BASKETBALL: Hawks defeat Adair County, 48-41

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By Linda Ireland

 The LaRue County Hawks picked up a win (48-41) on the road Jan. 8 against the Adair County Indians.

Coach Paul Childress said he was proud of the resiliency demonstrated by his team.

“Any time you go to Adair County, you know what to expect,” he said. Coach (Mark) Fudge does an excellent job with his teams. They will always defend you exceptionally well and you have to earn every point against them. We knew going into the game that if we played well, it would be a grind for us.”

The Hawks “got off to a great start in the first quarter,” Childress said. Junior forward Kody Key-Close was “really active early and was able to get some quick points around the basket.” Key-Close had 12 points and five rebounds.

The Indians slowed the pace of the game but the Hawks adjusted.

“This was a good game for us in which it really allowed us to work on close game situations and execution on both ends,” Childress added.

Senior guard Kelton Ford had another solid game, picking up the offensive pace in the third quarter when Adair made a run and took the lead. Ford had 25 points, five rebounds, three steals and two assists

Junior forward Tyler Howell “was big on the boards again,” Childress said. Howell had 10 rebounds, had one goal and a free throw.

Senior guard Dustin Coulter “stepped up and made some big free throws at the end of the game,” Childress said. Coulter hit two free throws, scored six points overall and had two assists.

Sophomore forward Caleb Sheffer scored two points.

“It was a good win for us on the road and a good team effort all around,” Childress said.

NEXT: LaRue County hosts Hart County at 8 p.m. Friday in the second game of a girl/boy doubleheader.