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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.
The Hawks pulled out a win Friday against 18th District rival Hart County.
LaRue watched a 17-point lead whittle down to four before emerging with a 46-38 win over the Raiders.
Ford, who finished with four fouls, scored 12 of his game-high 15 points in the first half. He also had three steals, three assists and matched Howell with a team-high eight rebounds.
Sophomores Micah Wiseman and Sheffer added 10 points each off the bench for the Hawks.
Sheffer made a jumper to push LaRue County’s lead to 40-28, but the Hawks made just one field goal – a 3-pointer by Wiseman – in the final 7:31. Coulter made 3-of-4 free throws in the final minute.
The Raiders will be the fourth seed in next month’s district tournament in Munfordville. If the Hawks win their remaining district games (Jan. 25 at Caverna and Feb. 1 at Green County), LaRue County would be the No. 1 seed and face the Raiders for a third and final time in the district tournament semifinals.
Landmark News Service contributed to this article.