Jumpers topple The Rock

By DOUG EADS

Jeron Dunbar wasn’t feeling well on Friday night, suffering from flu-like symptoms.

However, when all was said and done at The Briar Patch, it was visiting Rockcastle County that was feeling sick after the first of two meetings between the two 47th District rivals.

Somerset placed four players in double figures, raced out to a 24-14 lead after one period of play, and never looked back on its way to an impressive 69-45 win over the Rockets.



“It’s always good to win your first game of the district,” stated Dunbar after his team’s impressive win.

“We knew coming in this was a must win for us,” continued the Somerset head coach. “Chase Walker is our lone senior and he is off to a great start this season. He really got us going on the offensive end tonight by hitting some shots. Dakota (Acey) has been our most consistent player through the first three games of the season, so not having him tonight was scary.”

Walker and Dylan Burton each led Somerset in the win with 17 points, while Kaiya Sherron added 13 points and Jase Bruner chipped in with 11 points.

The Jumpers took control of this one early, leading The Rock 24-14 after the first quarter of play, and extending that advantage out to 38-27 by the half.

In the second half, Somerset — behind the scoring of Burton and Walker — extended its lead out to 54-37 by the end of the third stanza, and never looked back.

With the win, the Briar Jumpers evened their record to 2-2 on the season, heading into tonight’s game at Madison Central.

Somerset will host Casey County in a girl/boy doubleheader on Tuesday night in a pivotal 47th District clash.

That twinbill will get underway from The Briar Patch beginning with the girl’s contest at 6 p.m.





Lady Jumpers fall to Rock

By DOUG EADS

The Somerset Lady Jumpers remained winless on the season on Friday night, falling at The Briar Patch to the Rockcastle County Lady Rockets by a final score of 49-42.

The loss dropped Somerset to 0-4 on the season and to 0-1 in district play, as coach Bobby Bowling’s club lost its district opener to the visiting Lady Rockets.

And it was at the free throw line where Somerset let this one slip away.



For the game, the Lady Jumpers shot only 45 percent from the charity stripe, hitting on only nine of 20 free throw attempts.

In a close game against a district foe, that’s a recipe for disaster and that’s exactly what happened to Somerset on Friday evening.

“We’re getting better every game out,” stated coach Bowling.

“We’re still learning a new system, but you can’t go nine for 20 from the free throw line and win,” added the Lady Jumper coach.

Sophomore Madison Garland paced Somerset in the loss with a team-high 17 points, while Addi Bowling chipped in with 10 points.

The Lady Jumpers will try to get their first win of the season next Tuesday night at The Briar Patch but it will not be an easy task.

Casey County will travel to Somerset for a girl/boy 47th District doubleheader scheduled to tip off at 6 p.m. with the girl’s contest.



Warriors fall to Cardinals

By DOUG EADS

The Southwestern Warriors dropped a heartbreaker to district rival Wayne County on Friday night, falling by a 64-63 margin.

Cole Dysinger — who led Southwestern with a game-high 30 points — hit the game-winning shot at the buzzer for the Warriors, but the officials waved it off, ruling that he didn’t get the shot off in time.

The loss was a tough one for the Warriors with the way things turned out, but Chris Baker’s club proved that his young team is coming along at a rapid pace, despite falling to 1-3 on the season with the setback to Wayne County.



“I’m proud of the kids and I thought they did a tremendous job,” stated the Warrior coach after the contest.

“They battled, they played hard, but our youth and inexperience showed in crucial moments,” added coach Baker. “There were just moments where their (Wayne County) seniors kind of knew how to handle the situation, and our juniors are still trying to figure it out.”

Dysinger helped keep the Warriors close with Wayne County, thanks to his career night.

Trailing the Cards 35-26 at halftime, the junior guard led a ferocious comeback in the second half that fell just short in the end.

As for Wayne County, the Cardinals — playing without  arguably their best player in Aubrey Weaver — were led by Garren Dishman with 18 points, while Thomas Spencer added 16, helping the Cards remain perfect on the season at 3-0.

“Give Southwestern credit for a great game plan and really good execution,” stated Wayne County head coach Rodney Woods after the contest.

“The took some things away from us on the offensive end,” Woods added. “Their physicality really bothered us. We made some big plays on the offensive glass down the stretch to pull out the win.”

The Warriors will return to action next Friday night taking part in the Pikeville Invitational Tournament, as Southwestern will meet up against Covington Holmes.



EDITOR’S NOTE: This Southwestern team is only going to get better and better with more experience. Meanwhile, Wayne County is still the odds on favorite as the team to beat this season inside the 12th Region.