Down by double-digits. In the second-half. Against the district tourney’s host team. That was Campbell County’s predicament Wednesday night at Karns in the opening round of the District 3-AAA basketball tournament.
TOP PHOTO: Cougar Bryce Duncan scores two of his team high 15 points Wednesday night against Karns.
However, the Cougars clawed back to take a four-point lead, with the ball and 1:50 to play. All they had to do was protect the ball, make their free throws and keep their season alive for at least one more game. But it didn’t play out that way. An ill advised three point attempt missed, a technical foul assessed on the Campbell bench followed and Karns took full advantage. The Beavers scored 15 of the last 18 points to win 74 to 66 after trailing 63 to 59. The sixth seeded Beavers advance and keep their season going for one more game while the seventh seeded Cougars campaign ends.
Bryce Duncan was tops in scoring for Campbell with 15 while Nate Walden had 14. Landon Addington scored a dozen with Spencer Boshears adding 11. Jake Lane finished with eight points, and John Arnold, Gavin Sexton and Seth Ward tallied two each.
Karns advances to play Anderson County on Friday in the quarterfinals at 7:30 pm. Clinton, a winner over Halls Wednesday night, plays Powell at 6 pm Friday. Both games will be played at Karns. The Cougars season ends with two wins and 27 losses.
Campbell bids farewell to its trio of seniors; Landon Addington, Bryce Duncan and Carter Wells. (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 02/14/2019-6AM-PHOTO COURTESY OF WLAF’S PAT PEBLEY)