“Brent is probably the best shooter in the 16th Region,’’ Cooksey said. “He made some big ones tonight and shot it with a lot of confidence.’’
The Eagles continued to receive a major contribution off the bench from 6-foot-6 senior Ceth Gunter, who pulled down 11 points and scored eight points. With 1:12 left and Fairview leading 54-50, Gunter made a strong rebound of Knipp’s missed shot and Knipp picked up his fifth foul trying to take the ball away.
“Coach tells me to go to the boards as hard as possible,’’ Gunter said. “I don’t let go of the ball until I hit the ground.’’
Gunter filled a big void for the Eagles after Mike Terry was saddled by foul trouble.
“Ceth has been a man on fire,’’ Jackson said. “He’s been playing great. His rebounding has stepped up and helped us a bunch.’’
Caleb Collins tossed in 14 points for the Eagles, who won both matchups against Elliott County this season.
“We tried to find (size) mismatches and were able to take advantage of some with Jackson, Gunter and Collins,’’ Cooksey said.
Fairview needed all the scoring it could find to offset another big night from Knipp. The state’s top scorer netted 20 of his 31 points in the second half and also had 16 rebounds.
“I’m proud of my team,’’ Knipp said. “Some of them have got their head down. I don’t know why because we’ve got next season.’’
Elliott County finished 20-8 and Knipp will lead a strong returning cast.
“We fought to the end and showed a lot of heart,’’ said Lions coach Greg Adkins. “Tim made tough shots several times. We just came up a little short.’’
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