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Lions hold off Dawgs' late rally
Boyd Co. 58, Lawrence Co. 50
by James Ellis

Lawrence County 6’8” junior Derrick Endicott went up for a score over Boyd County’s Greg Fugate Friday night during the Dawgs’ district loss to the Lions. Endicott finished the game with eight points. BSN photo/Paul G. Ward (click for larger version)
LOUISA – Sports fans discussing particular games and their outcomes often toss about the phrase “closer than it looked”. The Boyd County-Lawrence County game might have looked close in the end, but was not that way for the most part.

The Lions used strong first and third quarter efforts and a balanced scoring effort from Greg Fugate, J.K. Roberts and Jake Hughes to pull off a key 58-50 win in Louisa.

Lawrence County led 6-4 early on an offensive rebound put-back by 6’8 junior center Derrick Endicott, but that was the last advantage they would see as the Lions went on a 13-0 run to close out the quarter with a 17-6 edge.

Fugate, a 6’8 senior, then picked up his second foul early in the second quarter and had to go to the bench, but the Bulldogs could not really capitalize on his absence and trailed 27-20 at halftime.

But the opening play of the second half was what really hurt the Bulldogs, according to head coach Randy Anderson.

Shawn Thompson of Lawrence County, scored among a host of Lion defenders Friday night during the Dawgs’ 58-50 loss to Boyd County. The win improved the Lions’ record to 13-4 on the year, while the Dawgs’ record dropped to 6-11. BSN photo/Paul G. Ward (click for larger version)
“We missed a wide-open three and they went down and Roberts hit a three. So instead of being down 27-23, we were down 30-20 all of a sudden and he gets hot and knocks down another one and it was like we were just out of the game from there,” Anderson said.

The Lions led by as many as 13 points in the third quarter, holding a 35-22 lead, when Roberts hit a three and then closed out the quarter with a big play as Fugate tipped in a basket for a 43-31 lead as the buzzer sounded.

The Bulldogs fell behind 51-33 in the fourth quarter but scrambled back in the last minute to make the margin respectable.

“I felt like we pretty much controlled the whole game except for an ugly lapse at the end,” said Boyd County head coach Phil Pratt, whose team improved to 13-4 overall.

Anderson said if his team had done some of its typical things early, the outcome could have been different.

“If we hit some shots that guys normally knock down early in the game, I think it changes things entirely and makes it a different game. But it isn’t hard to see why Boyd County was 12-4 coming in. They are balanced and work very hard on the defensive end and they hit some key shots. They are a good basketball team,” Anderson said.

Lawrence County, who fell to 6-11, was led in scoring by Brandon Parsons, Thomas Lewis and Jason Spradlin, who each finished with 10 points.

Fugate led all scorers with 17, while Roberts finished with 12 and Hughes had 11.

The Bulldogs travel to Tolsia on Friday to take on the Rebels. Tip off is set for 6 p.m. for junior varsity and 7:30 p.m. for varsity.

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