Lady Cats Drop First District Game Of Season 40-37
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It was a battle the entire way for Edmonson County as they hosted the Lady Cougars in the first district game of the season at ECHS on Friday night, and a surge from the Lady Cats in the final minutes still wasn't enough to knock off Grayson County as they fell 40-37.
A bit of a sloppy and scattered game, especially in the first half, the game was a game of runs as Grayson started off with an 8-4 lead. Edmonson started what appeared to be the makings of their first run in the second quarter as they cut their deficit to 11-10, but Grayson County finished the quarter on a 9-0 run that gave them a 20-10 lead at the break.
The Lady Cougars' attempt at limiting dribble penetration from Edmonson point guard Katie Lindsey was effective, holding her to 6 points. Most of the Lady Cat offense came from Lauren Ballance, who finished with 17 points and 7 rebounds.
Edmonson never gave up and upped their defense which forced some Lady Cougar turnovers. Edmonson County closed the gap to 26-20 heading in to the fourth but Grayson County put together another run that extended their lead to 35-24 with four minutes remaining in the game. Edmonson County began their final surge with an 8-0 run that cut the lead to 35-32 with 2:29 left.
After a couple free throws from each team, Grayson County led 37-34. A Lady Cougar turnover gave Edmonson County the ball under their own basket. Madison Harrison buried a three-pointer with 1:30 to tie the game at 37 all. After a drive to the bucket from Grayson County and another free throw, the Lady Cats trailed 40-37 with 11 seconds to go and the ball, but Edmonson County did not get a shot off in the final seconds and Grayson pulled out the win.
"We dug ourselves a hole in the first half and had to find a way to fight back," said Coach Bart Weaver. "I'm really proud of our girls for fighting back, believing, not giving up. We had a lot of turnovers, but we also forced them into some. We've got a lot to learn, but Grayson County has a good team."
Emma Rose Vincent added 8 points while Chanley Logsdon and Madison Harrison added three points each.
Edmonson County is 2-2 on the season are is scheduled to take on Barren County on the road Monday night in a girl/boy doubleheader beginning at 6pm. You can listen to the audio stream on WildcatsLive, only on the Edmonson Voice, and you can also watch the live stream on both the Edmonson Voice Facebook page and the WildcatsLive page on EdmonsonVoice.com.
Both the boys and girls ECHS basketball games at Trinity for December 4, 2018 have been postponed due to potential hazardous weather in Whitesville tonight.
A makeup date will be scheduled later. Both teams are scheduled to take on Grayson County at home this Friday night beginning at 6pm.
Wilson Notches Third Straight Double-Double
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The Wildcats overpowered Warren East in a physical battle that came down to the final minutes on Friday night at home. Edmonson County grabbed their first win of the season 59-56, as three Wildcats put up double-figures in scoring.
Sophomore Chaz Wilson led with his third straight double-double, as he put up 17 points and 11 rebounds, Dalton Decker impressed again with 15 points, and Mason Pierce added 10 points.
"It's been a tough week with the way we started off and then going up to Breck," said Coach Mike McClintic. "But we emphasized that if we could cut our turnovers in half from what we'd been doing it would make a difference. We didn't get them to half, but we did way down from what it has been. We still made a lot of bonehead plays, as I call them, and they made it interesting for this old man and that's why I don't have hair," he said with a laugh. "But I'm so proud of them. I can't say enough about them--they're wonderful."
The Wildcats had an aggressive start, jumping out to a 13-3 lead. East finally got their offense going late in the first but Edmonson led 21-14 going into the second. East continued chipping away and narrowed Edmonson's lead to 34-29 at the half.
The Wildcats struggled in the third as East's defense was turned up and the game became a much more physical contest. Turnovers led to transition baskets for the Raiders and some poor shot selections by the Wildcats led to East outscoring Edmonson in the quarter as they narrowed the EC lead to 45-43 going into the fourth.
