WILLIAMSON – In a battle of two eastern Kentucky basketball powers on Friday night, Knott County Central defeated Sheldon Clark 62-33 at the historic Williamson Fieldhouse.
Both teams came into the game undefeated.
Knott Central is led by University of Tennessee commit Camron Justice, who is the son of former Belfry coach Raymond Justice.
Justice poured in 21 points as he and the Patriots (7-0) to another win over the Cardinals of Martin County. Justice averages 25 per game, but he did not play in the fourth quarter of the game.
Coach B.B. King of Knott Central played many of his reserves in the final minutes.
Sheldon Clark is playing a couple of games at the local Fieldhouse this season because of blasting damage to their school in Inez, Ky. Most of their “home” games are being played at the Warfield Middle School gym.
The Cardinals got off to a very slow start and fell behind 21-5 after one quarter and trailed 39-8 at the half. They could never recover.
Sheldon Clark, coached by Frankie Smith, only made 3-29 shooting early in the game.
The Cardinals start three freshman and two juniors and have a young team, according to Frank Smith, Sr., who is an assistant for his son.
“Knott Central is one of the best teams in the state and Cam Justice is one of the top players in the state,” Smith said.
Knott Central fired in six 3-pointers, four by Justice. They hit 8-12 at the free throw line for 67 percent.
Sheldon Clark traveled to Morgan County on Saturday night and will play in the Mountain Schoolboy Classic at Belfry this coming weekend.
Knott Central will play Lexington Henry Clay on December 26th. They will return to the Williamson Fieldhouse for the Hatfield-McCoy Shootout in mid-January.
Evan Hall added 11 for KCC, while Kegan Sammons chipped in 8.
Dylan James led Sheldon Clark with 18, while Chase Parsley added 10.
Score by quarters:
KCC (7-0) …21 18 11 12 - 62
SC (5-1) …. 5 3 16 9 - 33
Knott Co. Central (62) – Dalton Cornette 6, Camron Justice 21, Kegan Sammons 8, Cheyne Miller 2, Simon Christian 7, Evan Hall 11 and Chance Cornette 7.
Sheldon Clark (33) - Chase Parsley 10, Dylan James 18, Trevor Blackburn 2, B. Dalton 0, M. Tiller 1and Heath Maynard 2.