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By Jimmie Earls
Sun Sports Writer
It was a shootout in Springfield Monday night, and Washington County senior Lee Mudd and Green County senior Clint Henderson could have been considered armed and dangerous with all of the shots they fired. Mudd was on target with four three-pointers and finished with 32 points while Henderson hit six treys on his way to scoring 29 points.
After the smoke settled and the scene cleared, Green County came out on top with a 65-56 victory over the Commanders.
The loss capped off a week that saw WC drop three of four games, but despite what the record shows, the Commanders can be proud they never gave up and fought until the final buzzer.
Things started off a little slow in the first quarter, but soon picked up when Mudd scored two on a layup and caught fire, rattling off eight points in under three minutes. Henderson kept the Dragons in the game, hitting back-to-back treys in 38 seconds. Mudd accounted for eight of WC’s 10 points in the first quarter as Green County led 14-10 after the first period.
The second quarter was where the Dragons pulled away, but Mudd continued to knock down shots, hitting his first trey of the night with 2:47 left in the half. Shively hit two three-pointers in the quarter and the Dragons got some solid play from John Stone to increase their lead to 15 at the break, 38-23.
The second half started with Mudd hitting another three-pointer, and moments later he was fouled as he put up another long-range jumper to send him to the line for three shots, and he sank them all. John Hamilton hit one of two free throws and Will Purdom got two on a layup to help with the WC cause. A steal by Mudd which he took to the hoop for two capped of an 11-point WC run to pull the Commanders to within four.
WC outscored Green County 16-9 in the third quarter to cut the Dragons’ lead to 47-39 heading into the fourth quarter.
The Commanders opened the fourth with a jumper by Alex Simms and back-to-back treys by Mudd, the second one tying the game at 47 all with 5:40 left to play. WC then took the lead on an Alex Simms shot at the 4:57 mark. Henderson scored two to tie the game at 49, but a foul by Hamilton sent Henderson to the line for the bonus shot, which he made to give GC a 50-49 lead. The lead changed hands a couple of times until Henderson knocked down two more treys to put the Dragons up 58-51 with 3:38 left.
Alex Simms hit two from the stripe after being fouled by Caleb Shirley and a jumper by Mudd brought the Commanders to within three points with 1:58 left to go. With less than a minute to play, Purdom and Mudd both tried hitting from three-point range but couldn’t get anything to drop. Shively went to the line for Green and missed his shot, but Shirley was able to put the rebound through the hoop to give the Dragons a 60-55 lead.
Washington County needed two possessions with 41 seconds left in the game, but a foul sent Henderson to the line where he hit both shots to put Green County ahead for good. A layup by Shively in the closing seconds put the final score at Green County 65, Washington County 56.
GC 14 24 9 18 - 65
WC 10 13 16 17 - 56
Green County (65) – Henderson 29, St. Shively 17, Shirley 7, Bills 4, Givens 3, Stone 3, Sk. Shively 2
3-point shots: Henderson 6, St. Shively 2, C. Shively 1, Givens 1
Washington County (56) – Mudd 32, A. Simms 9, Purdom 6, J. Simms 4, John Hamilton 3, Abell 2
3-point shots: Mudd 4
Last week, a frozen Washington County Commanders basketball team returned to action Wednesday night as they hosted the 13-7 Campbellsville Eagles in a makeup game originally scheduled for Jan. 30. The Eagles won the game 56-39.
CHS 16 19 16 5 - 56
WCHS 4 8 15 12 - 39
Campbellsville (56) – Davis 7, Percell 5, Taylor 24, McCubbin 5, Downs 11, Altman 1, Janes 3
3-point shots: Davis 2, Taylor 3, Downs 1
Washington County (39) – Mudd 15, Hamilton 10, A. Simms 9, J. Simms 1, H. Simms 2, Purdom 2
3-point shots: Mudd 2
Green County (Away)
The Commanders followed up their return to the hardwood with a trip to Green County on Feb. 5. Green County picked up the win, 73-55. Green County out-rebounded WC 40-17 on the night.
WCHS 21 8 9 17 - 55
GCHS 26 24 11 12 - 73
Washington County (55) – Hamilton 18, Mudd 15, Purdom 10, A. Simms 8, J. Simms 3, Sexton 1
3-point shots: Mudd 2
Green County (73) – St. Shively 22, Henderson 20, Stone 11, Milby 10, Bills 3, Curry 3, C. Shively 2, Sk. Shively 2
3-point shots: St. Shively 1, Henderson 4, Bills 1
The Eagles flew down from North Bullitt High School in Shepherdsville Saturday night to take on the Commanders. Hamilton scored a double-double for the Commanders to send the Eagles home with a 51-45 loss.
Hamilton scored 17 points with 11 rebounds to lead the Commanders in offense. Mudd had 16 points on the night.
NBHS 12 13 6 14 - 45
WCHS 11 9 16 15 - 51
North Bullitt (45) – Ridley 22, Higdon 11, Mudd 4, Whitfill 3, Dewitt 3, Parker 2
3-point shots: Ridley 4, Higdon 1, Dewitt 1
Washington County (51) – Hamilton 17, Mudd 16, J. Simms 5, Hale 4, Purdom 4, Abell 3, A. Simms 2
3-point shots: None
The Commanders are back in action this Friday night as they host the Marion County Knights in a “Coaches Vs. Cancer” event. Donations will be accepted at the game to benefit the Washington County Relay for Life. It will be a boy/girl double-header with the boys tip-off at 6 p.m. followed by girls action at 7:30 p.m.