Casey boys win championship

December 24, 2003

Casey County's boys gave up a lead late, but regrouped in overtime to beat Pittman (Tenn.) and win the championship of the Smoky Mountain Holiday Classic at Gatlinburg, Tenn.

The Rebels (4-2) won their third straight game behind 17 points from Derek Vest and 15 from Dustin Johnson.

"This was a tremendous team victory," coach Shawn Conley said.

"We just had three games down here where we played extremely hard and we played very well defensively. We came together as a team, and as a result, we won a championship."

Casey led by two with 10 seconds to play, but Pittman forced overtime on a last-second shot.

Vest started the overtime with a 3-pointer, and Johnson scored the last four points of the game to seal the victory.

Johnson hit three 3-pointers in the first quarter to help give Casey an early 14-8 lead.


Spring Valley (W. Va.) 53, Casey County 38 - At Gatlinburg, Tenn., Casey more than doubled its game output in the fourth quarter, but it wasn't enough as the Rebels finished sixth at the Smoky Mountain Holiday Classic.


Casey scored just 10 first-half points and trailed 38-17 after three quarters. The Rebels scored 21 points in the fourth period, but Spring Valley held on for the win.

Casey was just 12-for-39 (30.8 percent) from the field and hit 52 percent (14 of 27) of its free throws.

The first half was even uglier, as the Rebels connected on just 3 of 19 shots for 16 percent.

"The first half, our shooting really did us in," coach Randy Salyers said. "We got down early and never could catch up."

Casey was led by Lindsay Wilson's seven points, and Tabitha Yaden had a team-high seven rebounds.

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