Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

Local Sports

February 20, 2013

Lewis withstands Raceland late run

RACELAND — Lewis County coach Joe Hampton knew what was coming, he just didn’t know how his team would respond.

Despite being up 16 with seven minutes remaining, the longtime Lions coach knew Raceland would make at least one run at his team.

And run the Rams did, to the tune of 12 straight points in a little over a minute-and-a-half stretch. Lewis County survived, though, to edge Raceland, 71-67 on Tuesday night to move on to the 63rd District Tournament championship game against Russell. The title is up for grabs on Friday at 7 p.m. at Raceland-Worthington High School.

“Postseason basketball is all about runs,” Hampton said. “Basketball is naturally a game of runs, but I think it seems like it is even more so in the postseason.”

Hampton didn’t wait long to see how his team would respond to the Rams’ 12-0 spurt. The Lions rattled off six points in a row of their own.

And for the rest of the night that was how it went. A Raceland run, followed quickly by a Lewis County answer.

“This is just a sign of us growing up from last year to this year,” Hampton said. “Part of the process has been learning how to withstand runs. We haven’t always done it. We have had a few times where we have tucked our tail, but tonight was just another step in that process of growing up.”

Most every time the Lions really needed a basket, they were able to get it from the free-throw line, where they finished 24 of 32 on the night.

“We executed well at the free-throw line,” Hampton said. “We finished at 75 percent, and put them in positions where they had to kill the clock in order to get possessions back.”

Junior point guard Wade Adams was a perfect 6 for 6 from the charity stripe. Hampton said having a point guard who can make free throws in late game situations is a luxury for a coach.

“It means a ton, because the ball is in his hands so much,” he said. “It is huge for a coach to feel confident putting the ball in a player like Wade’s hands.”

While Lewis County (15-13) was continually helping itself at the line, Raceland (11-18) was doing anything but doing itself any favors as the Rams finished just 6 of 14 from the foul stripe.

“We had our chances and the free-throw line hurt us again down the stretch,” Raceland coach Bob Trimble said. “That has been a bugaboo for us this year.”

Much of the Rams’ 28-point fourth quarter was centered around the play of Jacob Blair and Connor Messer.

Blair, who led all scorers with 26 points, did a little bit of everything to keep the Rams in it from knocking down a big three to coming up with three steals in just over a minute.

Messer, who was plagued by foul trouble most of the night, asserted himself in the final quarter, scoring nine of his 14 points in the final stanza.

“We need him on the floor, he is our best rebounder and makes our offense run so much smoother,” Trimble said. “He played really well, when he was finally able to come back in.”

Caleb Pruitt came off the bench for Lewis County to score nine points, which Hampton called the X-factor of the game.

“He was huge,” he said. “He has had some games where he played limited minutes and he has also started games, but tonight we couldn’t afford to take him out. We talk about somebody coming off the bench to be the X-factor and he was that tonight.”

Text Only
Local Sports
  • 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

  • 0718spinda.jpg Steelers super fan Spinda to be recognized in Florida

    Shawn Spinda doesn’t have to use speech to profess his passion for the Pittsburgh Steelers.
    All it takes is a quick glance for a person to get the picture.
    But to absorb the whole picture, you’ll need to clear your schedule.
    Spinda is one of several fanatics who will be recognized at the Sports Fans Conference in Orlando, Florida, which is set for Aug. 28-Sept. 1 at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort. He is a “What a Fan” NFL Fan of the Year nominee.

    July 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • 0703rfLL0204.jpg Little League State Baseball: Ready to run

    Morehead 11- and 12-year-old All-Star baseball manager Toby Gardner collectively likened his team to a racehorse.

    July 16, 2014 1 Photo

  • 0717prokick1.jpg Prokicker.com camp Eleven Ashland Tomcat football players were part of the Ray Guy Prokicker.com camp at Huntington High. The high-profile camps are put on all over the country. Rick Sang, an Ashland native who befriended Guy 20 years ago, is the camp's founder.

    July 16, 2014

  • 0716fbpractice0105.jpg Four-down territory: Making summer football practice pit stops

    The popular Monday night catchphrase filled my room on Tuesday morning as my new alarm sounded off at 7 a.m.

    July 16, 2014 5 Photos

  • 0716softball.jpg KHSAA pushes presence of masks

    Fairview’s Sydney Ekers and Lewis County’s Kelsey Rizzo didn’t wear masks to play softball until after they were struck in the face by line drives.
    The Kentucky High School Athletic Association has made a recommendation that it hopes will reduce such instances.

    July 16, 2014 1 Photo