Team Effort Gets Job Done Over Raiders
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The eleven game losing streak is over. Edmonson County was able to overcome the Trinity Raiders on the road last night to break the longest stretch of losses in recent Wildcat history. After battling a barrage of injuries and inconsistencies, Edmonson County took the floor last night in Whitesville with a full roster, positive energy, and the will to win. Those elements worked together in favor of the Cats as they took care of the Raiders 60-51 for their first win since December 4th and their first win this season in District 12.
The score was tied at 11-11 going into the second quarter but the Wildcats found success with transition baskets and points in the paint as they went on a 12-2 run to end the half. Senior J.T. Vincent, who led the Cats in scoring with 16 points and 7 rebounds, scored 12 of those in the first half to help give Edmonson County a 26-16 lead at halftime.
The Raiders came back in the third with a run of their own, knocking down three 3 pointers in a short span. They cut Edmonson's lead to 34-31 as the quarter ended, as they outscored them 15-8 in the third.
The Wildcats led 48-39 with just under two minutes to go in the game as Trinity began to turn up the defensive pressure with their chances getting slim. Senior Logan Minton buried a three pointer in the corner to put the Wildcats up 51-39, which also snuffed out any comeback attempt for the Raiders.
"Our game plan was to switch defenses regularly, catch them off guard, and keep them off balance, and I thought we did a good job at that" said Assistant coach Bart Weaver. "I thought we brought energy from the start and we talked about that, and I'm proud how they came out, on the road, in a district opponent's gym."
Weaver said it was obviously good to break the losing streak and "get the monkey off their backs," and that this was hopefully the beginning of a winning streak.
"You have to credit the young guys for stepping up through all our injuries and you have to credit the kids that treated their injuries and have come back. This is a team thing and that's what we preach all the time."
In addition to Vincent, Chaz Wilson scored 11 points, Logan Lindsey had 9, Tucker Cole had 8, Brayden Carey had 6, and Logan Minton and Dalton Decker each had 5 apiece.
Edmonson County is 3-13 on the season and is scheduled to take on Allen County, Saturday, January 6th with tip off slated for 4pm.