Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

Local Sports

February 23, 2013

Free throws clinch title for Central

SALYERSVILLE — This one was an instant classic.

In two games this season, Sheldon Clark had defeated Johnson Central by a combined score of seven points.

Not this time around.

Junior Shane Hall sank two free throws with 9 seconds left to lift the Golden Eagles to thrilling 50-49 win over Sheldon Clark in front of a standing-room-only crowd at Magoffin County High School Friday night.

Hall had just nine points, but he made shots when they counted. His basket with 1:38 remaining extended Johnson Central’s lead to 48-44. He also pulled down 10 rebounds and surpassed Mike Castle as the school’s all-time leading rebounder at 779.

“I’m just proud — proud of our kids, proud of our community and proud of our school,” said Johnson Central coach Tommy McKenzie. “We knew it was going to be a fight. (Sheldon Clark) is a great team and they are very well coached. If the cards play out, I wouldn’t be surprised to see them next week (in the regional tournament).”

Central had an unusual cast of playmakers. Dalton Adkins and Truman Salyer each hit big 3-pointers after Sheldon Clark (19-10) cut its margin to one in the third and fourth quarters, respectively. The Cardinals took just their second lead of the game with 34 seconds left when senior Chase Kirk hit a layup on a backdoor cut on an inbounds play.

The Golden Eagles (19-10), who made just 11 of 19 attempts from the free-throw line, hit just 2 of 5 in the final 1:39 of the game, including a pair by Braxton Blair with 0:11.4 left.

“We were a rebound away from winning a 57th District championship,” said a deflated Sheldon Clark coach Frankie Smith. “We fought hard to get back in the game, and to lose it like that hurts for me and I’m sure it hurts our kids. It’s no consolation to be playing in the regional tournament next week. We wanted this one.”

Slade McPeek and Adkins had 14 points apiece to lead Central. McPeek had 13 in the first half.

Central, the defending 15th Region champs who lost to Sheldon Clark in last year’s district finals, shot 46 percent from the floor on 18 of 39. They were outrebounded by a 31-29 margin.

“I told our kids we had to shoot the ball with confidence,” McKenzie added. “We did that for the most part.”

Kirk had a game-high 22 points for the Cardinals, including five 3-pointers. Chase Parsley added 17.

Both teams advance to next week’s 15th Region Tournament at the Eastern Kentucky Exposition Center. The tournament draw is slated for this morning in Pikeville.

“Nothing, including the regional tournament, can match the atmosphere of the district tournament held at the school site,” McKenzie said. “This is what high school basketball is all about.”

J. CENTRAL    14    17    11    8    —    50

S. CLARK    11    14    13    11    —    49

Johnson Central (50) — Shane Hall 3 3-5 10; Braxton Blair 1 0-2 2; Dalton Adkins 4(1) 3-4 14; Slade McPeek 5(1) 1-4 14; Kyle Gullett 0 2-2 2; Truman Salyer 2(1) 0-0 7; Nick McKenzie 0 2-2 2. Totals: 15(3) 11-19 50.

Sheldon Clark (49) — Dylan James 0(1) 0-2 3; Chase Kirk 3(5) 1-2 22; Chase Parsley 7 3-3 17; Patrick Rice 1 0-0 2; Ethan Osborne 1(1) 0-0 5. Totals: 12(7) 4-7 49.

1
Text Only
Local Sports
  • 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

  • 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

    ARE YOU READY FOR SOME FOOTBALL?
    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