Story and photos by Joseph Barkoff:
The Edmonson County Wildcats lost by 30 on the road in a makeup game against the Butler County Bears on Monday, January 29th in Morgantown.
The final score was 80-30 in favor of the Bears over the Wildcats.
The first few minutes of the game belonged to the Wildcats, as they scored first. It was 4-0 in favor of the visiting Wildcats, then 4-3 after a three-pointer. As 2:40 had ticked off the clock, and host Bears sunk another three-pointer, the lead was now in favor of the host Bears 6-4.
After the first quarter, the visiting Wildcats had battled back to tie the game twice, but the Bears started to slowly pull away and the score was 17-11 in favor of the Bears after eight minutes.
A few times in the second quarter Butler would increase their lead to double digits, but the Wildcats would claw their way back to an almost manageable single digit deficit, if there is such a thing, before Butler would pull away a little more each time.
By halftime the Wildcats were almost doubled up 40-23 and at the end of the third quarter it was 56-34 in favor of the home team.
Edmonson junior power forward Joshua Decker scored 13 points and had 9 rebounds and junior power forward Wyatt Gravil also scored in double digits with 11 points while hauling in 6 rebounds on the evening.
Wildcats head coach Trey Tinsley was unavailable after the game for comment.
On a positive, albeit confounding note, the Wildcats out rebounded their opponents 33-20 in team rebounds.
Next, the Wildcats are scheduled to travel to face Trinity on February 2nd at 7 p.m. in Whitesville.