Basketball Hawks drop season opener

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Coach Childress says he's pleased with team's effort

By Lanny Vincent

The LaRue County Hawks started their varsity basketball season Saturday night, with a tough three-point loss to a good Casey County team, 70-67.

“We played hard and the guys never gave up,” said Coach Paul Childress. “I was very proud of the effort. We just made too many mistakes in the fourth quarter at crucial times. This is something that we will get better at I am sure.”

Casey County jumped out to a 10-point lead in the first quarter by hitting four three-pointers. LaRue County came back strong in the second period to tie the game at half time. After the half, it was a seesaw battle with LaRue taking a five-point lead in the third period and Casey County a nine-point lead in the fourth quarter.

With Casey County up by three points, Ryan Wafford stole the ball at half court and tried a desperation three-pointer at the buzzer, to no avail. 

Kyle Sheeran led LaRue County with 19 points hitting five of 11 three-pointers. Anthony Myrks had 12 points, five assists and five steals; Jordan Brewer had nine points and four rebounds; Kyle Meredith had eight points while Jason Carlberg, Christian Mullins and Tyler Nall had four points each. 

“Casey County had a solid team with good guard play. They shot 50 percent from behind the three-point line. They made 10 three-pointers,” said Childress. “Our shooting percentage will improve as we play more games and learn how to play together. Rebounding was another factor in this game. We gave up way too many second chance opportunities and each time, they hit a big three to take away our momentum. We still have a group that hasn’t played a lot together, so we are looking for chemistry and balance. It will come. This was a good competitive game for us, a great learning experience.”

The Hawks bounced back in their home opener Tuesday night to defeat Breckinridge County 70-54.

LaRue County’s next game will be played at home Dec. 11 against Hart County. It is a district contest and part of a girl/boy varsity doubleheader.