Edmonson Wins 53-41 On Senior Night
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It was a big night for Edmonson County basketball on Thursday against Grayson County in a girl/boy doubleheader at ECHS. It was senior night for four Lady Cats and seven Wildcats, and after a dominating performance by Edmonson's girls, who drew the top seed for the district tournament, the boys took the court for the final district match of the season.
Edmonson County's Dalton Decker needed only 11 points to reach the 1,000 point club for the Wildcats, which came with 5:56 in the third quarter. Edmonson was leading 27-16 when Decker nailed a three pointer. The Wildcats called a 30 second timeout as Decker was recognized and presented the game ball. After being congratulated by coaching staff and teammates, Decker ran the ball over to the stands and gave to his parents.
Decker said while he knew the milestone was attainable at last night's game, the focus was beating the Cougars.
"Obviously getting 1000 is awesome, it's a great feeling, but coming into the game, it was about Grayson County," he said. Grayson County is who we wanted to beat, and to beat them by the margin we did was awesome. On senior night, too. Everything was great tonight."
Decker said he realized the Grayson County will be seeking revenge when the Cats face them again at their home gym next week for the district tournament.
"It's going to be their home crowd and they're used to their court, but after tonight, they definitely know what to expect and we're going to bring it even harder than we did tonight," he said.
Edmonson County led 11-9 as the first quarter was winding down but the Cougars took the lead on a last-second half court shot, 12-11 as the quarter expired. The second quarter would be the difference maker as the Wildcats went on a 16-2 run and held a 13 point lead at halftime.
The pace of the game stayed about the same through the second half and the Wildcats went on to win. Decker's 16 points led the Wildcats while Chaz Wilson's 15 points and 11 rebounds also impressed. Mason Pierce added 9 points and 9 rebounds, Nick Clemmons and Eli Booker each added 6 points, and Trent Taylor added 1.
It was the final home game for seven Wildcat seniors: Decker, Clemmons, Pierce, Booker, Taylor, Luke Meredith, and Houston Vincent.
Edmonson County will head to Greenwood tonight for the final regular season game of 2019-20. They are scheduled to play the Cougars again in the first round of the District 12 Tournament at Grayson County on Tuesday at approximately 7:45pm.
Edmonson Gets Top Seed For District Tournament
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The Edmonson County Lady Cats were ready when they took the court Thursday night in a heated district rivalry against Grayson County in a dominating 63-32 win as they jumped out to a big start and never looked back.
It was senior night at ECHS and four Lady Cats were recognized for their years of service to the team: Lauren Ballance, Emma Rose Vincent, Madison Harrison, and Mia Goad. Goad, who has been out with an injury since the 4th game of the season, started the contest even though she wasn't officially cleared to play. The teams agreed to allow Mia to start and score a basket for ceremonial purposes and in exchange, the Lady Cats allowed Grayson a basket on their end. After the buckets were traded, Goad was replaced by Macie McCombs and the contest continued at normal pace.
The Lady Cats led 13-4 after the first quarter and had amassed a 20-point lead at the half. Edmonson County wiped the boards clean with what could be a school record for the Lady Cats in team rebounds for one game--an astounding number of 48. Coach Bart Weaver said their game plan was executed perfectly.
"The last two days we've had really good preparation. Hats off to my girls," he said. "You know, they executed tonight and it was one of those games, where you know, I don't know if you could ever look out there and say that somebody didn't play well. You know what I'm saying? Man, we've been waiting for that. It happened against Grayson and that makes it even sweeter."
In addition to the joy of defeating a rival on senior night, the win tied Edmonson and Grayson's district record. It was also the first district loss of the season for the Lady Cougars. A drawing was held immediately after the game to see who would take the top seed, which went in Edmonson County's favor.
The Lady Cats shot 48% from the field, 60% behind the three-point line, and had four players in double figures.
Edmonson was led with Ballance's 13 points and 14 rebounds, Emma Rose Vincent had 12 points and 6 rebounds, Katie Lindsey had 11 points, 5 assists, and 3 rebounds, Macie McCombs added 11 points and 7 rebounds, Shea VanMeter added 6 points, Madison Harrison had 4 points and 9 rebounds, Mia Goad had 2, Paige Wolfe had 2, and Maham Shahbaz also added 2.
"Sometimes in the past, you might have a little doubt about playing Grayson, but tonight, I'm telling you, those girls thought they were gonna beat them, went out and executed, and did a good job," said Weaver.
The win was also revenge for Edmonson County, who lost a double digit lead on the road at Grayson County in the fourth game of the season where the Lady Cats lost 66-56.
The Lady Cats travel to Greenwood tonight for the final regular game of the season with a 6pm scheduled tip off. They are then scheduled to take on Whitesville-Trinity in the first round of the District 12 Tournament on Monday night at 6pm, which will be hosted at Grayson County.
Multi-sport Athlete Also Carries 4.0 GPA
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Edmonson County High School senior athlete Chance Lucas signed with Campbellsville University today to play not only football but also run track.
Lucas signed the documents with his family, coaching staffs, and fellow players. ECHS Head Football Coach Nathan Smith addressed the audience at today's ceremony and shared some positive thoughts about the senior.
"This is a testament to how hard he's worked," Smith said. "If you'd have told me as a freshman that he was going to go on to play college football, I don't that I'd have believed you," he said with a smile. "But he's absolutely worked his hind-end off the last four years to put himself here at this opportunity, so we're really proud of him."
