Commanders fall to Hawks, Cards

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WC faces Nelson Co. in district tourney first round Wednesday

By The Staff

By Jimmie Earls


Sun Sports Writer

In basketball, sometimes the basket seems like it’s as wide as a hula hoop, and other times, it seems as small as a soup can. Last Wednesday night against LaRue County, the shots were there for the Commanders, they just weren’t falling through as WC fell 48-44 to the Hawks.

In the first quarter, the Hawks got on the board first with a three-pointer by sophomore guard Jordan Brewer. WC junior center Will Purdom hit one of two free throws to get the Commanders on the board, but LaRue scored eight unanswered to take an 11-1 lead. A layup by Purdom, a two-point shot by junior Ben Simms and a trey by senior Matthew Osborne brought the Commanders back into the game as LaRue led 11-8 after the first quarter.

WC inched closer with a basket by Osborne, but another run by LaRue, aided by a pair of threes by sophomore guard Kyle Sheeran, put the Hawks up 23-15. Both teams battled back and forth for the rest of the half, with LaRue taking a 27-21 lead into the break.

Each team put 11 points on the board in the third quarter, with key shots for the Commanders coming from sophomore Trae Abell, who added a deuce and a trey to his total while WC trailed 38-32 heading into the final quarter.

The Commanders fought back in the fourth period, putting up a six points to start the frame, highlighted by a Purdom jumper to give them a 39-38 lead at the 5:20 mark.

LaRue got a layup from senior center Jason Carlberg, but a three-point shot by WC senior Joseph Hamilton put the Commanders back in front, 42-40.

Senior Harrison Simms gave WC a four-point lead with his shot with 2:42 remaining.

LaRue’s Anthony Myrks went one-for-two from the free throw line, followed by a pair by Sheeran to pull LaRue within one.

Myrks added a bucket and got the foul, completing the three-point play to put the Hawks up 46-44.

A Commander foul sent Sheeran back to the line, where he made one of two. LaRue freshman guard Kelton Ford also went one for two from the line to put his team up 48-44.

WC has several opportunities to sink a final shot, but the Commanders just couldn’t catch a break as the ball wouldn’t drop and the Hawks left Springfield with the 48-44 win.

See this week's Springfield Sun for more Commander action.