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Turnovers were a key factor once again for the Wildcats as they fell to Barren County 64-49 on the road on Monday night.
The Trojans led 10-4 after the first quarter and miscommunication on the part of Edmonson County allowed Barren County to keep them within an arm's reach as the Cats trailed 27-20 at the half.
Barren County continued their offensive success in the third quarter, led by the Trojans' 6'6" Will Bandy, who ended up with 25 points on the night, but the Wildcats started putting together a run in the final minutes of the third quarter.
Edmonson County compiled an 11-2 run from the end of the third through the start of the fourth that cut Barren's lead to 44-39 with 7:19 to go in the game, but that would be as close as the Cats would get as the Trojans went on to outscore Edmonson 20-10 in the remainder of the quarter and hold on for the 64-49 win. Edmonson County has had 20 or more turnovers in each loss this season.
Chaz Wilson led the Wildcats with 11 points and 9 rebounds. Mason Pierce added 10 points, and Griffin Spainhoward put up 9. The remaining scorers for the Cats were: Decker, Clemmons, and Smith with 5 each, and Booker and Woosley each added 2.
"I can't ask for any more effort from these kids," said Coach Mac. "Something good is going to happen to the soon, I promise you. It's like I told them in the locker room, I'll give them the two wins and I'll take the five losses as the coach," he said, noting their record of 2-5.
"We battled, but we got into a hole early. We cut it to 5 there late, we just made some turnovers that hurt us, or they got a second shot. They need to be rewarded with a win, but we're going to work on it between now and Friday."
Edmonson is scheduled to take on Butler County on the road Friday night in a G/B doubleheader beginning at 6pm.