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Taylor County overcame an 18-point half-time deficit and pinned a 56-50 loss on host Fairdale in the first game of the 28th Annual Canfield Development King of the Bluegrass Holiday Classic on Thursday afternoon.
The Cardinals (4-1) rode the back of senior Chase Cox, who recorded his second consecutive 35-point game a six-day period in Jefferson County.
“In the second half, the 1-2-2 (zone defense) got us back in it,” offered TCHS coach Troy Young, “and you look better when you make shots.
“We got after them on the boards and I’m sure we did a much better job in the second half keeping them off the offensive boards.”
Cox tallied 24 of his points in the second half and the Cardinals got huge thee-point buckets from juniors Lloyd Stotts and Tyler Moss and 6-6 Leonard Macon had 10 rebounds in the game.
Taylor County played Louisville Manual on Saturday and continue play tonight.
If the Cardinals won, they will play the Jeffersontown-Lexington Catholic winner tonight at 9. If they lost, they play the loser of that contest tonight at 6.
A win either Saturday or last night means the Cardinals will play again tomorrow. However, if they lose twice, they will not make the final-day pairings.