Girls Fall to Logan County, Boys Earn Comeback Win Against Monroe
The boys and girls basketball teams split a win and a loss last night at the 2021 Rafferty's/Double Dogs Caveland Classic as the girls fell to Logan County, 51-41 and the boys won over Monroe County, 68-63.
The girls got things off to a good start with an early lead, which was exactly what Coach Bart Weaver had planned. The Lady Cats led 10-7 but Logan County's TyKiah Mason nailed a three at the first quarter buzzer to tie it at 10-10.
Logan County was able to take the lead in the second with the help of second chance points on offensive rebounds. Edmonson County also failed to capitalize on several easy baskets in the paint. The Lady Cougars beat the Lady Cats on the boards 33-20 for the game. Logan led 28-15 at the half and they never trailed again, despite a decent third quarter effort from Edmonson County.
Edmonson was led in scoring by Paige Wolfe with 11, Lily J. Vincent, Emma White, and Leah Ballance each had 7 points, Hallie Cassady had 6, Cariann Willams had 2, and Jaedlyn Simon added one point.
Edmonson's girls are now 3-5 on the season and will take on Monroe County tonight at 5:15PM in the final night of the Caveland Classic.
Wildcats 68, Falcons 63
The Wildcats were looking for a bounce-back game after poor shooting hindered them against the more athletic Todd County Central on Monday night. Edmonson County looked sharp early as they attacked the basket, but Monroe County was red hot behind the three-point line, knocking down 12 for the game. The threes from the Falcons helped them grab a 27-22 lead with time winding down as the Wildcats held for the last shot of the half. Braden Wall missed a three with seconds left, it was rebounded by Cole Saling, who then missed another three, then Braxton Highbaugh grabbed the rebound and put it back as the buzzer sounded. It appeared he didn't beat the clock at first, but his basket counted and the Cats trailed 24-27 at the half.
Senior Evan Stice nailed a three at the top of the key to tie the score at 27 as they began the third, but the Wildcats were still playing catch-up throughout the quarter as Monroe was able to stay a basket or two ahead. The Cats trailed 40-44 heading into the final quarter.
A three-pointer in the corner gave Monroe County their largest lead of the game at 50-42 with 6:44 left to play but Edmonson County went on a 10-2 run over the next two minutes to take their first lead since 2:54 in the first quarter at 11-9. Trace Taylor picked the pocket of Monroe County's Brison Nuckols near half court as the Falcon point guard was in the midst of running the offense. Taylor's breakaway layup gave the Wildcats a 54-52 lead and they never trailed again.
Key free throws were hit by both Taylor and junior Braxton Highbaugh down the stretch. Edmonson County was an impressive 15 of 18 from the free throw line for 83% shooting. They shot 43% from the field.
Four Wildcats landed in double figures, led by Trace Taylor's 18pts and 3 rebounds, Tyler Anderson added 16pts and 4 rbs, Highbaugh had 12pts and 7 rbs, Braden Wall had 11pts and 7 rebounds, Evan Stice had 9pts and 2rbs, and Cole Saling added 2pts and 2rbs.
The Wildcats improved to 5-4 on the season and the win snapped a two-game losing streak. They are scheduled to take on Glasgow tonight at 7PM in the final night of the Raffery's/Double Dogs Caveland Classic.