Casey boys, girls post wins

December 28, 2003

The Casey County boys rebounded from a first-round loss with a 53-49 win over Scott County (Tenn.) on Saturday in the Arby's/KFC Classic at Stearns.

Derek Vest scored 13 points and Charlie Fox added 10 for Casey (5-3), which used a balanced scoring attack to turn back Scott's rally.

"We were really balanced in our scoring, which helped," Casey coach Shawn Conley said.

The Rebels took a 35-25 lead into the fourth quarter, but Scott rallied to take a 41-40 lead with about two minutes left. A 3-pointer from the corner by Vest, however, put Casey back in front to stay.

Conley said Keith Price also made key plays down the stretch, when he had four rebounds.

Casey will play Conner at 5 p.m. Monday in the fifth-place game of the McCreary Central tournament.

The Rebels dropped a 65-48 decision to Pickett County (Tenn.) in their first-round game Friday, snapping a three-game winning streak that led to a championship in the Smoky Mountain Classic at Gatlinburg, Tenn., a week earlier.


Vest had 21 points for Casey, but no one else managed more than seven. The Rebels also had more than 20 turnovers.

"I did not think we played with much energy, and defensively we really struggled to stop them," Conley said.


Casey County 59, Taylor County 51 - At Campbellsville, Lindsey Hoskins had 23 points and nine rebounds to lead Casey over Taylor in the second round of the Coca-Cola/Krystal Holiday Classic.

Casey shot 58.3 percent (21-for-36) from the field and hit six of 13 3-point shots, and the Lady Rebels held Taylor to 29.4 percent (15-for-51). Taylor was 4-for-25 from 3-point range.

Casey got off to a hot start, outscoring Taylor 21-5 in the first quarter.

"We played probably one of our better first quarters," Casey coach Randy Salyers said.

Taylor closed the gap after Casey center Beth Patterson fell into foul trouble, but Casey outscored the Lady Cardinals 18-14 in the final period.

"Toward the end of the game we did a good job as far as protecting the ball and taking care of it," Salyers said.

Casey, which lost 51-36 to Whitley County in the first round Friday, plays at 5:30 p.m. today for fifth place against John Hardin or Cordia.

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