|Tribe has big senior night
By Dan Manley
Advocate Sports Editor
Saturday was Senior Night at the MCHS Arena for the boys’ basketball team.
Four senior player—Hayden Chism, Evan King, Ryan Thomas and Paul Wise—were honored, along with their family members before the game.
Then the Tribe went out and over-powered the Fleming County Panthers, 69-44, to score the most lopsided win for Montgomery County in almost two years.
The Indians hadn’t won a game that easily since they defeated Nicholas County at the MCHS Arena, 82-53, back on Feb. 17 of 2016.
“Certainly this was a complete performance for us,” said Coach Matt Daniel. “We had energy, we passed the ball extremely well, we were really engaged on defense. And the ball went in the basket for us.”
Yes it did.
Seven different players hit three-point shots in the game and that’s with senior Paul Wise sidelined with an injury and another senior, Evan King, not connecting on a three which is one of his strengths.
“That’s pretty remarkable,” Daniel said. “We have some good three-point shooters but to have seven players make a three in one game is not something you see very often.”
With the shots falling and the defense working, the Indians took control early and never let their guard down, even when reserves were filling the floor throughout the final quarter.
The Indians seemed to be playing tag in terms of point production.
Duce Ralls and Will Cockrell scored five points each in the first quarter as the Indians took control of the game, 16-5.
In the second quarter, Cockrell teamed with Hayden Chism and Jonathan Kosier to score all 18 points for the Tribe as they went to the halftime locker room with a 34-14 lead.
Seven different players combined for the 19 third period points as the lead climbed to 53-28 and then except for two early free throws by Chism, the reserves tallied all of the points in the final period.
Thomas has a night
Senior Ryan Thomas had a terrific Senior Night.
Thomas had appeared in 11 games before Saturday evening and had scored two points.
In a starting role, he scored seven points, hit a three-pointer, had two rebounds and played outstanding defense.
“It was not only great to see Ryan play like he did but also to see the way his teammates responded to him all night,” Daniel said. “He comes to practice and works hard every day and it was really good to see him have this kind of a night.”
Senior Paul Wise was there Saturday night, on crutches, still waiting to hear test results in hopes that the damage to his injured knee is less and not more and that he’ll be able to play baseball this spring.
Wise was there on the bench with his teammates, cheering them on throughout the evening.
Crump shut down
Fleming County senior Jason Crump was coming off the night of his career.
Friday night at home against Harrison County, Crump fired in 42 points for the Panthers in a 72-64 win.
That win was the fourth in a row for the Panthers who also had won six of their last seven coming into Saturday night.
Montgomery County has a
Parker netting two.
“This was just a great game for our younger players to be involved in,” said Coach Beth Barrier. “To be playing against a team that had eighteen wins coming in and to take them right to the wire has to be a real confidence builder for our team. Hopefully we can continue to build on this effort.”
Barrier said it appeared that Cobb might only be out for a few days and the Lady Indians will also look to get Bromagen back this week, as well.
Nicholas County (61) — Shelby Flanigan 1-5 2-2 4, Sydni Gifford 3-11 2-2 8, Samantha Sowell 4-9 3-4 13, Shelby Stafford 6-15 7-8 22, Kayley Letcher 1-5 0-0 3, Allison Myers 3-11 3-4 11, Alex Buchanan 0-0 0-0 0, Megan Cobb 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 18-57 17-20 61.
MCHS (59) — Bailey Cobb 3-3 0-0 9, Mikayla Harris 1-3 0-0 3, Kaitlyn Barber 5-10 0-0 13, Kennon Owens 2-9 6-8 11, Shae Harris 5-8 4-6 16, Kaylan Kerns 2-5 0-2 5, Savannah Parker 1-4 0-0 2, Haley Stevens 0-0 0-0 0, Adrienne Tuttle 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 19-43 10-16 59.
NCHS 17 3 23 18—61
MCHS 14 17 9 18—59
Three-point field goals — Nicholas County 8-20 (Sowell 2-5, Stafford 3-6, Letcher 1-4, Myers 2-5); MCHS 10-19 (Cobb 3-3, Mikayla Harris 1-1, Barber 3-6, Owens 1-3, Shae Harris 2-2, Kerns 1-4). Rebounds — Nichalas County 39 (Gifford 13, Flanigan 9); MCHS 35 (Shae Harris 8, Mikayla Harris 6). Turnovers — Nicholas County 12, MCHS 17. Total fouls — Nicholas County 13, MCHS 14. Fouled out — None. Technical fouls — None.
Paris 50, MCHS 44
The Lady Indians battled the Lady Hounds to the final minute Friday night at the MCHS Arena but the Lady Hounds hung on for a 50-44 win.
The loss left Montgomery County with an 0-5 record in district play, 7-17 overall, while Paris improved to 17-8.
Paris beat Montgomery County by a 68-53 score earlier in the season but the Lady Indians were much better defensively this time around, but still struggled on offense.
Montgomery County held the lead throughout the first half. They were on top 10-6 after the opening quarter and 20-17 at the half.
The Tribe extended its lead to 28-21 before Paris came storming back.
The Hounds took the lead at 32-30 and never trailed again although their lead was just 45-42 entering the final minute of the game.
Freshman guard Zoe Strings led the Greyhounds with 19 points and six rebounds. She was followed by senior Kailee Finch with 12 points and 15 rebounds while Brianna Byars added 11 points.
Montgomery County was led by seventh grader Shae Harris with 16 points, including eight of nine from the foul line.
Kennon Owens added 12 points with Delaney Bromagen and Kaitlyn Barber scoring six. Makayla Harris and Bailey Cobb added two points apiece.
Paris out-rebounded Montgomery County 41-31.