Webster County is off to a proficient start in the 2017-18 campaign.
The Trojans knocked off Crittenden County and Hopkins County Central at home to open up with a 2-0 record, but the Trojans suffered their first setback of the season with a 71-53 loss against Apollo in Owensboro on Monday evening.
Webster County played Apollo tough for one quarter, but the wheels simply fell off after that first eight minutes in a 71-53 loss to the Eagles on Monday night.
Trailing just 14-13 at the end of the first quarter behind junior Malachi Douglas’s 11 points, the Trojans would be outscored 57-40 the rest of the way.
The difference in the game was three-pointers. The Eagles nailed seven—including five in the second half that enabled them to pull away—while the Trojans made just three on the night.
Senior Nathan Boyle led the Apollo offensive attack with 24 points (five three-pointers) while senior Dametrion Chambers added 20, scoring nine baskets inside the three-point line.
Senior Hayden Shelton netted 18 points in the victory and knocked down two three-pointers in the first quarter for the Eagles.
Senior Chatman Ellis led Webster County with 21 points while Douglas and sophomore Tyler Camplin each tallied 11.
Webster County will look to return to the winning path against Madisonville-North Hopkins in the Messenger Tip-Off Classic at Hopkins County Central on Saturday afternoon. The Maroons stood at 2-0 before press time, and defeated defending Region Four runner-up Daviess County 78-50 in their season opener.
After that the Trojans will travel to Calhoun to face off against McLean County on Tuesday night. The last time Webster County played the Cougars in Calhoun the Trojans won on a last-second shot by former point guard Curtis Yates for a 47-45 victory.
Hopkins Central 68
A very young Hopkins Central team hung with Webster County for one half by trailing just 36-26 at the break, but the more experienced Trojans outscored the Storm 21-15 in the third quarter to pull away for a 84-68 victory in Dixon on Friday night.
The duo of junior Malachi Douglas and senior Chatman Ellis led the Trojans in the victory as the two combined for 46 points, scoring 22 and 24 points, respectively.
Senior forward Hunter Camplin followed with 17 points--scoring 11 of them in the second half—while his brother, sophomore Tyler Camplin, followed with nine points.
Junior Drew Skinner tallied eight points, and freshman center Hunter McNaughton scored four off the bench. McNaughton accounted for the Trojans’ only bench points in the win.
Sophomore Blasin Moore knocked down three-pointers to lead Hopkins Central with 18 points, while junior Tylan Mann tossed in 16.
Freshman Adrian Stringer scored 13 in the loss for the Storm, while sophomore Johntize Miller and junior Ethan Putty each had eight.
The difference in the game was free throws. The Trojans netted 23-of-29 attempts on the evening while the Storm made just eight-of-12 foul shots.
Two Webster County players were perfect from the charity stripe in the win. Douglas converted on all eight of his attempts, and Skinner did not miss on any of his six shots at the line.
Webster County jumped on Crittenden County early and never looked back, and the Trojans romped to a 70-24 victory over the Rockets on Tuesday night in the season-opening game for both teams.
The Trojans have now won 21 of the 23 last meetings with Crittenden County, and have not lost to the Rockets in Dixon since Jan. 13, 1998.
Senior Chatman Ellis scored the first bucket of the game to start a 9-0 scoring run, and that offensive surge was not halted until senior Logan Belt netted two free throws at the 4:28 mark of the first quarter.
However the Trojans would continue their offensive explosion, scoring 14 unanswered to end the first quarter with a commanding 23-2 lead.
Webster outscored Crittenden 26-10 in the second frame behind sophomore Aden Winn’s eight points to take a 49-12 advantage into the locker room.
The Trojans cooled off a bit in the second half, but they still outscored the Rockets 21-12 over the final 16 minutes to claim a 70-24 victory.
Ellis led Webster County with 18 points, and junior Malachi Douglas followed with 11.
Sophomore Tyler Camplin followed with nine, while Winn added eight.
Junior Drew Skinner had five points in the victory, and freshman Destin Allen scored four off the bench.
Senior Hunter Camplin, junior Logan Mooney and sophomore Grant Nance each tallied three points for Webster County, and freshman Hunter McNaughton, sophomore Garrison Beller and junior Jackson Cardwell chipped in two points apiece.
Mooney, Beller and Cardwell all got their first varsity points in the win.
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