WEBSTER COUNTY, Ky. (12/26/12) – The WCHS Trojans are still looking for a bit of holiday magic after suffering through a 1-3 record last week, including a 1-2 mark in the Bethlehem Holiday Classic in Bardstown.
“We’re playing very inconsistent basketball right now. All three games (in Bardstown) were a tale of two different halves,” noted WCHS head coach Jon Newton. “In both our losses, we would fall behind by as many as 20 points, then fight our way back within a bucket or even take the lead. But we just didn’t play well enough to win those games.”
Webster County 63 – Meade County 55
Webster County (4-6) opened its holiday season with a bang, thumping Meade County in the opening round of the Bethlehem Holiday Classic in Bardstown. WCHS senior Logan Prow erupted for a game-high 21 points, all coming in the second half to lead the Trojans to the victory. The contest was tied 9-9 at the first break but WCHS went on a 19-12 run in the second quarter to earn a 28-21 lead at intermission. Meade County (3-5) found its shooting touch in the third quarter and doubled Webster scoring effort with a 22-11 explosion. But the Trojans returned the favor, led by Prow, in the fourth quarter with a 24-12 scoring edge to earn the victory. Mason Roland had his finest night as a Trojans, finishing with a career-high 19 points while Dan Boswell added 11 points.
“I saw some good things from individual players including great scoring plays from Logan. We also saw some things from Dan (Boswell) we’ve been waiting to see,” Newton added. “Hopefully he can continue this kind of play the remainder of the season.”
Madison Melton added six points, while Kyle Hayes and Max McMain finished with two points each. J. D. Newton and freshman Jon Stubblefield added one point each.
Webster County 55 – Bethlehem High 66
The Trojans dug quite a hole for themselves in the first half and just couldn’t overcome a 16-point deficit at intermission against the host Eagles, coached by former WCHS head coach Bev Hart, Friday night in the Bethlehem Holiday Classic. The Eagles remained unbeaten, sporting a perfect 9-0 record. Webster trailed 18-5 at the first break and saw that lead grow to 32-16 at intermission.
“We fell behind early and were just too inconsistent to win after fighting back,” Newton explained.
The Trojans, led by 23 points from senior guard Kyle Hayes, used a 17 scoring edge in the third quarter to cut the lead to 41-33 after three quarters of play. Hayes canned a 15-footer to open the final eight minutes to pull the Trojans within seven points, but the Eagles canned free throws down the stretch to hold on for the win. Hayes hit 4-of-10 three-point attempts and was 5-of-6 from the free throw line. Logan Prow continued his hot shooting with 17 points plus six rebounds. Dan Boswell added seven points and five boards. Mason Roland finished with three points and four assists while Max McMain also had three points. J. D. Newton added two points and two rebounds. Bethlehem held a 24-17 rebounding edge and hit 17-of-22 at the free throw line compared to Webster’s 14-of-18 shooting.
Both teams finished with 13 turnovers.
Webster County 53 – Marion County 64
The Trojans completed its play in the holiday classic with another 11-point loss, this time to powerhouse Marion County. Another dismal start for the Trojans proved again to be the difference in the contest. Webster managed just three points in the first quarter, falling behind 14-3 and then trailing 31-17 at halftime. Marion County then used a huge advantage at the free throw line to claim the victory. MCHS nailed 22-of-28 attempts at the charity line compared to Webster’s 7-of-8 shooting in the contest. Led by a balanced scoring attack, the Trojans fought back in the third quarter with a 23-11 run that trimmed the lead to 42-40 heading into the final eight minutes.
After taking a 46-44 lead early in the fourth quarter, the Trojans ran out of gas in the final minutes and Marion County was equal to the task at the free throw line, hitting nine-straight at one point. Prow led the Trojans with 13 points plus four assists and three rebounds in limited action. Hayes added 10 points before fouling out. J. D. Newton finished with eight points, seven from Max McMain and six from Jon Stubblefield. Mason Roland had five points and four assists while Dan Boswell and Madison Melton added two points each. Marion County dominated on the backboards, holding a 35-18 edge, including 14 offensive rebounds.
“I thought Stubblefield, just a freshman, stepped up and gave us a solid effort in all three games,” said Newton. “We just have to continue to work hard on a daily basis and set our goals on playing a complete game by the end of the season.”
Webster County 40 – Crittenden County 41
The Rockets avenged a 14-point loss to the Trojans just three days earlier in the Messenger Tip Off Classic, upsetting Webster with a free throw and less than a second to go in the game Tuesday night in Marion. The see-saw battle saw Webster take a low-scoring 8-4 lead in the first quarter. Both squads put 15 points on the scoreboard in the second quarter as the Trojans clung to a slim four-point lead. That changed in the third quarter as the Rockets used a 14-9 scoring edge to take a 33-32.
The squads battled to the final seconds of the game when Logan Prow nailed a pair of free throws with 0:16 remaining to tie the game at 40-40. Crittenden County (5-3) kicked the ball in after the free throw and Rocket guard Ethan Hill was fouled on a three-point attempt with eight-tenths of a second on the clock. He sank 1-of-3 attempts to give CCHS the victory. It was an ice-cold shooting night for both squads as the Trojans finished with just 13-of-39 accuracy from the field, including 2-of-12 from behind the 3-point arc and 12-for-21 from the free throw line.
Crittenden managed just 16-of-47 from the field, 1-of-11 from 3-point range and 8-of-18 at the charity stripe. J. D. Newton paced the Trojans offensively with 12 points and three rebounds, while Kyle Hayes added 10 points and six boards, plus five assists. Logan Prow finished with seven points and five rebounds while Dan Boswell added four points, three from Jake Fritz and two points each from Mason Roland and Max McMain. Fritz suffered a broken collarbone during a collision with a Crittenden County player and will probably miss the remainder of the season.
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