Edmonson Co. Sees Another Successful Caveland Classic, Thanks To Rafferty's Restaurants
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Scott Lindsey, Senior Vice President of Rafferty's Restaurants, presented a ceremonial check to Edmonson County High School Athletic Director Kyle Pierce to cover the costs associated with the eleventh annual local basketball event.
In addition to taking care of the event's finances, Rafferty's also provided food for all players, coaches, staff members, and media personnel on Thursday night.
Lindsey, an Edmonson County native, helped bring the tournament back to Edmonson County more than a decade ago. The support from Rafferty's is a direct investment back into the athletic programs at Edmonson County High School.
Pierce said in an earlier statement that Edmonson County is fortunate to have Lindsey and the people at Rafferty’s to help bring the event to our community. "I know many of our people do, but if you get the chance, make sure to visit Rafferty’s or Double Dogs to show our appreciation."
Four different teams competed in the classic: Edmonson and Adair Counties, as well as Jeffersontown and Franklin-Simpson. Jeffersontown's boys finished 3-0 while Edmonson County's girls finished first at 3-0.
Edmonson Boys Fall To Franklin-Simpson At Final Round of Rafferty's Caveland Classic
Also contributing for Edmonson County was Tucker Cole (6 points, 4 rebounds, 1 steal), Dalton Decker (5 points, 2 rebounds, 1 steal), Chaz Wilson (5 points, 5 rebounds), Brayden Carey (4 points, 2 rebounds), Nick Clemmons (3 points, 1 rebound), and Eli Booker (2 points, 3 rebounds).
Wildcats Still Trying To Break Out Of Slump
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Edmonson County struggled to put points on the board as Franklin-Simpson shot 47% from behind the three point line, and 49% from the field overall as the Wildcats fell 58-43.
Edmonson County had no one in double figures as J.T. Vincent and Dylan Elmore led the scoring with 9 points each. Vincent also added 7 rebounds.
Edmonson County is now 2-12 on the season. They are scheduled to take on Butler County at home Tuesday, January 2nd, at ECHS in a girl/boy doubleheader with the girls beginning at 6pm.
Lady Cats Crush Franklin-Simpson 61-18
Lady Cats Sweep Caveland Classic 3-0 For Second Year In A Row
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Franklin-Simpson had no answer for Edmonson County's defense on Friday night at the final round of the Rafferty's Caveland Classic as they fell to the Lady Cats 61-18.
Edmonson County forced 15 first half turnovers on FS and converted nearly all of them to baskets, which allowed them to amass a 43-11 lead at the half.
Eight different Lady Cats scored tonight and all 13 players on the roster saw playing time in the lopsided victory. Coach Kevin Jackson said there wasn't much more for which he could ask of his team on Friday night, especially the defensive effort.
"Whether you're on the road, whether you're at home, or at a neutral site, whether you're in a tournament, it doesn't matter. Your defense shouldn't be affected by where you play, and I'm really pleased with what happened here tonight."
The Lady Cats also had 17 team assists tonight, another stat with which Jackson was pleased.
"That tells me we're looking for our teammates, we're looking for the open player, we setting good screens, we're executing on offense, and that's another thing we talked about in our pregame, let's execute on offense."
Caitlin Simon led the Lady Cats in scoring with 24, and Peyton Martin put up 12, along with 8 assists, 4 rebounds, and 3 steals.
Madison Harrison had 8, Skylar Lewis had 6, Emma Rose Vincent added 4, Chanley Logsdon had 3, and Lauren Ballance and Mia Goad scored 2 points each.
The Lady Cats are now 11-2 on the season with a clean four-game sweep of the Caveland Classic, something they've accomplished for the second year in a row. They are scheduled to take on Butler County at home on Tuesday, January 2nd in a girl/boy doubleheader beginning a 6pm.
Chargers Push Through In Final Two Minutes
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It was a gritty battle all the way to the end, but the Jeffersontown Chargers found a way to better execute in the final two minutes of the game to push them to a 63-56 win over the Wildcats in day two of the Rafferty's Caveland Classic.
Senior Tucker Cole nailed two free throws to give Edmonson County a 56-54 lead with 2:01 to go, but the Chargers took the lead with a bucket and a foul, where they converted the three-point play. They were able to play keep away from Edmonson County and hit all of their free throws down the stretch for the win.
It was another tough loss for the Wildcats who are trying to weather the storm of injuries before district play gets into full force.
Edmonson County was led by Cole, who had 15 points, 5 rebounds, and 4 assists. Three other Wildcats notched double figures: Dalton Decker had 13 points and 4 rebounds, J.T. Vincent had 10 points and 8 rebounds, and Chaz Wilson had 10 points and 5 rebounds.
