|Indians topple Greyhounds
By Dan Manley
Advocate Sports Editor
PARIS—In the words of Coach Matt Daniel “it was a grinder.”
There was nothing really pretty about Monday night’s regular season district battle between the Montgomery County Indians and the Paris Greyhounds at the Earl Redwine Gymnasium.
With the exception of the final outcome for the Indians.
Beaten early in the season by Paris, 69-56, at the MCHS Arena, the Indians pulled out a 42-38 win Monday night and in doing so wrapped up the second seed for the upcoming 40th District Tournament.
That means the Indians will be paired against Bourbon County in the opening round of the post-season while Paris lands opposite Clark County.
“Obviously we’ll have a big challenge in facing Bourbon County for a third time but we’ll take our chances,” Daniel said.
The other possibility would have been a loss to Paris, a three-way coin toss and the possibility of facing 18th-ranked Clark County in the opening round of the tournament.
The Indians defeated the Greyhounds with a lock-down defense that featured everything but a solid rebounding effort.
Montgomery County held Paris to just 17 of 46 field goal shooting, including only two of 14 from behind the three-point line. Then Paris helped out by making just two of nine free throws and the Tribe forced 16 turnovers while committing just 10.
In their last three games, wins over Mason County, Fleming County and Paris, the Indians have allowed under 38 points per game.
The Greyhounds got off to a good start, jumping out to an 8-4 lead.
The Indians went on a 10-4 run to end the quarter with Jon Kosier and Hagan Harrison hitting three-pointers and Austin Eichenberger coming off the bench to hit a field goal and add a pair of free throws.
After trailing 14-12 at the end of the quarter the Greyhounds eased ahead at 16-15 but that would turn out to be their final lead of the game.
Will Cockrell scored and then Kosier hit a three-pointer to give the Indians a 20-16 lead and they finished the half with Cockrell hitting a pair of free throws for a 26-20 advantage.
Montgomery County went four and a half minutes without scoring to begin the second half and Paris got to within 26-24 before a Hagan Harrison three-pointer helped the Indians race out to a 35-26 lead at the end of the third quarter.
Paris made one last run, getting to within 38-36 with three minutes to play.
Kosier scored for a 40-36 Tribe lead and then the final minute turned into a free throw contest.
Byars hit one of two with :47 to play to cut the lead to 40-37 and then the Tribe missed the front end of a one and one with :37 to play to give Paris another chance.
Byars again made one of two with :24 left before Ralls knocked down a pair with :15 to play to seal the Tribe’s win.
Ralls led the Indians with 13 points with Kosier adding 10, Cockrell seven and Harrison six. Cockrell also had nine rebounds.
Byars and sophomore guard Ricquice Washington scored 14 points apiece for Paris.
Junior Caleb Johnson, at only 5’8”, scored six points and grabbed a game-high 12 rebounds.
After those three players, the rest of the Hounds were a collective two of 13 from the field and missed all four three-point attempts.
Senior Pharoah Davis picked up a couple of early fouls and played sparingly in the contest.
“We just felt like we had the right lineup on the floor,” Daniel said. “Tomorrow night Pharoah might play most of the game. With Dylan (Young) back with us we have a lot more flexibility with our lineup and I really like our depth right now.”
The Indians were set to carry a 14-11 record and a three-game winning streak into a Tuesday night home game with Nicholas County before they face Pendleton County at home Friday night.
MCHS (42) — Duce Ralls 4-11 4-6 13, Jon Kosier 3-3 2-5 10, Will Cockrell 1-7 5-6 7, Pharoah Davis 0-1 0-0 0, Hagan Harrison 2-7 0-0 6, Austin Eichenberger 1-1 2-2 4, Brandon Dyer 0-1 0-0 0, Dylan Young 1-1 0-1 2, Trey Ishmael 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 12-32 13-20 42.
Paris (38) — Jalen Byars 6-11 2-6 14, Travis Strings 1-7 0-0 2, Ricquice Washington 6-15 0-2 14, Caleb Johnson 3-7 0-1 6, Tyreeq Nebbitt 1-6 0-0 2, Trent Edwards 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 17-46 2-9 38.
MCHS 14 12 9 7—42
Paris 12 8 6 12—38
Three-point field goals — MCHS 5-13 (Ralls 1-4, Kosier 2-2, Harrison 2-3); Paris 2-14 (Washington 2-8). Rebounds — MCHS 27 (Cockrell 9, Young 5); Paris 34 (Johnson 12). Turnovers — MCHS 10, Paris 16. Total fouls —MCHS 13, Paris 17. Fouled out — None. Technicals — None.
Fleming County 34
The Indians hit a sizzling 68.2 percent from the three-point line, sinking five long-range goals in a row to start the game, and went on to an easy win over the home standing Panthers at Flemingsburg.
Eight different players hit three-pointers for the Indians, including six of them in the first half when the Tribe ran out to a 46-12 lead.
Will Cockrell led a balanced attack for Montgomery County with 12 points as Coach Matt Daniel was able to pull his starters during the third quarter and ended up using 14 players in the game with 11 getting into the scoring column.
Montgomery County pushed the game to a running clock in the opening minute of the second half when they went ahead 48-12.
Cole Saunders had 17 points for Fleming County and led all scorers.
The victory lifted the Indians to 13-11 on the season while Fleming County dropped to 10-14.
MCHS (71) — Duce Ralls 4-6 0-0 11, Pharoah Davis 4-4 0-1 8, Will Cockrell 5-7 0-0 12, Hagan Harrison 3-5 2-2 10, Jon Kosier 2-4 0-0 6, Austin Eichenberger 1-7 0-0 3, Brandon Dyer 2-3 0-0 6, Dylan Young 0-0 0-0 0, Luke Fuller 2-4 0-0 6, Caleb Webb 1-1 0-0 3, Trey Ishmael 0-0 0-0 0, Trey Carroll 0-2 0-0 0, J.T. Woosley 1-2 0-0 2, Trevor Igo 0-0 2-2 2, Nolan Kendall 1-1 0-0 2. Totals 26-46 4-5 71.
Fleming County (34) — Cole Suanders 5-10 3-3 17, Kaleb Flannery 0-6 0-0 0, Aaron Christensen 2-6 0-0