to force Adair County turnovers, resulting in several transition baskets for Edmonson County. The Lady Cats also shot a total of 50% from the field and 44% from the three point line.
Coach Kevin Jackson was very positive on the Lady Cat effort.
"When we started pressing more, it got our girls excited on both ends of the court," he said. "We made some mistakes here and there, but it's nothing that can't be corrected."
Leading the effort was Caitlin Simon with 23 points, 5 assists, 4 rebounds, and 5 steals. Also in double figures were Peyton Martin with 12 points, 8 rebounds, and 3 assists, and Abby Alexander with 10 points, shooting 4/5 from the field, and connecting on 2/3 from behind the arc.
Also helping in the big win was Katlin Collins with 5 points and a season-high 11 rebounds.
The remaining box score was Lewis 5, Logsdon 5, Meredith 5, Cline 2, Ballance 2 (6 assts), and Goad 2.
The Lady Cats are scheduled to face Whitley County (6-3) tonight at 8:15pm. Edmonson County improves to 5-3 on the season.
Christmas is almost here, and that means basketball is everywhere! We update you on all the latest roundball news this week and shine the Senior Spotlight on Iszic Blankenship.
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Ten different Wildcats put points on the board in their dominating 72-41 win over Metcalfe County last night on the road.
The Wildcats looked to build on their first win of the season that came on Thursday night against Barren County. Edmonson County looked sharp and on point from the opening tip and found success from all parts of the court.
"As a coach, you're always worried about a let-down after a big win like we got against Barren, but we came out tonight and were very crisp," said Assistant Coach Bart Weaver. "We kind of got a little lazy there at times, but we were pleased we came back after an exhausting win last night."
The Wildcats wasted no time getting down to business as they took an early 20-11 lead. They continued their aggressive defense in the second quarter and transition baskets helped them carry a 40-21 lead into the locker room at halftime.
Edmonson County extended their lead to 60-34 in the third quarter which allowed the starters to rest a bit while several younger and reserve players gained some good varsity experience in the 72-41 win.
Caleb Skaggs led the Wildcats in offense with 18 points and 5 rebounds. Bailey Board finished with 16 points and 4 rebounds, Tucker Cole had 11 points and 6 assists, Iszic Blankenship had 7 points and 10 rebounds, and Daniel Caudill added 5 points and 3 rebounds.
The remaining Wildcat box score was: Carey 3, Minton 3, Lindsey 2, Vincent 3, Talley 4.
The Wildcats are now 2-5 on the season and are scheduled to host Fredrick Fraize (Cloverport) on Thursday, December 22 at ECHS. It will be the final game before the post-Christmas Caveland Classic, hosted at ECHS the following week.
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The Lady Cats fell to Metcalfe County last night in a heartbreaking loss as the game slipped away from Edmonson County in the final seconds.
Edmonson County had to deal with Metcalfe's 6'2" star Mackenzie Coleman, who scored 33 points and grabbed 19 rebounds in the back-and-forth battle. Coleman, who has signed with Tennessee Tech, did it all last night, scoring from both the paint and perimeter, while also rebounding and blocking shots. Coleman's free throw with :24 left was the go-ahead shot that eventually would be the game-winner.
Peyton Martin led the way for the Lady Cats in the exhausting fight as she continually found open lanes to the basket, while getting it done all over the court. Martin finished with 21 points, 5 rebounds, 6 steals, and 3 assists.
Caitlin Simon also impressed with 18 points and 4 rebounds.
The Lady Cats trailed 14-12 after the first quarter but pulled ahead 29-17 at halftime. Metcalfe County was able to climb back on top 44-41 going into the fourth quarter.
Momentum shifted in favor of the Lady Cats in the fourth as their full court press began to cause problems for the Lady Hornets and Edmonson County took advantage by turning the Metcalfe miscues into transition baskets. Martin's steal and layup with 1:12 to go put the Lady Cats up 58-53 and forced a Metcalfe timeout.
Metcalfe County nailed a three pointer on their next possession to shorten their deficit to 58-56 with :50 left. The Lady Cats turned the ball over and were called for a foul with :25.9 on the clock. Edmonson County called timeout after Metcalfe hit their first foul shot to make it 58-57. After the timeout, Metcalfe missed the free throw but Coleman was able to scramble out a rebound and was fouled on her put-back attempt with :24 seconds left.
