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Hornets Fall In OT

Cade Button attempting to give the Hornets a late lead Wednesday night. Photos courtesy of Metcalfe County Schools

By T.J. Morgan

Freelance Sports Writer

 

The Hornets traveled to E.A. Diddle Arena in Bowling Green last Wednesday in pursuit of their first victory in the 4th region tournament since 2006, when Metcalfe finished 4th region runner up. As always, the Metcalfe fan base filled Diddle with maroon in support of the Hornets. With 16th district champion Cumberland County winning the first game of the regional tournament Tuesday night and regional powerhouses Bowling Green and Warren Central blowing out their opponents in subsequent games, the Hornets were looking to make it a 16th vs 14th district, 4th region semifinals for the first time since 2007.

It was a track meet early, Hornets and Scotties trading basket for basket, answer for answer. The Hornets came out poised and prepared for Glasgow, leading 20-18 after the 1st quarter. Despite leading for most of the first half, the Hornets found themselves down at the half, 30-34.

The lead for the Scotties would remain around the four-point margin, as the Hornets finished the third period trailing 44-48. The Hornets rallied late in the fourth to tie the game up at 56, and for the remainder of regulation Metcalfe and Glasgow would swap basket for basket, until 58-58, 60-60, then with 22 seconds remaining the Hornets needed to find one more stop to send the game to overtime. One final stop they found!

Kruz Tucker opened scoring in overtime, knocking down a go ahead three for the Hornets. With 37 seconds remaining, going the length of floor, down three after a Glasgow made free throw, Maddux Garrett knocked down a cold blooded three to tie the game at 68. Now with ten seconds remaining, the Hornet defense would need another stop to find a second overtime. Unfortunately, the Scotties found the rim for an uncontested layup, ending the season for the Hornets, 68-70.

In the first-round region game, the Hornets were led by Hudson Jessie with 27 points and Cade Button with 24 points. Kruz Tucker led the team in rebounding and played exceptional defense, forcing two Glasgow turnovers late in the game. In addition to his late game three, Maddux Garrett was also perfect from the free throw line on the biggest stage in the 4th region.

Kruz Tucker defending Glasgow’s leading scorer, John Carter Walbert. Photos courtesy of Metcalfe County Schools

Cabot Boling was forced to leave the game with a concussion in the second quarter after taking a charge. Photos courtesy of Metcalfe County Schools

 

 

 

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