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Cardinals outlast home Eagles 68-60 for 4-0 start

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TCHS hosts Adair on Friday.

By Bobby Brockman

Taylor County did not expect a "walk in the park" and, despite jumping out to a 17-point advantage, had to battle cross-town rival Campbellsville to the end before posting a 68-60 triumph in Paul J. coop Gymnasium.

"We knew it would be a tough game," said Cardinal coach Troy Young whose team improves to 3-0. "We didn't expect to come over here and walk over them.

"We knew it would a physical game and it was."

Lloyd Stotts and Michael Coulter nailed a pair of three-pointers, which ignited the Cardinals to their early 25-8 lead.

However, Bryton Taylor ignited the Eagle comeback with seven quick points.

Taylor County increased the lead back to 16 (44-28) in the third frame before three points by Taylor and Thomas Downs plus a Zach Altman putback brought Campbellsville within 10 (48-38) at the third-period stop.

The Eagles crept within four (57-53) with a 15-5 run to start the final eight minutes, but Leonard Macon's three-point play at 2:59 and Chase Cox's 8-10 free-throw shooting down the stretch clinched it for the Cards.

"I was impressed with some of their new players, especially Altman," Young said.

Taylor led CHS with 14 points while Downs had 12, Matthew Davis 11 and Altman 10.

Macon and Cox paced TCHS with 21 points apiece while Stotts had 12.

Taylor County hosts Adair County in a girl/boy twinbill starting at 6:30 tomorrow while Campbellsville entertains Meade County in a junior varsity/varsity doubleheader beginning at 6.

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Campbellsville opened its season with a 62-44 setback to Glasgow in the Tip-Off Classic.

Juniors Bryton Taylor and Thomas Downs led the Eagles with 11 and 10 points, respectively.