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Cards post region-best 23rd triumph

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Taylor County rolls over Spencer, at Nelson

By Bobby Brockman

 

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Taylor County made it six wins in a row after easy victories vs. Spencer County at home on Saturday and at Nelson County on Tuesday.
The Cardinals, who own a region-best 23-5 worksheet, used six combined dunks from senior Caleb Wigginton and sophomore Quentin Goodin to roll past visiting Spencer County on Saturday.
Wigginton, with four slams, finished with 28 points while Goodin, who had two break-away put-downs, totaled 24.
Goodin also had 12 boards for a double-double and also had eight assists and six steals. David Sloan also reached double digits with 10 points.
At Nelson County, it was again the CWQG act as Wigginton totaled a game-high 33 points and Goodin authored a triple-double — 22 points, 12 rebounds and 13 assists.
Wigginton was 12-19 from the field, including 3-6 from behind the arc, and was 6-6 from the free-throw line giving him 12-12 over the last two games.
Goodin missed only two of his 11 field-goal attempts, hitting his only trey, and 10 of his rebounds were off the defensive glass.
Austin Webster collected nine caroms and also had six steals.

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The Cards’ pre-season schedule had the regular season ending at Nelson County. However, first-year head coach Richard Gatewood has added a game on Friday night at highly-rated Hopkinsville, who possess a 24-2 worksheet after Tuesday night’s 83-76 home-court victory over Owensboro.
The only two setbacks on the Tigers’ slate is a 66-59 loss to Fort Myers (Fla.) in the King of the Bluegrass Holiday Classic at Fairdale on Dec. 20 and a Jan. 11 loss (90-63) to Park Tudor (Ind.) at Freedom Hall in the KABC Hall of Fame Classic.
Hoptown is rated fourth in the latest Courier-Journal Litkenhous Ratings, behind only Ballard, Scott County and Trinity.
The Tigers are third (behind Ballard and Scott County) in Dave Cantrall’s Rating the State in the Lexington Herald-Leader.
The only common foe among the Tigers and Cardinals is Elizabethtown,  who Hopkinsville won over 64-63 on Dec. 27 at the Wes Unseld Classic at Seneca. Taylor County downed Elizabethtown 73-61 in a make-up game at home on Jan. 2.
Hopkinsville also defeated John Hardin 72-53 at Seneca on Dec. 29.

TCHS Cardinals 80, Nelson Co. 50
at Nelson County
TCHS    26    23    22    9    —    80
NCHS    12    19    9    10    —    50
Taylor County (80) —
Oliver 2 0-0 4, Wigginton 12 6-6 33, Webster 1 3-4 5, Sloan 4 0-0 8, Goodin 9 3-5 22, Franklin 0 0-0 0, Turpin 1 0-0 3, Rafferty 1 1-1 3, Sullivan 1 0-0 2. Totals 31 13-16 80.
3s —
TC 5 (Wigginton 3, Goodin 1, Turpin 1).
TCHS Cardinals 78, Spencer Co. 56
at Taylor County
TCHS    16    21    23    18    —    78
SCHS    7    13    20    16    —    56
Taylor County (78) —
Oliver 2 0-0 5, Wigginton 10 6-6 28, Webster 3 0-0 6, Sloan 4 2-6 10, Goodin 8 6-9 24, Franklin 0 0-0 0, Turpin 0 1-1 1, Chewning 0 0-0 0, Rafferty 0 2-2 2, Sullivan 1 0-0 2. Totals 28 17-24 78. 3s — TC 5 (Wigginton 2, Goodin 2, Oliver 1). Officials — Adam Hale, Scott Weakley, Fred Rogers.