Chance Lucas also spoke to the audience, giving thanks to those that included friends, teammates, and coaches.
"I probably wouldn't be here if it wasn't for all of you all," he said. "I also want to thank my parents and all family. I also want to thank my girlfriend."
Chance is the son of Howard and Laura Lucas. Both of the proud parents had plenty to say about this special day for their son.
"I'm really proud of him," said Howard, who also said he knew Chance would achieve great accomplishments even when Chance was in the second grade. "He's very relentless, he's dedicated, he never gives up. He's had a 4.0 ever since I can remember. When he was little, we went to one of the graduations and he told me 'dad, you know what? When I graduate, they're gonna have all kinds of stuff to say about me,' and I said boy, I hope that's a good thing."
His mother, Laura, also shared her excitement for this special day.
"He has worked and worked and worked, and he always told us he was going to play college football," she said. "He's very smart and very determined, and he's all in it."
Campbellsville University is a private college in Kentucky with an enrollment of 12,000.
School's Only Baseball Regional Championship Teams To Be Honored: Reception Planned
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Edmonson County's only regional championship baseball teams will be recognized on Thursday, February 20, 2020, as ECHS takes on Grayson Co. High School in a boy/girl doubleheader.
The 1982 Regional Champion Wildcats rode an explosive 1982 team to the school’s first ever state tournament appearance after winning the 12th District and Region 4 crowns with first year head coach Mike Houchin and Assistant Coach Ricky Houchin. The team lost to Henderson County in first round action and wrapped up the season with a 17-4 record.
The 1983 team pulled off an encore performance the following year during a 14-5 campaign that eventually ended with a loss to the Owensboro Red Devils in the first round of the sweet sixteen by one run, 7-6. OHS won the state championship three games later.
ECHS fans are encouraged to attend and help welcome back these former Wildcats. Team members are sending a special invitation to the Classes of 1982 and 1983 to come out and join a team reunion while cheering on the Wildcats against the Cougars.
1982 and 1983 ECHS Baseball Team Members
1982 Team Members: Mike Buttram, Glendale Meredith, Lynn Meredith, Sonny Prunty, Kevin Raymer, Barry Vincent, Todd Webb.
1983 Team Members: David Alexander, Brad Houchin, Keith Ohmer, Bryan Thompson, Jimmy Wilson, Mark Woosley.
1982 AND 1983 Team Members: Robbie Alexander, Tim Basil, Craig Browning, Dion Houchins, Scott Key, Greg Meredith, Shane Meredith, Eugene Spradlin, Kevin Ray, Chris Raymer, Roland Simmons, Jason VanMeter, Allen Vincent. Assistant Coach – Ricky Houchin. Head Coach – Mike Houchin.
Wildcat Junior Chaz Wilson and Senior Lady Cat Lauren Ballance Each Reach Milestone
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Both the Wildcat and Lady Cat basketball teams have had success as of late, and some of that success can be credited to two more players that have reached the milestone of 500 career rebounds.
Chaz Wilson, a junior forward, grabbed his 500th rebound on January 31st of this year against Butler County at home. Wilson currently averages 10 points and 6 rebounds per game. As a sophomore, he averaged 14 ppg and 10 rpg. He missed the first part of this season due to a baseball injury in the summer, but after lengthy rehabilitation he has since returned to the starting lineup.
Coach Mike McClintic said that Chaz is an everyday hard worker and is the team's vocal leader.
"He's very focused on doing whatever he needs to do to hep his teammates win," he said. "He's a very coach-able player and he's a great person off the court as well."
During his three years as part of the Wildcats, he's scored a total of 769 points and grabbed 532 rebounds. The Wildcats are 11-12 on the season with a regular district season record of 2-3. The Wildcats have won 8 of their last 10 games. The District 12 Tournament is scheduled for next week at Grayson County for both the boys and girls.
Senior Lauren Ballance reached the same milestone on Saturday, February 15th in a 51-44 win over Warren Central. Ballance finished with 12 points and 14 rebounds to put her at 502 career rebounds. Now in her fourth season as a Lady Cat, she has scored 807 career points. She currently averages 14 points and 7 rebounds per game. The Lady Cats have won 9 of their last 12 contests.
Coach Bart Weaver said that rebounding and defending have always been attributes for Ballance and that her success in rebounding should be even more noted because she doesn't have the advantage of size like other players.
"Lauren's 500 rebounds are remarkable because she's battling much bigger girls," Weaver said. "She seems to have a natural instinct for where the ball comes off the rim. She's now gained much more confidence, which has led to her becoming our leader scorer this year," he added.
The Lady Cats' Madison Harrison reached the 500 rebound mark on January 28th in a win over Metcalfe County. Senior Emma Rose Vincent currently has 469 career rebounds, needing 31 to join her teammates with a minimum of four games left for Edmonson County.
Wildcat senior Dalton Decker currently sits at 972 career points, needing just 28 more to join the 1000-point club in three years. Decker was not on the varsity team as a freshman.
The Lady Cats are 15-10 on the season and are 4-1 in regular season district play. This is the final week of regular season games with each team having three G/B doubleheaders this week. Tonight, the teams are scheduled to travel to Hart County for a makeup game which was originally scheduled for Tuesday, February 4th. Girls tip is set for 5:30pm with the boys' game to follow.
You can watch both games on the Edmonson Voice live video stream with the WildcatsLive broadcast team beginning at 5:15pm.