Wildcats shoot down Eagles

By Tony McGuire - cpsports@gmail.com

On Friday, the Buckhorn Wildcats traveled to Hyden to take on the Leslie County Eagles. The Wildcats won the first meeting 67-55, and were trying to make a sweep of their 54th district foe.

Neither team would be able to take control of the contest in the opening minutes. Buckhorn managed to pull out a one point lead (10-9) at the horn.

The pace picked up slightly in the second period, again, with neither team taking control. The Wildcats went into the locker room with the slim 25-23 advantage.

The third period was a carbon copy of the second, with Buckhorn once again scratching out a one point edge. Going into the final eight minutes, the Wildcats were on top 40-37.

The Wildcats pulled out all the stops in an attempt to control the tempo, and eventually began to build a comfortable lead. A late rally by the Eagles made things interesting, but Buckhorn prevailed with the 59-52 win.

Connor Hoskins led the Wildcats with a double-double (19 points and 10 rebounds).

Buckhorn (59) Ryan Boggs 14 (3 rebounds and 2 steals), Josh Crank 12 (5 rebounds, 2 assists and 1 steal), Donovan Engle 8 (5 rebounds and 1 steal), Connor Hoskins 19 (10 rebounds and 1 steal) and Austin Morris 6 (2 rebounds, 2 assists and 1 steal).

Tony McGuire can be reached at 606-436-5771 or on Twitter @HazardHerald.

By Tony McGuire


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