Dawgs pick up impressive back-to-back wins

Posted January 8, 2020 at 9:14 am



The Clinton County Bulldogs picked up two impressive wins last week, with the first coming on Friday against Cumberland County and the next coming the following night against Pickett County, both away games.

Clinton County 48

Pickett County 34

The Bulldogs traveled to Byrdstown, Tennessee Saturday night to take on neighboring Pickett County. Clinton County’s first points came from the foul line as Chase Stines made two of two for an early lead.

Pickett County made a field goal to tie the score at the 6:35 mark.

Evan Dearborn dropped in a three pointer to push the lead to three, 5-2, but two free throws by the Bobcats put Pickett County within one, 5-4.

Caleb Guffey made a quick move in the paint for a basket to put the Dawgs back up by three with 4:42 on the clock, but a three pointer by Pickett County tied the score at seven.

For the final four minutes of the first quarter, Clinton County held Pickett County scoreless while adding three points to the board for a first quarter lead of 10-7.

Adam Hay came off the bench towards the end of the first quarter and stayed on the court for the start of the second quarter. He played a huge role in keeping Clinton County in the game during the second period.

Hay scored 10 of his team high 12 points in the second quarter alone and was responsible for half of Clinton County’s total points during that eight minutes.

Hay scored the first basket in the second quarter to put the Dawgs up 12-7. Pickett County hit a free throw and a field goal to cut the lead to two points, but Hay made a field goal to push the Dawgs lead back to four points, 14-10.

Pickett County hit a three pointer to cut the lead to one point at the 6:06 mark, but on the next possession Hay was there to knock down a three pointer to give Clinton County a 17-12 lead.

After Pickett County hit a free throw to cut the lead to four, 17-13, Clinton County added four points to the board on two free throws by Stines and a basket off a steal by Bryson Cross, 21-13.

Pickett County went on a 6-0 run to cut the lead to two points, 21-19, but Dearborn knocked down back-to-back three pointers to put the Dawgs up by eight points with 2:30 remaining before halftime, 27-19.

Pickett County cut the lead to three points on a field goal and a three pointer, 27-24, but Hay, who started the quarter off, ended the quarter with field goal with 36 seconds remaining and was fouled. He made the extra point putting the Dawgs up by six at the half, 30-24.

The second half saw both teams struggle from the floor on offense, but defensively the Dawgs held Pickett County to only eight points for the quarter, while only scoring eight points for themselves.

The biggest basket of the quarter for the Dawgs came with one second remaining as Clinton County ran a play that saw Nick Brown in the left corner. As time ran out he put up a three pointer that proved to be one of the biggest shots of the game. After Brown made the shot, Clinton County was up by six, 38-32 to start the fourth quarter.

The fourth quarter was all Clinton County as the Bulldogs outscored Pickett County 10-2 for the entire eight minutes.

The Dawgs finished the game with the14 point win, 48-34.

Individual scoring for Clinton County was:

Hay 12

Dearborn 11

Guffey 10

Brown 5

Cross 4

Stines 4

Delk 2

Clinton County 57

Cumberland County 53

Clinton County traveled to Burkesville Friday night for the second of two regular season district games against the Panthers and by picking up the four point win, puts the Dawgs 2-0 against Cumberland County for the year.

During the first quarter, Cumberland County started by scoring the first two baskets of the game to go up 4-0 on the Dawgs.

Dearborn had other ideas as he hit a three pointer to cut the lead to one point.

Cumberland County went up by three points on another field goal, but once again Dearborn hit another three pointer to tie the score at six. On the next possession, Dearborn again hit a three pointer to give Clinton County its first lead of the game at 9-6.

Dearborn then went to the line and hit one of two to give Clinton County a four point lead all by himself, 10-6.

Cumberland County finished the quarter by hitting a three pointer and a field goal to take a one point lead at the end of the period, 11-10.

During the second quarter, Clinton County jumped out on top with a field goal by Cross, but Cumberland County regained the lead on a field goal at the 7:15 mark, 13-12.

Stines went to the line, where he has been strong all year, and knocked down two free throws to take a one point lead at the 6:47 mark.

The lead went back and forth for the next few minutes until Cumberland County was down by one, 16-15, and put together an 8-0 run to lead 23-16.

At this point, it was none other that Dearborn with a three pointer to get the Dawgs back to scoring again. This time, Clinton County put together a 19-2 run that would span into the third quarter and see the Dawgs with a 10 point lead, 35-25.

