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Adair County won the fourth frame 13-6 to down previously-unbeaten Taylor County 51-45 on the Cardinals’ home court on Friday night.
The Cardinals raced out to a 9-3 lead as Lloyd Stotts had an up-and-under follow, a right-wing three-pointer and a left baseline jumper.
However, the Indians crept within two at 11-9 by using a 6-2 run of their own.
Tyler Moss’ 30-foot three-pointer to end the first frame put Taylor County back up 18-13 and the Cardinal lead grew to nine (22-13) on two straight Michael Coulter lay-ups.
Adair County tied the game at 27-27 with Kyle Young and Corey Helm nailing treys and Kyle Sandusky a pair of free throws, But, Taylor County still held an advantage (29-27) at the intermission thanks to Coulter’s lay-up on a feed from Stotts.
Adair County took the lead for good on Sandusky’s putback starting the fourth period, but could not put the Cardinals away at the charity stripe, scoring only two points out of a possible 10 in the final three minutes.
However, Taylor County could not manage a single field goal in the final nine minutes and were pinned with its first loss in its fourth game.
Ballou paced Adair County (4-0 overall and 1-0 in the 20th District race) with 12 points while Sandusky had 10 and Helm and Nick Fudge nine apiece.
Coulter led Taylor County (3-1, 1-1) with 14 points while Chase Cox had 10 and Stotts nine.
The Taylor County at Adair County rematch takes place on Tuesday, Jan. 27 in Columbia.
Taylor County played Shawnee on Saturday and will host Christian County tonight and visit Bethlehem tomorrow before beginning play in the King of the Bluegrass on Thursday (4:30) vs. host Fairdale.