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Titans fall in consolation finals

Arpan Dixit
Herald Staff

Jackson Lewis (1) hits the trailer Carter Baughman (2) with a no-look pass during the Titans loss to Walton-Verona on Saturday, Dec. 23. (Photo by Arpan Dixit)

Participating in the biggest mid-season tournament in the state, the King of the Bluegrass, the Mercer County Titans faced some very tough competition. They came out of the tournament with a 2-2 record with wins over rivals Anderson County and Pulaski County. They suffered their two losses to Lexington Christian and Walton-Verona.

Head Coach Josh Hamlin talked about the two wins against rival teams.

“It was a really tough test for us, tougher than most tests teams have to go through at this point in the season,” he said. “There was a lot of emotion in the games against Anderson County and Pulaski County.”

Hamlin said sophomore Kaelin Drakeford, played his best game of the year against  Anderson, posting 15 points and 11 rebounds. Senior Ty Divine had a strong game against the Maroons, scoring 22 points and connecting on a number of three-pointers.

Playing in a consolation championship in one of the biggest tournaments in the state is nothing to hang your head about. What should impress critics and fans the most was the way the Mercer County Titans basketball team (8-2) bounced back after an opening-round loss to Lexington Christian, by defeating  Anderson County and Pulaski County on back-to-back nights. Unfortunately, the Titans weren’t able to bring home the consolation trophy, as they fell to the Walton-Verona Bearcats (6-2) by a final score of 62-55 on Saturday, Dec. 23.

Titans scoring: Faulk,er 38, Gillis 6, Drakeford 5, Baughman 4.

Walton-Verona scoring: Clinkenbeard 13, Stanley 11, Lay 10, Pardee 10, Grubbs 7, Miles 7, Shazier 4.

For more, check out this week’s issue of the Harrodsburg Herald.

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