Eight of Clinton County’s 19 point swing came from Hay who had back-to-back stellar nights and helped keep Clinton County in both games.

From that point on, Cumberland County played catchup. At the end of the third quarter, the Dawgs led by six points, 39-33.

Cumberland County wouldn’t completely go away and in the fourth quarter, the Panthers gave Clinton County some trouble, but with three minutes remaining Clinton County was up by 10 points, 54-44 and the Dawgs’ mission from there was to run out the clock.

By the time the final buzzer sounded, Cumberland County had managed to get to within four points, but it wasn’t enough to get the win, 57-53.

Individual scoring for Clinton County was:

Dearborn 16

Brown 14

Stines 9

Hay 8

Guffey 5

Davis 3

Cross 2

The Clinton County Bulldogs traveled to Logan County after Christmas to participate in the Roy’s Bar-B-Que/1st Southern National Bank Classic.

After the tournament was over, Clinton County had dropped two of the three games and moved its record to 9-5 on the year.

Clinton County 55

Louisville Collegiate 57

In the final game of the tournament, Clinton County faced Louisville Collegiate in what turned out to be a hard game to let go for the Dawgs.

In the first quarter, Louisville Collegiate took a two point lead after the first eight minutes, scoring 12 to Clinton County’s 10 points.

In the second quarter, the Dawgs continued to fall behind as Louisville Collegiate continued to outscore the Dawgs.

At the half, Clinton County found itself down 25-19.

After halftime, Clinton County seemed to get things together somewhat, outscoring Louisville Collegiate 16-14 and cutting the lead to only four points to start the final eight minutes of the game.

At one point during the third quarter, Head Coach Todd Messer said the Dawgs were down by 14 points and battled back to move up by six points in the fourth quarter.

It all came down to the final 20 seconds of the game as the score was tied at 55 with a chance to make the final basket. As seconds ticked away, the ball was stolen from Chase Stines at the top of the key and with 1.8 on the clock, a Louisville Collegiate player took the ball and scored a layup to win the game, 57-55.

Individual scoring for Clinton County was:

Stines 20

Brown 13

Cross 11

Guffey 5

Hay 2

Delk 2

Dearborn 2

Clinton County 54

Logan County 66

The Bulldogs took on host Logan County in the second game of the Logan County tournament.

Logan County came to Clinton County to play in the Twin Lakes Holiday Classic two weeks ago and Clinton County was hoping to avenge the loss against Logan County in round two.

It didn’t start out well for Clinton County as the Bulldogs fell behind early, 14-10 at the end of the first quarter.

The second quarter saw Logan County outscore the Dawgs17-9 for a halftime lead of 31-19.

Clinton County never got back into the game. However, Clinton County did manage to outscore Logan County in the third quarter by two points, 20-18.

At the start of the fourth quarter, Clinton County was down by 10 points, 49-39.

During the eight minute period, Clinton County couldn’t make up enough ground to catch Logan County before the game was over as the Dawgs lost the contest, 66-54.

Individual scoring for Clinton County was:

Cross 11

Delk 9

Stines 9

Brown 8

Dearborn 5

Guffey 4

Davis 4

Tallent 2

Hay 2

Clinton County 46

Grayson County 38

Clinton County’s only win of the Logan County Tournament came in the first round against Grayson County.

The Dawgs took an early first quarter lead by outscoring Grayson County, 14-12.

With four points from Bryson Cross and four from Stines, along with a free throw by Cohen Davis, Clinton County went into the locker room at the half with a 23-19 lead over Grayson County.

During the third quarter, Clinton County continued to play hard, but Grayson County outscored Clinton County in the third to cut the lead to one point to start the fourth quarter, 33-32.

In the final quarter, Clinton County held strong on defense, holding Grayson County to only six points for the entire eight minute period.

The Dawgs posted 13 points with nine of those coming from the foul line.

By the time the eight minutes was up and the final buzzer sounded, Clinton County had picked up the eight point win, 46-38.

Individual scoring for Clinton County was:

Brown 15

Cross 9

Stines 8

Dearborn 8

Guffey 5

Davis 1

Evan Dearborn hit one of his three three point field goals in the first half against Pickett County Saturday night. Clinton County won the game by a final score of, 48-34.

Adam Hay hit a three pointer in the second quarter against Pickett County on Saturday night. Hay finished the quarter with 10 points and the game with 12 points, and led Clinton County in scoring for the 48-34 win.