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Commanders, Commanderettes drop season openers at home

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By The Staff

The Washington County Commanders and Commanderettes lost a double-header against Taylor County to start the 2008-09 basketball season.

Boys

The Commanders lost 86-59 to a Taylor County team loaded with size.

"They're (Taylor County) one of the top teams out there right now," said WC head basketball coach Paul Bodenhamer after the game. "They're tough, we just don't have the size to match."

WC's Lee Mudd lead the Commanders in scoring, finishing with 18 points, going six for 15 from the field including five three-pointers. He also had two rebounds and no assists. John Hamilton and Will Purdom each had 10 points on the night with Hamilton having five rebounds and two assists, while Purdom had three rebounds and no assists.

Although 0-1 is not how they wanted to start the season, the Commanders must now prepare to face Madison Southern at Berea College on Thursday night at 7:30 p.m., then off to face North Bullitt on Saturday night at 7:30 p.m.

Girls

The Commanderettes opened their season against Taylor County, who managed to stay just a few points ahead of WC throughout the game, eventually winning 61-49.

The Commanderettes got some strong outings from Shay Yocum, Pooh Railey and Elizabeth Haydon in the first half, although Taylor County had built a 31-24 lead at the break.

Morgan Burton stepped up in the third quarter, as did Haydon, who had the three-point touch as the Commanderettes pulled within three points.

But it wasn't enough as Taylor County went on to win 61-49 and give WC a 0-1 start to their season.

Next, the ladies travel to Boyle County on Thursday night with JV action starting at 6 p.m., followed by the varsity game at 7:30 p.m. WC then hosts Garrard County next Tuesday night at 7:30 p.m.