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TC nips John Hardin 61-59

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Cardinals finish regular season on eight-game winning streak.

By Bobby Brockman

Taylor County overcame a double-figure deficit and upended John Hardin at home 61-59 on Friday night.

The Cardinals (21-6) trailed 29-19 late in the first half, but rallied to score eight of the quarter's final 10 points and were behind only 31-27 at the intermission. TCHS hit only 10 of 30 first-half shots and committed 14 turnovers against the Bulldogs (19-7).

Taylor County used a 10-0 run in the third quarter to take a 42-38 lead as Michael Coulter had three straight baskets and Shane Morris and Leonard Macon back-to-back hoops.

John Hardin led 51-48 before four free throws by Macon, who was 9-11 for the night, and three charity tosses by Chase Cox put Taylor County back on top.

Chris White's putback put the Bulldogs up 56-55 with 2:25 remaining, but Taylor County used two more Macon free throws, three by Lloyd Stotts and one by Morris to hold off the visitors.

Macon led the Cardinals with 21 points while Cox totaled 16 and Coulter 10.

Taylor County battles Campbellsville in the 20th District Tournament on Thursday (7:30) at Adair County. The host Indians will play Marion County in the boys' tourney opener on Wednesday (7:30).