BROWNSVILLE — After losing three district games by a combined score of 10 points, Metcalfe County (4-3) would not be denied on Thursday night against Edmonson County as the Hornets won 93-86 in a double-overtime classic.
Despite being down by five points with less than three minutes left in the first overtime, Metcalfe County stormed back by going on a 9-0 run to take a 80-76 lead.
However, the Wildcats fought back and made a miraculous play to force overtime. The Hornets were throwing the ball in up two points with five seconds left, but Edmonson County got a steal and hit a layup right before the buzzer.
Metcalfe County somehow managed to stay the course in the second overtime as they outscored the Wildcats 13-6 to take the victory.
“We have been in a couple of tight ballgames, and we have been on the bad end,” coach Brandon Brockman said. “Our guys showed a lot of heart tonight. It’s one of those games that you hate for either team to lose. But I’m very proud of the effort of our guys. Hats off to Edmonson County. We had chances to put them away and they made plays they needed to make.”
It was sophomore Peyton Dial who led the way for Metcalfe in the overtime periods. Dial would finish with a team-high 30 points on the night with nearly half of those points coming in after regulation.
The sophomore stepped up after the Hornets’ leading scorer Boston Devore fouled out right before the end of regulation. Devore managed to score 21 points despite not playing in extra time.
“Boston is one of our main scorers so I knew that I had to step up, and we had to take it one possession at a time,” Dial said. “The last few games I’ve been struggling to put it in the hole a little bit, and this builds up my confidence a little bit more.”
While Metcalfe County led for almost all of regulation, Edmonson County was always right behind the Hornets by three or four points thanks to the spectacular play of senior guard Dalton Decker who scored a game-high 40 points on the night.
More than 30 of those points all came in regulation. Despite Decker’s performance, the trio of Dial, Devore and Wyatt Fields led Metcalfe County through the night.
Fields added 20 points on the night as the three combined for 71 total points. Jax Allen came off the bench for the Hornets and gave them crucial minutes in extra time. He finished the night with six points of his own.
“We are growing,” Brockman said of his team after the game. “We are building towards district tournament time, and once we get rolling in the right direction hopefully we will be very competitive in the 16th District.”
Up next for the Hornets will be a contest against Thomas Nelson on Friday night in Edmonson County at 7:15.
Edmonson County routs Lady Hornets
Things were never close between Metcalfe County (3-4) and the Lady Cats (3-3) on Thursday night as Edmonson County led 35-15 and kept that momentum for a 69-35 victory.
The game was won by the Lady Cats in the paint as they were able to easily out-rebound the smaller Lady Hornets and consistently make layups throughout the contest.
“Metcalfe was averaging 31 three-point attempts so we really concentrated on taking that away from them,” coach Bartley Weaver said. “They ended up with 11 attempts. That was the biggest thing. We shot better tonight. We really out-rebounded them. We had 47 rebounds tonight, which is really high for us. It was a big, lopsided rebound advantage.”
Senior guard Lauren Balance has led Edmonson County in scoring thus far this season, and she did so again on Thursday night as she scored a game-high 24 points.
“She is a senior and just a fantastic player and human being,” Weaver said. “I’ve got great girls, and she works hard. She wants to get better all the time. The good thing about our team is we really don’t really have superstars. Tonight it was Lauren, the next night it might be someone else.”
The first quarter featured mostly competitive play between the two teams as the Lady Cats only led at the end of the period 11-10.
However, Edmonson County made their big run in the second quarter quarter as they outscored the Lady Hornets 24-5. Most of the Lady Cats’ points came in transition offense as they were able to beat Metcalfe County back down the floor.
The second half was much of the same story for both teams as Edmonson County outscored the Lady Hornets 34-20 in the second half to take the game.
Braelyn Davis led the way for Metcalfe County in defeat with 14 points and Jaycie Harper added 13 points.
Up next for the Lady Hornets is a contest against Thomas Nelson in Edmonson County at 5:30 on Friday night.