She hit both free throws as the Lady Hornets took a 59-58 lead. Edmonson County still had a chance for the win as Peyton Martin was fouled in a non-shooting situation with 9.6 seconds left. After a Lady Cat timeout, Martin was able to drive to the basket but her shot was blocked by Coleman. Metcalfe County grabbed the loose ball and held it as time expired.
Also helping the Lady Cats was Chanley Logsdon with 8 points, Abby Alexander had 5, Katlin Collins had 4, Skylar Lewis added 2, and Lauren Ballance scored 2.
The Lady Cats are now 4-3 on the season and are scheduled to play in the Campbellsville Food Pantry Holiday Classic beginning December 21.
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It took six games to get it, but the Wildcats finally got their first "W" of the season as they defeated a very good Barren County team last night in Glasgow, in a game that went down to the wire for the 52-50 win.
Coach Mike McClintic said he's struggled to find the right formula for this team as inconsistency has hindered the Wildcats from the very first game.
"We need to find a way to stay focused for 32 minutes, not 20 or 25 like we've been doing," he said before the game. He didn't elaborate on Wednesday's practice but said "let's just say it was interesting."
"Interesting" can obviously mean a number of things, but asst. coach Bart Weaver told us after the game that there was a serious 45 minute team meeting after that practice. He didn't go into details but said "everybody got some things out," and also that "the players listened and the coaches listened." Whatever was said seemed to work.
"We got the monkey off our back," said Weaver. "We couldn't be more proud of this team and we fought through a lot of adversity in this gym tonight."
Wildcat fans were not happy with several calls against Edmonson County, especially in the second half. The Wildcats dealt with foul trouble for much of the game and senior starter Daniel Caudill was benched for the majority of the first half as he was called for two fouls early on.
Although Edmonson County was outrebounded for the third straight game, they were able to find success from dribble drives while also scoring transition points from forced turnovers.
With the score tied at 47 all, Bailey Board nailed a three in the corner to give the Wildcats a 50-47 lead with 1:59 to go in the game. The Wildcats would keep the lead as they fought their way down the stretch, connecting on 10 of 13 from the free throw line.
Barren County had a final attempt to tie the game with 10 seconds to go trailing 52-49 with the ball. Wildcat defense kept them from shooting a three but they drove the lane and missed a layup. A Trojan putback attempt was blocked by Blankenship at the buzzer, but he was called for the foul and 0.5 seconds were put back on the clock as Barren went to the line for two shots. They still couldn't win even if they hit them both, so the Wildcats prepared for them to intentionally miss the last shot and try to tip in at the buzzer.
Multiple studies have shown that it takes a minimum of 0.8 seconds to get a shot off unless it's a tip attempt.
Barren County's Chase Dial put up the second shot but it appeared that he tried to make it. The shot missed but time expired before the ball could be rebounded and the Wildcats held on for the win.
Caleb Skaggs led the Wildcats with 17 points as he connected on 3 of 7 from behind the arc. Tucker Cole followed with 15 points, 5 assists, and 4 rebounds. He was also 5/6 from the foul line and 5/6 from the field. Bailey Board was the third Wildcat in double figures with 12 points, none bigger than the three-pointer to give the Cats the lead with 1:59 to go. Board also grabbed 5 rebounds and was 5/7 from the field.
Blankenship added 4 points and 7 rebounds and Caudill had 2 points and 2 rebounds.
The Wildcats are scheduled to play tonight at Metcalfe County in a girl/boy doubleheader beginning at 6pm. WildcatsLive will carry the game broadcast right here on EdmonsonVoice.com.
The Wildcats are now 1-5 on the season. The Metcalfe County Hornets are still looking for their first win of the year with a record of 0-7.
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Coach Kevin Jackson was looking for a bounce-back performance after Tuesday night's loss to Franklin Simpson in a contest where he said his Lady Cats were not as physical as they should've been. A tougher, more aggressive Edmonson County team showed up last night in Barren County and the result was a 56-41 Lady Cat win over the Trojanettes.
"We came and played with a lot more enthusiasm and our thing tonight was physicality," said Coach Jackson. "Franklin knocked us all over the floor (Tuesday night) and we didn't respond. Tonight we played with more enthusiasm and we were more physical, and I told the kids it was fun to play, fun to watch, and fun to coach."
