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WEBSTER COUNTY, Ky. (1/22/13) - Webster County boys’ basketball team advanced to the Second Region All “A” Classic finals on Saturday, but their reign of their Regional crown ended against a solid University Heights Academy squad Saturday night at Crittenden County High School in Marion. Earlier in the week, the Trojans zipped past Trigg County and Caldwell County to earn a spot in the All “A” Finals on Saturday night. Webster improved to 12-9 on the season with the victories.

Webster County  60
University Heights 64
 
Webster fell behind early and just couldn’t catch the Blazers in the Second Region All “A” Classic championship game Saturday night at Crittenden County High School. UHA blistered the nets with nine 3-pointers to upset the Trojans and halt a second straight trip to the All “A” State Tournament for Webster County.
 
It was the second straight meeting in the All “A” Regional title game for the two squads with the Trojans pulling out a double-overtime thriller last season. University Heights (8-9) came out firing in the first quarter, draining a trio of 3-pointers and grabbing a 20-14 lead at the first break. UHA never trailed from that point on. They hit five 3-pointers in the first half.
 
The shooting cooled in the second quarter but the Trojans still trailed 30-23 at intermission. UHA went on a 7-2 run to open the second half and opened a 37-25 lead. The Blazers held a 48-38 lead after three quarters of play, setting up a inspiring rally from the Trojans in the final eight minutes. Webster opened the fourth quarter with a 4-0 run and closed the gap to two points twice in the fourth period. But the Blazers were equal to the task, taking care of the basketball and sinking crucial free throws in the final minutes of the game.
 
Webster trailed by just two points with :07 left in the game and had the ball, but a WCHS turnover proved costly as Heights recovered the turnover and sank a pair of free throws to secure the victory. Kyle Hayes, carrying the scoring load again for the Trojans, scored a career high 28 points in the game, nailing 5-of-7 3-pointers and sinking 10-of-19 shots from the field. He also canned 5-of-7 free throw attempts. J. D. Newton was the only other Trojan in double figures with 12 points and four rebounds. Logan Prow was limited to just eight points as he fouled out early in the fourth quarter. Mason Roland added seven points and three assists while Dan Boswell finished with five points and a team-high eight rebounds.
 
Webster County  49
Caldwell County 40

It was the second time in just a week that the Trojans had faced Caldwell County team, this game was in the semi-finals of the Second Regional All “A” Classic at Crittenden County High School on Friday night.
 
A strong effort from senior Logan Prow pushed the Trojans into the finals on Saturday night. Prow finished with a game-high 20 points along with seven rebounds. He drilled 4-of-9 three-pointers and was 7-of-15 from the field. Fellow senior Kyle Hayes added 14 points, four rebounds and two assists. Webster eased out to a slow 9-5 lead at the end of the first period. That lead grew to 21-15 at intermission against the young Tiger club.
 
An 11-8 scoring advantage by WCHS, led by six points from Prow, in the third quarter gave the Trojans some breathing room and a berth in the title game. J. D. Newton added six points and five rebounds while Dan Boswell chipped in with five points and five rebounds. Mason Roland scored four points and dished out four assists to complete the scoring. Webster’s attack offense was a key, sending the Trojans to the free throw line for 15-of-25 accuracy. Caldwell was limited to 2-of-5 attempts in the contest. That proved to be the difference in the game as the Tigers had 18 field goals compared to Webster’s 15. The Tigers also owned a 27-24
rebounding advantage.
 
Webster County  81
Trigg County   72
 
The Trojans used an 8-0 run in the final 1:31 of the game to hold off a hot-shooting Wildcats squad Wednesday night in the opening round of the Second Region All “A” Classic in Cadiz.
 
“We just hung around long enough to give ourselves a chance to win,” noted WCHS head coach Jon Newton. “I’m just really proud of our effort, my guys stuck with it. Would have been really easy for us to give up when we were down double digits twice in the game and them (Trigg) draining ‘three’s’ all over the court.” Trigg’s seventh 3-pointer of the night cut Webster’s lead to 73-72 with under two minutes left in the game. But WC senior Kyle Hayes scored four consecutive points, followed by a basket from Madison Melton and two free throws from Dan Boswell to secure the victory. WCHS out-scored the Wildcats 25-18 in the period. A trio of Trojans posted career-high scoring efforts as Hayes finished with 24 points, including 3-of-6 from behind the 3-point arc, while fellow senior Dan Boswell added a career-high 17 points and game-high 11 rebounds. Webster junior J. D. Newton also had a career-high 17 points plus three rebounds. Logan Prow added 13 points, six boards and four assists. It took an incredible shooting night for the Trojans to earn the win. Trailing 17-10 after the first break, the Trojans sliced the lead to 33-29 at intermission. Webster then connected on 71 percent of their shots in the second half to rally for the victory. “It was a great shooting night for both teams. Really fun to watch, especially when we shot 71 percent in the second half,” Newton added. Trailing 67-62 with 4:01 left in the game, Hayes sparked the comeback with an old-fashioned 3-point play on a long outlet pass from Melton. After a Trigg County miss at the other end, Hayes drilled a clutch 3-pointer to put the Trojans on top 68-67 with 3:11 remaining in the game. Trigg’s DeonQuez Nance sliced through the WCHS defense for a driving layup to give the Wildcats their last lead of the game at 69-68. Nance led all scorers with 29 points., canning seven 3-pointers. Trigg had 12 ‘treys’ in the game. But a crucial 3-point play from Dan Boswell gave Webster a lead it would not relinquish. He grabbed a rebound off a Hayes miss, stuck it back in the hoop and was fouled on the play. He calmly sank the free throw to push WC’s lead to 71-69.
 
Boswell took an assist from Mason Roland on Webster’s next trip and converted the basket in the lane to extend the lead to 73-69. “Dan was huge in this game and Kyle was the difference in the second half where he scored 22 of his 24 points,” Newton commented. “I’m just really proud of this group and hopefully we can keep the momentum going.”
 
Nance connected on a 3-pointer on Trigg’s next trip, but the Trojans closed out the game with their 8-0 run for the victory. Melton finished with six points while Roland added four points and a career high 10 assists, highlighted by a behind-the-back assist to Boswell late in the contest. Webster owned a 28-23 rebounding edge and a huge free throw shooting advantage, nailing 15-of-22 attempts. Trigg managed just 2-of-4 free throws in the loss.

Charlie Hust
Journal Enterprise

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