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Trojans Win 3-of-4 in Holiday Classic, Improve to 7-7

troj 1WEBSTER COUNTY, Ky. (1/2/13) - A trio of wins in their own holiday classic tournament last week lifted the WCHS Trojans to the .500 level and provided much needed momentum heading into a very busy January. Webster (7-7) will travel to arch-rival Union County on Friday in a boy/girl doubleheader beginning at 6 p.m.

Webster County 52
Hopkins Co. Central 37

After falling behind early, the Trojans used big scoring runs in the second and fourth quarters to calm the Storm last Thursday in the opening round of the Webster County Holiday Classic in Dixon. Webster trailed 16-11 at the first break but opened the second quarter with a 10-0 run to take a lead that would not be relinquished the rest of the game. WCHS senior Logan Prow scored six points in the second quarter and led the Trojans with 15 points, including 8-of-13 shooting from the free throw line. He also had a team-high four steals.

The Trojans had earned a 23-20 advantage at intermission and tacked on 12 more points in the third quarter for a 35-30 advantage. An impressive 9-2 eruption to open the final eight minutes put the Trojans firmly in the lead and control of the game. Fellow WC senior Kyle Hayes was also in double figures with 11 points along with three steals while Dan Boswell, also a senior, added eight points and seven rebounds, followed by eight points and six boards from junior forward J. D. Newton. Mason Roland added six points and a team-high five assists.

Max McMain and Jon Stubblefield rounded out the scoring with two points each. McMain also had three rebounds while Madison Melton hauled in five rebounds. Webster controlled the backboards with a 30-18 rebounding edge and forced 18 Storm turnovers. Neither team shot very well from the field as the Trojans managed 18-of-41 attempts and only 2-for-14 from behind the 3-point arc. Hopkins Central (3-9) didn’t fare much better, hitting just 16-of-38 from the field and 2-of-11 from behind the arc.

troj 2Webster County 60
Lyon County 54

Thanks to a season-high 16 points from senior Dan Boswell, the Trojans improved to 2-0 in their holiday classic Friday afternoon, fighting off a stubborn Lyon County squad. Boswell, coming off the bench in the past few outings, gave the Trojans a needed lift in the contest, scoring eight points in the second quarter to fuel a 12-4 run for a 25-15 lead. Mason Roland, who led the Trojans with six assists, added a pair of 3-pointers in the run and finished with eight points.

Holding a 31-20 lead at halftime, Boswell, Madison Melton and WC sophomore Max McMain shouldered the offensive duties for the Trojans most of the game as WC’s leading scorers Kyle Hayes and Logan Prow were both on the bench with foul trouble. McMain added seven points in the victory while Melton finished with nine points.

Lyon just wouldn’t go away in the contest and trimmed the lead to just three points, 46-43, after hot-shooting forward Jericho Wilkerson scored seven straight points to open the fourth quarter. The two squads traded baskets until another 3-pointer by Wilkerson with 0:58 left in the game cut the lead to 56-54. But Madison Melton hit a 10-footer at the other end and Prow sank a pair of free throws to secure the Webster victory.

Hayes scored eight points while Prow finished with seven points and J. D. Newton added five.

Webster County 48
Gallatin County (Il.) 53

The visitors from across the Ohio River enjoyed their time in Kentucky, winning all four games, including a hard-fought victory over the Trojans in the final game of action on Friday. Gallatin’s Christian Morgan drilled a pair of 3-pointers midway through the third quarter to give the Wildcats a comfortable 38-28 lead. Despite the Trojans fighting back on several occasions, that momentum proved to be the difference in the game.

Gallatin County (8-3) grabbed a 14-9 lead at the end of the first quarter but Kyle Hayes scored five straight points to knot the score at 14-14 early in the second stanza. Hayes finished with a team-high 18 points along with five assists and four rebounds. Webster used a 13-10 scoring surge in the quarter to trim the Wildcat’s lead to 24-22 at halftime. Several missed scoring opportunities from Webster proved to be costly in the final minutes of the game as the Trojans struggled at the free throw line, hitting just 11-of-16 attempts but missing three huge freebies in the final two minutes when Gallatin was clinging to a 44-41 lead.

Dan Boswell added nine points and three rebounds in the loss while Logan Prow finished with six points and six steals. J. D. Newton added five points and five rebounds, followed by three points from Mason Roland and two points each from Jon Stubblefield, Max McMain and Madison Melton.

troj 3Webster County 58
Holy Cross 36
 
The Trojans closed out the Holiday Classic in style, thumping Louisville Holy Cross in the tourney finale Saturday night. Logan Prow led a balanced scoring attack with 17 points while Kyle Hayes finished with 12 and 10 points from Madison Melton, including a pair of 3-pointers. Webster jumped all over the Louisville squad with a 21-8 first quarter advantage.

That lead grew to 35-15 at intermission to give the Trojans complete control of the game. WCHS enjoyed one of its best shooting nights of the season, canning 20-of-33 attempts from the field and 4-of-9 from behind the 3-point arc. Webster held a 27-22 rebounding edge with Hayes and J. D. Newton grabbing six boards each while Dan Boswell and Melton had five rebounds apiece.

Newton also scored eight points, followed by six from Mason Roland, three points from Boswell and two points from Ben Brumfiel. Webster also had a season-high 16 assists as Hayes led the charge with five while Roland and Prow dished out four assists each.

Charlie Hust
Journal Enterprise

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