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Taylor County never led in and dropped a 54-49 encounter at Washington County in the season opener for coach Troy Young’s Cardinals.
Taylor County tied the game at 3-3 and 8-8, but fell behind by six (23-17) and seven (26-19) points in the second quarter and trailed 29-25 at the intermission.
The Commanders increased its advantage to 11 in the third frame and still led 42-34 at the stop despite a Zack Manning top-of-the-key three pointers just before the buzzer.
Senior Tevin Webster sparked the Cardinals’ fourth-quarter rally and brought TCHS within six (49-43) with a lay-up on a Trae Wells pass at 3:01.
Matthew Chewning’s right base-line trey made it 51-47 with 1:25 to play and Webster’s two charity tosses brought the Cardinals within two at 47.7.
However, Washington County used an Alex Marshall lay-up and a free throw by Trae Abell to hold off the visitors.
Webster paced Taylor County with 25 points and Chewning delivered nine.
The Cardinals visit Elizabethtown on Friday with the varsity tipping off at 6 p.m. The junior varsity will play at 7:30 in the auxiliary gym. TCHS also visits Campbellsville on Tuesday before hosting Adair County on Friday, Dec. 10 in the Cardinals’ home debut.