http://www.thespringfieldsun.com/sports/rss.xml en WC boys fall in 19th district tournament http://www.thespringfieldsun.com/content/wc-boys-fall-19th-district-tournament <img src="http://www.thespringfieldsun.com/sites/www.thespringfieldsun.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/img_6860.jpg" alt="Washington County sophomore DT Yocum plows through a Thomas Nelson defender while attempting a shot. " title="Washington County sophomore DT Yocum plows through a Thomas Nelson defender while attempting a shot. " align="left" hspace="6" width="68" height="85" /><p> The Washington County Commanders&rsquo; year came to a close when they fell in the 19th District tournament to the Thomas Nelson Generals for the third time this season. The contest was lost 66-55 after fans were given an exciting final quarter.</p> <p> According to Commanders head coach Bernard Smalley, while it was a disappointing end to the season, they improved as the year progressed.</p> <p> &ldquo;My kids didn&rsquo;t give up,&rdquo; Smalley said. &ldquo;And I&rsquo;m proud of them &ucirc; they could have laid down but they played until the final horn.&rdquo;</p> District defeat http://www.thespringfieldsun.com/content/district-defeat <img src="http://www.thespringfieldsun.com/sites/www.thespringfieldsun.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/img_6730.jpg" alt="Washington County junior Daisha Edelen passes the ball during the district game. " title="Washington County junior Daisha Edelen passes the ball during the district game. " align="left" hspace="6" /><p> The Washington County Commanderettes lost any hope of making it to region play when they were knocked out of the 19th District tournament Monday night. The Commanderettes suffered a 73-54 defeat at the hands of the Bethlehem Banshees in the first round of play.</p> <p> &ldquo;We thought we had a game plan together to come here and win,&rdquo; Commanderettes head coach Mike Holt said after the game.&nbsp; &ldquo;We let it get out of our hands.&rdquo;</p> <p> Holt said the Banshees had tall players with long arms that disabled the Commanderettes&rsquo; long passes.</p> SCC has two athletes of the week, baseball, wrestling http://www.thespringfieldsun.com/content/scc-has-two-athletes-week-baseball-wrestling <p> St. Catherine had two athletes of the week last week.</p> <p> Francisco Gonzalez is the Mid-South Conference Baseball Player of the Week and Lindsey Wilson&rsquo;s (Ky.) Scott Sebald is the MSC Pitcher of the Week, conference officials announced on Monday.</p> <p> This week&rsquo;s awards mark the first player of the week honors of the 2015 season. Sebald earns his second career player of the week honor while Gonzalez picks up his first career weekly honor.</p> Third time is a charm http://www.thespringfieldsun.com/content/third-time-charm <img src="http://www.thespringfieldsun.com/sites/www.thespringfieldsun.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/img_6249edit.jpg" alt="Commanders senior forward Jordan Bottoms grabs some air during a jump shot. " title="Commanders senior forward Jordan Bottoms grabs some air during a jump shot. " align="left" hspace="6" width="68" height="85" /><p> The Washington County Commanders had a busy night between recognizing the team&rsquo;s seniors and defeating the Cumberland County Panthers (0-22) in a heated affair on Feb. 6.</p> <p> The Commanders defeated the Panthers 59-49. The way the game ended was a relief to Commanders head coach Bernard Smalley.</p> <p> &ldquo;It don&rsquo;t happen very often,&rdquo; Smalley said. &ldquo;It felt really good.&rdquo;</p> <p> He said he attributed the Commanders&rsquo; lead to their aggression.</p> WC girls fall again http://www.thespringfieldsun.com/content/wc-girls-fall-again <img src="http://www.thespringfieldsun.com/sites/www.thespringfieldsun.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/img_6178edit.jpg" alt="Senior Victoria Mattingly goes for a shot at the hoop while being blocked by a Cumberland County Lady Panther. " title="Senior Victoria Mattingly goes for a shot at the hoop while being blocked by a Cumberland County Lady Panther. " align="left" hspace="6" /><p> The Washington County Commanderettes suffered another heartbreak during senior night when they lost a fiery matchup to the Cumberland County Lady Panthers, 54-50.</p> <p> It wasn&rsquo;t all bad news for the girls, however. Junior Lexi Thompson led the girls in scoring by posting 18 points and joining the 500-point club, which was something she said felt great.</p> <p> &ldquo;It all kind of flowed together,&rdquo; Thompson said.</p> Patriots chop down Mighty Oaks, 76-72 http://www.thespringfieldsun.com/content/patriots-chop-down-mighty-oaks-76-72 <p> The Patriot women&rsquo;s basketball team (9-13) returned to the friendly confines of Lourdes Hall on Saturday against Oakland City University (6-13).</p> <p> The Patriots trailed by three at the break, but turned it around in the final 20 minutes to come away with a 76-72 win.</p> <p> Cora Moore continued her hot streak with 17 points. Moore connected on half of her three-point attempts, going 5 for 10.</p> Commanders fall in double OT http://www.thespringfieldsun.com/content/commanders-fall-double-ot <img src="http://www.thespringfieldsun.com/sites/www.thespringfieldsun.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/shelton.jpg" alt="Commanders’ senior guard Justin Shelton loses possession while attempting a jump shot. Shelton is guarded by Adair County’s junior forward Keith Sloan. Shelton was second leading scorer for the Commanders, behind eighth-grader Cameron Willis who poured in 20 points. " title="Commanders’ senior guard Justin Shelton loses possession while attempting a jump shot. Shelton is guarded by Adair County’s junior forward Keith Sloan. Shelton was second leading scorer for the Commanders, behind eighth-grader Cameron Willis who poured in 20 points. " align="left" hspace="6" width="85" height="85" /><p> Going into double overtime and being just inches away from an upset, the Washington County Commanders fought tooth and nail against the Adair County Indians on Jan. 31.</p> <p> Despite their&nbsp; best efforts, however, the Commanders fell 76-71 in the heated competition.<br /> Commanders head coach Bernard Smalley said you couldn&rsquo;t be upset with a loss like that.</p> <p> &ldquo;The kids played their hearts out,&rdquo; Smalley said. &ldquo;I can&rsquo;t say anything, nothing negative.&rdquo;<br /> He added the game could have gone either way.</p> Girls fall short 59-21 http://www.thespringfieldsun.com/content/girls-fall-short-59-21 <img src="http://www.thespringfieldsun.com/sites/www.thespringfieldsun.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/crain.jpg" alt="Commanderettes junior Bre Crain battles for possession of the ball against Lady Indians sophomore Katherine Curry. " title="Commanderettes junior Bre Crain battles for possession of the ball against Lady Indians sophomore Katherine Curry. " align="left" hspace="6" /><p> The Washington County Commanderettes went in as underdogs and went down swinging when they fell to the Adair County Lady Indians 59-21 on Jan. 31.</p> <p> As of press time, the Lady Indians were second in the fifth region.<br /> Coming off a 70-25 loss against the Bardstown Tigers on Jan. 27, the Commanderettes (19-5), fell victim to a strong offense by both opponents.</p> <p> Washington County took deep cuts in the first half of the game against the Lady Indians, managing to score only once in the second quarter.</p>