Taylor County Coach Richard Gatewood wasn't on the bench when his team played Lincoln County in the Jock Sutherland Classic Saturday afternoon at Lafayette.
Gatewood's wife Tori gave birth to their son Jett Joseph (8 pounds, 11 ounces) Saturday morning, so new-dad duties came first. That didn't mean Gatewood was out of the loop, however.
When Taylor County went to the locker room trailing 33-31, the Cardinals heard from their coach via cell phone, and he told them he didn't like how they were playing.
Taylor County regrouped, played a solid second half and won 74-66.
Never miss a local story.
Cards' assistant Chris Goodin was relieved.
"I knew coming in that if we lost, it was on me," he said with a laugh.
Taylor County, rated No. 7 in the state, was led by Brandon Berry. The 6-foot-3 senior transfer from Ballard had 25 points and seven rebounds.
Quentin Goodin, a 6-2 point guard and the top-rated junior in the state, had 16 points, six rebounds and four assists.
Goodin said Taylor County's biggest asset is its unselfishness. "Everybody trusts everybody. People sacrifice points and sacrifice minutes to make us what we are."
Chris Goodin, Quentin's dad, agreed.
"They're all great friends and hang out with each other off the court. The chemistry is great."
Cameron Morgeson had 14 points off the bench. David Sloan added 11 points and seven rebounds.
Lincoln County was led buy Jacob Conway's 22 points, 14 rebounds and five assists. Timmy Taylor had 20 points, five assists and four steals.
"We missed some shots around the basket and missed some threes we normally make," Patriots Coach Jeff Jackson said.
"And (Taylor County) did a good job being aggressive going to the basket against our zone."
No. 22 Paul Laurence Dunbar 83, No. 19 Doss 82 (OT): Taveion Hollingsworth scored 33 points, including four in the last 11 seconds of overtime, as Dunbar pulled it out.
Dunbar trailed 72-68 with 90 seconds left in regulation, but rallied to tie it on layups by Dontell Brown and Hollingsworth.
The Bulldogs were down 82-78 in OT when Jordan Lewis hit one of two free throws to make it 82-79. Dunbar's defense then went to work, forcing three consectuive turnovers.
"We had some good responses in tough situations," Coach Scott Chalk said. "A lot of things didn't go our way, but the guys played hard through it all."
The Bulldogs had 23 turnovers that Doss converted into 29 points. Doss had only nine turnovers. But Dunbar shot 58 percent (29 of 50) to Doss' 40 percent (30 of 74).
Hollingsworth, a 6-2 sophomore, said the Bulldogs didn't lose their poise when Doss led by eight midway through the fourth quarter, and by four late in regulation and OT.
"We kept trying to keep ourselves together and kept playing through it," he said.
Darius Williams, a 6-4 junior, had 16 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists for Dunbar. He was the focus of the Dragons' defense, especially in the second half.
Jordan Lewis had 10 points, 7 assists and 6 rebounds for the Bulldogs.
Doss, which is 10-0 in the 6th Region, was led by Dujuanta Weaver's 25 points, seven assists, five rebounds and three assists.
Delvonte McCloud had all of his 15 points in the second half.
Lafayette 80, Perry Central 75: Generals Coach Mike Mendenhall III is feeling good about his team being on the right track as the post-season approaches.
Lafayette's victory over Perry Central Saturday night came after it beat Henry Clay, Franklin County and Lexington Christian, all in the last eight days.
Mendenhall especially liked that his Generals were able to hold off Perry Central just 24 hours after outlasting district rival LCA 67-63.
"Coaches like this kind of schedule because in the post-season you might have an emotional game and have to be able to bounce right back," he said.
"I wanted to see how mature we were and if we were able to handle it. We came out flat, but we grinded it out and found a way to win."
Jajuante Carpenter led Lafayete with 19 points. Ross Jenkins powered his way to 16 points and 10 rebounds. Harrison Lane had 15 points and five assists.
Lucky Jackson hit two free throws with :04 left to seal the victory. He finished with eight points, six rebounds and three assists.
Perry Central had junior star Braxton Beverly back in the lineup after he missed the last two games with a high ankle sprain. He wasn't 100 percent, but he still led his team with 24 points, six assists and four rebounds.
James Blair had 20 points and Damon Tobler added 14.
Dunbar 83, Doss 82 (OT)
Doss (19-6) — Weaver 25, Hall 11, Anderson 11, McCloud 15, Gray 11, Hargrove 4, McCarley 3, Collins 2.
Dunbar (12-14) — Hollingsworth 33, Williams 16, Lewis 10, Brown 4, Kelley 4, Ward 7, Clark 9.
Doss 20 17 17 18 10—82
Dunbar 19 18 17 18 11—83
Taylor Co 74, Lincoln Co. 66
Taylor County (22-4) — Berry 25, Goodin 16, Sloan 11, Morgeson 14, Webster 4, Rafferty 4.
Lincoln County (19-4) — Conway 22, Taylor 20, Conley 3, Pittman 6, Hoover 20, Young 2, Wilks 4.
Taylor County 12 19 25 18—74
Lincoln County 20 13 14 19—66
Lafayette 80, Perry Central 75
Perry Central (18-9) — Beverly 24, Tobler 14, Blair 20, Turner 4, Whitmore 11, Neace 2.
Lafayette (16-10) — Carpenter 19, Lane 15, R.Jenkins 16, Downey 8, J.Jenkins 6, Jackson 8, Watkins 8.
Perry Central 16 18 18 23—75
Lafayette 15 24 23 18—80