Defeat Middlesboro 63-57 at home.
The Lynn Camp Wildcats picked up a much needed win on Dec. 22 against Middlesboro, 63-57.
The Wildcats had been on a seven game losing streak and had limited play from point guard Bruce Hopkins to complicated matters.
Head Coach Eric Swords said this game is big time for us at this point in the season. “We’ve been in a lot of close games. We were up with three minutes to go at Harlan on Saturday [but could not finish]. That is the story of all our games except the Whitley County game. We are young and have not had much success. We do not know how to win, yet.
Lynn Camp took a step in the right direction with a hard fought win over Middlesboro behind 18 points from Skylar McFarland. The brightest point of the night might have been the play from forward Austyn Weddle and guard Bronson Roaden. Each player stepped up their game pouring in 15 points each.
The Wildcats jumped out to an early five to nothing lead behind baskets from Austin Maier and a three pointer from the left corner on an inbound play from Skylar McFarland.
Middlesboro’s Josh Buttery scored six points to pull the Yellowjackets to within two at 8-6. The Wildcat’s showed balance scoring the remainder of the first quarter with a basket from Maier, two points by Jayden Elliott, Austyn Weddle added four, Bruce Hopkins threw in two while Skylar McFarland added four along with Austin Withrow’s basket for a 22-10 advantage at the end of one.
The Wildcat’s went ice cold in the second quarter and allowed Middlesboro to score 12 unanswered points to tie the game at 22-22 with 3:45 showing on the clock before half time. Lynn Camp managed their first point of the quarter at the 3:08 mark when Austyn Weddle hit a free throw for a 23-24 deficit. The Wildcats could only manage two more free throws and one field goal during the quarter. Middlesboro led the Wildcats 29-27 at halftime.
The Yellowjackets opened the second half with three points from Brandon Hale to extend the lead to six points before McFarland and Roaden each added a basket to pull within two. Both teams traded baskets throughout the third with Lynn Camps Roaden adding eight of his 15 points to take the lead 46-43 at the end of the quarter.
The Wildcats opened up an early seven point lead in the fourth and held on to a 63-57 victory.
Skylar McFarland poured in 18 points to lead the Wildcats, Bronson Roaden had fifteen, Austyn Weddle added 15, Austin Maier finished with six, Jayden Elliott had five while Bruce Hopkins and Austin Withrow each scored two.
Austin Maier pulled down 10 rebounds followed by eight from Austyn Weddle.
The Wildcats will be back in action on Dec. 29 when they take on Powell County in the Pine Mountain Classic.