Cats Down Cougars 69-45
Former Coaches Pete Clemmons (leaning down) and Gerald Meredith (behind), who were honored during Throwback Night, share a moment with former coach Charles Alexander and former Principal Johnny Pete Vincent on December 7, 2021.
Darren Doyle, story:
There were dozens of Wildcats that had smiles on their faces last night in Edmonson County's big 69-45 win over Logan County in "Wildcat Hall," or what's currently known as the Edmonson County 5/6 Center. Those Wildcats ranged from those being part of ECHS athletics more than 50 years ago to the eleven Cats that made their way into the game last night.
Former coaches Pete Clemmons, who served as boys coach in Wildcat Hall in 1968-79, 1971,72 and Gerald Meredith as assistant coach during those years as well as the first head coach of girls basketball in 1974, were both honored at halftime. Clemmons was the first coach in the "new" gym in 1968, after the Tandie McIntire era, from 1941-1967.
The first Wildcat starting lineup in that gym consisted of Carlton Alexander, Tommy Houchin, Lonzo Stewart, Keith Madison, and Barry Wood. Houchin is credited with the first points ever scored in the historic gym.
The Wildcats got off to a solid start against the Cougars, grabbing an early 17-5 lead in the first quarter. Stellar defense from Edmonson County caused all sorts of problems for the Cougars, which forced 27 turnovers.
Logan County hung in there for a bit, outscoring the Cats 16-13 in the second quarter and cutting the lead to 30-21 at the half.
A turnover from Edmonson County as they started the third and a three-pointer from Logan cut the lead to 30-24 but the Cats would go on a 20-4 run that would seal the Cougars' doom. Edmonson County was able to allow everyone on the roster some playing time as nine players entered the scoring book with eleven players recording at least one rebound.
Senior Evan Stice led the Cats with 13 points and 2 rebounds with two-three pointers. Tyler Anderson, Braden Wall, and Trace Taylor each had 9 points, Braxton Highbaugh added 7 points and 8 rebounds, and Cole Saling added 5 points and 6 rebounds with Noah Parsley adding 5 points as well.
The remaining box score was: Bates 3, Clemmons 2, Mills 2, Prunty 2, Meredith 1.
Editor's note: due to a technical issue, our photos were lost for this game against Logan County. We apologize to our readers for the issue.