WEBSTER COUNTY, Ky. (1/9/13) - Jon Newton’s inexperienced Trojan squad seems to be finding its identity after heading into 2013. The Trojans posted two more victories on consecutive nights to improve to 9-7. One of the wins was a big district triumph over rival Union County.
“The Union and Hopkins Central games have been two of our better team games. We’ve shown much growth and composure since the start of the season,” WCHS head coach Jon Newton stated. Webster will host Third Region powerhouse Breckinridge County this Saturday with a 5 p.m. tipoff for the junior varsity game.
Webster County 52
Union County 45
Taking care of the basketball and hitting free throws down the stretch lifted the Trojans to a huge win Friday night in Dr. Doug Hines Gym in Morganfield. It was the first meeting of the two district-rivals this season.
“For it being only the second district game for most of my guys, I thought they executed well and didn’t get rattled. I was really pleased of their effort and especially their composure down the stretch,” Newton stated.
Webster trailed 11-9 at the first break as the Braves hit a couple of 3-pointers over the WCHS zone defense. But the Trojan defense created a couple of turnovers in the second period and senior Dan Boswell came off the bench to score six points in the period to spark a 7-2 run. WC earned a 28-23 lead at intermission and never trailed from that point on.
Before a nice crowd, the Braves rallied a bit late in the third period to trim the lead to just three points, 36-33. The Trojans had enjoyed a 36-28 advantage on a driving hoop by Kyle Hayes before Union closed out the period with a 5-0 run.
The fourth quarter got even closer as Trent Loxley nailed a pair of 3-pointers, one coming at the 3:31 mark to cut the lead to just one point, 40-39. But Hayes immediately answered, going coast-to-coast with the driving bucket and the foul. He completed the old-fashioned 3-point play pushing the lead back to four points.
WCHS then nailed 4-of-5 free throws in the final two minutes to preserve the victory and display the poise that the Webster coaching staff has been searching for. Hayes lead the Trojans with 18 points as he continually penetrated the UCHS defense with driving baskets. He also had five rebounds and 8-of-9 shooting at the free throw line, including three huge freebies inside the final 1:26 of the game.
The Trojans were near perfect at the charity stripe, sinking 18-of-21 attempts. Logan Prow added 13 points and four rebounds while Boswell finished with 12 points and a team-high eight rebounds. Mason Roland added five points, three assists and three steals while J. D. Newton followed with four points. Union County held a slim 25-24 rebounding edge but committed 12 turnovers to just eight for the Trojans.
Webster County 65
Hopkins Co. Central 46
After an emotional win over Union County on Friday, the Trojans returned to the court Saturday night to take on Hopkins County Central, a team they had defeated just seven days earlier in their holiday classic.
“I was a bit concerned about this game. I thought it could be a trap game after the big win on Friday. It would have been easy for our boys to come out and just go through the motions and be flat against the Storm, but they didn’t,” said Newton. The Trojans were anything but flat in Mortons Gap as they turned up the heat in the first quarter for a 16-8 lead. “We came out and played hard and showed we wanted the game (victory) from the opening tip. The intensity was certainly there from the start,” Newton added.
Webster led 31-18 at intermission and then used a commanding 20-9 scoring advantage in the third quarter to put the game and the Storm away.
Logan Prow led the charge with a game-high 18 points plus six rebounds and three assists. Mason Roland followed with 15 points and four assists, including a pair of 3-pointers. Dan Boswell was in double figures for his fifth straight game, finishing with 10 points plus six rebounds. Kyle Hayes added seven points while Max McMain scored six points along with three rebounds and three assists.
Madison Melton finished with five points while J. D. Newton chipped in with four points. Webster had a solid shooting night, hitting 23-of-39 attempts from the floor, including 4-of-7 from behind the 3-point arc. Webster managed just 15-of-27 from the free throw line and trailed the Storm in rebounding 25-20.
“This past weekend was hopefully a great confidence builder for our team. I think they are really starting to believe in each other and their abilities and it’s really showing up on game nights,” Newton concluded.
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