WEBSTER COUNTY, KY (12/12/12) - After dropping two hard-fought games to open the season, the WCHS Trojans have reeled-off three straight wins and improved to 3-2 on the young season.
“I can tell game by game that the guys are getting more comfortable and adjusted to the varsity competition,” WCHS head coach Jon Newton said of his young squad. “The kids continued to come to practice eager to learn and get better. I’m just really proud of the guys and happy for them to pick up their first victory as a unit.”
Webster County 48
Crittenden County 34
WCHS coach Jon Newton was looking for a bit of leadership at the first of the season. Someone to step up and lead his young, inexperienced squad to ‘must win’ games. That was exactly the case Saturday night in the Messenger Tip-Off Classic at Madisonville-North High School. Trojan senior Logan Prow blistered the nets for a career-high 24 points, including 11 in the first quarter, to lift WCHS past Crittenden County. He finished the game with a trio of 3-pointers.
“Logan led us all week and really set the tempo for our team. For us to stay competitive and reach our goals, we have to get that same effort the entire year,” Newton said. “We’re nowhere close to where we want to be but we are a lot better ball club today than we were on Oct. 15. Again, I’m happy and excited for the guys for their accomplishment last week.”
Leading 16-9 heading into the second quarter, the Rockets (3-3) used a 7-0 run to close the gap to 16-14. But the WCHS defense stiffened and held Crittenden scoreless for the next 8:52 and went on a 13-0 run to gain a 29-14 bulge. A 3-pointer from Ryan Clark halted the Webster explosion but the Rockets could never trim the lead down to single digits the rest of the way. Mason Roland added seven points in the win while Max McMain scored five, Dan Boswell four and Kyle Hayes three. Madison Melton and Cole Hazelwood added two points each with Jake Fritz completing the scoring with one free throw.
Webster County 70
Livingston Central 35
Webster County picked up its first win of the season last Tuesday night, thrashing visiting Livingston Central 70-35. The game was never really in doubt as the Trojans raced out to a quick 9-0 lead behind buckets from Madison Melton and Dan Boswell. That lead grew to 13-5 at the end of the first period. Webster’s balanced scoring continued in the second frame as J. D. Newton pitched in eight points, seven by Max McMain and six by Logan Prow to stretch the advantage to 39-22 at intermission.
Prow led all scorers with 20 points, knocking down 4-of-6 attempts from behind the 3-point arc. Madison Melton had a career-high 11 points, nailing 3-of-5 3-point attempts plus a team-high six rebounds.. Newton was also in double figures with 10 points and three boards. Prow and Melton continued their hot shooting in the third quarter, combining for five 3-pointers to spark a 21-2 run in the third quarter and put the game out of reach for the Cardinals (0-4).
Coach Jon Newton emptied his bench in the final eight minutes as Webster had 10 players reach the scoring column. Max McMain added seven points while Zac Shoulders finished with six points and five from Kyle Hayes. He also had five rebounds. Mason Roland added four points, six assists and six steals while Dan Boswell finished with four points and five rebounds. Jon Stubblefield added two points with Ben Brumfiel picking up one point and three rebounds. Webster out-rebounded the Cardinals 32-16 and forced 16 LCHS turnovers compared to just seven for the Trojans.
Webster County 61
Fort Campbell 46
The Trojans picked up their second straight win, outlasting visiting Fort Campbell Thursday night in Trojan gym. A pair of runs, one each in the second and third quarters proved to be the difference in the game. Webster held a slim 10-8 lead at the first break but then used a 12-4 run to close out the second period for a 26-19 advantage at intermission. The Trojans gained a double-digit lead (42-30) late in the third quarter. A steal and pair of free throws from Mason Roland plus a back-to-back baskets from Kyle Hayes gave the Trojans their largest lead of the game. Hayes led all scorers with 21 points, including 11 in the final eight minutes. The Falcons cut the lead to six points to open the final frame, but the scoring out-burst from Hayes kept the Trojans in front.
“He took it upon himself to take the game over,” Newton said of his senior guard. “I’m proud of our young team, that was a real battle tonight.”
Fellow senior Logan Prow turned in another strong outing, finishing with 16 points. J. D. Newton added 10 points and five rebounds while Dan Boswell scored six and pulled down a game-high nine rebounds. Roland chipped in with five points, three assists and five steals while Madison Melton finished with three points plus four rebounds.
“We had a goal going into the week to get better each day and we wanted to make sure at the end of the day we were better than the day before,” Newton explained. “We felt if we accomplished that, then we could go 3-0 on the week, which we did,“ Coach Newton added. “
WCHS freshmen split with Central, Henderson Webster County freshmen boys split a pair of games during round-robin action last week at WCHS. The Trojans dominated the Storm in the opener 45-26, led by 16 points from Cole Hazelwood and 14 points from Toby Felker. Webster jumped out to an 18-5 lead at the first break and never looked back. Shawn House added seven points while Trevis Bell finished with four.
Jon Stubblefield added one field goal while Curtis Yates and Dylan Rich finished with one free throw apiece. In the second game, Henderson used a huge first half to take control of the game, leading 27-8. That proved to be the difference as Webster went on a 20-6 scoring advantage in the second half but couldn’t overcome the big deficit. Hazelwood was the only Trojan in double figures, finishing with 11 points. Stubblefield and House added four points each while Yates and Hunter Davis added three points apiece. Trevis Bell had one field goal while Jonathan Stevens hit one free throw.
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