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By Jimmie Earls
Sun Sports Writer
The Washington County Commanders got the early lead against Marion County Friday night in Lebanon, but they struggled from the outside and the Knights were able to take the lead and earn the win, as the Commanders fell 49-39.
“We were 1-for-23 from the three-point line,” said head coach Russell Burkhead. “That’s not going to win you many ball games.”
The Commanders took an 8-7 lead as the first quarter ended. Marion came back in the second, outscoring WC 10-6 to lead 17-14 at the half.
Washington County made some adjustments in the second half, using junior center Will Purdom in the post to counter the lack of an outside attack.
“I talked to the boys at halftime, we weren’t shooting well from the outside and we just decided to go inside to Will in the second half,” added Burkhead. “I thought he had a heck of a ball game. I think he wound up with 19 points and nine rebounds, and played probably his best game of the season."
The Knights outshot the Commanders 16-10 in the third and put the game away in the final quarter by edging WC 16-15 for the 49-39 win.
“We came a long way. They beat us by 36 and 32 earlier in the year,” Burkhead said. “I think it was basically a four- or five- point difference with about three or four minutes to go, and it just seemed like we couldn’t make the big shots when we needed them.”
For the rest of the story, see this week's Springfield Sun.