Darren Doyle, story and photos
Coach Mike McClintic, better known as "Coach Mac," has credited most of his team's 12-6 record and this season's success to a nightly team effort. He's spoken time and time again about how his guys don't play for news headlines or individual stats, and how each member of his team is fully invested in the "team concept."
Nothing could prove that any more than last night's Wildcat 68-56 victory over 12th district rival Butler County where three Edmonson County players posted double-doubles, with a fourth player missing that same mark by one point.
Going into the game, assistant coach Bart Weaver said that they wanted to pound the paint and be the better rebounding team. The coaching staff had to be pleased after looking at the numbers, as the Wildcats dominated the boards with 54 rebounds, compared to only 24 by Butler County, and scored 42 of their 68 points in the paint, while shooting a total of 49% from the field.
Bailey Board led Edmonson County in scoring with 18 points while grabbing 10 rebounds, but several other Wildcats also posted impressive numbers. Iszic Blankenship scored 14 and swiped 12 rebounds, Cuban Sowders had 11 points and 12 rebounds, Caleb Skaggs had 12 points and 5 rebounds, and Hunter Buttram scored 9 with 11 rebounds.
"We've got a bunch of kids that aren't selfish," Weaver said. "We pull for each other and we're starting to really gel as a unit. It's a credit to our kids. It's not about 'me, me,' it's about 'team.' We're really proud of that aspect, and when you have a team that's unselfish, it's just a really good thing to see."
The Wildcats led 13-12 after the first, and took a 32-23 lead into the locker room at the half. Butler County cut the lead to 7 at the end of the third, but a huge 7-0 run early in the fourth by the Cats extinguished any hopes of a Butler County comeback.
The Wildcats will play Tuesday in the All A Classic Tournament with scheduling details still to be determined. We'll keep you updated as the info becomes available. You can listen to all the action live on WildcatsLive, only on Edmonson Voice.com.