LaRue County bounced back from one of its worst offensive performances of the season with one of its bests Friday at Hart County.
Junior guard Kelton Ford led three Hawks in double figures as LaRue County locked up the top seed for next month’s 18th District Tournament with an 88-65 pounding of the Raiders.
Ford finished with game highs in points (29), assists (six) and steals (six). He scored seven of his team’s first eight points as LaRue County – which scored just 46 points Tuesday in a home loss to 5th Region foe Adair County – erupted for 29 points in the first quarter. Ford also was responsible for half of the Hawks’ eight made 3-pointers.
Senior guard Kyle Sheeran added 16 points for LaRue County (13-3 overall, 4-0 district), which surpassed last year’s road win total of four. LaRue County is 5-0 on the road this season, averaging 77.2 points per game in those contests. Sophomore guard Kody Key chipped in with 15 points and seven rebounds.
Senior guard Chris Walker, who scored a team-high 28 points and took a combined 31 attempts from the field and foul line, made a basket in the lane to pull Hart County (9-7 overall, 4-2 district) even at 4-4. LaRue County (13-3, 4-0) responded with a 10-0 run to jumpstart the rout.
The Raiders trailed by 20 points less than 10 minutes into the game before crawling within 54-42 as a basket by senior forward Christian Shadburne capped a 10-2 run. The Hawks had a resounding response in store for the Raiders, blitzing them with a 19-4 run in 3:52.
Up 27 points at the start of the fourth quarter, LaRue County’s starters were still in the game until Sheeran’s jumper with 3:57 left was followed by two free throws from Ford 27 seconds later to give the Hawks an 86-55 lead.
Loss to Adair
The host Hawks struggled from the 3-point line Tuesday, hitting just 3-of-23 from beyond the arc as Adair County snapped their six-game winning streak. Adair nudged LaRue 47-46.
Ford paced LaRue County with 18 points, six steals, six rebounds and three assists, while Sheeran had 14 points, two assists and two steals.
Key added eight points and five rebounds.
Kyle Meredith, Tyler Howell and Jonathon Firquin each scored two.
LaRue County trailed 31-19 at the half and rallied to take a 39-38 lead going to the fourth quarter.
Information by John Groth and Nathaniel Bryan