Edmonson County Battles Back But Falls Short 62-61
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Two quick baskets got the Wildcats off to a 4-0 start against Grayson County Friday night, but the Cougars bounced back with a 17-5 answer in the first quarter that had the Wildcats playing catch-up for the rest of the night.
The Wildcats evened up the scoring 14-14 in the second quarter but still trailed by 8 at the half. Edmonson County only had 7 field goals at halftime.
The second half was a different story as senior leadership led the way for a comeback and the deficit was cut to 38-35 going into the fourth quarter.
Logan Lindsey hit a runner in the lane to tie the score at 44-44 with 2:39 to go. After a Grayson County timeout, the Wildcats rebounded a Cougars' miss. Edmonson put up a three but was no good. Senior Brayden Carey grabbed the offensive rebound, made the putback, and Edmonson County led the game 46-44 for the first time since it was 4-2.
After a bucket and a couple of foul shots from the Cougars, Logan Lindsey scored on a drive down the lane to tie things at 48-48. Grayson County turned the ball over and the Wildcats called timeout with 39 seconds to go. Sophomore Dalton Decker drew the foul and made two free throws to give back the lead to the Wildcats with 28 seconds left. Grayson County was able to score with 3 second left to tie the game; this forced the Cats to heave a prayer at the buzzer that was no good, which forced overtime.
Edmonson County couldn't connect on a couple of open looks in the overtime period. That, coupled with some costly turnovers allowed Grayson County to pull ahead by three with under a minute to go. Grayson County hit their free throws down the stretch and a three pointer at the buzzer by Decker narrowed the final score to 62-61 as the Cougars won.
"We had four turnovers the whole second half, then we have three more of them in the overtime alone," said Asst. Coach Bart Weaver. "A lot of times it comes down the last possession in a tight game like this. We could sit and nitpick but I think we just turned the ball over too much at times. But you have to remember, we fought back. We didn't give up, even though we were down 16."
Logan Lindsey led the Cats with 17 points, Tucker Cole and Dalton Decker each had 12. Ryan Lindsey had 8 points, Brayden Carey had 7 points and 7 rebounds, and Logan Minton had 3.
Edmonson County falls to 7-16 on the season. They are scheduled to play Hancock County on the road on Saturday at 3:30pm. There will be no audio or video broadcast of the game.