The Clinton County Bulldogs picked up a win this week against former Lady Bulldogs Head Coach Blake Button, who is now the head coach of the boys Caverna High School basketball team.
Clinton County went into Thursday night’s game with a 13-8 record and Button’s team held a 12-9 record.
The Bulldogs won the contest by four points, 65-61, to pick up its 14th win of the season.
In the first quarter, it was all Clinton County as the Bulldogs scored 20 points to start the game. Caverna posted 12 in the first and 15 in the second to trail by six at halftime, 33-27.
During the third quarter, Clinton County outscored Caverna by three, 13-10, to lead 46-37, but a surge by Caverna in the final period saw Clinton County barely escape with the win, 65-61.
The Bulldogs’ Colby Langford and Frank England finished on the boards with seven and eight respectively and as a team, Clinton County finished with 16 turnovers.
Individual scoring for Clinton County was:
Clinton County 66
Wayne County 73
Clinton County hosted neigboring Wayne County Tuesday in what turned out to be a closer game than the final score depicted.
The Bulldogs lost the contest by seven points, 73-66, but led for the most part of the first half and played the Cardinals down to the final minutes before the game could be called in the eyes of the fans.
During the first half, Wayne County was on fire from the floor, shooting almost 60 percent. Clinton County did well on the offensive end, going back and forth for the first few minutes tying the game at six with 6:19 on the clock.
The Bulldogs scored again to take the lead, 8-6, but a three point play by Wayne County put the Cardinals up by one.
Langford then scored four points back-to-back, followed by a basket by England for a five point lead, 14-9.
Wayne County cut the lead to three on a field goal, but Langford’s signiture hook shot gave the Dawgs a five point lead with 2:49 remaining in the quarter, 16-11.
Wayne County again added a field goal to cut the lead to three points, but England came through at the 1:50 mark on a three point play to give Clinton County a six point lead, 19-13.
The Cardinals continued to add points to the board, cutting the lead to four, 19-15, with a minute and a half remaining, but a banking three pointer from the right win by Ethan Cook put the Dawgs up by seven points, 22-15, with 1:10 on the clock.
Wayne County would score again to end the quarter, 22-17, in favor of Clinton County.
It took more than four minutes in the second quarter for Wayne County to scrape its way back into the game and at the 3:01 mark, the Cardinals tied the score at 33.
Wayne County hit a three pointer to take the lead, 36-33, but a field goal by Davis cut the lead to one with 1:40 before halftime, 36-35.
The Cardinals hit another field goal with 55 seconds remaining and Clinton County countered with a field goal to finish the half trailing by one, 38-37.
During the third quarter, Clinton County went cold, but still remained within arms-lenght of the Cardinals.
Wayne County’s lead came at the 1:50 mark when the Cardinals went up six points, 51-45.
Keifer Dalton scored a field goal to cut the lead to four, but the Cardinals added a basket with 1:16 to lead again by six points, 53-47, to end the third quarter.
Clinton County came out in the final quarter and scored four points out of the gate with two free throws by England and a field goal by Langford, 53-51.
A big run by Wayne County saw the Cardinals lead, 58-51, but the Dawgs weren’t finished.
All the plays fell right for the Bulldogs, but the free throws the team needed to stay in the game didn’t fall.
Thirteen missed second half free throws made it difficult for Clinton County to remain a threat for the win. Wayne County took advantage of Clinton County’s failed shots giving the Cardinals game, 73-66. The Dawgs fall to 13-8 on the season.
Individual scoring for Clinton County was:
The Bulldogs’ next game will be Thursday, February 7, against Allen County/Scottsville beginning with a junior varsity game at 5:30 p.m.
On Saturday, February 9, the Bulldogs will host South Laurel in a three game meet beginning with junior varsity at 4 p.m. and varsity game to follow.
The Lady Dawgs will tip off immedately following the boys’ varsity game against Allen County/Scottsville.
Joe Davis put up a three pointer during Tuesday night’s game against Wayne County. The Bulldogs lost the game, 73-66, and move to 14-8 on the year. Davis finished with four points.
Frank England’s 14 points in Tuesday night’s contest proved to be imperative in keeping the game close. Clinton County played Wayne County Tuesday and led by as much as six points in the first half. Clinton County ended up losing the game, 73-66.
Ryan Beard added two points to Clinton County’s score off this baseline drive Tuesday night against Wayne County. The Bulldogs will host Allen County/Scottsville Thursday night and South Laurel Saturday night.