Story and photos by Joseph Barkoff:
Despite a slow start, Edmonson County Wildcats ended up beating the visiting Trinity (Whitesville) Raiders 65-37 in a rescheduled game Saturday, January 13th in Brownsville.
The game was originally scheduled for the previous evening on Jan. 12th but cancelled due to weather and then played the following day.
Both teams seemed to have what was best described as “early game jitters,” Darren Doyle said in the Edmonson Voice Live broadcast. It wasn’t until a minute and thirty seconds had elapsed before the first points were scored from two Raider free throws.
Trinity would hold tightly onto their lead, leading by as much as seven points, and by the end of the first quarter it was Trinity in the lead by five, 20-15 against host Edmonson.
The second quarter was a different story.
“I thought we woke up in the second quarter,” Edmonson County head coach Trey Tinsley said after the game.
In the second quarter, Edmonson went on a 17-point run and Trinity was unable to score another point until there was only 1:47 left in the first half. It would not be enough and Trinity’s three points, all on free throws against Edmonson’s 20 points would see the score, and the lead, be in favor of Edmonson 35-20 at the end of the first half.
By the end of the third quarter it was 52-31 in favor of Edmonson.
With an occasional full court press from Edmonson, Trinity seemed to lose their early game drive and would only score four more to the home team’s 13 points in the fourth quarter.
The final score was 65-37 in favor of Edmonson.
Tinsley acknowledged Trinity freshman guard Cale Boarman was faster in real life than he was on film and he felt they were able to better deal with Boarman in the following three quarters, he said.
“I am proud of our guys,” he said. “It’s our first district win.”
Next week against Butler is going to be a battle, and they are coming to do so, he said.
Edmonson shot for 53 percent from the field according to the unofficial stats reported by the Edmonson Voice Live Broadcast.
Edmonson County’s next two scheduled games are away. First in Owensboro, Jan. 16th against Owensboro Knights Christian, and then Edmonson Voice Live broadcasts the girl-boy double header against Butler County in Butler County Jan. 19th. The boys start at 7:30PM, both games.