Teddy Ware had his long-range radar locked in as he sparked No. 3 Scott County past No. 1 Louisville Trinity 70-65 in the Jock Sutherland Classic at Lafayette on Saturday night.
Ware, a 6-foot-1 senior guard, hit seven of eight three-pointers and had 29 points to lead the Cardinals to their 17th victory in a row.
Ware was 5-for-5 on threes in the first half and had 20 points to help stake Scott County to a 37-18 lead.
"I came out hot," Ware said after getting season highs in threes and points. "I knew I had to come out and do my best against the No. 1 team."
Scott County Coach Billy Hicks praised his defense, especially in the first half.
"We were really active and really hustled," Hicks said.
"But it's sort of scary to get that big a lead on somebody as good as Trinity because you know they're gonna come back. I was proud of the way we kept fighting them off in the second half."
Trent Gilbert had 17 points for Scott County. Tony Martini had nine points and 12 rebounds. Matt Murray added nine points.
Trinity Coach Mike Szabo thought Scott County's early barrage, led by Ware, unsettled his Shamrocks as they fell behind by 20 points in the first 12 minutes.
"We got rattled by the fact they were scoring so quickly," Szabo said. "They sped us up and we felt we had to get a 10-point play to get back in it instead of executing and chipping away at it."
Szabo thought his defense did a decent job on Gilbert, who's averaging 26 points.
"We contained him OK, but you can't let Ware go off like he did. A lot of that was he just had a great game. He was shooting over us, making tough shots."
Trinity settled down in the second half. It made just one turnover and toughened up defensively.
Michael Stafford led the Rocks with 16 points. Raymond Spalding, a 6-9 senior, had 14 points and nine rebounds. After missing a week with a toe injury, he started coming on in the second half when he got 13 points.
Craig Owens had 12 points and 10 rebounds. Trey Ivory also had 12 points.
Trinity made a couple of runs at Lafayette. It closed the gap to 57-49 with three minutes left, but Ware answered with a three-pointer.
The Rocks' last push came in the closing seconds when Owens drilled a three to make it 68-62.
Scott County's victory was its third in three days. It beat district rivals Bryan Station and Henry Clay on Thursday and Friday.
"I thought this would be good for us, get us ready for tournament time by being challenged three days in a row," Hicks said.
Scott Co. 70, Lou. Trinity 65
Lou. TRINITY (20-4) — Ivory 12, Spalding 14, Owens 12, Stafford 16, Knight-Goff 2, Levitch 6, Murphy 3.
SCOTT COUNTY (25-2) — Gilbert 17, Ware 29, Martini 9, Long 6, Murray 9.
Lou. Trinity 9 9 16 31—65
Scott County 21 16 6 27—70
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