Brayden Carey added 6 and Nick Clemmons had 2.
Edmonson County is now 2-11 and will take on Franklin Simpson in the final night of the Classic on Friday, December 29, 2017 at 7:15pm.
Simon's 35 Takes Zap Out Of Chargers
Lady Cats Win Big Over Jeffersontown, 62-24
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Edmonson County cruised to another big win Thursday night as they disposed of the Jeffersontown Lady Chargers 62-24 in the second round of the Rafferty's Caveland Classic at ECHS.
The Lady Cats jumped out to a 15-0 lead and never looked back as Caitlin Simon led the way offensively for Edmonson County with 35 points, 3 steals, 3 rebounds, and 3 assists.
Peyton Martin added 10 points, 5 assists, and 6 steals, while Katlin Collins scored 10 and dished out 5 assists.
The Lady Cat defense stifled the Lady Chargers and forced turnovers all night long, which led to transition buckets for Edmonson County.
"I thought we played with so much energy, especially in the first half," said Head Coach Kevin Jackson. "We did it with our defense. We didn't run that many set plays, but we lowered our heads and went to the basket. When we have Simon scoring 35 points, which seems like an every-night thing, she's going to get a shot or get fouled, one of the two."
Jackson said he was also proud of the Lady Cats for staying aggressive and physically tough through a contest that got heated at times.
"Our kids took it personal tonight. "This bunch was a little physical and things got a little bit ugly a time or two, but our kids take up for each other. They took it personal and man, it was fun to watch them play."
Also scoring for Edmonson County was Logsdon with 3, Ballance with 2, and Lewis with 1.
The Lady Cats are now 10-2 on the season and currently hold the best record in the third region. They are scheduled to take on Franklin Simpson on Friday at 5:30pm in the final round of the Classic.
Wildcats Shot Down By Indians, 66-58
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A rough third quarter doomed the Wildcats as they fell to the Adair County Indians 66-58 on the first day of the Rafferty's Caveland Classic, hosted by Edmonson County High School, Wednesday, December 27, 2017.
The Indians shut down Edmonson County in the third and outscored them 18-5 to put the game out of reach. The loss is the 8th in a row for the Wildcats who are battling through injuries and relying on players with little varsity playing experience. Logan Lindsey and Logan Minton, two senior starters are out with foot injuries in addition to senior Ryan Lindsey (foot).
Edmonson County's game plan was to contain Adair County's Zion Harmon, a 5'11" freshman who is averaging 33 points per game. He helped lead Bowling Green to a state title last year as an 8th grader. He transferred to Adair County this season. Harmon, who is expected to be highly recruited by several division I schools, was held to only 16 points, but other Indians stepped up to make up the difference. Adair's Hunter Cundiff added 18 points and Anthony Payne added 17.
The Wildcats held their own in the first half as the lead changed hands several times. Edmonson County held a 29-25 lead late in the second but a short run by Adair allowed the Indians to take a 34-31 lead at halftime. Edmonson County outrebounded the Indians 41-27, but the turnovers were heavy on the Wildcats' side with 26, compared to only 11 from Adair.
Assistant Coach Bart Weaver discussed their ups and downs and the impact that younger players like freshmen Chaz Wilson, who led the Cats with 16 points and 9 rebounds, and Mason Pierce with 8 points and 5 rebounds, have had on the team.
"They've been unbelievable," he said. "The last two weeks, they've had some great games. It's also stepped a few people up with the mentality of 'maybe if I work harder I can get in there, too.' You know, Mac had a been long talk with everyone before the game tonight and it was all about believing in each other. There've been rumors that the coaches have given up on the seniors, but that's the absolute furthest thing from the truth. Three of them are hurt. We're not giving up on this team, man. We love this team. We know our district is very winnable. We want to win every ballgame, but the district games are critical and we're 0-1 right now. We're never giving up on this team. It was a good talk, they needed to hear it. We just gotta keep grinding."
Also scoring for Edmonson County was Dylan Elmore with 12 points, J.T. Vincent had 8, Tucker Cole had 6, Brayden Carey had 4, and Nick Clemmons and Dalton Decker each had 2.
The Wildcats are now 2-10 on the season and will take on Jeffersontown at 7:15pm Thursday night.
Simon And Martin Combine For 52 Points
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The dynamic senior duo of Caitlin Simon and Peyton Martin led the Lady Cats to a victory over the Adair County Lady Indians at the first day of the Rafferty's Caveland Classic at ECHS, 67-47.
