The Buckhorn Wildcats kicked off the Sweet Sixteen this past week. The Wildcats got things started with the Murray Tigers.
Buckhorn got on the board first as Connor Hoskins hit a “3” out of the corner. Murray hit a couple of shots to take the lead, but it didn’t last long as Josh Crank hit a pair of free throws, and Connor Hoskins connected on another “3” (8-4).
The Tigers then went on a run that netted them the 14-8 advantage with 2:38 remaining on the clock. The Wildcats picked up the pace, and began to crawl back into the game. With time running out in the frame, Austin Morris hit a “3” that pulled Buckhorn to within one at 15-16.
The Tigers turned up the defensive pressure in the second period, leaving the Wildcats looking for a good look at the basket. A couple of minutes into the second period, Austin Morris hit his second “3”, tightening the score at 18-21. It would be the last points of the half for Buckhorn. Murray went into the locker room with the 33-18 advantage.
Buckhorn would slow the Murray offense in the third period, but could not find a way to cut away at their deficit. The closest the Wildcats could get in the frame would be 14 points (23-37).
The closest Buckhorn would be able to get in the final period would be 21-points (35-56) at the 3:00 mark. Murray ended the game on a run, and finished with the 35-62 win.
Josh Crank led the Wildcats in scoring with 16 points on the day. Buckhorn finished their season with a 19-16 mark.
Buckhorn (35) Ryan Boggs 2 (2 rebounds, 1 assist and 1 steal), Daniel Hurley 3 (1 rebound, 3 blocks and 1 steal), Shannon Blank (1 rebound and 1 assist), Josh Crank 16 (6 rebounds, 3 assists and 3 steals), Connor Hoskins 8 (4 rebounds and 2 steals), Nicholas Stidham (1 rebound), Andrew Bush (1 rebound), Johnavan Stidham (1 rebound), Donavan Engles (2 rebounds), Austin Morris 6 (1 rebound and 1 steal).
Tony McGuire can be reached at 606-436-5771 or on Twitter @HazardHerald.