Dawgs pick up second place in Twin Lakes Holiday Classic

Posted December 27, 2017 at 9:46 am



The Clinton County Bulldogs pulled off two impressive wins this past week in the Twin Lakes Holiday Classic held at Lindle Castle Gymnasium. The Dawgs did get beat in the final game of the classic by South Warren on Friday afternoon.

Clinton County 71

Marion County 65

Clinton County got off to a rocky start Wednesday against Marion County. The Dawgs found themselves in a hole as Marion County came out and hit three of three from the field for a 6-0 lead.

Jackson Harlan hit a field goal at the 5:12 mark, but another field goal by Marion County put the Knights up by six, 8-2.

Clinton County’s Noah Pruitt and Harlan hit one of two from the line to cut the lead to four points at the 4:01 mark.

Marion County then put together a 6-0 run to lead by 10 points, 14-4.

Clinton County then started to chip away at the lead and by the time the quarter was over, the Dawgs had cut the lead to three points, 17-14.

During the first four minutes of the second quarter, Clinton County managed to put together a 12-2 run to move ahead by seven, 26-19.

Marion County did outscore Clinton County in the final minutes of the half, 12-9, but with the cushion Clinton County had built in the second quarter, the Dawgs led at the half, 35-27.

The third quarter saw much of the same from the Bulldogs as Clinton County remained in control of the game.

Marion County got to within four points at the 2:30 mark, but Seth Stockton and Jaxon Hadley added baskets to push the Dawgs’ lead to nine points, 51-42.

By the end of the third quarter, Clinton County had maintained a lead and kept it as the quarter concluded, 53-46.

During the fourth quarter, Clinton County tried to use the clock to its advantage, but Marion County was able to squeeze back into the game.

Both teams showed a lot of determination and hustle on both ends of the floor.

During the final minute of the game, Hadley knocked down a shot to give Clinton County a four point edge, 65-61.

Harlan made a mid-court steal on the next possession and scored a basket for a 67-61 lead with 52 seconds remaining.

Caleb Guffey then knocked down two shots from the foul line to put the Dawgs up by eight points, 69-61.

With eight seconds left, Stockton hit two of two from the foul line for a 71-63 lead.

Marion County would end the game scoring one more basket, but the damage had already been done and Clinton County held on to win, 71-65.

Individual scoring for Clinton County was:

Harlan 28

Stockton 14

Stines 9

Guffey 9

Hadley 5

Baker 2

Brown 2

Clinton County 78

South Oldham 74

Clinton County opened up Thursday’s game with a 14-2 run and remained in control throughout the game.

By the time the first quarter had ended, Clinton County had a commanding lead, 19-6.

South Oldham started to chip away at the Dawgs’ lead during the second quarter as Clinton County’s intensity had slacked off somewhat.

By the 2:28 mark, South Oldham has cut the lead to six points, 26-20.

Clinton County finished the quarter with a 10-5 run to lead at the half, 36-25.

After a technical foul was called on South Oldham’s coach at halftime, Clinton County came out and started putting points on the board. A small 6-2 run put the Dawgs up by 15, 42-27, at the 6:52 mark. By the time the quarter had ended, Clinton County held on to an eight point lead, 59-51.

South Oldham started the fourth quarter on an 11-2 run to put the score within two points, 62-60.

They continued that run with a three pointer to take a one point lead, 63-62 with 4:50 on the clock.

Clinton County started to fight back and put points on the board.

With 1:04 remaining, South Oldham led by one point, 71-70. Back-to-back field goals by Harlan and Stockton put the Dawgs up by three, 74-71 with 21 seconds remaining.

With six seconds remaining, Chase Stines hit two from the line for a 76-71 lead.

South Oldham made a three point play with 1.5 seconds on the clock, but a desperation foul by South Oldham sent Harlan to the line where he hit two of two for a 78-74 final.

Individual scoring for Clinton County was:

Harlan 45

Pruitt 9

Stockton 8

Stines 6

Brown 5

Hadley 2

Guffey 2

Baker 1

Clinton County 62

South Warren 72

Clinton County’s only loss of the Twin Lakes Holiday Classic came on Friday at the hands of 4th Region opponent South Warren.

From the opening tip, Clinton County’s game was just a touch off as South Warren took control early in the game.

By the time the first quarter had ended, Clinton County found themselves in a hole, 19-10.

During the second quarter, Clinton County began to chip away at the lead somewhat. With the Dawgs never really getting full control of the game, South Warren kept a decent cushion of a lead.

The Dawgs would get to within six points with 1:12 on the clock and with one of two free throws by Stines, Clinton County cut the lead to six at the end of the second quarter, 33-27.

During the third quarter, back-to-back field goals by Harlan and Stockton but the lead to two points, 33-31.

South Warren answered with baskets of its own for a 37-31 lead with 5:10 remaining in the game.

During the next several minutes, Clinton County managed to get to within one point of the lead, 41-40. A basket by South Warren extended the lead back to three 43-40.

By the end of the third, South Warren had taken control of the game again and led the Dawgs by six, 50-44.

Even though the game was much closer than the final score reflected, Clinton County just couldn’t answer what South Warren had on the floor.

The final quarter for the Dawgs was set up to play catchup to South Warren. Down the stretch, South Warren hit several free throws to keep its lead strong.

By the time the final buzzer had sounded, South Warren took the win by 10 points, 72-62.

Individual scoring for Clinton County was:

Harlan 20

Stockton 19

Hill 8

Stines 6

Pruitt 4

Fulton 3

Guffey 2

Clinton County will be on the road this week at Carroll County at the NAS Tournament.

On Wednesday, December 27, Clinton County will take on Central Hardin. Thursday’s and Friday’s opponents are to be determined.

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Seth Stockton pulled up for a jumper during the second half against Marion County in the Twin Lakes Holiday Classic.

Jackson Harlan drove the lane and made a jumper during the first half against Marion County last week in the Twin Lakes Holiday Classic at Lindle Castle Gymnasium.

The Clinton County Bulldogs fell just short of laying claim to a third consecutive championship title last week in the locally hosted Twin Lakes Holiday Classic. The Dawgs, after two very impressive Classic wins against Marion County, 71-65 and South Oldham, 78-74, before falling in the championship game to the Spartans of Bowling Green’s South Warren Spartans, 72-62. The championship title win was the first ever holiday tournament championship won by the youngest high school in the 4th Region. The Bulldogs are playing in Carroll County High School’s holiday tournament this week while the Lady Bulldogs will be hosting the eight-team Best of the Lakes Holiday Classic this week with games Thursday through Saturday.