WEBSTER COUNTY, Ky. (2/27/13) - Webster County’s very successful season came to end Monday night as the Trojans fell to the Region’s top team Hopkinsville 74-41 in the opening round of the Second Region Tournament at Hopkinsville High School.
The Trojans ended the season with a very impressive 19-16 record. WCHS had no defensive answer for Jordan Majors, one of the best players in the region. He finished with a game-high 27 points, including 13 in the first quarter.
While Majors and his Tiger teammates was scorching the nets, the Trojans struggled in the first quarter, managing just 2-of-10 shooting. They fell behind 19-6 at the first break against the powerful Tiger squad that’s not lost a home game or fallen to a Second Region opponent this season.
“We had a deer-in-the-headlights look against a team that’s won 22 games in a row and ranked in the top five in the state,” noted WCHS head coach Jon Newton. “It was going to take a near perfect executed game for us to have a shot to win.”
Kyle Hayes opened the game with a 12-foot jumper but that would be the last time the Trojans would lead in the contest. Despite a strong second quarter from the Trojans (6-for-9 from the field), Hopkinsville raced out to a 37-21 halftime lead, turning 12 Webster turnovers into easy transition baskets. Two of those coming from sophomore Jaqualis Matlock by the way of ‘throw-down’ dunks. He had four “slams” on the night.
Hayes, who finished with a team-high 23 points, tried to keep the Trojans close with 11 points in the opening half.
“He likes the spotlight, he certainly doesn’t shy away from that. Kyle has come a long way from last year when he only played in six or seven games,” Newton said of the senior point guard, playing his final game as a Trojan.
Hopkinsville put the game out of reach to open the third quarter with an 18-2 run, courtesy of more WCHS miscues and the long-range shooting of Majors. Hopkinsville forced 23 turnovers in the game and limited WC to 15-of-46 shooting from the field.
“We just couldn’t handle their size and athletic ability and (defensive) pressure. They do such a good job of forcing their will on you and make you play their tempo,” Newton explained. “It’s going to take a good sound team to knock them out of the tournament. They seem pretty determined right now.”
Hopkinsville scored 24 points in each of the final two quarters with the final score being its largest lead. WCHS senior Dan Boswell closed out his career with seven points while junior Madison Melton added five. WC’s final senior Logan Prow added four points and J. D. Newton completed the scoring with two points.
“I don’t want this loss to reflect on how our season went because we have a lot of things to be proud of. We went from being pre-season ranked 13th in the region to winning 19 games,” Newton continued. “These kids have played their hearts out all season and have done a tremendous job of playing with pride. Because of everything they had to overcome, this will be a team that I will never forget. They are a very special group of kids to me.”
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