Rough second half costs Commanders

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By Brandon Mattingly


Washington County vs. Bardstown
87-42 Bardstown
When: Tuesday, Jan. 22
Where: Washington County High School
Key players: WCHS – Alex Marshall
Game highlights: The Washington County boys (4-15) were able to hang around with the 5th Region All-A Classic champion Bardstown (19-6) through the first half, but intermission was unkind to the Commanders as the Tigers put the game on ice in the third quarter.

Turnovers plagued WC early, as they saw an 8-5 deficit balloon to 20-5 with three-and-a-half minutes to play in the first quarter.

Trailing 29-12 after the first, Washington County played well in the second quarter, starting on a 7-2 run that included a three-pointer by junior Tylyn Byas and a putback bucket by junior Jared Young. Bardstown senior Devonte Grundy gave the Tigers some breathing room with seven-straight points to help his team to a 46-32 halftime lead.

Bardstown attacked early and often in the third quarter to put the game away, outscoring Washington County to start the second half. The Tigers had the game well in hand, 72-36, entering the fourth quarter and coasted to an easy win the rest of the way.

Senior Alex Marshall led Washington County with 12 points, followed by Young and junior Thomas Pettus with six. Byas and sophomore Zac Graves added five each.

The Commanders took on Campbellsville (7-13) at home on Tuesday night after press time and will host Marion County (10-12) on Saturday at 7:45 p.m.