Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

Local Sports

December 23, 2012

KYLE HOBSTETTER: Good game for area, schools

LEXINGTON — The final score had a 28-point difference. It had a blowout and two teams seeming to head towards different paths.

But in the end, this game was good for Kentucky and Marshall.

Now you may be asking — “How does an 82-54 blowout benefit either team?”

Let Kentucky coach John Calipari answer that from the Wildcat standpoint.

“We needed a game like this,” Calipari said. “The thing I like about Marshall, was they were a very physical, bump-and-grind team...We needed a like this and we needed (Marshall) to play that way.

“We got better.”

Kentucky got a good, physical win before heading to archrival Louisville on Saturday.

Well, sort of.

“No just for us,” Calipari said before asking who Kentucky plays next week. “Oh, we’re playing Louisville. Oh that’s a tough game. This was just for us.”

For Marshall, and its 28-point loss, it could be hard-pressed to find a bright spot.

Probably the worst part is it’s Marshall’s largest loss in coach Tom Herrion’s tenture .

A bright spot is that plenty of green-wearing Herd fans were in the attendance of 24,271, the largest to see a Marshall basketball game.

But the biggest bright spot for in Herrion’s eyes is his team’s work ethic. 

“We’ll bounce back,” Herrion said. “We got guys that work, that is what I’m not worried about.”

This is the lowest point total Marshall has been held to all season, the previous low of 56 coming on Dec. 15 to No. 11 Cincinnati.

But the season is not over yet for the Herd in the mind of Herrion, who said to reporters the players will in the gym as much they can in the next week.

The biggest vote of confidence in the Herd comes from the opposing bench and Calipari.

“Marshall is going to be fine,” Calipari said. “When they get in Conference USA, they’ll win their share of games. They’ll be one of those teams playing for that NCAA bid.”

Text Only
Local Sports
  • 0420chattin0397.jpg Pole vaulters conquer wind in Chattin

    For obvious reasons, pole vaulting records and windy conditions don’t go together.
    Raceland’s Connor Messer and Fairview’s Morgan McIntyre raised the bar anyway at Saturday’s Ernie Chattin Memorial Invitational.
    Despite a windy challenge — especially for Messer — on the hilltop at Ashland Athletic Complex, both athletes set new pole vault marks for the 11-year-old meet and received Outstanding Performance awards.

    April 20, 2014 5 Photos

  • 0415eastSB0170 copy.jpg Stock soaring for East eighth-grader Fouts

    With a name like Montana, you just have to go big.
    Six-foot eighth-grader Montana Fouts isn't a big talker, but when it comes to the business of softball, her skills convey a loud and clear message.
    The East Carter pitcher is making herself a can't-pass-up commodity with her flawless throwing form and sizzling speed.

    April 20, 2014 1 Photo

  • Lewis snaps 4-game skid, beats Ashland, 2-0

    Question: What four-game Lewis County losing streak?

    Answer: the one the Lions snapped Saturday by knocking off visiting Ashland, 2-0, in the third annual Lewis County Autism Awareness game.

    April 20, 2014

  • HIGH SCHOOL ROUNDUP: Hensley fires 2nd no-no in 2 days, Kittens split

    Ashland junior Megan Hensley no-hit Portsmouth West on Saturday, one day after dealing a perfect game, as the Kittens beat the Lady Senators 16-0 in five innings at the Valley of Thunder at Symmes Valley.

    April 19, 2014

  • west.JPG Streak snapped: Comets end 40-game losing streak to Raiders

    Nineteen years and 40 games between East Carter and West Carter have passed since the Comets have beaten the Raiders.
    Montell Jordan’s “This Is How We Do It” was the No. 1 song the last time West got a win over East.
    The visiting Comets ended almost 20 years of futility against the Raiders in dominating fashion on Friday night, defeating East Carter, 8-0.

    April 19, 2014 1 Photo

  • Williams steps down as Lady Vikings coach

    Jen Williams did not make this decision lightly.

    April 19, 2014

  • HIGH SCHOOL ROUNDUP: Hensley spins perfect game

    Ashland’s Megan Hensley fired a perfect game and drove in the only runs of the game with a two-run homer as the Kittens topped Upper Arlington (Ohio) 2-0 in the Valley of Thunder at Symmes Valley on Friday night.

    April 19, 2014

  • 0418ashlandBB0268.jpg One-run fun: Ashland on smiling side of close game vs. East

    After opening the season with a 2-1 victory, Ashland has had a hard time cracking the close game code.

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • 0418_Ash_vs_JC_0003.JPG Hensley rises, fires as Kittens win big

    Johnson Central softball coach Jason Hurt’s already high opinion of Ashland junior Megan Hensley rose to another level Thursday night.

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • 041714_29a.jpg Diller, Mackie spark Raceland

    It is time for the 16th Region to take notice of the Raceland softball team.

    April 18, 2014 2 Photos