By Jimmie Earls
Sun Sports Writer
The birds of prey swooped into Springfield this week as the LaRue County Hawks and the Bethlehem Eagles took two games from the Washington County Commanders. LaRue beat WC 67-58 Wednesday night and the Eagles from Bethlehem won 64-48 Friday night as the Commanders fall to 0-6 on the season and 0-1 to start district play.
Originally scheduled for Tuesday evening, a winter storm postponed the game until Wednesday night. The Commanders played well and looked the best they have all season, but little things happen here and there, and before you know it, they were behind at the end of 32 minutes of play.
LaRue built a 19-12 lead in the first quarter but the Commanders didn’t let the game get away from them as they outscored the Hawks 12-10 in the second quarter to get within five at the break.
In the third quarter, LaRue County padded their lead, outscoring WC 22-17. WC edged the Hawks in the fourth quarter, putting 17 points up compared to 16 for LaRue, but the deficit was too big for the Commanders to overcome. LaRue held on for the 67-58 victory to improve to 4-0 on the season.
“We should have won that game,” said head coach Paul Bodenhamer following the game. “We made a lot of headway on things we have been doing poorly, but until we step up and knock down the two-footers, we're going to continue to struggle. We're not a great perimeter-shooting team this year compared to last year.”
Three Hawks scored in double digits for LaRue. Tyler Hornback led the charge with 21 points, five rebounds and two assists. Christian Seymour has 13 points while Kyle Sheeran recorded 12 points.
LaRue connected on 28 of 65 shots from the floor for 43 percent, including six out of 24 from three-point range for 25 percent. At the free throw line, the Hawks went five for 16, shooting for 31.3 percent. They turned the ball over 12 times and were called for 17 personal fouls.
On the Commanders side of the board, Will Purdom had a double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds. Lee Mudd and John Hamilton led WC in scoring with 14 points each.
Washington County shot for 37.3 percent from the floor, hitting 22 of 59 shots, including 3-for-15 from the three-point line for 20 percent. WC made 11 of 15 free throw shots for 73.3 percent, while turning the ball over 24 times and racking up 15 personal fouls.
LaRue – 19 10 22 16 67
WCHS – 12 12 17 17 58
LaRue (4-0) – Hornback 21, Seymour 13, Sheeran 12, A. Brewer 7, Hall 7, Bait 4, Mullins 2, J. Brewer 1
3-point shots: Sheeran 4, Seymour 1, A. Brewer 1
Washington County (0-5) – Mudd 14, Purdom12, J. Simms 7, A. Simms 4, John Hamilton 14, Hale 2, Abell 2, Spalding 2
3-point shots: Mudd 2
The Commanders hosted the Bethlehem Eagles Friday night for Washington County’s first district contest of the season. Hopes were high for the Commanders as the Eagles came into the game with a 0-3 record.
Things were evenly match for the first three quarter as Bethlehem built a 13-9 lead in the first eight minutes, but the Commanders stayed within reach through the first half, trailing 27-22 at the break.
It was even scoring in the third as each team put up 15 points, but the fourth was where the game got away from the Commanders as the Eagles outscored WC 22-11 to win the game 64-48 and earn their first victory of the year, improving to 1-3 overall and 1-1 in district.
Bethlehem’s Jacob Allgeier lead the Hawks in scoring with 23 points, while Brandon Hurst and Will Samuels recorded 11 point each.
The Hawks shot 44.2 percent from the floor, making 23 of 52 shots, including one-for-10 from three-point range for 10 percent. At the free throw line, the Hawks went 17-for-24 for 70.8 percent. Bethlehem turned the ball over 16 times while being called for 17 personal fouls.
Commander scoring was lead by John Hamilton who recorded a double-double with 18 points and 11 rebounds.
The Commanders fall to 0-6 on the season and 0-1 in district action.
“The fourth quarter is where we let it get away from us,” said Bodenhamer. “We got a little loose with the basketball. Anytime you have 27 turnovers in a game, you can’t expect to win. We had a majority of those turnovers in the fourth quarter.”
Bethlehem 13 14 15 22 64
WCHS 9 13 15 11 48
Bethlehem (1-3) - Allgeier 23, Hurst 11, Samuels 11, Spalding 6, Medley 4, Reed 4, Mudd 3, Wolf 2
3-point shots: Hurst 1
Washington County (0-6) - John Hamilton 18, Mudd 8, A. Simms 6, Purdom 4, Spalding 4, Abell 3, J. Simms 3, Hale 2
3-point shots: Mudd 2, Hamilton 1
Washington County travels to Marion County this weekend to participate in the KFC/Taco Bell Holiday Homecoming Tournament. The Commanders begin tourney play Friday night at 7 p.m. against the host team Marion County. On Saturday, WC goes up against West Jessamine at 5 p.m., and Sunday at 3 p.m., the Commanders will face Marion County High School from Jasper, Tenn. Play on Monday will be determined how well the Commanders do in pool play.
“Four games in four days over at Marion County will take a lot out of us,” Bodenhamer added. “We’ll step in there, keep working hard and go in with a positive attitude.”
Catch the Commanders in tournament action on WYSB 102.7 FM starting Friday night at 7 p.m. and check out highlights and photos next week in The Springfield Sun and at www.readthesun.com on the Internet.