The Christian County Colonels kept up with Warren Central for the first few minutes of the game, but the experience of the Dragons proved too much for the Cols Monday at CCHS.
Dre Boyd’s 16 points led the Dragons to a 56-35 victory over the Colonels, the fourth time this season they’ve scored less than 40 points.
Despite the loss, Christian County coach Kerry Stovall isn’t deterred.
Stovall has made it clear that he wants his team playing its best basketball when the Eighth District tournament starts.
“Games like this are difficult on young players,” he said. “They take you completely out of anything you want to do and now you have to play. Young guys usually aren’t instinctive enough just to go ahead and play the game … There’s no substitute for experience.”
The Dragons came into the contest at 15-6 as they were coming off of a win over Bowling Green in their last game.
Stovall told his team what to expect when they took the floor against WC.
“I told the guys before the game started that they would be the most physical team we play,” he said. “Guys that have played varsity, I don’t think they backed down from them. I don’t think they were intimidated but that’s basically three guys that played tonight.
“That’s why I wasn’t yelling and hollering at them because that’s not helping. Just getting that experience against that kind of competition hopefully, the next time they go out and play they’ll be a little more comfortable in the situation than they were before.”
The Colonels matched the Dragons in the early going but they couldn’t find their offense as the game went on.
Stovall said despite being down at the half, he thought his team played well. He added it was the second half that hurt them.
“This game did not surprise me,” he said. “I told the guys, we’ve got to shoot 50% from the field. If we shoot 50% from the field and don’t turn the basketball over a lot, we’ve got a shot. Our guys the first half did a pretty good job of taking care of the basketball. In the second half, we turned it over a little bit.”
Stephen Bussell was the only Colonel in double figures with 11 points.
Christian County is off until Saturday when it takes on Taylor County at Clinton County’s Robbie Davis Memorial Classic.
Warren Central 56, Christian County 35
WCHS (16-6)21 13 16 6 — 56
CCHS (8-15)8 12 5 10 — 35
WC: Savyon Howard 1, Jessie Wright 2, Geovonni Floyd 6, Tayton Smith 8, Jaiden Lawrence 5, Kamden Lawrence 7, Herman Gaines 3, Dre Boyd 16, Kobe Brents 6, Antonio Barbee 3
CC: Kobe Dillard 5, Mikeon Mathis 4, Quan Forte 7, Jae’Anthony Pendleton 2, Trez Vaughn 1, Jalil Farrow 5, Stephen Bussell 11