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It was a heartbreaking loss on Friday, as Nelson County sprinted out to a double-digit lead in the first quarter, only to see visiting Adair County storm back to notch a 49-46 win.
“I thought we fought hard, but we were sluggish tonight,” Cardinals coach Bev Hart said. “We had a good chance to win, but we just couldn’t make some plays.”
Nelson County (6-10) came out strong and took control early with transition play and led 16-3 with 3:16 remaining in the first quarter.
But, turnovers became the Cardinals’ Achilles’ heel late in the frame, and in the second period as well. Adair County (11-7) roared back with an 11-0 run, and grabbed the lead midway through the second quarter.
Nelson County guard Logan Calbert gave the Cards a 26-25 halftime advantage as he lofted a long three that swished the net as the horn sounded at intermission.
“We played well at times, but overall we just didn’t execute,” Calbert said. “We had a decent look at the end, but it just didn’t fall.”
Adair County led 38-36 at the end of the third quarter.
Nelson fought hard down the stretch and took the lead late at 45-44 — the Cardinals’ first since late in the first half — on two free throws by sophomore Cameron Cornish, but Adair County got a final bucket to reclaim the lead for good.
Nelson County’s Tyler Reynolds long three-pointer attempt at the end fell short.
Calbert paced the Cardinals with a game high 18 points, as Reynolds chipped in 12.
Nelson County’s game Saturday with Bullitt Central was cancelled because of inclement weather. The Cardinals are in action Tuesday at Hart County (4-13).
Generals grab road win over Eagles
Thomas Nelson (8-6) got back on the winning track Friday with a strong performance at Campbellsville (1-15), 67-57.
The Generals forged a four-point lead at the half as Cam Morgeson and Kevin Ndahiro combined for 18 before the break. In the second half, however, Thomas Nelson imposed its will, building a lead as large as 18 while cruising to a 10-point win.
Stephen Price’s 18 points led the way for the Generals, who had four players notch double figures in the scoring column. Morgeson finished with 14 and Ndahiro had 13, while A.J. Youngman added 12.
The Generals’ visit Saturday night to Central Hardin for a boys-girls doubleheader was cancelled because of inclement weather. Thomas Nelson hosts Meade County (5-12) Tuesday.