The Bath County Wildcats faced off with 16th region favorite Elliott County Monday night and they just didn’t have enough offense to overcome their elite firepower as the Lions advanced to Friday’s semifinals with a 74-64 win.
In games this season, when the Bath County Wildcats shot 58% from the field while hitting 10 threes a W usually followed, but this was no ordinary game.
The Lions caused timely turnovers which led to 22 points and was ultimately the difference in the ballgame.
The Cats got off to a slow start in the 1st quarter, going down early 12-0, but battled to a 20-11 deficit at the end of the quarter when Ryan Leach hit a three at the buzzer.
The second quarter was Jordan Davis’ quarter as he hit 3 threes in a row and the Wildcats clawed to a 43-30 halftime score.
The Wildcats went on to win the second half, outscoring the Lions 34-31, with the high point coming when Brooks Williams hit a three in the corner which dwindled the Elliott County lead down to 6 before the region favorite stretched it back to double figures.
Elliott County was led in scoring by Tanner Dickerson’s 34 points.
Chandler Otis led the Wildcats with 14 points. Jordan Davis hit 4 threes off the bench for 12 points. Brooks Williams and Austin Reed finished with 11.
The Wildcats finished with a 12-21 record on the season. Elliott County improved to 25-3 and moves on to play Ashland Friday night at 6:30pm in Johnson Arena.
Bath County (12-21)- Williams 11, Porter 8, Leach 5, Otis 14, Reed 11, Rushing 3, Davis 12
Elliott County (25-3)- Spencer 15, Evans 13, T.Dickerson 34, Whitley 4, B.Dickerson 2, Porter 6
BC 11 19 15 19 64
EC 20 23 14 17 74
*Photo Credit: John Flavell (@jxflavell)