Boys Comeback to Win 47-45, Girls Win 41-22
Darren Doyle, story: Madison Doyle, photos:
Edmonson County basketball continues moving in the right direction as both the Lady Cats and the Wildcats picked up wins over Todd County Central on Friday night at ECHS.
The girls improved to 5-1 on the season last night, led by freshman center Cariann Williams, who finished with 14 points and 13 rebounds.
Eight different Lady Cats got into the game and seven of them put numbers in the scorebook.
Also scoring for Edmonson County was Jenna Cook with 7, Riley Roy 6, Emma White 5, Lily Jayne Vincent 4, Annie Kiper 3, and Callie Webb had 2.
Edmonson County shot 41% from the field on 16-39 shooting and 87.5% from the free throw line on 7 out of 8 attempts.
They will take on McLean County (0-6) at home today in the play-in round of the All A Classic.
The boys game went down to the wire with the Wildcats trailing nearly the entire game.
With two minutes to go, senior Braxton Highbaugh made a bucket with the foul to tie the score at 41. His free throw gave the Wildcats the lead, which they would not lose again.
Braden Wall grabbed the rebound of a Rebel's miss and was able to score on the other end as the Cats took a 44-41 lead. Zander Bass stole the ball from the Rebels on their next possession and laid it in for a 46-41 Wildcat lead with 1:03 to play.
Todd County missed a shot attempt on their next possession, which was rebounded by Bass. Wall was fouled but missed the front end of the bonus with 29.8 seconds to go; however, Bass rebounded again and this time Braxton Highbaugh would be fouled with 24.7 seconds left. Highbaugh also missed the front end of the bonus and Todd County rebounded.
Highbaugh stole the ball and was fouled but missed the free throw again, which was rebounded by the Rebels. They were able to draw the foul but missed the first of two shots from the line with 8 seconds left to go. They made the second shot, narrowing Edmonson's lead to 46-42.
Highbaugh was assessed a foul with five seconds left that was highly disputed by the Wildcat bench. Todd County missed the free throw, but they were able to grab the offensive board and make the put-back with 4.7 seconds on the clock, cutting the Wildcat lead to 46-45.
Tyler Anderson was fouled on the inbound pass and made one of two free throws for a 47-45 lead. That's all the Cats would need as the last-second launch from Todd County would miss as the Cats went on to improve to 6-1 on the year on their 5th straight win.
Wall and Highbaugh led the Cats in scoring with 14 points each. Wil Alexander had 7 points, Boden Bates had 7, and Zander Bass added 4 points.
The Wildcats are scheduled to take on McLean County (also 6-1) today at home for the boys' All A play-in game.