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Both the Lady Cats and Wildcats fell to Thomas Nelson tonight on the final night of the 2019 Caveland Classic, sponsored by Rafferty's/Double Dogs.
The Lady Cats got behind early to the hot-shooting Generals and found themselves behind double-digits in the first quarter. TN led 20-13 after the first. Coach Bart Weaver called off the man-to-man defense and dropped back into a zone, which was much more efficient for Edmonson County. The Lady Cats had cut it to 31-27 at the half.
Paced by point guard's Katie Lindsey 20 points, who had been quiet on the offense side of things over the past couple games, the Lady Cats fought back with a few runs, but a 9-2 run by the Generals capped off the third and Edmonson County wasn't able to catch back up as they fell 54-58.
In addition to Lindsey's 20 points, she also had 6 rebounds, 3 assists, and 2 steals. She also hit all 7 of her free throws. Lauren Ballance added another double-double to this year's stats with 13 points and 10 rebounds. Emma Rose Vincent added 8 points, Madison Harrison had 6, Macie McCombs had 5, and Paige Wolfe had 2.
Wildcats 66, Thomas Nelson 71
The Wildcats lost their fourth in a row tonight as they fell to the Thomas Nelson Generals. While a team effort was shown by Edmonson County with four players in double figures, poor free throw shooting (59%) came back to haunt them along with missed opportunities down the stretch.
Dalton Decker led in scoring with 17 points and impressed throughout the classic, averaging 29ppg through the three Caveland Classic games.
Edmonson County was solid early and led 22-20 after the first quarter, but a better second quarter from the Generals gave them a 43-36 halftime lead. Thomas Nelson committed only 5 turnovers and shot 77% from the free throw line, which included 7 in a row as the final quarter began to close.
Eli Booker had 13 points and 4 rebounds, Mason Pierce scored 12, Chaz Wilson had 11 points and 7 rebounds, Mick Clemmons had 5, and Isaiah Johnson scored 2.
Edmonson County is now 2-6 on the season.
Edmonson County native Scott Lindsey, senior VP of Rafferty's, presented a check to ECHS Athletics to cover tournament costs. Rafferty's provided food for all players and team staff on Friday night. On Saturday, Lindsey presented a signed bench to Coleton Parsley, which had several former professional and college players from the University of Kentucky and the Cincinnati Reds. It's the 13th year in a row Rafferty's/Double Dogs had sponsored the Caveland Classic. The Kentucky Historical Society also brought a mobile exhibit called the History Mobile, from the Kentucky High School Basketball Hall of Fame, which was available on Saturday at no cost.