The Caverna High School Colonels and Lady Colonels split a basketball doubleheader Saturday night with Cumberland County. The Lady Colonels lost 56-50, but the Caverna boys rallied to win the final game of the night by a score of 73-59.
“We started the game out being down 11-0 in the first four minutes and then only down one at the end of half,” said Caverna girls’ coach Cornelius Faulkner. “But we never really took control of the game by playing defense and I thought that Cumberland County made some great shots down the stretch.”
Cumberland County drew an early 13-9 lead after the first period, but Caverna rallied to cut the Cumberland lead to one, 27-26, heading into the intermission. The Lady Colonels continued to surge on offense and actually tied the game at 44-44 as the fourth period began.
Ciarra Waggoner was high scorer for Caverna with 23 points. She connected on 11 of 12 free throws. Madison Faulkner added 18 points and Nicole Bradley chipped in with six. Kiara Kirk scored three points.
“It was one of worst defensive efforts we’ve had thus far this season,” Faulkner said. “I think we will have an opportunity to work on some things in practice that will allow us to be more successfully.”
Mason Faulkner scored 24 points and Trevor Stephens had 19 to lead the Colonels to a big victory in the boys’ contest Saturday night.
The Colonels led 21-17 at the end of the first period, but they held Cumberland County to only eight points in the second period and widened their advantage to 43-25 at the intermission.
Besides Faulkner and Stephens, the Colonels got nine points from Mark Dice and eight points from Devon Paul. Anthony Phillips scored seven points.
The Caverna Colonels and Lady Colonels will hit the road on Tuesday when they visit Barren County for a doubleheader. The girls’ game will tipoff at 6 p.m.