The Lady Cats were led on both ends of the court by juniors Caitlin Simon and Peyton Martin, as Simon compiled 22 points, 5 rebounds, and 4 steals while Martin had almost identical stats with 21 points, 5 rebounds, and 4 steals.
Edmonson County's start was a bit dull compared to the rest of the game but the energy level quickly increased and the Lady Cats led 11-10 after the first quarter. They saw success with their full court trap press that allowed some transition baskets off of Barren County turnovers and extended their lead to 25-18 at the half.
Barren County fell behind as much as 11 in the third quarter but put together a small run to cut Edmonson's lead to 39-34 as the third quarter ended.
Edmonson County was able to find more success with full court pressure in the fourth as they extended their lead and grabbed the 15 point win on the road.
Also helping in the win was Skylar Lewis, who added 8 points, Abby Alexander had 3, and Katlin Collins added 2.
The Lady Cats are scheduled to face Metcalfe County tonight in Edmonton in a girl/boy doubleheader beginning at 6pm. You can listen to the game broadcast on WildcatsLive here on EdmonsonVoice.com.
The Lady Cats are now 4-2 on the season.
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It was a tough night for the Lady Cat offense last night as they shot only 26% from the floor and 20% from the three-point line in a 48-30 loss to Franklin Simpson at ECHS.
Caitlin Simon led Edmonson County with 22 points and 8 rebounds, and that's about all the offense that the Lady Cats could offer. Only two other EC team members put points on the board, Peyton Martin, who connected on two 3-pointers for 6 points, and Skylar Lewis who added two free throws.
Simon and Martin were the only two Lady Cats that made any field goals during the game.
"They got physical on defense and we didn't step up," said Lady Cat coach Kevin Jackson.
Two post players for FS scored 40 of the team's 48 points. An early deficit for the Lady Cats caused them to have to stay to a man-to-man defense, which caused Edmonson County some trouble.
"We had trouble matching their size and strength inside. We've got to get better," Jackson said.
The Lady Cats are now 3-2 on the season and are scheduled to take on Barren County on Thursday in a girl/boy match beginning at 6pm. WildcatsLive will carry the live broadcast for both games on EdmonsonVoice.com.
Darren Doyle story,
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The scouting report on the Greenwood Gators showed that they would likely try to take advantage of their size and three point shooting. Nothing could have been more accurate in the 68-58 Wildcat loss as the Gators utilized their 6'9" center in the post and nailed 10 out of 26 from behind the arc.
Although the Wildcats were occasionally out of defensive position and allowed a few open threes, something Coach Mike McClintic said would be a key factor going into the game, there's simply not much you can do when your opponent is knocking down long-range shots that are heavily contested.
"Sometimes you just can't defend that," said assistant coach Bart Weaver. "Overall, I thought we did a pretty good job of getting out there (on the three). There were a few times when we left somebody open, but you have to give them credit, man. They just shot the ball and they weren't bashful from anywhere."
Edmonson County shot 4 from 19 from three (21%) compared to Greenwood's 38%. The other major factor in the loss was the rebounding deficit where Greenwood held a 40-25 advantage, 15 of which were offensive rebounds for the Gators that led to 18 second-chance points. The Wildcats only grabbed 6 offense rebounds that resulted in just a single point.
A bright spot for the Wildcats was senior Bailey Board who led the Cats with 21 points, 4 assists, and 3 rebounds. Board bounced back big time from the previous two games where he scored a combined total of 8 points in both contests.
"This was Bailey's best offensive game of the year, by far," said Weaver. "He'd lost some confidence and struggled a little bit, but we had a great walk-through (practice) today and he shot lights out and had a great bounce about him. We're really glad Bailey turned it around tonight and played like we expect him to play."
Iszic Blankenship had a double-double with 17 points and 11 rebounds and Caleb Skaggs added 11 points. Also helping the Wildcat effort was Daniel Caudill with 6 points, Logan Lindsey had 2, and Brayden Carey scored 1.
The Wildcats are still looking for their first win of the year as they drop to 0-4. They are scheduled to travel to Larue County on December 13 in a JV/V contest beginning at 5:30pm. There will be no game broadcast. The Wildcats and Lady Cats are slated for G/B doubleheaders on Thursday at Barren County and away against Metcalfe County on Friday.
