Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

Local Sports

December 28, 2012

‘Important’ victory for balanced Tomcats

ASHLAND — Ashland answered the bell again in its Ashland Invitational Tournament opener.

The Tomcats turned back young and talented Sheldon Clark 71-58 behind a balanced effort at James A. Anderson Gymnasium Thursday night.

Coach Buddy Biggs understands the importance of the game to diehard Tomcat fans.

“Trust me, to a lot of fans this is just as important as any game all season,” he said. “People want to win that game. It’s important, obviously. They put a lot of emphasis on it.”

The victory sends Ashland into tonight’s 8:45 semifinal against South Laurel, which received a first-round bye after Henderson County’s arrival was delayed because of snowy weather.

Undefeated Newport Catholic meets Russell in the first semifinal game tonight at 7.

The Tomcats (8-3) snapped a two-game losing streak by relying on their typically balanced attack.

Senior Logan Salow scored 18 in his best offensive game of the season while Nick Miller had 15 points and Zach Hart and Steven Friley added 10 points apiece. Dikembe Dixson collected nine points and seven rebounds and Ross Thompson had eight assists – one-third of the Tomcats’ total.

Sheldon Clark (7-2) mainly relied on sophomore guard Chase Parsley, who finished with 25 points. Slick-shooting forward Chase Kirk scored 21, including 15 in the first half.

Kirk did that in 12 minutes. He was whistled for his third foul at the 4:25 mark and sat out the rest of the half. His coach, Frankie Smith II, had to do some sitting too after being whistled for a technical foul seconds after the offensive foul sent Kirk to the bench.

“I have to be careful questioning an official’s call so I won’t,” he said. “But I do feel it had an effect on the game.”

Kirk had tied the game with his third 3-pointer of the half to tie the game at 24. The Cardinals had the ball again with a chance to take the lead when Kirk was called for the offensive foul.

Back-to-back triples from Salow put the Tomcats in front 36-28 and they never trailed again.

Biggs pointed to a rebounding advantage and 24 assists on 27 baskets as the key statistics in the win. He was also happy to see Salow, who seems fully recovered from a football ankle injury, finding the range.

“This was Logan’s best game so far,” Biggs said.

Another key for the Tomcats was keeping Dylan James scoreless. The Cardinals have mostly relied on Parsley, Kirk and James.

“We wanted to take James out of the game and we held him to zero,” Biggs said. “They’re good. Parsley is one of the better point guards we’ll sell all year.”

Sheldon Clark made a run at the Tomcats, pulling within 44-41, but Hart ignited an 8-0 run.

“We turned the ball over some and the offensive boards were a big issue,” Smith said. “I thought we had some looks (in the second half) that didn’t go from Kirk and James. But our guys competed.”

Smith was upset enough about the technical foul he received that he complained to 16th Region assigning secretary Joe Billman in the hallway outside the dressing rooms after the game.

Sheldon Clark plays Henderson County in today’s 4 p.m. consolation bracket game. Boyd County and West Jessamine meet in the opener at 2:30 p.m.

MARK MAYNARD can be reached at mmaynard@dailyindependent.com or (606) 326-2648.

Text Only
Local Sports
  • 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

  • kenzie-breaststroke.jpg Pennington makes push for Nationals

    Swimmer Kenzie Pennington had one last chance to make the cut for this year’s YMCA Long Course National Championships.
    The 15-year-old from Ashland didn’t disappoint.

    July 25, 2014 1 Photo

  • Salyers shoots 75 for title at Lakeside

    Baylee Salyers of Flatwoods shot a 3-over par 75 at Lakeside Golf Course on Thursday to win the Girls Open division of the Walmart Kentucky PGA Junior Tour event.

    July 24, 2014

  • 0724putnamwebshot.JPG Laying the foundation Workers are finishing the foundation for the locker room on the home side of Putnam Stadium on Tuesday. The Ashland Tomcats open the football season on Aug. 22 against Newport Catholic.

    July 23, 2014

  • Genuine throwback

    Todd Eastham is disproving the old cliche, “Those who can, do; those who can’t, teach.”

    July 23, 2014

  • MARK MAYNARD: Looking for those who inspire

    Inspirtation, they say, comes from within. It is defined as an inspiring or animating action or influence.

    July 22, 2014

  • 0722KYPGA_152.jpg Jones tops Gillum in playoff at Eagle Trace

    Ashland senior golfer Logan Jones didn't shoot his average Monday.
    He didn't mind.
    His three-over par 75 and one-hole playoff win over Elliott County junior Ryan Gillum gave him the Boys Open division title in the Kentucky PGA Junior Tour stop at Morehead State University's Eagle Trace Golf Course.

    July 21, 2014 6 Photos

  • 102213_329a.jpg Raceland tabs Clark as new girls basketball coach

    Jason Clark has a reputation of being — to use his word — “passionate” on the Raceland volleyball sideline.
    He plans to bring that same approach as the Lady Rams’ new basketball coach.

    July 21, 2014 1 Photo

  • 0305region2_389.jpg Pass the Mayo: East sophomore PG, Lady Raiders preparing for winter run

    East Carter sophomore point guard Kristen Mayo has played basketball for as long as she can remember.

    July 18, 2014 2 Photos