Simon put up 27 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists, and 3 steals, while Martin notched 25 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists, and 2 steals.
Edmonson County started strongly with a 16-8 lead after the first and led 36-19 at the half. Adair County refused to go away with a solid third quarter, outscoring the Lady Cats 17-16 and cutting EC's lead to 52-36.
It would be as close as the Lady Indians would get as the Lady Cats held their ground and remained in control as they went on to win.
Coach Kevin Jackson said that while there were a few spots he thought needed a little work, he was pleased with the overall effort and execution from his team.
"We looked a little out of sorts offensively at times, but what can you say about our two seniors there that do the most of our scoring, with Peyton Martin and Caitlin Simon? They're just two outstanding high school players. I've been around a lot of them and they can stack up with about anybody."
He discussed that the defensive effort was key, which in order to be successful, takes much more than two players putting up impressive offense.
"It takes 5, 6, 7, or 8 girls on the defensive side, and that's what I'm most proud of," said Jackson. "I've always tried to hang my hat on defense and rebounds, and then if you've got a couple of scorers it just makes everything look that much easier on everyone."
Also helping the Lady Cats was Chanley Logsdon with 6 points, Lauren Ballance with 4 points, Katlin Collins added 3, and Mia Goad scored 2.
Edmonson County is now 9-2 on the season and will take on Jeffersontown Thursday night at 5:30pm in day two of the Caveland Classic.
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After a couple of hard-nosed losses to two of the top teams in the state, including the defending state champion, the Lady Cats faced another tough opponent at their final game of the Queen of the Commonwealth Tournament at Bullitt East. This time, Edmonson County came out the winner in a tough match against the Bowling Green Lady Purples, 82-76 in overtime thriller.
Led by the senior duo of Caitlin Simon (30 points, 6 rebounds) and Peyton Martin (24 points, 8 assists), the Lady Cats found a way to battle back after being down 40-24 at halftime.
Edmonson began a short run late in the third as they slightly cut BG's lead to 60-47, but the fourth quarter was a different story. The Lady Cats turned up the defensive pressure with a full court, run-and-jump trap that forced Bowling Green into some turnovers and Edmonson was able to capitalize with transition baskets. Edmonson County leads the state in allowing the fewest point per game, at 31.5.
"We've gotten off to some slow starts in our last three games and you can't hardly pull out a win when you do that against good teams," said Head Coach Kevin Jackson. "Our kids started a run there in the third and they just kept fighting with their defense. We couldn't have done this without the defensive effort these girls laid out there tonight."
The Lady Cats spread the floor and found success with Simon driving to the basket. She either scored, hit free throws from drawing fouls, or kicked out for an open shot. She hit 12 of 12 free throws in the second half, including all ten in the 4th/OT. Martin also saw success with her dribble penetration and points around the basket when she wasn't dishing out assists.
"They're the Batman and Robin of this team," said Jackson. "We can't say enough about them."
Edmonson County chipped away at the lead and cut their deficit to 72-70 with 2:31 left to play, forcing a Bowling Green timeout. They refused to go away and managed to tie it 75 all as regulation came to an end.
The Lady Cat defense kept Bowling Green from scoring a single field goal in OT as Edmonson went on to win, 82-76.
Both Chanley Logsdon and Lauren Ballance fouled out for Edmonson County while Simon and Katlin Collins finished the game with 4 fouls each.
"They just kept fighting," said Jackson. "They took it to the hole and they hit their free throws. I would've been proud with their effort even without the win, but it's much sweeter with the win. It's also not just about one or two. We got valuable playing time from about nine players, so what an effort. What a great Christmas present these kids gave me."
Also helping the Lady Cats was Collins with 9 pts and 5 rebs, Logsdon with 9 pts and 4 rebs, Madison Harrison with 4 pts and 4 rebs, Emma Vincent with 4 pts, and Abby Alexander added 2 pts.
The Lady Cats are now 8-2 and won't play again until next week's Caveland Classic. Click here for all the info.
Rafferty's Caveland Classic Returns: Local Alumni Team Up With Benefit & Chance for $200 Gift Card
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The Rafferty's Caveland Classic is set to return to Edmonson County High School December 27th and run through December 29th and will feature girl/boy doubleheaders from four schools: Edmonson County, Adair County, Franklin Simpson, and Jeffersontown.
2017 will mark the eleventh year in a row that Rafferty's Restaurants, which include Double Dogs and Montana Grille, has been a major factor in the event's success, thanks to Senior Vice President and ECHS graduate Scott Lindsey.
