On Saturday, the Viper Hornets and the Leatherwood Wildcats opened the eighth grade portion of the Perry County Tournament. The Wildcats dominated play in the first half of the game, but fell victim to a spirited comeback by the Hornets in the second half.
Leatherwood led the whole way in the first half, jumping out to the 9-6 lead in the first quarter, and going into the break with a 25-19 advantage. However, the momentum would take a sharp turn in the second half.
Viper opened the second half with a smothering press that took Leatherwood out of their game plan. The Hornets quickly erased the deficit of the first half, and then took the lead.
Going into the final period, Viper was in control of the game 32-26. The Hornets held the Wildcats without a field goal in the period.
Leatherwood picked up the pace in the fourth quarter and began to find the basket. Viper quickly put an end to the Wildcats' dream of a comeback of their own, and began to pull away down the stretch. Viper went on to win the game by the final count of 51-34, earning them a spot in the next round.
Viper was led in scoring by Randy Lewis and Jacob Watts who each had 20 points. Leatherwood's Bobby Ballard had 14 points to lead the Wildcats.
Viper (51) Randy Lewis 20, Jacob Watts 20, Jordan Epperson 6, Gatlin Goodson 4 and Jason Standafer 1.
Leatherwood (34) Bobby Ballard 14, Eric Ison 7, Waylon Sparkman 6, Nick Smith 4 and Steven Frasure 3.