Edmonson Wins 77-53 Over Caverna
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The Wildcats put their foot on the gas in the third quarter, scoring a total of 32 points during a 21-point differential that put the game out of reach for the Colonels in a 77-53 win for Edmonson County last night.
Both teams looked sharp early with hot shooting from the Wildcats and a strong inside presence from the Colonels' 6'9" Jaxton Dunagan as the Cats took a 12-10 lead after one quarter. Edmonson County continued with solid shooting, rebounding, and low turnovers to take a 26-22 lead at the half, paced by Dalton Decker's 13 first-half points.
The third quarter was the difference maker in this contest as the Wildcats went on a relentless 32-11 run that left Caverna completely disoriented. Edmonson County led as much as 30 plus points in the contest.
The Wildcats were able to control the inside game of Caverna while holding their leading scorer, Deshante Richardson (17ppg) to only 8 points. Their defensive pressure forced Colonel turnovers where Edmonson County was able to convert into points. The Wildcats also out-rebounded Caverna 33-24 and shot 53% from the field. Twelve Wildcats got into the scorebook with Decker (17pts), Chaz Wilson (13pts), and Trent Taylor (10pts) in double figures, with Daniel Woosley narrowly missing double figures with 9 points.
"When we move the ball and get everybody involved, it seems like it picks up the rhythm," said Coach Mike McClintic. "I thought there in the third quarter we really got out there and ran with the ball, shared the ball on the fast break, and even our big boys were down running the break, and that's important."
Also contributing to the offense was Gavin Rose with 5 points, Eli Booker, Jon Smith, Mason Pierce, and Luke Meredith all had 4pts each, Lane Lindsey had 3, and Houston Vincent and Isaiah Johnson had 2 each. All fourteen Wildcats saw game action.
"I thought we really picked up the defense," said Coach Mac. "We got some stops, we dropped down and helped on the big boy, and that made a difference. But we shut down the two kids we wanted to shut down, (Richardson and Rhodes), but getting stops and getting rebounds were the keys to the whole game."
Edmonson County is now 10-11 on the season and have won 8 out of their last 10 contests. They are scheduled to travel to Russellville tonight for a boys JV/V game beginning at 6pm.