Paintsville, Ky — Johnson Central ( 9-6 ) beat Lawrence Co. ( 10-7 ) in a high scoring contest 83-76 Tuesday at the Paul R. Setser Fieldhouse.
The Bulldogs hit seven three pointers in the first half and only trailed 38-37 at the half.
In the second half they cooled off and the Golden Eagles pulled away late to get the victory.
Cody Maynard hit 4 three pointers and scored 22 points, Trenton Adkins tallied 21 points and pulled down 10 rebounds, Tyler Maynard netted 15 points and dished 4 assists, Baden Gillispie chipped in with 10 points and 4 assists, CJ Fairchild 4 points, Alex Ratliff and Chase Sartin 2 points each.
The Dawgs went 10 of 24 from the three point line and 12 of 14 from the charity stripe.
Johnson Central was led by Cory Vanhoose with 24 points, Isaiah May and John King 17 points apiece, Grant Rice 10 points, Bryson Hackney 7 points, Conner Lemaster 5 points and Kamen Slone 3 points.
The Golden Eagles went 7 of 16 from the three point line and 18 of 24 from the charity stripe.
The Dawgs will return to action Thursday night at 7:00 in the Class 2A State Tournament against Bourbon Co. ( 15-2 ) at the Owensboro Sportscenter.
Johnson Central will travel to Boyd Co. Thursday night.
Lawrence Co. Head Coach Chandler Thompson
“… I’m not going to make any excuses at all, we were here to play this game and I thought our kids were focused for the most part. We had some defensive breakdowns and that led to not rebounding as well. We shot the ball extremely well in the first half but cooled off in the second and they remained steady throughout the game. Coach McKenzie told me before the game that they had been struggling to score the ball but tonight they didn’t have much trouble putting up 83 points.”
“… I told our bunch after the game that we can compete with this bunch and and that we can beat them. Something that we can build on. Looking forward to our trip to Owensboro even though this was a tough loss tonight. With the schedule that we have played and our record so far I will take it.”