LaRue County whipped the visiting Washington County Commanders Feb. 12 at Hawk gym.
It was Senior Night, but the JV Hawks took over in the fourth quarter, putting the finishing touches on an 82-30 victory.
“Being Senior Night, the guys really wanted to come out and play well for our two seniors, Dustin Coulter and Kelton Ford,” said Head Coach Paul Childress. “This time of year, the coaching staff really wanted to emphasize that we continue to try to improve and tune up for the post season. I was really pleased with our mindset from the opening tip.”
Junior Tyler Howell had a game-high 24 points and a team-high six rebounds. Howell leads the team in rebounds this season, averaging 7.3 per game.
“Tyler continued to show his progress in the post,” said Childress. “He played exceptional around the basket. We have worked him very hard in practice and it is starting to pay off. He played with a lot of confidence.”
Sophomore guard Micah Wiseman scored 20 points, hitting five-of-seven 3-point attempts for the Hawks.
Wiseman has been in “a little shooting slump,” Childress said, “but he came out of it in a big way ....”
Senior point guard Kelton Ford scored 17 points, eight assists, five steals and four rebounds.
Kody Key-Close added 10 points; Michael Neal scored six; Tyree Jones scored three; and Dalton Metcalf added two.
“Our press really started to cause them problems at the end of the first quarter,” said Childress. “We were able to get some easy looks in transition. Kelton used his explosiveness to get to the rim but also made some great passes to Tyler and Kody who did a great job of running the floor.
Washington County sat back in a zone, which allowed us to work on our zone offense.”
Childress said the evening was a “great night for our seniors.”
“Both Kelton and Dustin (Coulter) have meant so much to our program for the past four years,” he said. “Both have improved so much from their freshmen years. Kelton obviously gets a lot of attention around the region for his play (he was named Player of the Year by the 5th Region coaches), but Dustin has really blossomed this year. He could have easily given up and quit last year but he endured and kept working in the weightroom and in the gym and has enjoyed a really good senior year.”
Ford and Coulter are “a testament to the younger kids in our program that success can come with hard work and perseverance,” he added. “Too many young kids give up too quickly when playing time doesn’t come immediately. I am so proud of each one of them and how they have led the team this year. They will truly be missed next year.”
UP NEXT: LaRue County plays at Marion County at 7:30 p.m. Friday.
18th District Tournament Schedule
Hart County High School
Girls: LaRue vs. Hart, 6:30 p.m.
Boys: LaRue vs. Hart 8 p.m.
Girls: Green vs. Caverna, 6:30 p.m.
Boys: Green vs. Caverna, 8 p.m.
Girls: 6:30 p.m.
Boys: 8 p.m.