Dominique Compton scored 48 points in Green County’s 79-66 win over Shelby Valley in the first round of the boys’ All “A” Classic on Thursday. He passed the previous record of 41 set by Caverna’s Marcus Boyd in 1994.
It was the second scoring record to fall in the 2016 edition of the small-school tournament. BriAnna Burbridge set a new girls’ single-game record with 48 points against Menifee County on Wednesday.
Compton, the No. 2 scorer in the state, also obliterated the previous tournament record for made free throws in a single game, connecting on 32 of 39 attempts. The previous mark of 17, by Glasgow’s Cameron Hall, was tied by McLean County’s Sam Miller in a loss to Morgan County earlier Thursday.
“I know I shot a lot of free throws. I shot 39. That’s crazy,” Compton said with a laugh when asked if he knew he’d broken the record during the game. A bone bruise in his knee flared up during the third quarter and caused him to miss a few minutes before re-entering in the fourth quarter, in which he hit 15 of his shots from the stripe.
There were 74 total fouls called in a game that clocked in just shy of two hours. Five Shelby Valley players fouled out including Hunter Swindall, the state’s third-leading scorer, who picked up his final two fouls 28 seconds apart early in the third quarter. Chad Emmons, who finished with 15 points and five rebounds, was among four Green County players who were disqualified.
“People tell me they play hard but that was a war,” Green County Coach Keith Young said. “ ... We told our kids to expect that and I thought they did pretty good.”
Compton had a more colloqiual way of describing Shelby Valley’s physicality.
“They’re from the mountains. That’s the way of it.”
Green County, making its third appearance in the All “A” Classic, was scheduled to play Murray at 9:30 p.m. Friday.
Green County 79, Shelby Valley 66
Green County (15-6) — Landis 2, Compton 48, Goff 1, Sluder 6, Emmons 15, Embry 6, Young 1.
Shelby Valley (14-5) — Layne 11, Swindall 12, Wright 27, Blackburn 4, Beverly 7, Potter 5.