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.