This year, Lindsey is teaming up with another well known ECHS alumnus, former UK baseball coach Keith Madison, for a very unique benefit that will allow all participants a chance to win a $200 Rafferty's gift card.
Lindsey is asking that Caveland Classic attendees bring a new or gently used baseball glove to a game. The gloves will be donated to the S.C.O.R.E. International Baseball Ministry outreach in Eastern Kentucky. SCORE, (Sharing Christ Our Redeemer Enterprises), which is led by Madison, provides gloves for youth in the Dominican Republic.
"Scott and I have been friends for a long time," said Madison. "He's just a very generous and caring person. I appreciate what he does for our home county with the Classic and for what I'm doing now."
Madison provides the gloves to youth in the Dominican Republic that have no way of acquiring proper baseball equipment.
All who bring a glove will be entered to win a $200 gift card from Rafferty's Restaurants; however, glove donations will not substitute gate admission.
"Kids love baseball there. They're so passionate about the game, but so many of the kids don't have gloves," Madison said. "We provide free baseball clinics to 5 or 6 thousand kids down there, and we give the gloves to those who need them."
Coach Madison graduated ECHS in 1969 and spent the next few years in professional baseball before becoming the head baseball coach at UK in 1978. He stayed there as head coach for 25 years and is the winningest coach in UK men's baseball.
While Lindsey credited Madison for his charitable work, Lindsey's own work in Edmonson County helps assure the Classic continues to positively impact the local community. ECHS Athletic Director Kyle Pierce discussed the importance of Lindsey's role in the classic.
“Without Scott, there would not be a Caveland Classic," said Pierce. "He not only helps us out financially, but he provides meals for all eight teams one day. Our girls and boys booster clubs each feed the eight teams another day. That is a lot of food! The teams, coaches, media, and officials that come here are always impressed because they know we treat them well, too."
This year's classic will bring one of the top-rated players in the nation to ECHS, Zion Harmon of Adair County, a 5'11" freshman point guard who currently ranks number one in the state for points per game at 33.1. Pierce said that both Jeffersontown and Franklin Simpson will bring a high energy, athletic-style to the Classic and another ECHS graduate will return to Brownsville, which is Cody Rich, who is now head coach for the Franklin Simpson girls team.
"Our boys team has had a few injuries early in the season," added Pierce. "We have lost three of our games by a combined 11 points, so we’ll be in there battling and look forward to hosting the other three schools.”
Pierce said Edmonson County is fortunate to have Lindsey and the people at Rafferty’s to help bring the event to our community. "I know many of our people do, but if you get the chance, make sure to visit Rafferty’s or Double Dogs to show our appreciation. Come early and watch some great basketball.”
Lindsey said that because Rafferty's is a relatively small company that doesn't cover what's known as a mass media market, they focus on community involvement more than advertising campaigns.
"The idea for our sponsorship for the Caveland Classic started with several conversations between former Coach Rick Wood and I," said Lindsey. "We wanted to establish a solid tournament where our kids could play at home during the Christmas holiday."
Eleven years later, the tournament is stronger than ever, as a result of the effort coming from Lindsey and Rafferty's.
"I'm a sports junkie--high school sports in particular-- and have a deep love for all things EC," Lindsey added. "It's my home, my root system and always will be."
Pierce also said Edmonson County High was proud to welcome the baseball glove benefit.
"We always want to help promote athletics and our youth. We're honored that Scott has taken this initiative and of course we're always happy to support Coach Madison. We're proud to say both of these men are from right here in Edmonson County."
There will be four games each day, all of which will be played at ECHS. Tickets are $8.00 per day or you may purchase a three-day pass for $20. There is no cost to a season ticket holder. Their card will be honored throughout the tournament. Again, bringing a baseball glove will not substitute admission cost, it will only enter you for the Rafferty's gift card.
Wednesday, December 27th
2:00---Franklin Simpson vs. Jeffersontown (Girls)
3:45---Franklin Simpson vs. Jeffersontown (Boys)
5:30---Adair County vs. Edmonson County (Girls)
7:15---Adair County vs. Edmonson County (Boys)
Thursday, December 28th
2:00---Franklin Simpson vs. Adair County (Girls)
3:45---Franklin Simpson vs. Adair County (Boys)
5:30---Jeffersontown vs. Edmonson County (Girls)
7:15---Jeffersontown vs. Edmonson County (Boys)
Friday, December 29th
2:00---Jeffersontown vs. Adair County (Girls)
3:45---Jeffersontown vs. Adair County (Boys)
5:30---Franklin Simpson vs. Edmonson County (Girls)
7:15---Franklin Simpson vs. Edmonson County (Boys)
Only One Of Three Players In Team's 44 Year History To Reach Milestone
While the team suffered their first loss of the season in a big way to Mercer County (7-1) 81-49 tonight, there was still plenty to be proud of for the Lady Cats as Senior Caitlin Simon joined the 2,000 point club in a 30 point, 10 rebound performance in tonight's game in the Bullitt East Tournament.
