TOMPKINSVILLE — In an intense contest that saw two players ejected, the Patriots (11-12) were able to keep their lead down the stretch against Monroe County (9-14) as they won 66-56 to advance to 2-3 in 15th District play.
It was star guard Mason Shirley who made the big plays down the stretch as he scored a game-high 22 points.
No play was bigger than a huge four-point play that came in the opening minutes of the fourth quarter. After that, the Patriots kept a steady seven-to-eight point lead for the majority of the last quarter.
“We knew coming in that the physicality was going to be a huge factor,” coach Brad Bonds said. “Monroe County is a tough place to play. They are a physical team. We had to match their physicality. I’m proud of them.”
The first half was won by Allen County-Scottsville thanks to dominate scoring in the paint. The scoring of Jax Cooper and Michael Smith in the paint proved to be huge for the Patriots all game long.
Both ended in double figures scoring with Cooper at 15 points and Smith at 14 of his own as the majority of those points came in a first half that Allen County-Scottsville won 29-25.
The third quarter was more of the same as the trio of Shirley, Cooper and Smith did not lose its effectiveness. Monroe County’s Jholdi Brooks did his best to keep the Falcons in the game with a team-high 18 points, but the Falcons never got the lead in the second half.
“I thought we executed the game plan well pretty early and got ourselves the lead,” Bonds said. “We played well with it. Our guys are getting better at the right time of the year. That’s something we have stressed all year, and I’m proud at the progression we are making.”
After Shirley’s huge four-point play near the start of the fourth quarter, the game shifted again when a scrum broke out on the court between players after both teams were chasing a loose ball.
During the scrum, two Patriots left the bench and were therefore ejected by the referees. At a breaking point in the game, Bonds’ team kept their heads moving forward and locked down the victory with huge free throws in the last three minutes.
“I thought we battled through a lot of adversity late — that’s obvious,” Bonds said. “To not lose our heads for the rest of the game and try to close the game at the free-throw line was huge down the stretch.”
The win guarantees that Monroe County will be the last seed in the 15th District Tournament as they finished 0-6 in district play. Meanwhile, the Patriots are now locked into the No. 3 seed where they will play either Glasgow or Barren County.
“We are making huge strides,” Shirley said. “We need to value the basketball a little bit more. If we just do that, we will be good.”
Next up for Allen County-Scottsville is their last district game, which will be at Glasgow on Monday night at 7:30 p.m. Monroe County will be back in action Tuesday night at home against Cumberland County.
Meador leads Lady Patriots over Monroe County
Thanks in large part to a game-high 20 points from Allison Meador, Allen County-Scottsville (7-17) defeated the Lady Falcons (6-15) 47-39 to move to 2-3 in 15th District play.
Despite the victory, it was all Monroe County in the first half as the Lady Falcons outscored the Lady Patriots 25-16 before the break.
They were led by Paisley Ford who managed to score 12 of her team-high 14 points in that first half. It took some time for Allen County-Scottsville to get into the swing of the game as their primary ball handler Jae McReynolds did not play due to injury.
The second half was a much different story between the two teams. The Lady Patriots went to a tough 2-3 zone, which held Monroe County completely scoreless in the third quarter.
On the offensive end, Meador once again was able to hit several jump shots in the half for Allen County-Scottsville. At the end of third quarter, the Lady Patriots found themselves with a 28-25 lead.
Unfortunately for the Lady Falcons, they did not pick up their scoring in the fourth quarter to fully get back into the game.
After being held mostly scoreless again for the first four minutes, guard Malila Myatt was able to make three 3-pointers in the last couple of minutes to make the end result more respectable for Monroe County.
Second in scoring for the Lady Patriots was Chloe Cook who notched 11 points. Kaylee Bullington was able to add six points of her own.
Up next for Allen County-Scottsville is a district matchup against Glasgow on Monday night at 6 p.m. With their win on Friday night, the Lady Patriots will be playing the Lady Scotties in the first round of the 15th District Tournament.
The Lady Falcons will take the court next on Tuesday night at home against Cumberland County with tipoff coming at 6 p.m.