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The two schools may not currently reside in the same conference, but that did not stop the cross-town rivals from battling to the wire in round-ball action on Monday night.
Taylor County Middle School reversed the earlier outcome by taking two of three from visiting Campbellsville. The Eagles had captured two of three vs. the Cardinals on Nov. 11 in Paul J. Coop Gymnasium.
Taylor County raced out to a 15-0 lead in the eighth-grade nightcap of the tripleheader en route to a 49-21 rout.
“We were able to jump out on them early and throw the first punch with our press,” Cardinals’ coach Scott Parks admitted. “I feel like the key to our win was being able to handle their pressure and dominate the boards.
“Will Miller and Marcus Moore took care of the ball for us with few turnovers,” Parks praised of his starting guards.
“Collin Watson worked very hard on the boards all night and Austin Ellis did a good job in transition and was able to get some easy lay-ups.
“Cooper Parks is knocking down some 3-pointers which really helps spread the defense so we can get some better looks inside. It was a great team win for our program.”
Ellis and Moore led Taylor County with 11 points apiece while Trevon Smith and Ryan Kearney each six points for the Eagles.
“I feel like our team has really improved since we started in October,” Parks concluded. “We are starting to play together like a team. I expect that we will continue to improve and will carry momentum into our conference tournament in January.”
Campbellsville won the seventh-grade encounter 46-40 by taking the last two frames 15-11 and 14-10.
The Eagles pulled away from a 37-37 deadlock as Davon Cecil nailed a right-baseline 3-pointer and converted a lay-up after a steal.
After two free throws by Trevon Smith, Logan Parker hit two charity tosses for TCMS before Ryan Kearney closed out the scoring with two freebies at the stripe.
Smith led CMS with 22 points while Cecil had 12. Cooper Parks hit five threes for 15 points for TCMS.
“We were pleased with the win,” offered Eagles’ mentor Lynn Kearney. “It was a good win on the road vs. the cross-town rival. Our team showed composure once we lost the lead.
“Taylor County did a good job slowing the tempo for most of the game. We don’t have much size but try to use our speed and quickness to make positive things happen.
“Davon Cecil stepped up on offense and Daesean VanCleave played shutdown defense.
The win was the Eagle seventh graders 10th victory this season.
“We are starting to gel together,” Kearney said. “This group has a big heart. We are looking to finishing the season strong.”
Taylor County tallied the first sixth-grade basket before Campbellsville reeled off 16 unanswered points, led by the 11, in a three-minute stretch, from Malachi Corley.
The Cardinals gradually fought back to within striking distance with quarters of 7-2, 11-4 and 14-8 to post the 36-32 triumph.
After gaining its third tie in the fourth period, Tre Goodin hit two free throws before Corley’s base-line jumper.
Wes Oliver’s steal and lay-up gave the Cardinals the lead for good and Goodin and Ryan Maynard added insurance free throws.
Corley led all scorers with 19 points for Campbellsville while Goodin and Oliver paced Taylor County with 17 and 8 points, respectively.
“Tre had his best game of the season so far,” said coach Chris Goodin of his son. “He stepped up and played big for us.”
Goodin also had five rebounds in addition to his crucial down-the-stretch free throws.
Coach Goodin was also complimentary of the rest of his squad.
“(Nicholas) Knifley played under the weather yesterday and had a solid showing at lead guard finishing with four points, seven rebounds and two steals.
“Wes Oliver (a fifth-grader) shared some lead-guard responsibilities and had with eight points, four steals and three rebounds.
“Jackson Herron inherited the starting role last night after we lost Dawson Cole to a broken hand and filled in nicely with two steals in crucial moments.
“Connor Wise (another fifth grader) came in and gave us very valuable minutes with two steals, Ryan Maynard pulled down five rebounds, Braxton Turpin added two points and Zach Lyons played solid minutes off the bench.”
Taylor County wraps up first-semester play tonight at Adair County and returns to action on Thursday, Jan. 2 at Northern Pulaski. Campbellsville is idle until Monday, Jan. 6 at Adair County.
CMS 2 9 3 7 — 21
TCMS 15 18 12 4 — 49
Campbellsville (21) — Trevon Smith 6, Ryan Kearney 6, Chanson Atkinson 3, Dejhon Irvin 3, Evan McAninch 2, Connor Wilson 1.
Taylor County (49) — Austin Ellis 11, Marcus Moore 11, Will Miller 8, Collin Watson 6, Clay Barnett 4, Cooper Parks 3, Jacob Thompson 2, Evan Davis 2, Cole Frazier 2.
CMS 7 10 15 14 — 46
TCMS 5 14 11 10 — 40
Campbellsville (46) — Trevon Smith 22, Davon Cecil 12, Ryan Kearney 7, Lane Bottoms 3, Daesean VanCleave 2.
Taylor County (40) — Cooper Parks 15, Logan Parker 9, Logan Peterson 6, Grant McQueary 2, Blake Richard 2, Mark Dillard 2.
CMS 18 2 4 8 — 32
TCMS 4 7 11 14 — 36
Campbellsville (32) — Malachi Corley 19, Kybrin Smith 7, Deion Harris 4, Jimmy Russell 2.
Taylor County (36) — Tre Goodin 17, Wes Oliver 8, Nicholas Knifley 4, Connor Wise 2, Braxton Turpin 2, Jackson Herron 2, Ryan Maynard 1.