Fort Gay, W. Va. — Johnson Central ( 3-1 ) used a 26-11 advantage in the third quarter to turn a tight game into a 87-56 victory over Lawrence Co. ( 6-3 ) in the Championship game of the first ever #RISEabove Rebel Shootout at Tolsia High School Saturday night.
2018 #RISEabove Rebel Shootout Runner Up Lawrence Co. Bulldogs
The Dawgs and Golden Eagles were knotted up at 19 after one quarter but All Tournament selection Cody Maynard who had 7 points in the opening stanza fell hard on his wrist toward the end of the quarter and did not return to the game.
Johnson Central led 38-31 at halftime before the big third quarter to put the game away.
Lawrence Co. was led in scoring by Tyler Maynard with 16 points and 5 rebounds, Noah Fairchild tallied 9 points and a team high 12 rebounds, Chase Sartin Lucas Maynard and Trenton Adkins had 8 points each.
LCHS hit 4 three pointers and went 12-18 from the line.
Tournament MVP Isaiah May led the Golden Eagles with 22 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists, All Tournament selection Cory Vanhoose finished with 19 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists, Jacob Rice tallied 16 points and 8 assists.
JCHS hit 9 three pointers and went 12-13 from the line.
JCHS 19 19 26 23 = 87
LCHS 19 12 11 14 = 56
#RISEabove Rebel Shootout All Tournament team and MVP.
MVP Isaiah May JCHS
Cory Vanhoose JCHS
John King JCHS
Cody Maynard LCHS
Lucas Maynard LCHS
Torin Lockow HHS
Jesse Muncy THS
The two teams will be action on Tuesday in Louisa to renew the rivalry.
Lawrence Co. Travis York
“… Proud of our guys’ effort, …was a great atmosphere for the games. I felt like we had a great game plan going in but when Cody went down that really changed things. He was doing a great job creating for others and being aggressive. He had 7 points in 7 minutes. Losing him as a player and a leader I felt like messed with our psyche a little.”
“… We were in the game first half but second half we kinda fizzled out and they asserted themselves. It’s hard to play from behind against Johnson Central. If you press and gamble they can spread you out and find holes and that’s what they did in the second half.”
“…The tournament was great. Four good teams that really got after it. Fun games to watch and good crowds. I love #RISEabove and what they do for our community.”
“… Having people come in and speak to the players about drug addiction was great for kids growing up in this area where it affects so many people.”