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Although the Greenwood Lady Gators brought a big lineup to ECHS Friday night, the Lady Cats found a way to win with a much smaller roster as Edmonson County got up and down the floor and found success in driving to the basket for some easy shots.
The Lady Cats also shot an impressive 46% from three point range as four different players got in on the action from behind the arc.
Edmonson County created too much of a hill for the Lady Gators to climb as they compiled a 28 point lead at halftime. Although Greenwood was able to put together a couple of runs, one coming in the final minutes of the game, the Lady Cats held on for the 60-46 win.
Edmonson County was led by Caitlin Simon, who had 17 points and 10 rebounds, but a team effort landed four different Lady Cats in double figures.
Peyton Martin had 15 points and 3 rebounds, Katlin Collins impressed with 14 points, 4 assists, and 3 rebounds, while going 2 for 2 from the three point line, and Skylar Lewis contributed with 11 points and 4 assists. Freshman Lauren Ballance added three points on a basket and foul with a free throw.
The Lady Cats improve to 3-1 on the season and are scheduled to take on Franklin Simpson at home on Tuesday, December 13 in a JV/V match beginning at 5:30pm. There will be no game broadcast so everyone is encouraged to come out to ECHS and support the team in person.
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It was a tough night for both the Lady Cats and Wildcats as both teams were defeated by Daviess County last night in Owensboro.
The girls kicked things off with an up-and-down first quarter, falling behind 7-1 then going on an 11-0 run to take the lead 12-7. Daviess was able to climb back on top and ended the quarter with a Lady Panther half court shot at the buzzer and a 19-14 lead.
The Lady Panthers were able to continue to stay just out of reach from the Lady Cats in the second as Edmonson County took a 30-21 deficit into the locker room at halftime. Daviess shot 9 of 17 from behind the three-point line in the first half as they only had one two-point basket at the break.
The second half was much of the same as Edmonson County never could make up the points and Daviess County went on to win 61-49.
Caitlin Simon led the way for the Lady Cats with 20 points, 6 rebounds, and one assist. Skylar Lewis scored 11 points while adding 6 rebounds and Peyton Martin added 10 points, 4 rebounds, and 4 assists.
Also helping the effort was Maddie Cline with 6 and Katlin Collins added 2. The Lady Cats are 2-1 on the season and are scheduled to play Greenwood at home this Friday night at 6pm.
Wildcats Drop To 0-3 With Loss To Panthers
The Wildcats have yet to put a "W" in the scorebook as they fell 53-41 in a low scoring affair against the Panthers.
Edmonson County led 16-13 after the first quarter and held on to a 24-23 lead at halftime.
The third quarter was all Daviess County as they outscored the Wildcats 20-8 and grabbed a 43-32 lead going into the final quarter.
The Wildcats got no closer than 6 points as they fell to the Panthers. The Wildcats were out-rebounded 21-13, something that's abnormal for Edmonson County.
Iszic Blankenship led the Wildcats with 18 points and 4 rebounds. Caleb Skaggs was the only other Wildcat in double figures with 13, 9 of which that came from three pointers.
Bailey Board had 4 points and 4 rebounds and Tucker Cole had two points and three assists.
The Wildcats are scheduled to take on Greenwood in a girl/boy doubleheader this Friday at ECHS with girls action starting at 6pm. You can listen to the game live on WildcatsLive, only on EdmonsonVoice.com.
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It was a tough pill to swallow for the Wildcats as they were edged by Allen County Friday night at ECHS in the final seconds of a game that had been controlled by Edmonson County until the very end.
"We did about everything that we could do wrong in the last few minutes of the game, and that's speaking for coaches and players," said assistant Wildcat coach Bart Weaver. "We just didn't do a good job down the stretch, we hurried offensively, missed our assignments on defense on a couple of trips, but a lot comes back on us coaches. We're going to take a lot of this blame. We didn't do a good job preparing I guess, or in the game. Another thing, we didn't sub tonight. Coach (Mac) is in there apologizing to some players right now. I thought we were dead-dog tired at the end of the game."
According to official stats, the starting five players were the only players used in the entire game with no substitutions.
After a sluggish start from both teams in the first quarter which resulted in an Allen County 11-9 lead, the Wildcats bounced back in the second quarter, outscoring the Patriots 19-12, led by Caleb Skaggs' 13 second quarter points. Skaggs led the way for the Wildcats for 20 points, connecting on 4 of 10 from behind the arc.
