Boys basketball recap (Dec. 21): DCHS, THS, OHS

December 22, 2021 | 12:05 am

Updated December 22, 2021 | 12:56 am

Daviess County and Trinity (Whitesville) struggled on Tuesday, falling in its respective matchups, while Owensboro dominated its way to a win to close the Sportscenter Shootout.

Daviess County vs. North Hardin

Following a rough first quarter, the Panthers struggled to dig themselves out of a hole as junior Cole Burch was limited to seven points as North Hardin grabbed a 67-52 win.

Taveon Smith stole the show in the first quarter, leading the Trojans to a 24-12 lead by scoring 19 points while hitting five threes.

Daviess County was able to limit Smith to two points in the second quarter, but were outscored 15-6 and went into halftime trailing 39-18.

Senior Devonte McCampbell came out of the locker room looking to lead the Panthers to a comeback, scoring nine of their 19 points in the third. However, they were only able to limit North Hardin to 13 points and remained trailing 52-37 going into the fourth.

The comeback effort from Daviess County was too little too late in the second half, as the Trojans matched them point for point on their way to a 67-52 win.

Smith led all scorers with 23 points, while sophomore Darius Wiley was the only other player in double figures for North Hardin with 10 points.

McCampbell led the way with 19 points for Daviess County, while senior Max Dees scored 11 points off of the bench.

The loss snaps a three-game winning streak for the Panthers, as they will now look to bounce back next week when they take on Christian County at 4 p.m.

Trinity (Whitesville) vs. Crittenden County

Led by Travis Champion, the Raiders were unable to stifle Crittenden County’s offense in the third quarter which led to a 66-59 loss.

Juniors Landon Smith and Landon Huff kickstarted Trinity’s offense in the first half, helping them jump out to a 28-22 lead at halftime.

However, the Rockets offense blasted out of the locker room as Champion scored 10 points and led the team to 24 points in the third. Meanwhile, the Raiders offense sputtered, as they were only able to score 10 points and went into the fourth quarter trailing 46-38.

Trinity came out swinging in the fourth quarter, as Huff led them with 10 of the team’s 21 points, but the Rockets scored 20 points themselves as they secured the 66-59 win.

Champion led all scorers with 23 points, while Preston Morgeson also finished in double figures with 11 points.

Huff led the Raiders with 16 points, while Smith followed closely behind with 14 points as the only other player in double figures.

Trinity’s loss moves them to 5-6 overall on the season, as they will look to bounce back on Jan. 3 when they take on Owensboro Catholic at 7 p.m.

Owensboro vs. Forest Park

Silencing Forest Park’s offense in the first half, Owensboro was able to consistently find its way to the rim on the way to a 78-55 win.

The usual backcourt duo of senior Amari Wales and junior Kenyatta Carbon lit a fire under the Red Devils offense in the first quarter, scoring 14 of the team’s 23 points.

Meanwhile, Owensboro’s defense was clicking on all cylinders as well, limiting Forest Park to six points in the first quarter.

The Red Devils kept up their efforts on both ends in the second quarter, helping them jump out to a 44-16 lead at halftime.

If the first half wasn’t enough to prove that Owensboro was waltzing its way to a blowout, Carbona and Wales furthered that point in the third by combining for all 20 of its points.

And while Forest Park was able to outscore the Red Devils in the fourth quarter, their lead was insurmountable and gave them a 78-55 win.

Wales led all scorers with 24 points, while Carbon followed closely behind with 22 points as the only other player in double figures.

The win has Owensboro sitting at 8-2 overall, as they have a week off before it looks to extend its winning streak to three games when it takes on McLean County at 3:15 p.m.

December 22, 2021 | 12:05 am

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