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The LaRue County Middle School basketball teams showed their aggressive side Dec. 7 as they faced Hart County at Munfordville Elementary School.
Both teams played better then they had all year and showed glimpses of what “could be” for their programs, according to eighth-grade coach Josh Henderson.
Coach Roy Walker and the seventh-grade Hawks lost to Hart County 41-35 in overtime. The score showed immediate progress from a team that two weeks ago was blitzed by Taylor, Caverna and Russell County.
“We were aggressive and moved the ball well on offense,” Walker said. “I told the boys they listened well and we can only improve from this point.”
The high scorer for the Hawks was Dalton Uhl with 18 points.
The eighth-grade team ended the game with a 47-44 victory over a tough Hart team that finished runner-up in the CKMSAC tournament last season.
“This was one of the best games I have ever coached,” said Henderson. “We beat a team we weren’t supposed to and it’s great to take that step for our program.” Hart has an all-star player in A.J. Williams who averages close to 30 points a game. He has not been held under 24 the whole season and the Hawks held him to just 11 points and also caused him to foul out in the fourth quarter.
“A.J. fouling out was a critical momentum shift in a game that went back and forth throughout,” Henderson said. “Our kids fought the whole game and played very aggressive and we put some points on the scoreboard.”
Henderson added, “This was a big boost for our boys, we needed this. Our schedule and conference is tough so when you can beat these teams you know things are looking up.”
Dalton Lawson had 15 points for the Hawks and Blake Ashby had 12 points. Seven of eight players who played scored for the Hawks.