Inez, Ky. — Martin Co. ( 1-1 ) christened their brand new gymnasium with a 72-40 victory over Lawrence Co. ( 1-1 ) Friday night as 6’10” Cardinal Junior Trey James broke the 1,000 point barrier.
The Cards had a big first half and led 39-20 at intermission behind 6 three pointers and 12 points each from James and Brady Dingess.
The Dawgs cut it to 10 points early in the third period but the Cardinals answered and pulled away for the blow out victory.
Dingess finished with 19 points including 3 three pointers, Ethan Smith-Mills tallied 17 points and hit 3 three pointers, James ended up with 16 points, Jordan Dalton and Braxton Maynard with 8 points each, Luke Hale and Braden Walker hit a three pointer each.
Martin Co. hit 9 three pointers and went 15-19 from the line.
Tyler Maynard battled foul trouble all game long but led the Dawgs with 13 points, Cody Maynard chipped in with 9 points, Chase Sartin and Trenton Adkins 8 points each, Baden Gillispie 4 points and Alex Ratliff hit a free throw.
Lawrence Co. hit 3 three pointers and went 11-17 from the line.
LCHS 11 9 14 8 = 40
MCHS 17 22 16 17 = 72
Martin Co. will host Beth Haven Christian tonight at 7:00pm
Lawrence Co. will play their home opener against Phelps at 7:30 tonight.
Lawrence Co. Head Coach Chandler Thompson
“… They are so big and strong in the inside and when you collapse down on James and he kicks out and they hit threes, they are going to be tough to defeat. It makes it difficult if they are hitting. Coach James does a great job and they deserved to win tonight.”
“… Any time you’re playing a team like Martin Co. and we don’t shoot well it’s going to be tough. I thought our bench played well and played hard but they answered every run that we had. They did a lot of things better than we did tonight.”
“… Great thing about basketball is we don’t have to wait a week like football we get right back at it against Phelps. We will throw some laundry in and get a game plan together and lace them up.”
Martin Co. Head Coach Jason James
“… It feels awesome to open up this place, It is a beautiful facility. I don’t miss driving over to Warfield to play. Tonight was a great atmosphere against a great opponent. Lawrence Co. is good and Coach Thompson does a great job. We hit some shots and they didn’t shoot well but he will have them ready to play down the road.”
“… I was proud of our kids for the effort tonight. They really get up to play Lawrence Co. even though they aren’t in our District. I thought Brady Dingess and Ethan Smith-Mills shot well. When we make shots we are tough to defend.”
Lawrence Co. 83 East Carter 70 ( Tuesday )
The Dawgs opened the regular season with a nice road victory in Grayson against the Raiders bombing in 9 three pointers and scored 31 points in the first quarter.
Tyler Maynard paced the Dawgs with 28 points including 4 three pointers, Trenton Adkins tallied 21 points, Cody Maynard chipped in with 14 points, Chase Sartin also hit double figures with 11 points, Alex Ratliff 4 points, Bryce Blevins 3 points, Will Lafferty 2 points.