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Indians fail to finish in loss to Cards

2/7/2020

By Dan Manley
Advocate Sports Editor

The Montgomery County Indians had one of those “failed to finish” nights at Winchester Friday night as they lost to the Clark County Cardinals, 60-51.

The loss was the second of the season to the Cards, with the earlier loss coming at the MCHS Arena, 59-52, earlier in January.
“I’m proud of our guys for the way they battled and I’m still optimistic that this team will get there in the next couple of weeks,” said Coach Steve Wright. “We’ve really come a long way in terms of getting tougher and dealing with situations.

“We just are lacking when it comes to consistency across the entire team and we’ll continue to work to correct that.”

The loss left the Indians with a 12-11 record and a 1-4 mark in 40th District action. The Indians will need a win over Paris on Friday night to pin down the No. 3 seed in the district for the post-season, but that doesn’t really seem to matter.

Clark County and Bourbon County will be battling it out for the No. 1 seed.

Friday night both teams got off to a slow start on offense and the Indians led 5-2 midway through the opening period before Clark County went on a 10-2 run to lead 12-7 after the opening period.

Clark County maintained its lead throughout the second period but never led by more than five points and Hagan Harrison’s shot from mid-court at the buzzer brought the Indians to within 24-22 at the break.

K.J. Rucker and reserve forward Reed Johnson hit back-to-back threes late in the third quarter to help the Cardinals open the lead up to seven points at 42-35.

Clark had a 48-44 advantage with just over three minutes to play when Jared Wellman collected a three-point play.

Rickey Lovette hit a pair of free throws with 2:57 to play that cut the lead to 51-46 but the Indians never got any closer.

Senior center Lincoln Bush dominated the game on the inside, finishing with 19 points and 20 rebounds.

Wellman, normally a starter, came off the bench to score 17 points and Rucker added 11.

Rickey Lovette and Hagan Harrison led Montgomery County with 18 points each and Lovette added 10 rebounds.

Thanks to Bush’s dominating performance under the glass the Cardinals out-rebounded the Indians 34-27 and also committed four fewer turnovers.

Clark County improved to 18-5 while the Indians fell to 12-11.
The Indians were scheduled to travel to Mason County on Tuesday night and will host Paris as part of a boy/girl doubleheader Friday night at the MCHS Arena.

MCHS (51) — Hagan Harrison 7-16 2-6 18, Austin Eichenberger 0-2 1-2 1, Zach Benton 2-3 0-0 5, Rickey Lovette 6-12 4-5 18, Brandon Dyer 4-10 0-0 9, Trey Ishmael 0-2 0-0 0, J.T. Woosley 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 19-45 7-9 51.
Clark County (60) — Jerone Morton 4-12 0-0 8, Lincoln Bush 9-14 0-1 19, K.J. Rucker 4-10 1-1 11, Jeremiah Mundy-Lloyd 1-4 0-0 2, Jared Wellman 7-15 1-2 17, Reed Johnson 1-2 0-0 3, Sammy Hernandez 0-1 0-0 0, Stanley Smathers 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 26-58 2-4 60.

MCHS 7 15 13 16—51
Clark 12 12 18 18—60

Three-point field goals — MCHS 6-18 (Harrison 2-6, Benton 1-1, Lovette 2-4, Dyer 1-6); Clark County 6-19 (Wellman 2-7, Bush 1-1, Rucker 2-5, Johnson 1-2). Rebounds — MCHS 27 (Lovette 10, Eichenberger 5, Benton 4); Clark County 34 (Bush 20, Wellman 4). Turnovers — MCHS 13, Clark County 9. Total fouls — MCHS 12, Clark County 12.

Robertson Co. 66, MCHS 59
The Black Devils used a big advantage at the free throw line to hold off the Indians and get a win on their home floor at Mt. Olivet last Wednesday night.

Junior forward Justin Becker poured in 32 points, hitting 19 of 21 shots from the foul line, to lead the Black Devils to their 15th win of the season.
Montgomery County led the game most of the way.
The game was tied at 2, 31, 33 and 41 but the Indians never trailed until Becker hit a pair of free throws with 5:48 to play to give Robertson County a 55-54 lead.

The Indians never regained the lead. Becker would end up 10 of 12 free throws in the final eight minutes of the game when he scored 12 of his 32 points.

The Indians got off to a great start with all five starters scoring in the opening period. The Indians led 19-10 before the Black Devils got the final basket of the first quarter.
Robertson County cut the lead to 31-29 at halftime and the Tribe led 51-47 after three periods.

Becker, who entered the game averaging more than 28 points per game. He was the only Robertson County player to score in double figures.
Hagan Harrison led Montgomery County with 15 points, 11 of those coming in the second half. J.T. Woosley came off the bench to score 13 and Rickey Lovette added nine points and had a game-high 12 rebounds. Harrison, Benton, Lovette and Ishmael all spent considerable time on the bench in foul trouble and both Lovette and Ishmael fouled out.
The loss snapped a three-game win streak for the Indians.

MCHS (59) — Hagan Harrison 4-11 5-6 15, Austin Eichenberger 3-6 0-0 7, Zach Benton 2-7 4-4 8, Rickey Lovette 4-6 1-3 9, Brandon Dyer 2-7 0-0 5, Trey Ishmael 0-5 2-4 2, J.T. Woosley 5-7 0-0 13, Trey Carroll 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 20-51 12-17 59.
Robertson County (66) — Justin Becker 6-14 19-21 32, Brandon Dice 2-5 0-2 5, Sebastian Dixon 2-7 0-0 5, Eli Dotson 3-7 0-0 8, Ross Becker 3-7 2-2 8, Josh Pilosky 0-1 0-0 0, Tanner Horn 4-5 0-0 8. Totals 20-46 21-25 66.

MCHS 17 14 20 8—59
RobCo 12 17 18 19—66

Three-point field goals — MCHS 7-20 (Harrison 2-5, Eichenberger 1-2, Dyer 1-6, Woosley 3-4); Robertson Co. 5-20 (J. Becker 1-5, Dice 1-1, Dixon 1-6, Dotson 2-5). Rebounds — MCHS 37 (Lovette 12, Ishmael 6); RobertsonCounty 31 (J. Becker 10, R. Becker 6). Turnovers — MCHS 9, Robertson County 9. Total fouls — MCHS 21, Robertson County 15. Fouled out — Lovette, Ishmael.