On Thursday, the Knott County Central Patriots traveled to Buckhorn to take on the Wildcats in the All “A” 14th region tournament. Although the Wildcats and the Patriots have played many times in the past, this was the first time they had hooked up in the All “A” (Knott Central was making their first appearance in the event).
Both teams opened the game well, but just minutes into the contest, the Wildcats began to put a strangle hold on the Patriots offense. By the end of the first period, Buckhorn was well in control of the game at 17-6.
The Patriots began to break down the Wildcats pressure defense in the second quarter, and actually outscored Buckhorn in the period. However, the double-digit margin created in the opening frame would hold into the break (32-22).
Buckhorn opened the second half with a strong run that was intended to break the Knott Central resolve. Midway through the third period, the Wildcats had extended their lead, and looked well on their way to a blowout. However, Knott Central was not through, and went on a run that put them back in the same position they were at after the first period (down 11 at 46-35).
Buckhorn was able to withstand every attack that Knott Central threw at them in the final period. The Wildcats made good on their free throws down the stretch, and was able advance to the semifinals with a 70-59 win.
Andy Blank led the way for the Wildcats with a game-high 18 points.
Andy Blank 18, Justin Rice 17, Zach Gay 13, Kyle Mullins 14, Billy Deaton 6 and Eric Stidham 2.
Knott Central (59)
Mosley 15, Stamper 13, Lindon 11, Amburgey 6, Everage 3, Mullins 4 and Sturdivant 4.