The Mountain Sports Report – By: James Elliott Turner II
Bobcats play well in Harlan Tourney The Breathitt Co. Bobcats rallied from a third quarter deficit to knock off 13th region power Corbin 79-78 in the Black Bear tournament held at Harlan Co. Justin Taulbee led the Bobcats in scoring with 19 points followed by Travis Terry with 17. Dakota Ritchie added 15 points followed by Nick Noble with 12 points. The Bobcats would defeat Letcher Central but fell to Harlan Co. 89-84. The Bobcats had four players in double figures led by Dakota Ritchie and Travis Terry with 20 points each.
Josh Whitaker scored a season high 28 points as the Hazard Bulldogs defeated Owsley Co. 88-62. Joey Meham added 10 points for the Bulldogs. The Owls were led in scoring by Timmy Murell with 14 points.
Casey Co. defeated June Buchanan in the Twin Lake Classic held at Clinton Co. 60-57. Terry Spangotti scored 14 points and hauled in 12 rebounds in the win. The Crusaders were led by Clint Stepp with 14 points and 8 assists.
In the Defenders of the Station Tournament, Bryan Station cruised by Dunbar 65-51. Joey Reed scorched the nets for 23 points and Aaron Wilson added 12 points for the Tigers.
Chad Dumpford scored 24 points and Terry Jacobs chipped in 19 points as Paris defeated Estill Co. 66-53 in the Jessamine Co. Innovational
South Laurel upset Pleasure Ridge Park 60-53. Matt Watkins scored 22 points as the Cardinals (6-4) topped Pleasure Ridge Park in the championship game. Senior guard Jaquail Fowler scored 13 for the Panthers (6-1).
In the Republic Bank Classic at Lexington Catholic, Ben Watson led Highland with 17 points, Jack Stewart had 12, and Luther added 11 as the Bluebirds defeated Perry central 56-52. PCC was led by Tyler Mullins’ 16 points and eight rebounds. Cory Martin added 13 points and four rebounds
McCreary Central outlasted hazard 68-56 in the first round of the Republic Bank Classic. Aaron Watts led all scorers with 26 points and added six rebounds, six assists and three blocks for the Raiders.
The Scotties (6-3) shut out the Wildcats (0-9) in both the second and fourth quarters to win their third game in a row. Glasgow freshman Kelsey Greer scored a game-high 16 points. Whitney Williams added 11, and Shelby Ray had 10.
Butler (5-3) got 29 points from Thomas Blakemore and 16 from Jordan Wesson in the win over visiting Brown (1-6).Tristan Hicks led the losers with 30.