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WCMS splits with Bardstown

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By Special to The Sun

The cold temperatures outside seemed to carry over to the basketball court as the WCMS eighth-graders struggled to knock down early shots in the game against Bardstown Middle.

With early foul trouble forcing Jailen Statemen to the bench, Cameron Willis and Devin Hurst had to step up.

WCMS went to the locker room at halftime trailing 25-24.

The third quarter saw the game go back and forth, as neither team would lead by more than four points.

With Bardstown clinging to a two-point lead, WCMS seventh-grader, Jbias Dawson managed to steal the ball and hit a 10-foot jumper with five seconds remaining in the game to tie the score.

Bardstown called a timeout to set up a full-court play.

Bardstown threw the ball to halfcourt, where the ball was tipped by both Willis and Hurst, but a Bardstown player managed to get the ball and shoot a wild 20-footer.

The shot missed, but one of his teammates put the ball back in at the buzzer, causing the Bardstown student body section to rush the floor.

Willis led the Generals in scoring with 18 points while Hurst and Statemen had 11 points each.

In the early game, it was a hotly contested battle as Bardstown Middle held the lead all but a minute and 38 seconds to go in the game.

Bardstown Middle took a 23-18 lead into the locker room as WCMS missed several easy shots.

The third quarter was much of the same, with both teams still playing competitively.

Finally, with less than two minutes to go, WCMS was able to take the lead on a three-pointer by Willis.

And to seal the game, both Willis and Hurst were able to knock down clutch free throws to help WCMS come away with the 40-38 victory.

Willis led the Generals in scoring with 25 points, and Hurst added 13 points and 12 rebounds.