Adair slips by TC's Cards 45-44

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By Bobby Brockman

Adair County scored last and the Indians bested homestanding Taylor County 45-44 on Tuesday night.

The Indians (18-4 with losses to Boone County, Madison Central, University Heights and Lexington Lafayette) trailed 35-30 with 5:13 left in the fourth quarter when Leonard Macon completed a three-point play for the Cardinals.

However, the defending Fifth Region champions used an 8-2 run to take a 38-37 advantage.

Nick Fudge and Taylor County's Josh Gumm swapped free throws at 4:43 and 4:15, respectively, before Fudge nailed a left-wing three-pointer at 3:46 and Corey Helm one from almost the same spot exactly a minute later.

Then it was time for the lead to change hands six more times down the stretch.

* Macon's post-up on a Taylor Cox feed made it 39-38 Taylor County at 2:32.

* Darren Ballou's right-win three put Adair County back on top 41-39 at 2:13.

* Gumm's third trey of the night, this one off the left wing, made it 42-41 Cardinals at 1:33.

* Kalen Kimberland put back his own miss at 1:18 making the Indians the leader at 43-42.

* Chase Cox hit two charity tosses with 58.9 left and Taylor County was in front 44-43.

* Kimberland was fouled on a drive at 7.2 and hit both freebies to give Adair County what proved to be the game-winning points.

Chase Cox drove the right sideline, but his deep three-pointer hit off the right side of the rim.

Ballou and Kimberland led the Indians with 16 and 13 points, respectively, while Gumm had 13 and Macon 12 for the Cardinals.

The win clinched the No. 1 seed for Adair County and a first-round match-up with Campbellsville on the same court on Feb. 27. Taylor County (13-8) is tentatively slated to play Marion County on Feb. 28.

Taylor County hosts Barren County on Saturday, Caverna on Tuesday and Marion County next Friday.

After that, the Cardinals will have only one home regular-season game left this season - Tuesday, Feb. 19 vs. Nelson County.