By Kyle Lovern
WILLIAMSON – Sheldon Clark pulled away from Tug Valley in the second half to score a 51-39 win in the 12th annual Hatfield-McCoy Shootout before a packed house at Williamson Field House on Saturday night.
The Cardinals, now 11-4, outscored the Panthers (5-4) 15-5 in the third period to pulled a 36-24 lead. SCHS started the quarter with a 6-0 run and continued to build their lead.
TVHS finally got a couple of baskets by Thomas Baisden, the only two they had in the quarter. The Panthers were 1-6 at the line in the third, many of those misses were front end of one and ones.
“I think we are going in the wrong direction,” a dejected Garland Thompson said after the game. “You have to give Sheldon Clark all the credit. They made some shots. We couldn’t do much with Chase Parsley. We missed a lot of shots and just didn’t shoot very well.”
“It’s frustrating,” the Panther coach said. “We had a chance to cut it to six, but we missed some free throws. They were just a better team than us tonight.”
Tug was held to just 5 points in both the first and third quarters.
“I think us playing a 2-3 zone made a difference,” SCHS Coach Frankie Smith said, “We are usually a man-to-man team. This is only the second time all year that we played a 2-3 zone. We worked on it some when we played Boyd County.”
“Rabbit runs a lot of nice sets and they have players that can score,” Smith added. “We thought we would try to make them beat us from the outside. Baisden is a beast in the post.”
“We made some adjustments at halftime,” Smith said.
Chase Parsley led Sheldon Clark with a game-high 25 points, while Dylan James tossed in 14.
“Chase is good,” Smith said. “He is one of – if not the best player in the region. Coaches are always biased of their own players. As he goes and as Dylan goes – and we get some scoring from a couple of the other players, we can be successful.”
The Cardinals are starting three freshmen and two juniors. Smith said he is excited not only about this year, but future seasons.
Thomas Baisden was the only Panthers to finish in double figures. He scored 11. Calvin Blankenship tossed in seven. Hayden Sturgell and Shane Marcum each had 6 points.
Score by quarters:
SC (11-4) - 12 9 15 15 – 51
TV (5-4) - 5 14 5 15 – 39
Sheldon Clark (51) – Chase Parsley 4(3) 8-12 25, Trevor Blackburn 2 2-4 6, Ethan Osborne 0 2-2 2, Dylan James 5(1) 1-3 14, and Wes Hager 1 2-3 4. Totals: 12(4) 15-24 51.
Tug Valley (37) – Hayden Sturgell 3 0-3 6, Shane Marcum 0(2) 0-0 6, Austin Baisden 2 1-2 5, Calvin Blankenship 1(1) 2-2 7, Thomas Baisden 5 1-4 11, Kyle Newsome 1 0-0 2, and Aaron Copley 1 0-0 2. Totals: 13(3) 4-11 39.
(Kyle Lovern is the Sports Editor for the Williamson Daily News. He can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 304-235-4242, ext. 33 or Twitter @KyleLovern)