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Trojans are 'Clutch' in Victory Madisonville; District Tourney is Tuesday

Trojans Basketball 300WEBSTER COUNTY, Ky. (2/12/13) – The WCHS Trojans posted a huge win last Tuesday night over Madisonville-North Hopkins but then had their five-game winning streak snapped three days later against a very strong Henderson County squad. Webster (17-10) will conclude regular season play this week, taking on Caldwell County on Tuesday and travel to Paducah on Thursday to take on St. Mary in the final game of the season. The Trojans will battle Union County in the opening round of the Sixth District Tournament next Tuesday night at Union County High School. Webster is the defending 6th District champs.
 
Webster County 49
Madisonville North 44
 
WCHS head coach Jon Newton felt his squad took a big step toward gaining respect of the large schools in the area last Tuesday night, upsetting Second Region powerhouse Madisonville. Webster’s trio of seniors, Kyle Hayes, Dan Boswell and Logan Prow, accounted for all but four points in the victory which basically came down to a free throw shooting contest in the final minutes. “These guys have really come on and made some big plays and big baskets for us. They did a great job of leading us. Dan has his confidence back, especially since the Christmas break,” noted Newton.
 
“I thought it was a great win for our team and our program. It (victory) shows how far we’ve come since the beginning of the season. We talk all the time about turning our program into one of the elites of the region, Madisonville definitely fits into that category. This win brings great satisfaction to my players.”
 
Madisonville held a 34-32 lead into the fourth quarter but the Trojans were a perfect 8-for-8 at the charity stripe in the final 6:01 to clinch the win.
 
“We’ve bought into each other and have learned how to win,” Newton stated.
 
With Madisonville owning a 37-32 lead in the opening minute of the fourth quarter, Webster drained three straight 3-pointers — two from Hayes and one from Prow — to give WCHS a 41-37. Madisonville answered with a bucket at the other end but then missed four straight free throws on its next two possessions.
 
Prow pushed WC’s lead to 43-40 with 1:13 to go and then canned two more with 0:45 left in the game. On the Maroon’s ensuing throw-in, Prow stole the pass and dished to Hayes. He was fouled on the play and he calmly sank a pair of ‘freebies’ to give Webster a 47-40 lead and seal the victory. Hayes finished with a game-high 22 points, nailing 5-of-9 from behind the 3-point arc.
 
Dan Boswell contributed with a double-double (13 points and career-high 14 rebounds) followed by 10 points from Prow. J. D. Newton finished with four points and five rebounds. Webster held an 11-9 lead at the first break and built as much as a seven-point lead in the second quarter before the Maroons closed the gap to 25-21 at intermission.
 
“I thought this was one of our best games from start to finish,” Newton added.
 
Webster County 43
Henderson County 56
 
With the top seed for next week’s Sixth District Tournament on the line, Henderson held on with solid free throw shooting in the final two minutes of the game to beat the Trojans for the second time this year. The victory gives the Colonels (21-4) a first-round bye in the District and an automatic bid into the Second Region tourney.
 
“I was really proud of guys and their effort, we executed on the offensive end for 30 out of the 32 minutes in the game. Down the stretch, we didn’t handle the pressure like we have in the last 3-4 games,” noted Coach Newton. “We made some crucial turnovers that led to easy transition baskets for Henderson in the final minute.”
 
The Colonels held a slim four-point lead with 2:01 left in the game as the Trojans had three separate opportunities to trim that advantage or even gain the lead.
 
“Our poor execution in the final minute quickly snowballed into a double digit lead (for Henderson) in just a matter of seconds,” Newton stated. “For 30 minutes, the tempo was in our favor and we played the way we needed to in order to win.”
 
Webster held a 13-11 lead at the first break but saw the Colonels open the second quarter with a 6-0 run and gain a 27-24 lead at halftime. But WCHS had successfully “slowed down” the game and kept Henderson’s high-octane offense in check. Another slow-paced quarter in the third gave Webster fans in the packed Colonel Gym hope of upset against the 12th-ranked HCHS squad. The Trojans handled Henderson’s defensive pressure, and limited their turnovers to just eight for the game.
 
The third quarter ended with Henderson on top 37-33. Webster continued its fine play in the first six minutes of the fourth quarter, getting good looks at the basket but not able to hit the big shots.
 
WCHS trailed 45-42 with 2:49 to play and Henderson out-scored the Trojans 11-1 from that point on. Four turnovers in the final 2:13 of the game fueled the Colonels’ momentum as they went on a 19-10 spurt in the period for the victory. The Colonels also hit 11-of-13 free throws in the final quarter and were 14-of-20 in the contest. Webster was 9-for-12 from the stripe
 
“We’ve got to do a better job of closing out games like this, especially against good teams like Henderson,” Newton concluded.
 
Webster’s senior trio again led the way offensively combining for 35 of the 43 points. Logan Prow finished with 13 points while Boswell and Hayes added 11 points each. Mason Roland, J. D. Newton, Max McMain and Madison Melton all finished with two points each. Newton and Boswell both had six rebounds but the Colonels enjoyed a 22-15 rebounding edge.
 
• In junior varsity action, Webster posted a pair of wins last week. The young Trojans defeated Lyon County 50-29 behind 15 points from Jon Stubblefield and 10 from Zac Shoulders. Cole Hazelwood added eight points while Jeremy Garrett finished with six points. Shawn House added three, Max McMain four and two points each from Ben Brumfiel and Toby Felker. Webster County hit 7-of-8 free throws in overtime to out-last Madisonville 47-42 last Tuesday night in Dixon. Max McMain paced a balanced scoring attack with 12 points while Jeremy Garrett added 11. Ben Brumfiel finished with eight, Zac Shoulders six and five points each from Cole Hazelwood and Jon Stubblefield. Colten Durrance completed the scoring with one field goal.
 
• In boys’ freshman action, the freshman went 2-2 in past two weeks of action. WCHS held off Madisonville 47-44 in overtime, led by 20 points from Jon Stubblefield and 15 from Shawn House. Trevis Bell added seven points while Cole Hazelwood added four and Hunter Davis one point.
 
Christian County defeated the Trojans 57-33 despite 12 points from Stubblefield and eight from Hazelwood. Trevis Bell, Hunter Davis, Toby Felker all scored three points while Curtis Yates and Shawn House added two points each.
 
The Trojan came back to split a pair of games on Feb. 2, topping Crittenden County 43-27 but falling to Hopkinsville 42-34. In the win over the Rockets, Cole Hazelwood led the charge with 12 points while Stubblefield added 11 points. Bell finished with six, Dylan Rich five and four points from Shawn House. Curtis Yates and Jonathan Stevens added two points apiece while Toby Felker had one point. In the loss to Hopkinsville, Stubblefield had another solid game with 15 points, followed by nine from Shawn House and eight points from Hazelwood. Curtis Yates finished with two points.
 
Charlie Hust
Journal Enterprise
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