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By Jimmie Earls
Sun Sports Writer
The Washington County Commanders finished the district schedule last Friday night with a 56-39 loss to Nelson County. The Commanders finish district play with an 0-6 record.
The Commanders got off to an early 8-6 lead in the first quarter aided by a pair of three-pointers from senior Lee Mudd. Nelson County came back with seven unanswered points to take a 13-8 lead through the first period of action. The Commanders barely outscored the Cardinals 12-11 in the second quarter as Nelson County took a 24-20 lead into halftime.
The third quarter was where the Cards pulled away for good, outscoring the Commanders 17-9 to open up the second half, and took a 41-29 lead into the final eight minutes. The Commanders tried to come back, and despite a last-second three-pointer by senior John Hamilton, it wasn’t enough as the Cards took the game 56-39 to improve to 5-1 in district action.
Three Cards scored in double figures with sophomore guard Quinten Brooks leading the charge with 15 points. Sophomore forward Ricky Ricketts had a double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds.
Senior John Hamilton led Washington County in scoring with 10 points and eight rebounds.
NCHS 13 11 17 15 - 56
WCHS 8 12 9 10 - 39
Nelson Co. (56) – Brooks 15, Ricketts 12, Collins 12, Raley 6, Martinez 4, Foster 4, Kays 3
3-point shots: Raley 2
Washington Co. (39) – John Hamilton 10, Mudd 9, J. Simms 6, Abell 5, Purdom 4, Joseph Hamilton 3, A. Simms 2
3-point shots: Mudd 2, John Hamilton 1, Joseph Hamilton 1
Last Wednesday, the Commanders duked it out with Campbellsville in the second round of the 5th Region All “A” Classic in Bardstown. It came down to the wire in the closing minutes as the Eagles edged the Commanders 62-59 to advance to the title game.
Campbellsville was tough in the opening quarter and took a 19-11 lead into the second period where they outscored WC 15-14 to take a 34-25 lead into the break.
The Commanders didn’t give up and came out fighting in the second half, outscoring the Eagles 16-15 in the third quarter. Washington County came clawing back in the final quarter and managed to tie the game at 59-59 with 2:22 left in play. With less than a minute left in the game, Campbellsville junior forward Bryton Taylor was fouled as he scored on a back-door play from Michael McCubbin and made the free throw to complete the three-point play with 56 seconds remaining, and the Eagles held on for the 62-59 win.
Four Commanders scored in double digits, led by John Hamilton with 19. Mudd followed with 16 while Alex Simms chalked up 12 points, besting big brother Joe Joe who had 10.
Bryton Taylor led Campbellsville in scoring with 19 points.
WCHS 11 14 16 13 – 59
CHS 19 15 15 13 – 62
Washington Co. (59) – John Hamilton 17, Mudd 16, A. Simms 12, J. Simms 10, Abell 2, Hale 2
3-point shots: Mudd 2, J. Simms 2
Campbellsville (62) – B. Taylor 19, McCubbin 14, Downs 12, Percell 6, Janes 4, Davis 3, Altman 2, Smith 2
3-point shots: B. Taylor 1, Davis 1
Monday night, the Commanders traveled to Boyle County, where they lost to the 6-12 Rebels, 57-35.
It was a rough night for Washington County as they got behind early. The Rebels dominated the first quarter, outscoring the Commanders 17-6. WC didn’t fare any better in the second period as WC trailed Boyle County 29-13 at the half.
The Commanders improved slightly in the second half, but the Rebels managed to stay ahead of WC by a comfortable margin. Boyle County took a 41-22 lead into the final quarter and outscored WC 16-13 in the fourth quarter to seal the 57-35 victory.
The Rebels’ Cory Jones hit five three-pointers to led Boyle County and all scorers with 15 points. Jordan Aumiller also scored in double figures for the Rebels with 13 points.
The Commanders had an off night for shooting as no WC player scored in double digits. John Hamilton led WC with 9 points.
WCHS 6 7 9 13 – 35
BCHS 17 12 12 16 – 57
Washington Co. (35) – John Hamilton 9, A. Simms 8, Spalding 5, Abell 4, Joseph Hamilton 3, H. Simms 2, J. Simms 2, Sexton 2
3-point shots: Spalding 1, Abell 1, Joseph Hamilton 1
Boyle Co. (57) – Jones 15, Aumiller 13, Southerland 6, Tritapoe 4, Perry 3, Givhan 3, Bodner 3, Walker 2, Carmen 2, Goldsmith 1, Short 3, MacShara 2
Coaches Vs. Cancer
Washington County is back in action Friday night as they head to Campbellsville for a boy/girl double-header. It’s a coaches vs. cancer event as donations will be taken during the evening. Boys tip-off at 6 p.m. followed by girls action at 7:30 p.m. Catch both games live on WYSB 102.7 FM with pre-game starting at 5:45 p.m. Photos and highlights of both games will be in next week’s issue of The Springfield Sun as well as online at www.readthesun.com.