By DOUG EADS
On paper, Friday night’s 47th District contest between visiting Casey County and Somerset was a big-time mismatch.
On the court when all was said and done, on this night at least, the paper didn’t lie.
Simply, homestanding Somerset crushed the Rebels for the second time this season; this time at the friendly confines of The Briar Patch by a final score of 78-46.
Junior forward Kaiya Sheron led a very balanced Somerset scoring attack with a game-high 16 points, as he was one of 10 Jumper players to ink his name into the scoring column.
As a result, it was Somerset moving to 13-2 on the season, while dropping the Rebels to 2-13 on the year, to the lop-sided win in a game that eventually went to a running clock late in the third period due to the 35-point mercy rule.
“I give Casey County a lot of credit, because we had to burn a timeout early on,” stated Somerset head coach Jeron Dunbar after the game, in referring to a very quick, 5-0 Casey County lead to start the contest.
“Gavin (Stephens) has shot the ball well for us all season long, and at halftime tonight he was like 0-6 or 0-7, and his head was starting to get down and I just challenged him,” continued Dunbar. “He stepped up in the second half and scored 15 points, and that’s just kind of the way it goes. We’ve shot the ball so well all season long.”
Casey County did indeed race out to a quick, 5-0 lead in the game over the Briar Jumpers, but after that, this one was all Somerset.
Dunbar and crew led this one by a very comfortable, 38-24 margin at the halftime break, and if this one wasn’t already decided, it certainly was at the end of the next eight minutes on the clock
Somerset blew this one wide open in the third frame, outscoring Casey County 29-6 in the stanza, taking a commanding, 67-30 lead heading into the fourth quarter, and putting this game on a running clock.
Sheron led the Briar Jumpers with 16 points, while Stephens scored all 15 of his points after the intermission.
Dylan Burton joined them in double figures in the win with 13 points.
Somerset will begin play in the 12th Regional All A Tournament on Monday night at Burgin High School, facing Washington County in the first round of that tournament.
That game is set to get underway beginning at 7:30 p.m.