The Wildcats were on top 28-23 at the break and maintained a manageable lead throughout the third, holding a 47-39 advantage going into the fourth; however, the fourth quarter wasn't kind to Edmonson County.
Over the next two minutes the Wildcats missed 7 out of 8 shots, committed two fouls, and gave the ball away three times on turnovers. An Allen County basket off a Wildcat turnover shrunk Edmonson County's lead to only 49-46 with 3:56 to go.
The Wildcats were finally able to get some points on the board as Daniel Caudill muscled his way inside for a couple of baskets, including a spin move and strong push to the basket that resulted in a foul. Caudill missed the free throw but the Cats held on to a 53-46 lead with just over three minutes to go.
A Patriot three pointer shortened the Wildcat lead again to 53-49 and from there, Allen County outscored Edmonson 13-1 in the final two minutes as EC missed 2/3 free throws down the stretch and gave up another turnover as time ticked away.
Allen County tied the score at 54 all with 37 seconds left in the game.
The Patriots regained possession of the ball as a result of an Edmonson County foul with 16.5 seconds to go. After an EC timeout, the Wildcats went to a full court, man-to-man defense but Allen County drove the length of the floor and scored an easy reverse layup with five seconds on the clock to take a 56-54 lead, their first since the first quarter.
Skaggs was forced to heave a half-court shot at the buzzer that didn't fall and the Wildcats lost 56-54.
Also helping in the effort was Iszic Blankenship with 12 points and 8 rebounds, Caudill had 10 points and 8 rebounds, Tucker Cole had 8 points and 5 assists, and Bailey Board had 4 points.
The Wildcats shot 46% from the field but were out-rebounded 32-24 and only shot a measily 41% from the free throw line. Edmonson County was outscored 17-7 in the final quarter.
Although extremely disappointed, coach Weaver focused on some positives from the game, one being a bounce-back performance from Caleb Skaggs who struggled earlier in the week against Breckinridge County.
"You know, he struggled in the first game and struggled tonight in the first quarter," he said. "I told him that when you're struggling from the field, drive to the basket and get the lid off, and man, he went in there and scored inside and it seemed like that was all he needed. Just a little confidence and then he shot the ball well. For us to be a good team, we gotta have him shooting, so that was big for us tonight to get him on track."
The Wildcats fall to 0-2 on the season. They are scheduled to travel to Daviess County on Tuesday, December 6 in a girl/boy doubleheader. The game will be broadcast live right here on EdmonsonVoice.com with the WildcatsLive crew. Pregame action is scheduled to start around 5:45pm.
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Junior Abby Alexander got things started by nailing a three-pointer just seconds into the game and the Lady Cats never let up as they dominated the Warren East Lady Raiders on the road last night 73-39.
Led by returning starters Caitlin Simon (25 points, 9 rebounds, 6 assists, 2 steals) and Peyton Martin (22 points, 4 assists, 2 rebounds), the Lady Cats forced an onslaught of Lady Raider turnovers which led to easy shots near the basket.
Coming off a 36 point outburst in the season-opening win against Logan County, Simon impressed again with a complete game that had the stat keepers whispering the phrase "triple-double." She was also a sharp 8/9 from the free throw line.
Martin took advantage of her quickness and ability to convert on dribble-drives, making Warren East pay at the rim. She shot an outstanding 9/11 from the field, including four 3-pointers.
Junior forward Skylar Lewis was the other Lady Cat in double figures with 13 points while grabbing 5 rebounds. She connected on 3 of 5 from behind the arc.
Edmonson County jumped out to a 25-8 lead after the first and led 47-22 at the half. Several bench and reserve players saw plenty of minutes in the second half and held their own as they went on to a 34 point victory. The Lady Cats shot 56% from the field as a team.
Caitlin Simon also moved into the top 5 all-time leading Lady Cat scorers during the win.
Also helping the effort was freshman Emma Rose Vincent with 8 points, Abby Alexander with 3 points, and freshman Lauren Ballance had 2.
The Lady Cats improve to 2-0 on the season and will take on Daviess County at home on Tuesday, December 6 in a girl/boy doubleheader. You can catch both games right here on EdmonsonVoice.com with the WildcatsLive crew kicking off the pregame show around 5:45pm.
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