http://www.thespringfieldsun.com/sports/rss.xml/sports/rss.xml en Winning Big http://www.thespringfieldsun.com/content/winning-big <img src="http://www.thespringfieldsun.com/sites/www.thespringfieldsun.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/edit_img_7067.jpg" alt="Washington County senior Kambron Hayden puts up a free-throw attempt in Saturday night’s game against the Marion County Knights." title="Washington County senior Kambron Hayden puts up a free-throw attempt in Saturday night’s game against the Marion County Knights." align="left" hspace="6" /><p> <span style="line-height: 20.4px;">The Washington County Commanders are peaking at just the right time. With only one week of regular-season play remaining, WC just completed one of its most successful weeks of the year, defeating the Thomas Nelson Generals (1-25, 0-7) and the Cumberland County Panthers (1-21) by at least 20 points each, the first time the Commanders have completed this feat all season, before falling to the Marion County Knights (8-18) by a score of 75-63.</span></p> <p class="p3"> <b>Marion County</b></p> Commanderettes fall to 6-19 on year http://www.thespringfieldsun.com/content/commanderettes-fall-6-19-year <img src="http://www.thespringfieldsun.com/sites/www.thespringfieldsun.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/edit_img_7010_0.jpg" alt="Washington County freshman guard Haley Graves calls a play in the second half of Saturday night’s game against the Marion County Knights." title="Washington County freshman guard Haley Graves calls a play in the second half of Saturday night’s game against the Marion County Knights." align="left" hspace="6" /><p> <span style="line-height: 20.4px;">The Washington County Commanderettes (6-19, 0-8) were unable to pick up a win in their three games last week, falling 67-47 to the Marion County Knights (10-9), 41-27 to the Cumberland County Panthers (6-18) and 56-21 to the Thomas Nelson Generals (16-8, 4-3).</span></p> <p class="p3"> <strong>Marion County</strong></p> WC picks up back-to-back wins http://www.thespringfieldsun.com/content/wc-picks-back-back-wins <img src="http://www.thespringfieldsun.com/sites/www.thespringfieldsun.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/edit_img_6670.jpg" alt="Senior Kambron Hayden waits patiently for the tip-off. Hayden finished the game against Dayton with five points and seven rebounds." title="Senior Kambron Hayden waits patiently for the tip-off. Hayden finished the game against Dayton with five points and seven rebounds." align="left" hspace="6" width="109" height="85" /><p class="p1"> <span class="s1">The Washington County Commanders (6-14, 1-6) went 2-3 last week, defeating Dayton and Burgin and losing to Bardstown, Adair County and Campbellsville.</span></p> <p class="p1"> <span class="s1">After falling to the Bardstown Tigers (15-6, 5-0) by a score of 80-48 last Tuesday night, the Commanders responded with 10-point victories against the Burgin Bulldogs (10-10) on Thursday and the Dayton Greendevils (10-9) on Friday night, picking up wins of 62-52 and 63-53, respectively.</span></p> Commanderettes blow out Burgin http://www.thespringfieldsun.com/content/commanderettes-blow-out-burgin <img src="http://www.thespringfieldsun.com/sites/www.thespringfieldsun.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/edit_img_6639.jpg" alt="Junior Ashley Yates was the leading scorer in Washington County’s 56-18 blowout of Burgin on Thursday, scoring 10 points while also grabbing a team-high four rebounds." title="Junior Ashley Yates was the leading scorer in Washington County’s 56-18 blowout of Burgin on Thursday, scoring 10 points while also grabbing a team-high four rebounds." align="left" hspace="6" width="127" height="85" /><p> <span style="line-height: 20.4px;">The Washington County Commanderettes (6-16, 0-7) played four games within the last week, including a 56-18 blowout win at home against the Burgin Bulldogs (2-16) on Thursday night.</span></p> SENIOR SPOTLIGHT: Bree Crain http://www.thespringfieldsun.com/content/senior-spotlight-bree-crain <img src="http://www.thespringfieldsun.com/sites/www.thespringfieldsun.