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Sweet 16: Euton leads Scott County past Corbin

When Scott County Coach Billy Hicks visited his mom Maggie in Harlan on her 90th birthday last week, she gave him some hoops advice.

"She told me we needed to throw the ball to the blond-headed boy more because when he shoots, he gets three (points)," Hicks said with a laugh.

Hicks must have passed the tip along to his team because the blond-headed guy — Dakotah Euton — provided the spark as the No. 1 Cardinals beat Corbin 68-49 in the first round of the PNC/KHSAA Sweet Sixteen in Rupp Arena on Wednesday night.

Euton hit back-to-back threes — his only long range tries of the night — to awaken slumbering Scott County in the first half.

"I thought his three that put us up 16-13 might've been the biggest basket of the game," Hicks said. "Points were hard to come by, and that really gave us a lift."

Euton turned in a strong second half, too, scoring inside, along the baseline and at the foul line.

The 6-foot-8 senior finished with 21 points and seven rebounds to help the Cards advance to Friday's quarterfinals against Christian County.

Euton's play was an upgrade after he struggled mightily in the region tournament.

"I just came out and played hard and tried to have confidence in myself," he said. "And my teammates had confidence in me and did a great job getting me the ball."

Scott County had a tough time shaking Corbin partly because Cards catalyst Chad Jackson got off to a slow start as a result of foul trouble.

The 6-4 senior, who leads the team with a 16.5 average, didn't get his first field goal until the last minute of the third quarter.

Jackson made his presence felt down the stretch, though, and wound up with 13 points and seven rebounds.

"It's a testament to them that we could hold one of the best players in the state down for a long time, but they were still able to put up points," Corbin Coach Tony Pietrowski said. "They just have so many weapons.

"If you take away two or three of their best players, their four and five guys are pretty good, too."

Ge-Lawn Guyn added 12 points for Scott County, but a more important number was his three steals. He led the Cards' defense, which eventually wore down the Redhounds.

Scott County broke it open with a 15-2 run to close the third quarter.

Corbin point guard Isaac Wilson was the focus of the Cards' defense, which swarmed him all night.

"Everything goes through him," Hicks said, "so we wanted to get after him 94 feet for 32 minutes."

Wilson felt the heat.

"It's really hard when you're double-teamed," he said. "It takes you out of your rhythm."

Wilson finished with nine points and five assists.

Madison Johnson's 18 points, seven rebounds and four steals led Corbin.

Johnson said he was disappointed in losing, but was proud that the Redhounds made it to Rupp Arena the last two years.

"This is a great place to end it," he said.

Euton, a former University of Kentucky recruit who has signed with Akron, was elated with getting to play in the big place, too.

"I just soaked it all up and enjoyed it," he said.

Maggie Hicks no doubt enjoyed it too.

Corbin (49)

NAME mi fg-a 3-pt ft-a rb a pf tp

Olsen 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0

Freeman 11 1-2 0-0 0-0 3 0 1 2

Sizemore 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0

Wilson 31 4-8 1-1 0-0 2 5 2 9

Pietrowski 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0

Jones 9 0-0 0-0 0-0 1 1 1 0

Hoover 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0

Johnson 31 6-16 2-6 4-6 7 1 0 18

Taylor 21 1-5 0-1 0-0 2 2 3 2

Hopkins 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 1 0

West 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0

Stewart 9 2-4 0-0 2-2 0 0 2 6

Smith 23 3-6 0-0 0-1 5 1 3 6

Manns 18 2-4 0-0 2-6 7 0 4 6

Igo 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0

Team 1

Totals 160 19-45 3-8 8-15 28 10 17 49

Scott County (68)

NAME mi fg-a 3-pt ft-a rb a pf tp

Jackson 23 4-10 0-0 5-8 7 1 4 13

Barber 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0

Flannery 15 1-3 1-2 0-1 1 1 4 3

Humphrey 1 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0

Richardson 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0

Ivey 12 1-4 0-0 0-0 2 1 2 2

Ford 1 0-1 0-1 0-1 1 0 0 0

Guyn 30 5-11 1-3 1-1 4 1 3 12

Relford 3 1-2 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 2

K. Harris 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 1 1 0 0

J. Harris 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0

Shotwell 19 3-5 1-1 1-2 5 0 0 8

Manning 20 1-4 0-0 1-2 5 4 1 3

Schu 5 1-1 0-0 2-2 2 0 2 4

Euton 27 7-15 2-2 5-6 7 1 3 21

Team 2

Totals 160 24-57 5-9 15-23 37 10 19 68

Corbin 13 9 13 14—49

Scott County 16 10 22 20—68

Field-goal shooting: Corbin 42.2, Scott County 42.1. Free-throw shooting: Corbin 53.3, Scott County 65.2. Technicals: Manns. Turnovers: Corbin 21 (Smith 6, Wilson 4, Freeman 3, Johnson 2, Manns 2, Olsen 1, Sizemore 1, Stewart 1, Igo 1, team 1), Scott County 16 (Guyn 4, Jackson 2, Flannery 2, Manning 2, Euton 2, Ivey 1, Harris 1, Shotwell 1, Schu 1, team 2). Blocked shots: Corbin 3 (Johnson 3), Scott County 7 (Guyn 3, Jackson 2, Ivey 1, Euton 1). Steals: Corbin 7 (Johnson 4, Taylor 2, Wilson 1,), Scott County 9 (Guyn 3, Jackson 2, Ivey 1, Manning 1, Schu 1, Euton 1). Officials: Scott Bottoms, Ronald Price, Tony Beard, A-Marla Gearhart. Attendance: 13,790.

Records: Corbin 27-4; Scott County 28-6.

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