GEORGETOWN — In an early season top 10 boys' high school basketball showdown that looked more like a rugby scrum at times, No. 2 Scott County bulled past No. 9 Tates Creek 62-50 Tuesday night.
Lots of fouls, turnovers and missed shots added up to a teeth-gnashing performance on both ends of the floor.
Scott County Coach Billy Hicks admitted the calendar had something to do with it, along with tight officiating.
"But that's two good 11th Region teams going head to head, too" he said.
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"Both teams played hard and physical. You don't win them pretty."
The host Cardinals did fewer uglier things.
Seniors Chad Jackson and Dakotah Euton led Scott County's offense with 16 points each.
Jackson, a 6-foot-4 wing player, also had six rebounds and three steals.
Euton, a 6-8 swing player, hit three three-pointers and also had six rebounds.
Tanner Shotwell, a 6-4 junior, came off the bench to get 11 points and eight rebounds.
Ge-Lawn Guyn, saddled with foul trouble, finished with nine points and four rebounds.
Scott County's man-to-man defense gave Tates Creek all kinds of trouble. The Commodores labored to score in the half-court all night.
"A lot of their offense went through (Ryan) Fucci and (Marcellus) Barksdale, and we played good help side defense," Jackson said.
"We did all right on defense tonight."
Fucci, a 6-3 junior point guard, had 27 points, but he had to work for them. He was 7-for-18 from the field and 11-for-11 from the foul line.
Barksdale had a rough night offensively, managing just five points to go with eight rebounds.
Fucci and Barksdale also had 11 turnovers between them.
"Give Scott County credit for playing good man-to-man defense," Tates Creek Coach Wayne Breeden said.
"I thought we guarded them good enough to have a chance, but we didn't rebound well enough and we didn't execute our half-court offense."
Scott County shot 37 percent, but won the battle of the boards 39-30.
The Cards got off to a slow start, but a 13-0 run got them a 36-25 halftime lead.
Tates Creek cut the deficit to seven a couple of times early in the third quarter, but Scott County pulled out to an 18-point lead midway through the fourth quarter.
It was the Commodores' first loss in four games, but Breeden said he hopes it taught his players how much they need to improve to challenge "a talented team like Scott County that plays with so much passion."
For the Cards, the victory helped them recover from a season-opening loss to No. 11 Ballard.
"That definitely humbled us and woke us up a little bit," Jackson said. "We know we won't win on talent alone.
"We've got to come out and play hard, and we played hard tonight."
TATES CREEK (3-1) — Fucci 7-18 11-11 27, Barksdale 2-4 1-9 5, Daugherty 1-5 3-4 5, Potter 4-5 0-0 6, Gibson 1-4 0-0 2, McFarland 0-2 1-2 1, Garner 2-2 0-0 4. Totals 16-45 16-21 50.
SCOTT COUNTY (2-1) — Jackson 5-12 6-8 16, Guyn 2-7 4-4 9, Euton 5-12 3-4 16, Flannery 1-5 2-2 4, Manning 2-6 0-0 4, Shotwell 4-7 3-4 11, Relford 0-2 2-2 2, Ivey 0-1 0-0 0, Schu 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 19-52 20-24 62.
Tates Creek 14 11 10 15—50
Scott County 21 15 10 16—62
Records: Tates Creek 3-1; Scott County 2-1