EDMONTON — Metcalfe County made its first 4th Region tournament last season in eight years, and on Tuesday night, the Hornets showed they’re eager to take the next step.
Metcalfe County made big shots, hit free throws and came up with defensive stops when they needed in order to beat Warren East 69-61 at home in their season-opener.
Peyton Dial scored 24 points and Boston Devore added 18 to lead the Hornets to a 1-0 start.
“We’ve been going hard every day at practice. It’s a great feeling. It feels great to beat a Bowling Green school,” Devore said.
Warren East jumped out to a 6-0 lead to start the game, but Dial made a tough layup and Devore knocked down a pair of free throws to get Metcalfe County going on offense.
Dial drained two free throws to tie the score at 19 to end the first quarter.
Devore scored seven straight points in the second quarter to put Metcalfe County up 26-22. With four players scoring in double digits, Metcalfe County coach Brandon Brockman credited his team for playing unselfishly.
“We did a great job sharing the basketball,” he said.
Metcalfe County led by three points at halftime.
The third quarter belonged to Wyatt Fields.
The senior big man scored 10 of his 12 points in the third quarter to help the Hornets build a 54-49 lead headed into the fourth.
Fields’ last bucket of the third quarter came via a two-handed slam dunk that brought the crowd in Edmonton to its feet.
But Warren East wouldn’t go quietly. The Raiders fought back and tied the game, displaying some solid shooting.
“We knew they were tough to guard, so our goal was to contest every shot,” Brockman said.
Dial squared up and sank a 3-pointer with 2:25 to play that would put Metcalfe County on top for good.
Wyatt Blythe followed Dial’s trey with one of his own that gave the Hornets a 65-59 advantage and put the game out of reach.
Devore said last year’s experiences, battling to get to region, helped the Hornets on Tuesday.
“Last year we learned to overcome, and that’s what helped us pull it out tonight,” he said.
Brockman and Devore agreed that their goals are bigger than just qualifying for the region tournament. They want to accomplish something that Metcalfe County hasn’t done since 2001 in winning their district.
“The goal this year is district — we want to win district. We’re going to win district, no doubt,” Devore said
Warren East rallies, beats Lady Hornets
Metcalfe County stormed out of the gates in their season opener against Warren East on Tuesday night, but the Lady Raiders dominated the game when it mattered the most.
Warren East rallied from an early deficit and went on to beat Metcalfe County 64-54 on Tuesday.
The Lady Hornets started the game on a tear, jumping out to an 11-0 lead before the Lady Raiders made their first shot.
Metcalfe County was converting opportunities in transition while Warren East struggled to hit anything from the field. The Lady Hornets capitalized on the sluggish start by the Lady Raiders and led 12-4 after the first quarter.
Warren East’s press began paying dividends in the second quarter, as a few quick turnovers led to buckets and the Lady Raiders cut the lead to just two.
Braelyn Davis stopped the run by draining a pull-up jumper, and Macy Welsh scored back-to-back buckets shortly thereafter for the Lady Hornets.
Warren East continued to chip away at the lead and force Metcalfe County into turnovers. By halftime, the Lady Raiders trailed 27-25 after falling behind by double-digits to start the game.
Welsh scored six points in the third quarter for the Lady Hornets, but Warren East took their first lead of the game and began feeding the ball inside to Caroline Forrester.
Forrester scored the last five points of the third quarter for Warren East and the Lady Raiders took a 43-39 lead into the final quarter.
Forrester picked right up where she left off, as she scored the first nine points of the fourth quarter for the Lady Raiders. Warren East.
Jaycie Harper hit a couple of free throws to cut the deficit to four, but Warren East and Forrester were too much for the Lady Hornets in the final quarter. After Forrester knocked down a pair of free throws midway through the final quarter, the Lady Raiders had stormed back to take a 52-42 lead over Metcalfe County.
Marisa Fields and Welsh knocked down late treys and Harper made a layup in the lane to cut the deficit to six, but Warren East held off the charge and won their season-opener.
Welsh and Harper led the Lady Hornets with 15 points each.