Dawgs fall in second round

Posted January 31, 2018 at 9:09 am



The Clinton County Bulldogs took its game to Richmond, Kentucky last week to play in the Touchstone Energy All “A” Classic at McBrayer Arena on Eastern Kentucky University’s campus.

Although Clinton County came up across the number 12 ranked team in the state during the second round, bringing an early departure from the tournament, Clinton County fans still bleed blue after the Dawgs fell in the second round.

Clinton County 33

Walton-Veronia 57

The Clinton County Bulldogs went up against a top 20 team on Friday night at the All “A” Classic in the second round.

Almost a 24-hour turnaround from the opening round game, Clinton County started off in good spirits, but fell behind early in the first quarter.

Walton-Veronia opened up in a full court press and that defense gave the Dawgs some trouble offensively.

The Dawgs weren’t able to get the ball up the floor and get the shots they needed to stay in the game.

Clinton County’s Jackson Harlan hit his first five shots of the game and from that point on, never made another field goal.

By the end of the first quarter, Clinton County trailed, 13-8.

During the second quarter, the Dawgs continued to struggle offensively. Clinton County only posted five points in the period, compared to Walton-Veronia’s 12.

The Dawgs shot only 14 percent in the second quarter on one of seven from the floor, while Walton-Veronia hit five of 12 for 41.7 percent.

At the half, Clinton County was still in the hole and trailed 27-13.

As the second half got underway, Clinton County’s efforts to get past the full court press seemed unproductive. Walton-Veronia didn’t let up after grabbing a 15 point first half lead, however, there was a shining moment in the second quarter when Clinton County gained some ground.

That run quickly fell apart and Walton-Veronia continued to pick up steam late in the third.

The Dawgs posted nine points in the third quarter, compared to Walton-Veronia’s 18.

During the fourth quarter, Clinton County couldn’t come out of the hole already dug by its opponent. Midway through the period, Head Coach Todd Messer began to substitute players in order to get playing time for everyone on Clinton County’s bench.

Clinton County’s bench was responsible for 11 of the Dawg’s total 33 points of the game.

By the time the game was over, Clinton County had taken an early exit in the All “A” Classic, 57-33.

For the game, the Dawgs shot 11 of 34 for 32.4 percent from the floor, two of nine from three point line for 22.2 percent and hit nine of 12 from the foul line for 75 percent.

As a team, Clinton County only committed 10 turnovers and forced seven against Walton-Veronia.

Individual scoring for Clinton County was:

Harlan 13

Stockton 6

Hadley 3

Brown 3

Guffey 3

Hill 2

Stines 2

Baker 1

Clinton County 69

Robertson County 51

The Bulldogs made it to the second round of the All “A” Classic by defeating Robertson County 69-51, on Thursday night of last week.

Right out of the gate it was clear the Dawgs came to prove a point and jumped out on Robertson County 20-12 in the first quarter.

During the second quarter, Robertson County made a comeback of sorts and outscored the Dawgs in the period, 11-9, to cut the lead to six at the half, 29-23.

As Clinton County came out in the second half, the mission was to add as much distance between them and Robertson County as they could.

Harlan only scored nine points in the first half and as the third quarter rolled around, he caught fire and put on a shooting clinic.

Seth Stockton added to Clinton County’s offense and defense with 15 points and 12 rebounds on the night.

Harlan scored 22 points in the second half, 31 for the game, on 12 of 21 shooting and two of three from behind the three point line.

In the third quarter efforts alone, Clinton County outscored Robertson County 20-11, for a 49-34 lead.

During the fourth quarter, Clinton County didn’t let up and continued to control the game on both ends of the floor.

For the final eight minutes, Clinton County posted 20 points compared to Robertson’s 17.

Clinton County cruised in the final quarter to move on to the second round by a final score of, 69-51.

For the game, Clinton County shot 49.1 percent from the floor on 26 of 53 shooting, including three of 10 from the three point line for 30 percent. From the foul line, the Dawgs hit 14 of 22 for 63.3 percent.

The Dawgs also won the rebounding battle as Clinton County pulled down 36 to Robertson’s 25.

The Dawgs also committed fewer turnovers than Robertson County, 8-15.

Individual scoring for Clinton County was:

Harlan 31

Stockton 15

Stines 12

Baker 3

Hill 2

Guffey 2

Page 2

Cross 2

Clinton County was back in action on Tuesday, too late for press deadline, against Campbellsville at Lindle Castle Gymnasium and will play Madison Southern on Friday at home.

The Dawgs will also host the Robbie Davis Memorial Classic on Saturday with the Dawgs tipping off at 7:15 against Somerset.

The Lady Dawgs traveled to Warren Central to take on the Lady Dragons Tuesday and will travel to Wayne County on Friday. Both games for the Lady Dawgs are scheduled for a 6 p.m. tip off.


The very first play of the game against Robertson County was an alley-oop play designed to make a statement. Jackson Harlan made the basket that was lobbed towards the rim.


Seth Stockton made one of several shots during the first game against Robertson County on Thursday night in the first round of the All “A” Classic State Tournament. He finished with 15 points and 12 rebounds.

Jon-Allen Cross went up for a defensive stop during the second half of Clinton County’s second round game against Walton-Veronia. The Dawgs lost the contest, 57-33.

Jackson Harlan was named to the Touchstone Energy All “A” Classic All Region Team at the conclusion of Friday night’s game at EKUs McBrayer Arena.