Warren East tied the score with two free throws at 45 all with 6:51 to go in the game. The Wildcats failed to score on their next possession and the Raiders drew a foul on a made basket for a three-point play to take their first lead of the game 48-45 with 6:21 left.
EC's Chaz Wilson scored on the next trip for the Wildcats while drawing the foul but couldn't make the free throw as the Cats trailed 47-48. Nick Clemmons drove the lane for a left handed scoop shot to regain the lead for the Wildcats with 5:31 to go. The score went back-and-forth when Dalton Decker went coast-to-coast for a layup that gave the Cats a 55-52 lead with 3:39 to go. Warren East stepped on the line as they attempted to inbound the ball but the Wildcats threw the ball away as they took possession.
East scored and drew another foul but missed the free throw to narrow their deficit to 55-54 with 3:04 to go. Each team exchanged baskets as the Cats held on to a 57-56 lead with 1:36 to go. With just over a minute left, Mason Pierce took a charge against Warren East and then scored on their next possession with a drive to the basket. Edmonson County extended their lead to 59-56 with 50 seconds left. It would be the final score as East was unsuccessful with three-point attempts as time expired.
Eli Booker added 6 points, Nick Clemmons added 5, and Griffin Spainhoward scored 4 points.
Edmonson County is now 1-2 on the season and is scheduled to take on Cumberland County Saturday at home around 4pm in a G/B doubleheader.
Edmonson Bounces Back With 70-26 Win
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After a 25-point loss on the road Tuesday night against Breckinridge County, the Lady Cats were looking to turn things around at home against Warren East. Needless to say, a 70-26 win over the Lady Raiders was certainly a turnaround.
"We put a game plan together and these girls followed it to a T," said Head Coach Bart Weaver. "Our big focus was to block out, rebound, and go get balls. They did that right on point."
Led by sophomore point guard Katie Lindsey with 18 points, the Lady Cats put points on the board with lots of defense. Warren East struggled with the zone from Edmonson County and in turn, the Lady Cats put up some easy baskets.
Edmonson County also handled the pressure well from East, something with which the Lady Cats struggled mightily against Breck on Tuesday.
"It was real important that we come out and establish good ball control against a press and I think we did that," said Weaver. Tuesday night turnovers hurt Edmonson County (24 of them), but they limited those to only 10 against East.
Also scoring for the Lady Cats were Lauren Ballance with 13, Madison Harrison had 9, Emma Rose Vincent had 8, Chanley Logsdon and Mia Goad each had 7, and Macy McCombs and Josi Morrison had 4 apiece.
The Lady Cats are now 1-1 on the season and are scheduled to take on Cumberland County at home Saturday at 3pm. District play begins next week with Trinity on the road and Grayson County at home.
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Wildcat forward Chaz Wilson put up 24 points for the second night in a row, but it wasn't enough to overcome an impressive Breckinridge County team in a 75-47 loss on the road last night.
Wilson also put up double figures in the rebound column in back-to-back performances with 10 rebounds last night, but the Tigers had too many weapons they used against the Cats. When Edmonson County pressured outside shooters, Breckinridge found success with dribble penetration for easy baskets in the paint. When the Wildcats tried shutting down the paint, the Tigers took advantage of open looks behind the arc.
For the second night in a row, turnovers where once again a source of trouble for Edmonson County. The Cats committed 29 turnovers (28 on Monday night) against the Tigers that led to several layups for Breckinridge.
"We played hard, we didn't give up," said Coach Mac, "but we had 29 turnovers, which is 56 in two games. That's pretty much on the coach because I don't have them mentally ready, but that's going to change. They're playing hard, but making mistakes we don't need to be making."
The remaining scoring for the Wildcats was: Decker 9, Pierce 6, Spainhoward 2, Woosley 2, Meredith 2, Roof 2
Edmonson County will take on Warren East Friday night at home in a G/B doubleheader beginning at 6pm.