Simon, who is averaging 21.8 ppg (tied for 17th in the state) is on pace to become Edmonson County's leading scorer in the history of Lady Cat basketball. The current record is 2,390 points, which was set by Stephanie Dennison in 1995.
The Lady Cats had their hands full tonight right off the bat with the defending state champions as they got off to an ice cold start and a 12-0 deficit in the first quarter. They fought their way back with an 8-3 run that cut the lead to 15-8 going into the second, but Mercer County--a team with five starters who have signed to play college basketball--was too big, too fast, and too hot from behind the arc for the Lady Cats to match.
"There's a reason they're number one in the state and 5th or 6th in the nation," said Coach Kevin Jackson. "They're the best all-around team I've ever coached against. We knew it would be a challenge and our game plan was to try to hold them in the low 60s, but they hit 13 of 27 threes, and by five different shooters. They're so good in transition and they were in our face for 32 minutes. All the credit goes to them."
Jackson said it was a good learning experience for his team and he knows they'll bounce back; although they'll face a tough Elizabethtown team tomorrow at 2pm CST. Even in the loss, he was happy for Simon, who reached the point milestone tonight.
"You know, 2000 points is such a feat in high school basketball and she's only the third Lady Cat in 44 years of basketball to achieve that," he said. "If she stays healthy I know she'll add to that. She'll also tell you she couldn't do it without her teammates, because when you have a guard like Peyton Martin who can dish those assists, it gives players like Caitlin the opportunities to finish, and she certainly knows how to do that. Caitlin has sure put in the hard work and she deserves the credit."
It was an emotional moment for Simon, who said she didn't realize she was that close to the mark when she stood at 1,999 points at the free throw line.
"I thought I was still several points away," she said. "But I hit it and Coach Jackson called a timeout and they announced it over the speakers at the gym, and that was really cool."
She said once she hit the 1000 mark as a sophomore she could see that reaching 2000 was possible.
"I knew that if I ever hit 2000 I'd have to stay at it and keep scoring when I had the chance, so I'm just glad I was able to."
Jackson said the scorer's table passed the info along to him and he called timeout.
"Coach Sowders (of Mercer) was great about it. He told me to take all the time we needed and do whatever we needed to do. It was a really nice moment for Caitlin and our team."
Simon sits at number three on the all-time scoring list behind Madison Rich (2,135 points) and Dennison.
The Lady Cats fall to 7-1 on the season. Simon was the only Lady Cat in double figures tonight. Also helping the Lady Cats was Peyton Martin with 9 points, Collins, Ballance, Harrison, and Vincent each added 2 and Logsdon and Lindsey each added 1.
The banged-up Wildcats relied on younger players last night as they dealt with some injuries against North Hardin last night at the Warren East Holiday Hoops Classic. Although Edmonson County fell to the Trojans 54-45, several other Wildcats stepped up and helped pick up the slack, including sophomore Mason Pierce, who led the Cats with 16 points and 5 rebounds.
Edmonson County only trailed by two at the half, but North Hardin had a 12-7 scoring advantage in the third quarter. While the Wildcats finally won their first rebounding battle in five games, they couldn't catch up to the Trojans in the fourth.
Senior Logan Lindsey is still out indefinitely with a broken foot and seniors Logan Minton and Ryan Lindsey were also out with ankle injuries. Head Coach Mike McClintic said he hoped both Minton and R. Lindsey would return next week for the upcoming Caveland Classic.
McClintic was complimentary of Mason Pierce's performance.
"Mason did a good job for us last night," he said. "He played very aggressive and was under control. We had several younger players that got their first real taste of varsity playing time last night and they did well. We were very pleased."
The remaining box score was Wilson 6, Vincent and Clemmons with 5 each, Cole and Decker each had 4, Carey added 3, and Potter had 2.
The Wildcats are now 2-7 on the season and are scheduled to take on Franklin Simpson, Wednesday December 20th at 3pm at the Warren East Classic.
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The Edmonson County Lady Cats continued their success yesterday in a big 53-35 win over Louisville Assumption at the Bullitt East Tournament held at Mt. Washington.
