KC Boys Win First Round Matchup
By David Sharp
Second seeded Knox County (8-5) scored the first eight points in the opening minute of a January 15, North Shelby Tournament first round boys’ game with North Shelby and went on to a 74-50 victory. Cory Shultz scored a game high 25 points and pulled down eight rebounds.
Knox County did not allow the basketball to cross the mid court stripe during the Raider’s first five possessions. The Raiders (4-6) battled back to within a 19-10 opening period deficit. The teams fought to a near draw in the second quarter. Knox County extended their lead by a field goal and paced the contest 40-29 at intermission.
The Eagles had good second half scoring balance. Eight different Knox County players put points on the board. Knox County outscored the Raiders 34-22 in the second half.
“We set the tone early,” said Eagle coach Jesse Crawford. “We were unselfish. Cory Shultz had a monster of a game with 25 points and eight rebounds. He has been on fire lately. We got good contributions off the bench. Brett Wilkerson and Lucus Hudson came in and gave us some energy at the guard position.”
Dennis Dent scored 18 points along with nine rebounds. Daniel McMahon was the third Eagle in double figures with 15 points. Knox County sank 15 of 23 free throws for 65%.
Zach Parrish tossed in five KCHS points from the free throw line. Ethan Hustead scored four points. Mitchel Penn scored three points. Lucus Hudson and John Greenley added two points each.
Jace Caldwell led the Raiders with 11 points. Dahn Kemp was in double figures with ten North Shelby points. Michael Stoneburner added nine North Shelby points. The Raiders were a solid 6-7 at the free throw line.