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Trojans' Heroics Lead to Pair of Last-second Victories

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WEBSTER COUNTY, Ky. (2/6/13) - A bit of heroics from a variety of Trojans lifted Webster over district-rival Union County 52-49 Friday night at Trojan gym before a packed-house on Homecoming night. It was the second win of the season for WCHS over the Braves and it improved the Trojans’ record to 15-9. Logan Prow, a senior guard, drained a pair of free throws with just seconds on the clock to give Webster a 50-49 lead. Then on Union’s final possession of the game, fellow senior Kyle Hayes swiped a pass and was fouled. He sank two more free throws to set the final score.

“It was a very well played game by both teams and I thought our guys play with a lot of heart and intensity and just kept with it until the final horn,” noted WCHS coach Jon Newton. “We dug ourselves a hole with our selfish play during the second quarter but was able to regroup at halftime and come out in the third quarter to make a charge.” Newton was referring to Webster’s dismal total of three points in the second quarter while the Braves reeled off 18.

Webster had a 13-7 lead heading into the second stanza, but after the 18-3 run, the Trojans found themselves down 25-16 at intermission.

The Trojans used a 12-9 scoring advantage in the third quarter to trim the lead to 34-28 heading into the very exciting fourth quarter. Webster got some big plays from just about every player on the floor in the final eight minutes and was near perfect at the free throw line. The Trojans sank 22-of-29 free throws in the game.

“I thought we were very aggressive and did an excellent job of getting to the free throw line, several of those coming in the final minutes of the game. All five starters made a big play in the final minute of the game,” Newton added.

J. D. Newton and Dan Boswell also sank critical free throws in the final 1:01 and Mason Roland drained a ‘huge’ 3-pointer with :47 left to go to tie the game. With Union County clinging to that one-point lead, Logan Prow put the Trojans up for good with a pair of free throws and just 9 ticks on the clock. Hayes then intercepted the UCHS in-bounds pass and he was fouled. He put the finishing touches on the dramatic comeback with his two clutch free throws for the 3-point victory.

“It's very rewarding as a coach to see so many players have a hand in a victory, especially in the final minute of the game,” Newton concluded.

Prow led the Trojans offensively with 19 points, going 11-for-12 at the free throw line. He also added four rebounds. Hayes added 14 points while Roland finished with seven points, four steals and three assists. Dan Boswell contributed with six points and six rebounds while J. D. Newton added six points and six boards as well. Webster forced Union (14-9) into 16 turnovers, six coming in the final 4:32 of the game. The Braves held a slim 21-20 rebounding edge.

Webster County 61 Lyon County  60 The Trojans keep inching towards the 20-win plateau with another spectacular come-from-behind win against the homestanding Lyons Monday night in Eddyville. After losing a 10-point lead in the fourth quarter, it took a miracle shot from sophomore Mason Roland to claim the victory.

After Lyon County’s Tyler Martin sank a pair of free throws with 0:02.1 to play to give the Lyons a 60-58 lead, the Trojans’ Kyle Hayes inbounded the ball from the baseline. Roland came off a screen, received the pass, took one dribble and launched a 50-footer one step behind midcourt. The buzzer-beating shot banked-in for the winner as the Trojan bench erupted in celebration.

“Another crazy ending for the Trojans,” said Newton. “We played good in spurts but our defensive intensity wasn’t where it should have been tonight. But somehow we sneaked out with a victory after letting them (Lyon) back into the game. But our guys kept battling and never quit and found a way to win.”

The Trojans (16-9) led by nine points heading into the fourth quarter only to see the Lyons put together a 17-9 run to close the gap to a one-point win.

“Coach (Kenneth) Hayes drew up the play,” Newton said of the full-court situation. “It was great to see our players’ reactions after the game. Pretty special.”

It was 13-all at the first quarter break but the Trojans, behind six points each from Kyle Hayes and Dan Boswell took the lead in the second period with a 20-14 scoring advantage for a 33-27 halftime lead. Hayes led the Trojans with 22 points plus five rebounds and six steals. Fellow senior Boswell had one of his finest nights of his career, pouring in 20 points along with six rebounds. Mason Roland was also in double figures with 12 points and four assists.

“Dan stepped up and had a huge night for us offensively, maybe his best offensive performance. He attacked the rim aggressively and I’m very proud of his progression he’s made throughout the season,” Newton concluded. Webster opened the third quarter with a 5-0 run and stretched its lead to 52-44 heading into the final eight minutes of play.

Turnovers were a key in the game as the Trojans committed 15 miscues, one of their highest totals of the season. The Lyons also held a 28-25 rebounding edge and connected on 11-of-13 from the free throw line. Webster was 14-for-20 from the line.

Lyon County drained seven 3-pointers in the contest while the Trojans had five, three from Hayes and two from Roland. Logan Prow added three points in the contest while ripping down a game-high eight rebounds. J. D. Newton finished with two points and four rebounds. Max McMain completed the scoring with two points.

The Trojans are back on the road Friday night, traveling to Henderson County for a crucial matchup with the Colonels. Winner of this game will earn top-seed in the 6th District Tournament and an automatic bid into the Second Region tourney. Henderson won the first matchup between the arch-rivals back in December.

Charlie Hust
Journal Enterprise

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