The victory stretches their winning streak to seven straight which is also a perfect 7-0 start to the season.
The Lady Cats began the game with a 12-7 after the first quarter and slightly built a 30-23 lead at the half, but a big third quarter put the game out of reach for the Lady Rockets as Edmonson County went on to win behind the scoring effort of seniors Caitlin Simon and Peyton Martin.
Simon had 27 points, which was a combination of finding success in the lane and nailing 4/7 from the three point line. She needs only 30 points to join the 2,000 point club at ECHS.
Martin also was impressive as she put up 20 points and added 3 assists. She was 9 for 11 from the field, including 2 of 3 from behind the arc. The two seniors combined for all but 6 of the Lady Cats' points.
Head Coach Kevin Jackson says that while he can't be more pleased with the perfect start, the next three games for the Lady Cats in the Bullitt East Tournament will be tough tests.
"We could lose the next three games up here," he said, "but that will only help us down the road."
While most eyes are on Simon and Martin, Jackson credits much success to team defense.
"Simon and Martin are the keys to our offense, but our defense is a total team effort."
The Lady Cats defense currently ranks number one in the state for the least amount of points allowed per game, which is 31.5ppg, according to KHSAA.
Chanley Logsdon added 4 points along with Katlin Collins' 2 points.
Edmonson County is scheduled to play Mercer County at 5pm CST Wednesday, Dec 20th.
Trojans Top Wildcats 44-38
Barren County Bounces Back After Big Wildcat Run
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A couple of cold streaks for the Cats allowed the Barren County Trojans to knock off Edmonson County at home last night 44-38 as the Wildcats lost their third in a row.
Both teams shot poorly from the field as Barren made only 24% of their attempts and the Wildcats shot 28%; however, the rebounding edge went to the Trojans 44-30, allowing them to score 12 second chance points, compared to only 5 for the Cats.
Although a loss, the Wildcats got a bit of a morale boost as they were blown out during their last two contests by an average of 34 points. Both teams battled and the game was close the entire way. Barren led by ten at one point in the second quarter but a big third quarter allowed the Cats to scratch their way back.
Edmonson County put together an impressive 14-3 run in the third that gave the Wildcats a 31-30 lead, capped off by two consecutive buckets by Tucker Cole. Cole led the Wildcats in scoring with 18 points. He also added 4 rebounds and two assists.
"I was really proud of the kids," said Coach Mike McClintic. "We just came from two games where we weren't in those games, so for them to come out here and play as hard as they did tonight, we had guys in spots that they hadn't been in all year, I thought everybody responded. Everybody that got in the game tonight did their job."
Both teams went cold during the fourth but the Trojans were able to hit their free throws down the stretch as they went on to win.
Dylan Elmore was the other Wildcat in double figures with 10 points. Also scoring for Edmonson County was Brayden Carey with 4 points, while J.T. Vincent and Chaz Wilson each scored 3 points a piece.
The Wildcats were without their leading scorer, senior Logan Lindsey, who is out indefinitely with a foot injury.
The Wildcats are now 2-5 on the season and are scheduled to travel to Grayson County Saturday night, December 16th in a JV/V match beginning at 5:30pm. There will be no WildcatsLive broadcast that night.
Vincent Scores Go-Ahead Bucket With 26 Seconds Remaining
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With the way the Lady Cats have dominated their opponents in the first few games of this season, Coach Kevin Jackson said he told his team they needed a close game before traveling to Louisville to play in the Bullitt East Tournament December 19-22.
A one-point squeaker decided in the last seconds was a bit closer than he'd have liked.
"They took me at my word that we needed a close one, but I'm very, very proud of the kids in that locker room," he said. "We made some mistakes, we didn't play great, but we showed some heart there in the fourth quarter when we had to, just tickled to pull out a big win over a very good Barren County team."
Barren County got off to a good start and led most of the first half. The Lady Cats put together an impressive run as the second quarter began to wind down, topped off with a buzzer beating three pointer that tied things up 18-18 at the half.
Things stayed back and forth throughout the second half as both teams battled. Trailing 38-37, Lauren Ballance bounced a pass down into Emma Rose Vincent who turned and scored, putting the Lady Cats back on top, 39-38 with 26 seconds to go.
Barren County's Elizabeth Burtram missed a short jumper and the ball was rebounded by Peyton Martin, but the Lady Cats turned the ball over on a traveling call with 23 seconds to go. Barren County still had multiple opportunities to regain the lead but missed a shot and then traveled in the lane on the offensive rebound as two Trojanettes had possession of the ball simultaneously with 0.7 seconds left.
