Commanders come up short against Eagles; hit the road to Fort Knox

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By The Staff

By Jimmie Earls


Sun Sports Writer

Last Monday, the Commanders were able to beat the Bethlehem Eagles in the opening round of the 5th Region All ‘A’ tournament, handing the Eagles a 43-31 loss. They followed that up with a 55-41 loss to Green County in the semi-final round in Campbellsville. Last Friday night’s re-match against Bethlehem had some wondering if three games in five days was going to take it’s toll on the Commanders.

Washington County faced Bethlehem for the second time last week, and although they got an early lead, the Commanders couldn’t hang on for the win, falling 44-36.

“I think toward the end of the week, we got a little worn down,” said Commander head coach Russell Burkhead. “I thought we looked a little bit slow. They still gave me everything they’ve got, but we just looked slow. But we have to give Bethlehem credit, they brought it to us and we weren’t ready.”

The Commanders got off to a 10-6 start in the first quarter, but they stalled in the second as the Eagles held WC to just three points in the quarter.

“It seems like we always have those periods somewhere during the ball game where we have a two- or four-point quarter,” Burkhead added. “We just have to score in certain situations and we have got to play a complete game. So far, we haven’t done that except maybe a couple times this year.”

Bethlehem took a 20-13 lead into the break.

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