Meade County loses 1st District game
In what could be a pivotal game in District 11 play, Meade County lost to heated rival Breckinridge County 73-63 on Dec. 14.
Meade scored on an early foul shot, and then watched the visiting Tigers roar out to a 14-1 lead, with 4:34 to go in the quarter. Basically, the game was over at that point. “They (Breck County) knocked us in the mouth,” said Head Coach Gerry Garris, “and we didn’t respond.” Meade put on a mini-run to close the gap to 14-11, but the Tigers regrouped and shut down the Greenwave shooters and extended the lead to 21-13 to close out the quarter.
They continued their dominance in the second quarter, extending their lead to the largest in the game, 38-20. Meade had opportunities to score, but missed some close-in baskets; meanwhile, they turned the ball over 10 times in the first half. The Tigers capitalized on the turnovers, scoring 15 of their first half points on Greenwave errors. “We tried to force the issue,” said Coach Garris, “rather than letting it (the game) come to you. We got shell shocked a little bit.” The Tigers were also four for nine from behind the arc contributing to the Greenwaves’ woes in the first half. Going into the locker room, the Tigers held a 43-31 lead.
Meade came out in the second half with a lot more energy than the first. Cheaney Schwartz hit a three; Brady Smith, off the bench, hit two three-pointers and Wes Dowell put one in from close range and the lead was only eight points. Meade was back in the game down 50-43. The third was Meade’s best quarter of play. They worked to get back in the game, and shut down the Tiger offense, allowing only eight points in the quarter. “They gave us chances,” said Coach Garris, “but we didn’t take advantage.”
When Bo Wilson hit a short-range jumper early in the fourth quarter to close the gap to six points, 51-45, the Greenwave faithful were rattling the rafters, exhorting the home team on.
The difference in the second half was the Tiger’s Wade Weatherholt. Weatherholt had 10 of his 16 points and seven of his eight total rebounds to lead all scorers and rebounders in the second half. To make matters worse, the Greenwaves’ leading scorer and rebounder, Schwartz, fouled out with just less than six minutes to go in the game. In addition to Schwartz, starting guards Chase and Bryce Garris also fouled out.
The one bright spot for the game was rebounds. Meade outrebounded the visitors 34-29 and Coach Garris was pleased with the effort under the boards.
Meade will be on the road in the “Hoopin’ it Up” tournament in London Dec. 18-21 and at the “Boy BBQ Invitational” in Russellville, Dec. 28-30. On Jan. 4, they travel to Floyd Central, Ind.m and return home against John Hardin on Jan. 7.
Individual stats: Chase Garris, 7 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 steals; Bryce Garris, 8 points, 3 rebounds, 3 assists; Bo Wilson, 13 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists, 3 steals; Cheaney Schwartz, 13 points, 5 rebounds, 1 assist; Brady Smith, 12 points, 3 rebounds; Stephen Compton, 6 points, 5 rebounds; Wes Dowell, 4 points, 4 rebounds, 3 steals.