The Lady Cats were able to inbound the ball as time expired to win 39-38, staying undefeated at 6-0. Barren County dropped to 4-3 on the season.
Caitlin Simon led Edmonson County with 21 points and 4 rebounds. Peyton Martin added 10 points, 5 rebounds, and 2 assists.
Also helping in the win were Logsdon with 3 points, Harrison and Vincent each had 2 points, and Lauren Ballance added one point.
The Lady Cats will now prepare for the Louisville tournament that is scheduled to begin Tuesday, December 19.
Wildcats Fall To LaRue, 68-41
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The Wildcats struggled against LaRue County, one of the top rated teams in the 5th Region, last night at ECHS as they fell 68-41.
Edmonson County lost the rebounding battle 39-19 and had only one player in double figures, Tucker Cole with 11 points.
Logan Lindsey suffered a foot injury during the contest. Sources told the Edmonson Voice this morning that after medical attention there appears to be no break but ligaments could be damaged. Lindsey is scheduled to meet with more doctors this week. No word was given as to a timetable of his return.
Also scoring for the Wildcats was J.T. Vincent with 8 points, Logan Minton 7, Brayden Carey 6, Chaz Wilson 6, Eli Booker 2, John Potter 1.
The Wildcats are now 2-4 on the season and will face Barren County at home on Thursday, December 14th in a girl/boy doubleheader. The girls will play first, beginning at 6pm. The game will be broadcast live on the EdmonsonVoice with the WildcatsLive crew.
Edmonson County Now 5-0 On The Season
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The Edmonson County Lady Cats continued their strong start to the season with a 61-28 win on the road at Franklin Simpson last night.
Edmonson County had amassed a 34-12 lead at the half and cruised to the big win. The Lady Cats had three players in double figures, Peyton Martin, Caitlin Simon, and Lauren Ballance, each with 13 points. Martin also added 7 assists and 3 rebounds, Simon added 5 assists and 3 rebounds, and the team hit 17 of 20 free throws.
Also helping the Lady Cat effort was Madison Harrison with 8 points, Chanley Logsdon with 6, and Katlin Collins, Emma Vincent, Mia Goad, and Katie Lindsey added 2 points each.
The Lady Cats are now 5-0 on the season and have averaged a 28.8 point margin of victory over their opponents so far.
They are scheduled to take on Barren County this Thursday in a girl/boy doubleheader beginning at 6pm. Both games will be broadcast on the Edmonson Voice from the WildcatsLive crew.
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Tuesday's 67-26 loss to the Daviess County Panthers is something from which the Wildcats hope to quickly move on. No Edmonson County player reached double figures as the team shot a season low 35% from the field.
The Wildcats were also outrebounded by the Panthers 25-14 and they lost the turnover battle 16-9. Rebounding and taking care of the ball are two main elements on which the Edmonson County coaching staff have been focused. Assistant Coach Bart Weaver discussed the struggle against the Panthers.
"There were a lot of factors into this (game)," said Weaver. "We came out flat. Maybe we weren't ready to play. Daviess is a good team. Maybe if we get anything out of this, I guess when we got hit in the mouth early, we kind of just took it. I know we have a lot of things to work on, but this should be a lesson. I'm not saying our kids quit, but we just didn't have that fire in our belly tonight and you could tell that from the get go."
The Wildcats got off to a 17-6 deficit in the first and things never turned around. They'd managed only 11 points as a team at the half and Daviess cruised to the win.
The Wildcats were led by senior Logan Lindsey with 8 points and freshman Chaz Wilson also had 8 off the bench.
Also scoring for the Cats was Tucker Cole with 4, Logan Minton and Dylan Elmore each had 3, and Dalton Decker added 2.
The Wildcats fall to 2-3 on the season and won't play again until Tuesday, December 12 at home against LaRue County. Coach Weaver said the team will use the coming days for much needed practice.
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The Daviess County Lady Panthers had no answer for Edmonson County senior Caitlin Simon and the rest of the Lady Cats as they fell to EC, 70-45 on Tuesday night. Simon led the way for Edmonson County with 36 points, 23 of which coming in the first half.
Edmonson County got off to a bit of a slow start, allowing Daviess to have some open looks at three pointers as they were a little sluggish on the defensive end. They trailed the Lady Panthers 16-17 after the first quarter.
Daviess hit a couple of threes early in the second which prompted a timeout from Coach Kevin Jackson. Whatever was discussed in the huddle was effective, as the Lady Cats went on to outscore Daviess 20-9 in the quarter and Edmonson took a 27-25 lead at the half.
