Edmonson Notches Second District Win a Row With 61-50 Take Down Of Raiders
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Turnovers began piling up once again for the Wildcats against Trinity in Whitesville on Wednesday and it looked like the Raiders were on their way to their third consecutive win over the Cats with an 18-7 lead early in the second quarter, thanks to an 8-0 run from Trinity.
While the temperature outside continued to drop, Nick Clemmons was heating up inside the gym. He buried three, 3-pointers in a 16-6 run that changed the momentum of the entire game and cut Trinity's lead to 24-23 at halftime. Clemmons finished with 17 points on five 3-pointers.
Both teams battled in the third and Edmonson County took a 38-37 lead going into the fourth. Despite battling through turnovers (20) the Wildcats were able to keep their offense going when they needed it. Thanks to equally high turnovers from Trinity, (21) Edmonson County went on another run, this time a 12-2 stretch that was capped off by another three pointer by Clemmons to give the Cats a 54-46 lead with 1:30 left.
Sophomore Chaz Wilson and junior Dalton Decker hit free throws down the stretch and Edmonson County was able to hold off for the win.
Even though the Wildcats supplied plenty of fire power through their offense, Coach Mac said it was possible as a result of their defense.
"I gotta credit our defense," he said. "They stepped up. We got a lot of stops and that makes it easier."
He also joked about Clemmons' big 3 to cap the run with 1:30 to go. While it was a big shot, it wasn't what Mac had called for at the time.
"It was one of those 'no, no, no--great shot,'" he joked. "We wanted to run more clock there and then get a layup, but he's capable of making big threes, him and Griff (Spainhoward) both. They hit some big ones in the first half that cut it to one for us, and it was just a team effort. They did a heckuva job and they're so fun to coach. There's some things we gotta fix before Friday and the tournament, but hopefully we're getting there."
Other scoring for the Wildcats was: Decker 10, Wilson 10, Spainhoward 8, Pierce 8, Booker 6, Woosley 2.
It was also another double-double for Chaz Wilson. Despite only finishing with one field goal, he grabbed 11 rebounds on top of his 10 points.
Edmonson County is now 10-11 on the year and like the Lady Cats, could grab the number one district seed with a win over Grayson County on Friday night. The G/B doubleheader at Grayson on Friday is scheduled to tip at 6pm. You can listen to the audio and watch video stream only on the Edmonson Voice beginning at 5:50pm