On Tuesday, the Perry County Central Commodores hooked up with the Leslie County Eagles on the hardwood. The Commodores dominated the previous meeting, but everything was on the line on this night as the winner would move into the championship game of the 54th district tournament.
The Commodores took control of the tempo early, using their defense to set the tone. Perry Central kept Leslie County without a field goal until the clock reached the one minute mark. At the horn, the Commodores were on top 22-5.
Perry Central’s offense staggered slightly in the second period as Leslie County doubled their output. The Commodores, however, remained in control of the game, and went into the locker room with the 36-14 advantage.
The Commodores’ defense continued to dominate play in the third period, keeping the Eagles from scoring for the majority of the period. Perry Central led 46-14 when Leslie County picked up their first field goal. With eight minutes left to play, the Commodores led 51-21.
Perry Central picked up the continuous clock in the opening minute of the fourth quarter, and quickly went to their bench to close out the game. The Commodores were able to move into the championship game with the 60-33 win.
Perry Central (60) Chandler Caudill 11, Richard Cornett 5, Jacob Woolum 2, Damon Tobler 14, Idris Akinyemi 7, Noach Back 13 and Prince Anosike 8.
Leslie Co. (33) Bray 2, Baker 10, Simpson 2, Dixon 4, Mitchell 4, Hoskins 1, Smith 6, Sizemore 1 and Pennington 3.
Tony McGuire can be reached via email at [email protected]