The Lady Cat defense caused all sorts of trouble for Daviess County and at one time, the Lady Panthers saw five straight trips end in five straight turnovers.
Simon found lanes to the basket all night and also knocked down three 3-pointers. She finished with four rebounds, four steals, and an assist. She was also 1-1 from the free throw line.
Peyton Martin also impressed with 17 points and 7 assists.
"After that first quarter, I thought our defense was excellent," said Coach Jackson. "We kept pressure on them, and it's not always about steals. They had four walking calls on them in the second quarter. When you keep pressure on a team, they don't relax and I felt like they (Daviess) never were able to relax."
Jackson also talked about the performance from Caitlin Simon.
"She's an all-region player. That's why she was first team all region last year and should be player of the year, I think, in the third region this year."
Jackson also went on to compliment Martin, Collins, and another team effort, saying "it takes more than just one or two kids to shine."
The remaining box score is: Collins 8, Logsdon 3, Ballance 2, Harrison 2, Vincent 2. The Lady Cats will take on Grayson County on the road on Friday, Dec 8th in a girls' JV/V match beginning at 5:30pm. There is no game broadcast scheduled for that night.
The girls improve to 3-0 on the season.
Edmonson Hangs On, Wins Rebounding Battle
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Two main focuses for tonight's game against Warren East were better rebounding and better free throw shooting. While the free throws left plenty to be desired, Edmonson County bounced back from their loss against Breckinridge on Monday night with a gritty win over the Raiders, out rebounding them by 15 in the second half, and 38-33 for the game.
"We've not rebounded the ball well so far this year and we put a big emphasis on practice on it this week," said assistant coach Bart Weaver. "We did block out drills and all kinds of things, then you're devastated when at halftime you're down 10 rebounds. So we got in their face and we challenged them, and we ended up out rebounding them for the game."
The effort of Logan Lindsey sparked the Wildcats as he pulled down 15 of the team's 38 rebounds, eleven of those coming in the second half. He finished with 9 points. Also providing plenty of spark was senior Logan Minton, who hit back-to-back threes in an 8-0 run during the third quarter that gave the Wildcats the lead for good.
Brayden Carey also had 9 points for the Cats, Tucker Cole added 8, Minton finished with 6 and 6 rebounds, Ryan Lindsey added 6 points, J.T. Vincent also had 6, Dylan Elmore and Dalton Decker each had 2, and John Potter added 1.
"Coach Mac and I have said, we don't know how good this team can be yet," said Weaver. "We have so much depth and tonight showed. We pulled a sophomore (Decker) off the bench that hadn't hardly played any yet. He had a great JV game last night and it carried over to tonight."
The Wildcats even out the season at 1-1 and are scheduled to travel to Cumberland County on Saturday. The game was originally scheduled to be broadcast on EdmonsonVoice.com but that has been changed. There will be no live broadcast for the game.
Lady Cats Crush Warren East, 62-27
Edmonson County Now 2-0 On Season
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Lady Cat Coach Kevin Jackson was well pleased with the effort put forth from his team in a huge 35 point win over the Lady Raiders at Warren East.
"The effort tonight was outstanding," he said. "It's what you look for early in the season. When you give the effort, good things will happen."
Six different Lady Cats put points on the board while nine separate players grabbed at least two rebounds each. Edmonson County held Warren East to only 14 first half points, taking a 28-14 lead into the locker room at the break.
Caitlin Simon led the offense with 18 points while swiping 5 rebounds and making 7 of 8 free throws in Edmonson's season opener. Katlin Collins was close behind with 15 points and three rebounds. She was also 4-4 from the line.
The Lady Cat defense gave Warren East all sorts of trouble and they turned that trouble into transition baskets. Edmonson were also 23/29 from the foul line, shooting a team 79%.
The Lady Raider loss comes off their 76-49 over Metcalfe earlier in the week. A win Jackson called "legit."
"I was concerned coming in," he said. "Even though we beat them a couple times last year, but I thought our defense was really good tonight. We take a lot of pride in our free throw shooting but we don't talk about it a lot. We finished second in the state last year at 75%. Our kids know it's something we hang our hat on."
The remaining box score was Madison Harrison 9, Peyton Martin 8, Lauren Ballance 8, Emma Rose Vincent, 4.
Edmonson County is scheduled to travel to Cumberland County on Saturday in an afternoon girl/boy doubleheader.
The game was originally scheduled to be broadcast on EdmonsonVoice.com but that has been changed. There will be no live broadcast for the game.
The Lady Cats are now 1-0 on the season while Warren East falls to 1-1.