|Indians in 4 straight before loss to Boyd
By Dan Manley
Advocate Sports Editor
The idea of the MCHS boys basketball team winning four games in a row this season didn’t seem likely.
With a young and inexperienced squad and a hefty schedule, the odds were against them. But with a schedule change due to weather and a somewhat unexpected win at Franklin County, the Tribe was able to accomplish just that last week.
Finally, on Saturday, after they trailed Boyd County, on the road, just 21-19 at the half, they ran out of gas. But it was still good for the young Tribe to get a taste of winning those consecutive games.
“Really good for our team,” said Coach Jon Bentley. “We knew this would be a challenging season but the players have really worked hard and improved and that winning streak was a nice reward.
Now the Indians will try to end the regular season on a high note as they play their two final games at home against East Jessamine (Tuesday night) and Greenup County (Friday night).
The 40th District Tournament will get underway next Monday night at the MCHS Arena with the girls teams playing on that night and the boys teams playing their semifinal round on Tuesday
Paris wins flip
The Paris Greyhounds won the coin flip on Sunday to land in the third slot in the district standings, leaving Bourbon County the unenviable task of playing Clark County in the opening round of the 40th District Tournament.
Montgomery County and Paris will play in the other semifinal round game next Tuesday at the MCHS Arena.
Clark County and Bourbon County will play at 6 p.m. with Montgomery County and Paris meeting in the nightcap.
The two winners will play next Thursday at 7 p.m. in the championship game with both of those teams moving on to the 10th Region Tournament the following week at Holmes High School in Covington.
Here’s a look at the Indians’ games from last week:
MCHS 47, Franklin County 46
Junior Trey Carroll scored a game-high 16 points and the Indians made 18 of 30 field goal attempts from inside the arc and pulled out a win at Franklin County.
Luke Fawns added nine points and Alex Hatton scored eight points and grabbed five rebounds in the low-scoring contest.
Jayden Mattison scored 11 points for the Flyers. The two teams combined to hit just three of 26 shots from three-point range.
MCHS 54, Powell County 37
Sophomore wingman Breccan Decker erupted for 15 points in the third quarter, hitting three consecutive three-point shots, as the Indians broke open a close game and notched their ninth win of the season at Stanton.
The Indians’ defense smothered the Pirates’ offense, limiting them to just seven field goals inside the three-point line.
The Indians led 10-6 and 18-13 at the half before Decker got the hot hand and led the Tribe to a 20-10 scoring advantage in the third period.
Powell County never got closer than 12 points in the final period.
Luke Fawns added 14 points for the Indians while Alex Hatton had six rebounds and Fawns and Decker grabbed five apiece to lead Montgomery County to a commanding 32-21 advantage on the glass.
Chandler Congleton led Powell County with 15 points.
Montgomery County won its third consecutive game for the first time this season and improved to 10-13. Powell fell to 8-17.
MCHS 59, Bourbon County 48
The Indians overcome a strong defensive effort by the Colonels to post a win at Paris in a 40th District game.
Luke Fawns had a double/double with 20 points and 11 rebounds as the Indians won their fourth straight game, improving to 10-13 for the season.
Montgomery County never trailed in the contest and led just 41-36 late in the game. The Tribe made nine of 12 free throws in the final quarter to secure the win.
Guards Maury Thompson and Trey Carroll added 12 points each in support of Fawns while Alex Hatton scored six and had a game-high 13 rebounds with Dawson Gentry also adding six points, hitting three of his four shots.
The Indians dominated the boards, winning the rebound battle 35-20.
Cortayvion Smith led the Colonels with 15 points but was their only player in double figures.
The win concluded district play in the regular season as the Indians finished with a 4-2 record and will play Paris in the 40th District Tournament.
Boyd County 70, MCHS 45
Playing on the road for the fourth time in six days, the Indians battled the Lions on even terms in the first half but couldn’t stop Boyd County’s offense after intermission.
The Indians led 19-18 late in the second quarter but the Lions scored just before intermission on a three-pointer by Cole Hicks to take the halftime lead.
That field goal would be a foreshadowing of things to come as Hicks, a freshman, hit six three-pointers in the second half as he finished with 25 points.
The Lions out-scored the Indians 26-8 in the third quarter and coasted to their 19th win against four losses.
Hicks was joined in double figures by Rheyce DeBoard with 17 and Jason Ellis with 14.
Breccan Decker led the Indians with 12 points and Trey Carroll had 10.
The Lions hit 10 three-pointers and made all 12 of their free throw shots.
The loss left the Tribe with a 10-14 record heading into the final week of the regular season.