Nelson County teams log few wins in tournament play

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By Staff



BOYS’ Basketball


Casey 56, Nelson 50

Casey County beat out the Cardinals by only six points in a tight game Tuesday night, the second in the Norton Suburban Hospital Classic. The score at the half was 24-22 with Casey County barely holding onto the lead. The teams scored point-for-point in the second and third quarters.

“It was a back-and-forth game the whole night,” Coach Doug Johnson said. “It was just a game of runs.”

Quentin Brooks led the team with 17 points, with John Land close behind, scoring 15 points on the game.

“We’re still looking for that third scorer,” Johnson said, predicting that Bryce Greer will be up to the task once he recovers from a high-ankle sprain.

“It’s going to be a new year for us,” Johnson said.


Franklin-Simpson 61, Bardstown 59; Bardstown 57, Tennessee Whitehouse 48

The Tigers lost one and won one to place third in the Franklin-Simpson Tournament Tuesday. The first game of the day, against Franklin-Simpson High School, was a back-and-forth game until the fourth quarter.

“They hit a shot with 5.5 seconds in the game to win it,” Coach James “Boo” Brewer said.

The Tigers had a slow first half in that evening’s game against Whitehouse High School out of Tennessee, but Brewer said in the second half, “We turned our defense up.”  Cody Edelen logged 18 points on the game, Nathan Hall 9, and Jordan Brewer 8.


GIRLS’ Basketball


Monticello 63, Nelson 53

The Lady Cardinals gathered speed throughout the second game of the Titans Christmas Clash Tuesday night but never quite caught up to Monticello’s Lady Trojans.

The Trojans logged a stellar first quarter with 21 points to Nelson’s 10, but ran out of steam as the game progressed.

With the score 40-22 at the half, the Cardinals started on a comeback with the help of Cierra Drake and Brianna Harmon, who scored 17 points each for the team. But the second half, in which Nelson outscored Monticello by 8 points, couldn’t make up for Nelson’s slow start.


Harlan 47, Bardstown 35

Harlan County stormed back from Monday’s loss to defeat the Bardstown Lady Tigers by a 12-point margin in the second game of the Candy Cane Classic Tuesday. Senior Ciera Allen was the team’s top scorer with 11 points, but couldn’t pull the team out of its second-half funk, Coach Paul Stone said.

Harlan County charged out of the gate with 13 points in the first quarter to Bardstown’s nine, but the Tigers held on through the second quarter, notching one more point than their opponents.

“We played well early and we were only down five at half time,” Stone said. “Second half, we couldn’t get anything.”

Harlan County put 15 points on the board in the third quarter with Bardstown trailing at 7. When Bardstown scored 11 in the fourth, Stone said, it was too late.

“The third quarter killed us,” he said. “We dug a hole we couldn’t get out of.”

Other top scorers were Daizah Kimberland and Dana Phillips with 6 points each, Ariel Sheckles with 3, and two points each for Jade Turner, Alyssa Thompson, Karis Rogers and Victoria Yocum.


Adair 70, Bethlehem 38

The Banshees couldn’t bounce back from a first quarter in which Adair County scored 20 points to Bethlehem’s three in the first game of the Adair County Lady Indian Invitational Tuesday.

“Once they get comfortable we start playing fairly decent,” Assistant Coach Danny Mudd said.

In the second Bethlehem scored 14 points to bring the half-time score to 35-17 Adair, but held steady through the second half, making 21 more points to Adair’s 34.

Mudd said the team has trouble keeping up its momentum. “We haven’t been able to get together successful runs on a full game.”

Shawn Zellers was Bethlehem’s top scorer with 11, followed by Jessica Greenwell and Mackenzie Hagan with 8 and Olivia Alm with 7.




BOYS’ Basketball


John Hardin 68, Nelson 66

Nelson County fell two points short of spoiling the undefeated record of John Hardin High School in a game that went to double overtime Wednesday night.

“John Hardin is probably the best team in the region right now, and I thought our kids really did a good job of stepping up last night,” Coach Doug Johnson said.

After a slow start, Nelson County scored 21 points in the second quarter, with John Hardin logging only 6. The teams tied in the third and John Hardin sunk a two-pointer to bring it to a tie just before the buzzer announced the end of the game. Each scored four in the first overtime, but John Hardin sank two points again on the buzzer to win the game by a nose.

Johnson credited Bryce Greer, who is still recovering from an injury, for jump-starting the team in the second quarter.

“When he’s in the ballgame we’re a different team,” Johnson said. Greer logged 17 points, Trey White 16, Quentin Brooks 10, Austin Willett 8 and Dakota Benningfield 6.


GIRLS’ Basketball


Tates Creek 57, Nelson 52

The Lady Cardinals polished off their third and final game in the Titans Christmas Clash at Mercer County High School Wednesday with a close miss against Tates Creek High School. Tates Creek bounced out with 19 points to Nelson’s 6 in the first quarter, but Nelson came back to drive in 18 points before half time to Tates Creek’s 7.

After a tie at the half, Tates Creek put 15 points on the board in the third quarter, closely followed by Nelson’s 13. In the fourth, Tates Creek scored 16 to Nelson’s 15, not quite enough for the Lady Cardinals to clinch the win.

Cierra Drake led the team with 18 points, followed by Shelby Maupin with 7, A.J. Lewis 6, Caitlin Hagan and Ashley Wimsett 5, Allysa Johnston 4, and Brianna Harmon, a top scorer in Tuesday’s game, notching 3 points.


Bryan Station 65, Bardstown 38

The Lady Tigers’ record dropped to 5-4 Wednesday in the third game of the Candy Cane Classic after a slow first half in which Bardstown scored 10 points while Bryan Station tallied up 36.

Daizah Kimberland led the team, scoring more than half its final tally with 24 points, while Dana Phillips and Alyssa Thompson each scored 4.

Bardstown charged out of the locker room after half-time to notch 16 points in the third quarter, letting Bryan Station by with only 12, but with 12 points in the fourth, the Cardinals couldn’t climb back from their rocky start.


Metcalfe 78, Bethlehem 29

In the second game of the Adair County Lady Indian Invitational Wednesday night, Metcalfe County scored 20 points or more for the first three quarters while Bethlehem only scored 12 points before the half and 4 points for the third quarter.

“They had a lot of good shooters, a really well-rounded team,” Assistant Coach Danny Mudd said. “We were basically outmanned.”

In the fourth quarter, Bethlehem scored 13 points while Metcalfe scored 12, which Mudd attributed to the opponents sending out younger players.

“Our normal players are about the same age as their subs, so we match up pretty well there,” Mudd said. About half of Bethlehem’s team is composed of freshmen. 



An article in the Dec. 29 edition of the Kentucky Standard incorrectly identified one of the scorers on the Bardstown girls’ basketball team in the team’s Dec. 24 game against Harlan. Dana Phillips scored 5 points in Bardstown’s 44-40 victory.

The Kentucky Standard regrets the error and any confusion it may have caused.