The Lynn Camp Wildcats hosted the 19th Annual Bowman Memorial Classic this past week. The Wildcats lost three games on their home court to Pineville, McCreary County and Oneida Baptist Institute.
In the opening game, Lynn Camp lost to District rival Pineville 54-66. Pineville jumped out on the Wildcats in the first quarter 21-9 behind six points from Donald Collett and extended the lead to 15 points by the half at 36-21.
The Wildcats fought back in the third quarter cutting the deficit to seven at the 4:24 mark when Jayden Elliott stole the ball off the Wildcat press and laid it in while drawing a foul. Elliott completed a three point play for a 40-33 score.
Pineville continued to struggle under Lynn Camp’s pressure defense for the remainder of the quarter allowing the Wildcats to cut the lead to six at the end of the third quarter 51-45. Lynn Camp’s Jayden Elliott poured in 14 points in the quarter.
Pineville took advantage of the energy expended in the third quarter push by the Wildcats by pushing the lead back out to 10 where it remained most of the fourth quarter. The Wildcats lost by eight with a final score of 66-54.
Skylar McFarland led the way with 21 points followed by 18 from Jayden Elliott.
The second game of the tournament for the Wildcats featured the McCreary County Raiders.
Lynn Camp took the opening quarter 14-12 on a three point basket as time expired by Bruce Hopkins. The Wildcats traded baskets with the Raiders during the second quarter adding 17 points for a 31-30 half time advantage.
Lynn Camp’s Skylar McFarland poured in nine points in the third to give the Wildcats a four point lead 48-44 to begin the fourth quarter.
The Raiders pushed back ahead with 4:49 remaining by two points when Tyler Longmire scored. The game went back and forth to a 61-61 tie with 52 seconds on the clock. Lynn Camp committed a foul allowing McCreary’s Kyle Tucker to hit a free throw for a 61-62 lead with 36 seconds. Lynn Camp’s Jayden Elliott drove in the lane on the next possession for a jumper and was fouled with 21 seconds on the clock. Elliott missed the free throw leaving a one point lead 63-62. McCreary County ran all but two seconds off the clock before Freshman Ryan Jones drove down the lane and banked in a short jumper to give the Raiders the 63-64 win.
Skylar McFarland poured in 21 points, Bruce Hopkins added 18 while Austyn Weddle and Jayden Elliott each had 10. Weddle led the team on the boards with nine rebounds.
The Wildcats finished up the tournament on Saturday night with a third loss to Oneida Baptist Institute 73-80.
The Wildcats came out determined in the opening quarter by jumping out to a 10-2 advantage at the 5:10 mark. OBI fought back holding the Wildcats to just four points over the next five minutes and took a 14-18 lead at the end of one.
Lynn Camp, even though they fought hard, never regained the lead. The Wildcats did manage to pull within one point on a jumper from Jayden Elliott with 2:04 remaining in the third quarter, but would allow OBI to pull back ahead by five points at the end of the third quarter. The Mountaineers held on to a 73-80 victory.
Skylar McFarland led the scoring for the third straight game with 26 points followed by Austyn Weddle’s 17 points and Jayden Elliott’s 16.