SCOTTSVILLE — Despite a miraculous comeback from Metcalfe County in the second half, Allen County-Scottsville’s Mason Shirley was just too good in Thursday night’s double-overtime game between the two teams.
Shirley ended the contest with a career-high 39 points to go along with 11 rebounds and five assists as his team went on to win 89-78.
The Hornets were down by as many as 18 points in the third quarter and eight points with just three minutes left in the game. Metcalfe County’s Jax Allen eventually hit a huge 3-pointer to send it to the first overtime.
However, Shirley and company were too good in the second overtime as the Hornets just couldn’t match the Patriots offense.
“We knew that this team was not going to quit,” coach Brad Bonds said. “I should have stopped their momentum a little more than I did, but I felt like I needed my kids to play through some things. We didn’t make good decisions down the stretch. Bottom line is that we found a way to give ourselves a chance. We did everything we needed to do in the overtimes to win it.
While the first half featured the low-post scoring of Micheal Smith (14 points) and Jax Cooper (17 points) for the Patriots, it was Shirley who took over the game after the halftime break scoring in a multitude of ways.
He previously set a career-high in points scored Monday night against Glasgow with 35 points, but his 39 points tonight were even more impressive considering he only hit one three-point shot.
“Mason is a very talented young man who can score the basketball several different ways. For him, he has kind of been up-and-down all year with his scoring. But he is finally starting to hit his stride. Hopefully he can continue to lead this team.”
Even in defeat, the Hornets still put up a strong effort behind the scoring of Boston Devore and Peyton Dial who both finished with 19 points in the game.
Point guard Braxton Davis’ 17 points also helped to play a crucial role in their second-half comeback.
However, they just couldn’t hit enough three-pointers on the night to ever consistently have the lead. Despite hitting nine threes in the game, they failed to hit any in the last overtime as the Patriots sealed the deal at the free-throw line.
The victory puts Allen County-Scottsville over .500 on the season (13-12) which is all that matters despite letting the Hornets come back from such a large deficit.
“I think it shows a lot about our team’s character,” Shirley said. “I know we let it get out of hand a little bit, but I think this helps us going into the postseason where there are going to be tough games. My teammates are helping me out, and I’d rather be on this team than any other team in the region. I’m just thankful for great coaching and great teammates.”
Up next for the Patriots will be a trip Logan County on Saturday night. Tipoff will be at 5:30 p.m. Metcalfe County will be back in action Saturday night at home where they will play Russellville at 4:30 p.m.
Lady Patriots hold off late run from Lady Hornets
Metcalfe County went into the last quarter having not led at all in Thursday night’s game against Allen County-Scottsville. That changed as they went on a 10-3 run to take the lead with four minutes left to play.
However, big shots from the Lady Patriots’ Allison Meador and Taylor Carter would put the game away for good as Allen County-Scottsville went on to win 53-49.
“This was a big win, and we just needed a win first of all,” coach Greg Dunn said. “They just got finished beating Glasgow, and we just got drilled by them a few nights ago our selves. So we knew that Metcalfe was tough. I’m just really proud of our team hanging in there. Credit to both teams. I was really impressed by their pressure.”
It was the combo of Meador and Carter which won the game for the Lady Patriots. Meador has led her team in scoring all season so her game-high 22 points came to no surprise.
However, its was the play of Carter which was most surprising. Not only did she score a season-high 15 points, but she hit the go-ahead 3-point shot with 20 seconds left to give the Lady Patriots the decisive lead.
“This was really her first varsity season due to injuries, and she has been outstanding all year,” Dunn said. “She had a great night tonight. Taylor Carter is mainly a defensive player, but tonight she came through on offense. I’m so happy for her. She is great kid. This was the biggest game of her career so far.”
After hitting 12 of 24 3-point attempts Tuesday night against Glasgow, Metcalfe County was ice-cold from behind the arc on Thursday night as they hit just six of 25 attempts from 3-point land.
Allen County-Scottsville will be back in action Saturday night at Logan County. Tipoff is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. The Lady Hornets will play at Barren County Tuesday night at 6 p.m.