The Webster County Trojans season came to an end on Monday night in the opening round of the Region 2 tournament held in Madisonville against the Madisonville-North Hopkins Maroons, the team now coached by longtime Trojan head coach Jon Newton.
“When all the district tournaments finished up, we knew that there was a chance we could get Webster in the first round,” Newton said. “As a coach now at Madisonville and a former coach at Webster, I’m so proud that both teams are in this position. Coach (Ryan) Haile has done a great job over there taking over for me. It’s going to be an emotional night for me after putting a lot of years over at Webster, but I’m proud of what we’re doing in Madisonville in year, one and we’re going in the right direction.”
It was the first meeting of the two teams since Newton jumped shipped following the 2019-20 season to head to Madisonville. In anticipation of the possible match-up, Newton was in Henderson last Wednesday night to scout the 6th District Championship.
The Trojans, not intimidated by having to face the Maroons on their home court, roared to an early 14-2 lead by easily outpacing Madisonville in the first quarter. But the Maroons battled back in the second quarter, outscoring Webster 20-10 to cut the Trojans’ lead to just two points at 24-22 to head into the half.
The Maroons would once again outscore the Trojans 11-4 in the third period, taking a five point led into the final box at 33-28. Then in the fourth and final quarter the Trojans and Maroons both scored 16 points each as the Maroons handed the Trojans their 11th loss of the season with the final score being 49-44.
The leading scorer for the Trojans was senior forward Destin Allen recorded a double-double with 17 points and 12 rebounds while shooting 1 for 1 from the free throw line on the night. Junior guard Aaron Harmon tallied 14 points while knocking down 4 three pointers while senior forward Hunter McNaughton contributed 5 points. Senior guards Ryan Roland and Holden Raley score 3 points each. To round out the scoring for the Trojans, sophomore guard Bradin Nelson added 2 points on the night.
As a team, the Trojans shot 1 for 3 from the free throw line while knocking down 7 three pointers on the night.
Five days earlier the Trojans were in Henderson to face the Henderson County Colonels in the 6th District title game.
Trojans started the game by getting outscored by the Colonels 22-10 at the end of the first quarter. Then in the second quarter the Trojans would outscore the Colonels 17-10, as the Colonels held a 5 point lead over the Trojans at halftime with the score being 32-27.
Then to begin the second half the Colonels outscored the Trojans 26-10, as the Colonels held a comfortable 21 point lead heading into the fourth quarter with the score 58-37. Then in the fourth quarter the Trojans outscored the Colonels 25-24, as the Trojans would suffer their 10th season of the season with the final score being 82-62.
The leading scorer for the Trojans was sophomore guard Bradin Nelson with 23 points and 5 rebounds while knocking down 3 three pointers and shooting 2 for 3 from the free throw line on the night. Senior forward Hunter McNaughton tallied 14 points while knocking down 2 three pointers and shooting 2 for 3 from the free throw line. Senior forward Destin Allen contributed 10 points and 5 rebounds while senior guard Holden Raley scored 9 points by knocking down 3 three pointers. To round out the scoring for the Trojans, senior guard Ryan Roland added 6 points on the night.
As a team, the Trojans shot 6 for 15 from the free throw line while knocking down 8 three pointers and grabbing 18 total rebounds on the night.
The Trojans finished with a 15-11 record.
Senior Destin Allen led the Trojans in scoring this season, posting 421 points. He was followed by Hunter McNaughton with 365, Bradin Nelson with 223 and Aaron Harmon with 183. Ryan Roland (137) and Holden Raley (113) both also scored in the triple digits this season.