Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

Local Sports

December 31, 2013

Lions let loose on Russell

Boyd shows what it can do in rout

SUMMIT — Not often does a coach have to implore his players to play as hard in the games as they do in practice.

After a somewhat rough start the season, Boyd County coach Randy Anderson has found himself doing just that.

 “We have played some really good teams and kind of got the wind knocked out of us,” the coach said.

Monday night, Anderson finally saw a glimpse of the team that he saw during the offseason as they ratcheted up the defensive pressure to blow past Russell, 74-47, at Boyd County Middle School.

“That was the intensity that these guys had been playing with all summer long, right up until the season started,” Anderson said of his team’s defensive effort that forced Russell into 20 turnovers. “We talked about it again at halftime.  We can give more; we have to give more; we have more. We have seen it before.”

The Lions’ (4-7) extra effort to start the second half resulted in three straight Red Devils turnovers,  which were quickly converted into six points on the other end.

The one-minute-and-one-second stretch at the beginning of the third quarter quickly buried any hopes the Red Devils had of a second-half comeback.

“We came out and threw it to them three straight times,” Russell coach Merle Kidwell said. “It really wasn’t anything they were doing.  We just took the ball to bad places and tried to make passes that weren’t there. That is kind of our bugaboo right now. When we play teams that our athletic and physical, we don’t handle the ball well.”

The turnovers helped fuel a Boyd County offense that was already playing well.

“Defensively, our pressure really caused them to turn the ball over, and our defense became our best offense,” Anderson said. “It just started happening in droves and droves.”

It wasn’t just on fast breaks that the Lions were converting, however. Boyd County was very efficient in its halfcourt offense as well, especially at getting open looks from the outside.

Six different Lions hit shots from behind the arc. They finished an impressive 7-of-12 from 3-point range.

“One more pass has always been a theme for us,” Anderson said. “When we made that one more pass, we got great looks inside and from three, nothing was forced.”

Overall, Boyd County managed to shoot 30-of-50 from the floor, good for 60 percent.

 The Lions’ bench players posted even more spectacular numbers than that, finishing the game 11-of-17 from the field including 2 for 3 from behind the arc.

“It wasn’t some tactical thing. Those guys have earned playing time,” Anderson said. “They have competed in games and earned their minutes. We had 27 points total off of the bench, and that is what they are supposed to do. That is what they want to do.”

Reid Rowsey led the Boyd bench scorers, tallying eight points.

While the Lions’ bench provided a nice boost, the eight Red Devil reserves combined to score just 10 points.

Kidwell said his team will need more production from the bench in order to continue to improve.

“Ramsey (Mullins), Ethan (Raby), and Zach (Tackett) have been mainstays in the starting lineup, and we have rotated in different guys every night,” he said. “Obviously we need some help on the perimeter. We just need some other guys to step up, and hopefully they will be able to do that.”

Russell (4-9) was led in scoring by Mullins, who finished with a team-high 16 points.

Boyd County’s Tristan Burgess was the only other player to reach double figures, also with 16.

1
Text Only
Local Sports
  • Highlands’ Artists Market to begin today

    Up-and-coming artists are being offered a rare chance to show and sell their work during the First Friday art walk.

    July 31, 2014

  • AARON SNYDER: Five Teams? Pretty Kool

    If these unseasonably cool July mornings aren’t enough to have your mind on the fast track to football, maybe some Kool Hits news will help.

    July 31, 2014

  • Golf scramble will benefit Paramount Arts Center

    Paramount Woman’s Association’s seventh annual Ladies’ Golf Scramble is scheduled for Aug. 11 at Bellefonte Country Club.

    July 30, 2014

  • Kittens call on Ingram

    Somebody had to follow Dave Miller.
    Scott Ingram is pleased to be the coach to fill the vacancy for the man who built Ashland Blazer softball into a perennial state Top 25 program. The Kittens have won the 16th Region championship every year since 2009.

    July 29, 2014

  • 0729kypgaJr0034.jpg Golfers go out with an encore

    Evan Goble said he “wasn’t completely ready for a playoff” on Monday.
    That didn’t stop him from holing two pressure-packed playoff putts to win the 13-14-year-old division of the final event of the summer on the Kentucky PGA Junior Tour at Bellefonte Country Club.
     

    July 29, 2014 4 Photos

  • EKC Grid-O-Rama set for Aug. 15-16

    The annual Eastern Kentucky Conference football scrimmage contests are set for Aug. 15-16 at Fleming County and Raceland.

    July 29, 2014

  • Holliday embraces high expectations

    As Marshall football prepares to return to the gridiron to begin fall practice Aug. 4, this season the program finds itself labeled something that it has not been in many years: a favorite.

    July 29, 2014

  • Mobley, Jude key for EKU

    Eastern Kentucky coach Dean Hood has revamped the Colonels’ defense in hopes of containing OVC opponents’ spread offenses.

    July 29, 2014

  • ZACK KLEMME: Punchless Reds wasting solid pitching

    The last nine days have been an exercise in understanding just how slim the margin for error is for baseball teams — even good ones — that can’t score.

    July 27, 2014

  • 0726fbPrac0079.jpg Practice rolls on as kickoff approaches in less than 5 weeks

    As high school football teams strap on helmets and prepare for Friday nights next month, the theme of the first couple of weeks of practice for most is simple.
    You gotta work. Hard.
    And if you don’t, it’ll be exposed come Aug. 22.
    “Everybody looks good in helmets,” Ashland coach Tony Love said with a grin. “We’re all undefeated. There’s a lot of work to get done.
    “Our coaches and kids, we all know it, and that’s why they’re here and we’re here, and we’re gonna push hard every day.”

    July 25, 2014 4 Photos