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/edit_img_6196.jpg" alt="Bree Crain has always enjoyed basketball more than other sports. “I think basketball’s more fun because I feel like you get really close to your teammates,” she said." title="Bree Crain has always enjoyed basketball more than other sports. “I think basketball’s more fun because I feel like you get really close to your teammates,” she said." align="left" hspace="6" width="111" height="85" /><p> &nbsp;<span style="line-height: 20.4px;">Bree Crain was 5 years old when she first joined an Upward basketball team. She had tried all of the other sports that she could, but from the start, she knew that basketball was the one for her.</span></p> <p class="p1"> &ldquo;I did T-ball and all that stuff, but I really liked the team aspect of basketball,&rdquo; she said. &ldquo;Basketball was definitely my favorite.&rdquo;</p> SENIOR SPOTLIGHT: Lexi Thompson http://www.thespringfieldsun.com/content/senior-spotlight-lexi-thompson <img src="http://www.thespringfieldsun.com/sites/www.thespringfieldsun.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/edit_img_5856.jpg" alt="Lexi Thompson, who recently joined the 750-point club, has enjoyed this season under the tutelage of first-year head coach Lena Bramblett." title="Lexi Thompson, who recently joined the 750-point club, has enjoyed this season under the tutelage of first-year head coach Lena Bramblett." align="left" hspace="6" width="118" height="85" /><p> &nbsp;<span style="line-height: 20.4px;">When Lexi Thompson came to Washington County in middle school, she was looking for a way to connect with some of the other students.</span></p> <p class="p1"> After having attended Woodland Elementary School in Hardin County, Thompson wasn&rsquo;t sure what to expect as a new student, but she did have an idea of how she could make friends: basketball.</p> <p class="p1"> Thompson had &ldquo;always thought basketball was pretty good,&rdquo; so she jumped at the chance to start playing as a way to meet some of her peers.</p> Commanderettes find their groove http://www.thespringfieldsun.com/content/commanderettes-find-their-groove <img src="http://www.thespringfieldsun.com/sites/www.thespringfieldsun.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/edit_img_6401.jpg" alt="Washington County senior guard Daisha Edelen backs down a Nelson County defender." title="Washington County senior guard Daisha Edelen backs down a Nelson County defender." align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> <span style="line-height: 20.4px;">The Washington County Commanderettes (5-12, 0-6) went 2-2 this past week, falling to Nelson County and Danville while defeating Whitefield Academy and Model.</span></p> <p class="p1"> After losing to Nelson County 64-32 last Tuesday night, the Commanderettes responded with the program&rsquo;s first back-to-back wins since February 2014, when the team defeated Taylor County 50-48 before knocking off Campbellsville 54-44 two days later. The Commanderettes beat Whitefield Academy 50-25 on Thursday night before defeating Model 38-33 on Saturday.</p> WC falls to 4-12 http://www.thespringfieldsun.com/content/wc-falls-4-12 <img src="http://www.thespringfieldsun.com/sites/www.thespringfieldsun.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/edit_img_6461.jpg" alt="Commander guard Cameron Willis puts the full-court press on a Nelson County ball handler." title="Commander guard Cameron Willis puts the full-court press on a Nelson County ball handler." align="left" hspace="6" /><p> <span style="line-height: 20.4px;">The Washington County Commanders (4-12, 1-5) have played three games in the past week, facing off against Nelson County, Beth Haven and Danville.</span><span style="line-height: 20.4px;">&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="p1"> WC was unable to pull out a win in these contests, though, falling to Nelson County last Tuesday by a score of 68-50, losing to Beth Haven in a last-second, 53-52 nail-biter on Thursday and dropping the first game of the 12th Region All &ldquo;A&rdquo; Classic by a score of 69-51 just before press time on Monday night.</p>