Dawgs to Dance at Diddle

Posted February 20, 2019 at 9:27 am



Defeat Cumberland County in opening round of the 16th District

The Clinton County Bulldogs didn’t run away with Monday night’s first round game in the 16th District Tournament against Cumberland County, however, when the final buzzer sounded, the Dawgs did advance to the finals and find a berth in the 4th Region Tournament.

Clinton County 62

Cumberland Co. 55

Cumberland County came out strong in the opening minutes of Monday night’s game as the Dawgs trailed early, 8-2, on two three pointers and two free throws by the Panthers.

The Dawgs then put together a 7-0 run to take a one point lead with 3:50 on the clock.

Cumberland County wasn’t finished, as another three pointer was made to take a two point lead over the Dawgs, 11-9.

Seth Stockton tied the score on a field goal at the 3:14 mark, but the hot shooting wing man from Cumberland County, Joe Johnson, hit another three pointer, eight total for the game, to put the Panthers up by three, 14-11.

At the 2:14 mark, Jackson Harlan knocked down a three pointer to tie the score at 14.

With less than 10 seconds on the clock, Cumberland County hit another three pointer for a 17-14 lead, but once again Harlan stepped up and knocked down a shot from behind the arch to tie the score at 17 at the end of the first quarter.

During the second quarter, Clinton County continued to struggle with ball handling and being able to put the Panthers away early.

Cumberland County hit a field goal in the opening minute of the second quarter to take a 19-17 lead. Harlan went to the line and dropped in two to tie the score, but a three pointer by the Panthers put Cumberland County up by three at the 6:09 mark, 22-19.

The Panthers then hit one of two from the foul line to move up by four, but a three pointer by Evan Dearborn put the Dawgs within one point at the 5:20 mark, 23-22.

Cumberland County hit a three pointer at the 3:17 mark to move ahead by three, 25-22, but a field goal by Harlan put the Dawgs back to within one, 25-24.

At the 1:14 point, Cumberland County hit one of two from the foul line which left the door open for Clinton County to tie the score off a field goal by Chase Stines, 26-26.

Nick Brown hit a three pointer with 37 seconds on the clock to put the Dawgs up by three points, 29-26, but a field goal by the Panthers cut the lead to one at the half, 29-28.

During the second half, Clinton County came out and started to take control of the game, scoring the first eight points of the second half and taking a nine point lead, 37-28.

Cumberland County hit two free throws, followed by a field goal to cut the lead to five points, 37-32.

Brown hit a field goal at the four minute mark to put the Dawgs back up by seven, but back-to-back field goals by the Panthers put Cumberland County back in the game, trailing by three, 39-36.

Brown hit a field goal at the 1:53 mark to put the Dawgs up by five, but another field goal by the Panthers cut the lead to three with 1:40 on the clock.

Brown scored the final points in the third quarter to give the Dawgs a five point lead after three, 43-38.

As the fourth quarter got underway, Clinton County struggled somewhat with the full court press, but were able to manage down the stretch.

Even though the Dawgs never gave up the lead again in the second half, Cumberland County wasn’t quite finished playing basketball for the year as they tried desperately to over come the lead the Dawgs had earned.

In the final minutes, Clinton County scored most of its points from the foul line hitting, 11 of 15 in the fourth quarter alone.

As the minutes ticked away, it was clear Clinton County would hold onto the win and advance in post season play, 62-55.

Individual scoring for Clinton County was:

Harlan 20

Brown 14

Stines 10

Stockton 8

Dearborn 7

Guffey 3

Clinton County will play the winner of Tuesday night’s game with Metcalfe County and Russell County, too late for press deadline.

The finals of the 16th District Tournament will be held on Thursday, February 21, at 7 p.m. at Metcalfe County.

Clinton County 63

Barren County 32

The Clinton County Bulldogs made quick work of the Trojans of Barren County Thursday night in the final game of the regular season.

With the win, Clinton County finished the regular season with a 21-7 record.

In the opening quarter, Clinton County got up early with a 6-0 run. Barren County scored at the 5:30 mark to cut the lead to four, but Clinton County’s 7-0 run put the Dawgs up 13-2 halfway through the quarter.

Clinton County finished the quarter outscoring Barren County 7-6 for a 20-8 first quarter lead.

In the second quarter, Clinton County began to slow down on offense, but held strong on defense.

At the half, Clinton County held Barren County to only four points for the entire eight minutes while putting up nine of its own.

Caleb Guffey finished the quarter with three points and adding to Clinton County’s score in the second quarter was Chase Stines, Evan Dearborn and Noah Pruitt, each with two points for a 29-12 halftime lead.

During the third quarter, Clinton County still remained in full control of the game.

Jackson Harlan added eight points to the board while Pruitt, Nick Brown and Stines added two each and Guffey finished the period with four for a total of 20 third quarter points.

Barren County managed to put up 11 in the third quarter to trail the Bulldogs, 49-23.

The final quarter was just a formality for Clinton County as the Bulldogs coasted for the win.

Everyone on Clinton County’s bench saw action on the floor during the fourth quarter with four points coming from Bryson Cross, and two each from Harlan, Nick Delk, Seth Stockton, Dearborn and Parker Tallent.

By the end of the game, Clinton County had put up 12 points to Barren County’s nine to take the win, 63-32.

Individual scoring for Clinton County was:

Harlan 20

Stockton 10

Guffey 7

Stines 6

Pruitt 6

Cross 4

Dearborn 4

Delk 2

Brown 2

Tallent 2

Seth Stockton drove the baseline and put up a shot over a Cumberland County player Monday night in the opening round of the 16th District Tournament held at Metcalfe County.

Chase Stines pulled up for a layup in traffic on Monday night against Cumberland County in the first round of the district tournament. Stines finished with 10 points.