Webster County suffered back-to-back road losses to Todd County Central and district rival Henderson County before rebounding with a victory at Hardin County (Elizabethtown, IL) on Monday night—snapping the worst losing streak since the 2008-09 season.
The Trojans will now host Sixth District rival Union County on Friday night—a team they beat 67-66 in overtime on Jan. 5 after senior Hunter Camplin hit a lay-up at the buzzer.
Todd Central 60
Webster County 37
Junk defenses such as the box-and-one or triangle-and-two usually do not work and are rendered as ineffective by the basketball community.
Todd Central certainly busted that theory last Tuesday night in Elkton.
The Rebels played a triangle-and-two defense with a focus on guarding Webster County senior Chatman Ellis and sophomore Tyler Camplin, and Todd Central was able to pull away for a 60-37 victory and avenge an earlier season loss to the Trojans.
Todd Central led just 25-20 at halftime but outscored Webster 35-17 in the second half to romp to victory.
Nolan Barrow led the Rebels with 21 points on 3-pointers while Tashawn Foster talled 12—all on four 3-pointers. Overall the Rebels made nine 3-pointers on the night while the Trojans had only two.
Webster County was led by senior Chatman Ellis with a season-low 13 ponits while sophomores Tyler Camplin and Aden Winn each added seven.
Senior Hunter Camplin added four points, sophomore Zaine Geary hit a 3-pointer off the bench, junior Malachi Douglas scored a bucket and freshman Hunter McNaughton rounded out the Webster County effort with a free throw.
Henderson County 56
Webster County 55
When Webster County and Henderson County met on Jan. 9, the Colonels netted 10 3-pointers en route to a 75-55 thrashing of the Colonels.
When the two sides met again on Friday night, the shot from downtown would once again doom Webster County.
Henderson County found the bottom of the net on 11 trifectas—including two in the final 11 seconds—to rally and edge the Trojans 56-55 to secure the top seed for the district tournament.
Webster County took a 52-50 lead with 45 seconds remaining after junior Malachi Douglas drove into the lane on the left side and converted on a three-point play.
Henderson County missed a 3-pointer on the other end before Trojan sophomore Aden Winn came up with a major rebound. Webster County called a timeout, and Douglas came out of the timeout and knocked down two free throws to give the Trojans a 54-50 lead with 19 seconds left. Webster was in the driver’s seat for a victory.
But the Colonels had other ideas.
Jadal Fletcher came down and made a 3-pointer to make it a one-point game with 11.1 seconds left. Douglas made one-of-two free throws for Webster before Corey Stewart buried a 3-pointer from the corner to give the Colonels a 56-55 lead with 3.9 ticks on the clock.
Webster County sophomore Tyler Camplin had a 3-pointer from the top of the key for the win, but it bounced off the back of the rim and the Colonels escaped with the victory despite trailing the majority of the game.
The Trojans blazed their way out to a 17-8 first quarter lead behind 15 points from senior Chatman Ellis, and Webster County led 31-22 at halftime.
Henderson County scored four quick points to narrow the deficit to five before the Trojans took back control of the game and led 45-36 late in the frame.
But the Colonels ended the third quarter on a 7-0 run, and it would just be nip-and-tuck the rest of the way in the fourth before Stewart hit the clutch shot that lifted Henderson County to victory.
Stewart led the Colonels with 15 points on five 3-pointers while DaDa Simpson had 10 for Henderson County.
Ellis finished with 25 to lead the Trojans while Camplin added 13 on three 3-pointers.
Douglas scored all eight of his points in the fourth quarter, and freshman Hunter McNaughton—who nabbed the start—finished with four total points. Junior Drew Skinner added a three-point play, and senior Hunter Camplin rounded out the Trojans’ scoring with a basket.
Webster County 75
Hardin County (IL) 42
For the first time since beating Union County on a buzzer-beater back on Jan. 5, Webster County remembered what it felt like to win.
Leading just 17-15 after one quarter, the Trojans dominated the remaining three quarters in a 75-42 shellacking of host Hardin County (Elizabethtown, IL) on Monday night.
Webster County outscored Hardin County 17-8 in the second quarter to take a 34-23 lead into the locker room, and the Trojans rolled out 41 points in the second half to run away with the victory.
Senior Chatman Ellis led the Trojans with 29 points while sophomore Tyler Camplin added 18 points—13 of which came in the second half.
Junior Malachi Douglas scored all seven of his points in the second quarter while freshman Hunter McNaughton, junior Logan Mooney, junior Drew Skinner and senior Hunter Camplin each tallied four points.
Freshman Ryan Roland had a three-point play off the bench for the Trojans, and sophomore Zaine Geary also contributed off the pine by scoring one basket.
Hardin County was led by Gabe Fowler with 11 points.
Webster County will now host district rival Union County on Friday night before making up a pair of games that were each cancelled due to different circumstances.
The Trojans will host Fort Campbell on Saturday night after the Falcons couldn’t travel to Dixon because of the government shutdown last Monday before travelling to Mortons Gap to take on Hopkins Central on Monday—a game that was postponed to the surplus of winter weather the area experienced a couple weeks ago.
Webster County will then host Madisonville-North Hopkins on Tuesday night. The Trojans beat the Maroons 51-50 in the first meeting thanks to Chatman Ellis’ game-winning 3-pointer just before the horn.
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