Season Winds Down As Team Eyes District Tournament
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The Wildcat defense held Ohio County (13-11) to only 50 points, which is ten below their season average, and held their own in virtually every other category; however, Edmonson County was bested in a physical match by the Eagles in a 50-45 loss at home.
Edmonson County turned the ball over only four times (a season low) and did well in rebounding (24 team total, compared to 26 for O.C.), but the difference in the game was free throw and three-point shooting.
Edmonson shot 61% as a team at the foul line, compared to Ohio's 81%. The Eagles connected on 40% of their shots behind the arc (6/15) as the Wildcats shot only 16% (2/12).
"We held a pretty daggone good team to 50 points," said Assistant Coach Bart Weaver. "Defensively, I thought we did a good job tonight. We didn't turn it over very much and that was something really important to us. We just struggled to score a lot of times and that's been our achilles' heel all year."
The Wildcats were also short-handed as four team members were not in uniform. Dylan Elmore, Nick Clemmons, and Dalton Decker were all out for the flu and flu-like symptoms, and Chaz Wilson is nursing a ankle injury that could keep him out of the lineup for the next several games.
Edmonson County trailed the entire game and was down as much as 14 points during the third quarter but a great Wildcat effort put together a 12-2 run for Edmonson County that brought them back within 4 at 46-42 on Logan Minton's three pointer with 40 seconds to go.
Ohio County tried a game of keep-away from the Cats as Edmonson County was forced to foul. The Eagles hit 6 of 6 of their final free throw attempts as they went on to win.
Edmonson County honored eight seniors during senior night ceremonies, including: Ryan Lindsey, Logan Minton, Logan Lindsey, J.T. Vincent, John Potter, Tucker Cole, Brayden Carey, and Dylan Elmore who was absent due to illness.
"We got some great kids," Weaver said. "It's been a blessing for me to coach these guys all these years. Some of these guys I've had in football, baseball, and basketball. We've got outstanding young men as our seniors, and they'll truly be missed."
Weaver also noted that the seeding of the District 12 Tournament didn't seem to matter that much to any of the four teams that will compete, as most everyone would agree that Edmonson, Trinity, Butler, and Grayson are pretty equally matched and the entire tournament is a toss-up. Edmonson will be number 4 seed and is scheduled to take on Trinity in the first round, which will be hosted at Trinity beginning Tuesday, February 20 at 6pm.
Leading the scoring for the Wildcats were Tucker Cole and Logan Lindsey who had 10 points each. J.T. Vincent added 8, Logan Minton had 6, Ryan Lindsey had 5, Brayden Carey added 4, and Mason Pierce had 2.
The Wildcats are now 8-19 on the season and will take on McLean County in the final home game of the year on Tuesday, February 13th in a girl/boy doubleheader with the girls' game scheduled for a 6pm tip off.