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Taylor tops Marion for district lead

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Cards use 26-point lead, hold off Knights’ 23-4 comeback

By Bobby Brockman

 

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Taylor County reigned supreme as the two winningest teams in Fifth Region boys’ basketball squared off on Friday night with the Cardinals posting a 96-79 win on its home court.
TCHS (15-4) rode the 12-point first quarter of freshman Ezra Oliver to build a 26-18 cushion and took Caleb Wigginton’s 16 first-half points and 11 more from Quentin Goodin to lead 51-33 at the intermission.
The Cardinals’ lead grew to 26 (72-46) with 2:32 left in the third quarter and before the Knights (13-4) began their ferocious comeback.
Marion County out-pointed Taylor County 23-4 over a four-minute stretch and trailed only 79-73 when Chase Lancaster hit a three with 5:12 remaining.
David Sloan fouled out on the Cardinals’ next possession, but coach Richard Gatewood’s squad used a steal and lay-up from Austin Webster and a Wigginton left-base-line three-pointer to move the lead back out to double figures.
Wigginton finished with game-high 35 points while Oliver and Goodin had 19 apiece.
Clay Lanham led the senior-dominated Knights of coach Montrelle Irvin with 20 points while Anthony Mattingly added 18 and Latrelle Irvin 14.
The two teams will battle again on Feb. 7 at the Roby Dome in Lebanon.
Taylor County hosts another district rival on Tuesday when Adair County comes to town for a girl/boy twinbill (6:30/8). The Cardinals will host Metcalfe County on Friday before playing in the King of the Bluegrass Showcase at Fairdale vs. Franklin City (Ohio).

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Taylor County leads the boys’ district race at 4-0 while Marion County is 2-1, Adair County 1-2 and Campbellsville 0-4.

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Taylor County rolled in make-up action 92-36 on Thursday night at Hart County.
Caleb Wigginton led five players in double digits with 21 with Quentin Goodin scoring 16, David Sloan 14, Ezra Oliver 12 and Brady Turpin 11.
Oliver completed his double-double with 12 rebounds while Sloan had eight assists.

Taylor County 96, Marion County 79
at Taylor County
TCHS    26    25    23    22    —    96
MCHS    18    15    23    23    —    79
Taylor County (96) —
Oliver 7 3-5 19, Wigginton 14 4-7 35, Webster 4 1-1 9, Sloan 2 4-4 9, Goodin 7 4-5 19, Rafferty 1 3-3 5. Totals 35 19-25 96.

Marion County (79) — Cowherd 5 0-1 10, Lanham 7 3-4 20, Irvin 2 10-12 14, Smith 1 2-2 5, Mattingly 6 5-5 18, Lancaster 1 1-2 4, Jaglowicz 4 0-0 8. Totals 26 21-26 79.

3s — Taylor County 7 (Wigginton 3, Oliver 2, Sloan 1, Goodin 1), MC 6 (Lanham 3, Smith 1, Mattingly 1, Lancaster 1).

Taylor County 92, Hart County 36
at Taylor County
TCHS    22    31    22    17    —    92
HCHS    9    14    4    9    —    36
Taylor County (92) —
Oliver 5 1-1 12, Wigginton 7 5-6 21, Webster 3 2-4 8, Sloan 6 2-2 14, Goodin 5 6-10 16, Turpin 4 0-0 11, Chewning 0 0-2 0, Rafferty 1 2-2 4, Sullivan 3 0-0 6. Totals 34 18-27 92. 3s — Taylor County 6 (Turpin 3, Wigginton 2, Oliver 1).