TC Cards fall in OT to LexCath

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Cox earns Ralph Beard Spirit Award.

By Bobby Brockman

Taylor County battled back from a double-digit deficit to lead by eight in regulation before falling to Lexington Catholic 75-72 in overtime on Monday night in the 28th Annual Canfield Development King of the Bluegrass Holiday Classic at Fairdale High School.

The Cardinals (5-3) trailed by 13 (38-25) in the first half and were still behind by 11 (50-39) after a Taylor Botkin lay-up with 4:30 to go in the third frame.

However, Taylor County went on a 21-2 run to lead 60-52 with less than six minutes remaining in regulation.

Chase Cox scored seven points during a 12-0 run to end the third period and Matt McDonald nailed a right-wing three after Leonard Macon’s lay-up on a feed from Chris Thomas.

Cox started the fourth with a banker, Macon had a putback and a dunk after a pair of Knight free tosses and Cox’s trey made it an eight-point Card cushion.

But, LexCath scored 16 of the game’s next 22 points to lead 68-66 before Macon’s putback knotted the score with 18 seconds left.

Cox sliced down the court with 4.5 seconds left and misfired just before the end-of-regulation horn.

The Knights tallied three baskets (two twos and a three) in OT with two free throws each by Cox and Macon accounting for TC’s points.

Cox and Macon had 25 points apiece and Macon grabbed 13 rebounds and Cox eight. Cox earned the second annual Ralph Beard Spirit Award on Tuesday.

TCHS begin competition on Sunday  in the Coca-Cola/Campbellsville University Holiday Classic at Campbellsville High School and continue play Monday and Tuesday.