https://www.thespringfieldsun.com/sports/rss.xml en A perfect start to the year https://www.thespringfieldsun.com/content/perfect-start-year <img src="https://www.thespringfieldsun.com/sites/www.thespringfieldsun.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/bbb_mainimage_web_010819.jpg" alt="Cameron Willis blows past a Nelson County defender during the Commanders&#039; 69-55 win on Jan. 8." title="Cameron Willis blows past a Nelson County defender during the Commanders&#039; 69-55 win on Jan. 8." align="left" hspace="6" /><p> Washington County extended their winning streak to four last week after picking up wins over Nelson County and Model.</p> <p> <br /> Last Tuesday night the Commanders traveled to Nelson County for their second meeting with the Cardinals this season. Nelson County was looking for redemption after a 61-39 Washington County rout in the first matchup.</p> Girls bounce back with district win https://www.thespringfieldsun.com/content/girls-bounce-back-district-win <img src="https://www.thespringfieldsun.com/sites/www.thespringfieldsun.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/gbb_mainimage_web_010819.jpg" alt="Commanderette guard Amber Murphy defends against Nelson County during Washington County&#039;s 60-40 win on Jan. 8." title="Commanderette guard Amber Murphy defends against Nelson County during Washington County&#039;s 60-40 win on Jan. 8." align="left" hspace="6" /><p> The Commanderettes notched a 20-point win over district opponent Nelson County last Tuesday night, the team&rsquo;s first win of the new year.</p> <p> <br /> A young Lady Cards&rsquo; roster was completely outmatched early on by Washington County, as the first quarter ended with the Commanderettes leading 19-3.</p> Back-to-back wins for boys team https://www.thespringfieldsun.com/content/back-back-wins-boys-team <img src="https://www.thespringfieldsun.com/sites/www.thespringfieldsun.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/bbb_mainimageweb_010519.jpg" alt="Devin Hurst lays in a basket over the top of Marion County’s defense. Hurst scored a team-high 18 points on the night during the Commanders’ 62-60 win." title="Devin Hurst lays in a basket over the top of Marion County’s defense. Hurst scored a team-high 18 points on the night during the Commanders’ 62-60 win." align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> It&rsquo;s early in the year, but the hottest ticket of 2019 may have already been sold. Saturday night&rsquo;s contest between Washington County and Marion County provided all the nail-biting, fist-clenching, stomach-churning excitement you could ask for in a basketball game that fully lived up to its &ldquo;Border War&rdquo; moniker. A tense 32 minutes of play came to an end with the Commanders on top, despite a last-second heave from Marion County that could have tipped the scales the other way.</p> Winless weekend for Commanderettes https://www.thespringfieldsun.com/content/winless-weekend-commanderettes <img src="https://www.thespringfieldsun.com/sites/www.thespringfieldsun.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/gbb_mainimageweb_010519.jpg" alt="Maddy Riley (23) collides with Elise Carpenter (5) of Marion County and prevents the basket. Marion County went on to win the game 68-38." title="Maddy Riley (23) collides with Elise Carpenter (5) of Marion County and prevents the basket. Marion County went on to win the game 68-38." align="left" hspace="6" /><p> There has been no respite for the Washington County Commanderettes at the start of 2019. The new year began with the team losing to Bardstown. Since then, the results have yet to improve. Friday night&rsquo;s loss to the Bethlehem Banshees was followed up by another one-sided matchup against the Lady Knights of Marion County.</p> District woes for Commanderettes https://www.thespringfieldsun.com/content/district-woes-commanderettes <img src="https://www.thespringfieldsun.com/sites/www.thespringfieldsun.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/gbb_mainimage_web.jpg" alt="Kailey Thompson fights for a loose ball with a Nelson County defender." title="Kailey Thompson fights for a loose ball with a Nelson County defender." align="left" hspace="6" width="115" height="85" /><p> A trio of losses over the last week sends the Commanderettes into the weekend desperate to rebound.</p> <p> <br /> Last Tuesday&rsquo;s 57-53 loss against Nelson County came despite the best efforts from Washington County&rsquo;s squad. The Lady Cards led for the first half of the game, but a good adjustment from the Commanderettes coaching staff shut down the Nelson County offense coming out of halftime. Brylie Linton and Kyona Hamilton were poised for big nights after scoring 12 points apiece for the Lady Cards in the first half.</p> Winning streak ends at Bardstown https://www.thespringfieldsun.com/content/winning-streak-ends-bardstown <img src="https://www.thespringfieldsun.com/sites/www.thespringfieldsun.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/bbb_mainimage_web.jpg" alt="Devin Hurst gets a shot away in the middle of a crowd of Nelson County defenders during the Commanders win on Dec. 11" title="Devin Hurst gets a shot away in the middle of a crowd of Nelson County defenders during the Commanders win on Dec. 11" align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> After opening the season with back-to-back losses, the Washington County Commanders have done their best to recover. Monday night&rsquo;s 61-58 loss to Bardstown ended a four-game winning streak that was started at the beginning of the month.</p> Commanderettes slip up over weekend https://www.thespringfieldsun.com/content/commanderettes-slip-over-weekend <img src="https://www.thespringfieldsun.com/sites/www.thespringfieldsun.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/gbb_v_thomasnelson_120718_web.jpg" alt="Maddy Riley is nearly forced out of bounds while bringing the ball up the court." title="Maddy Riley is nearly forced out of bounds while bringing the ball up the court." align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> Washington County&rsquo;s girls&rsquo; basketball team came up short twice over the weekend during losses to Thomas Nelson and Berea.</p> <p> <br /> Friday night&rsquo;s game at Thomas Nelson started off well enough for head coach Lena Bramblett&rsquo;s team, but things spiraled away quickly.</p> Commanders win district opener https://www.thespringfieldsun.com/content/commanders-win-district-opener <img src="https://www.thespringfieldsun.com/sites/www.thespringfieldsun.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/bbb_v_thomasnelson_120718_web.jpg" alt="Drew Yates lays the ball into the basket during the Commanders win over Thomas Nelson. Yates finished the game with 10 points and 10 rebounds." title="Drew Yates lays the ball into the basket during the Commanders win over Thomas Nelson. Yates finished the game with 10 points and 10 rebounds." align="left" hspace="6" width="57" height="85" /><p> It was a strong statement from the Commanders as they defeated 19th district foe Thomas Nelson 66-50 Friday night.</p>