High School Basketball

Scott County maintains district rule over Henry Clay boys

Scott County's Tamron Manning pulled in a rebound in front of Henry Clay's  Trey Grundy (23). Manning led the Cardinals to another win over the Blue Devils by scoring 20 points and getting 14 rebounds.
Scott County's Tamron Manning pulled in a rebound in front of Henry Clay's Trey Grundy (23). Manning led the Cardinals to another win over the Blue Devils by scoring 20 points and getting 14 rebounds.

GEORGETOWN — The players' names change but not the scoreboard in Scott County's boys' basketball rivalry with Henry Clay.

Scott County beat the Blue Devils 75-62 Tuesday night, its 14th consecutive victory in the district series since 2006.

"It's a tradition. We haven't lost to Henry Clay since I've been here," said Tamron Manning, who led the host Cardinals with 20 points, 14 rebounds and three assists.

"I don't want to be on the team that loses to them."

Despite graduating all-staters Ge-Lawn Guyn, Chad Jackson and Dakotah Euton, defending 11th Region champ Scott County is still among the state's elite. The Cards are rated No. 4 and have won 11 straight since a season-opening loss to No. 1 Ballard.

Manning, a 6-foot-4 junior and the lone returning starter, was the star in Scott County's latest triumph.

"He was the best player on the floor," Henry Clay Coach Daniel Brown said. "He posted a strong double-double, and whenever his team needed him, he stepped up."

After trailing by 14 points in the first half, the visiting Devils made a couple strong runs. The closest they got was in the third quarter when they pulled to within 41-40.

"I knew I had to kick-start something," Manning said.

He did, getting seven points and an assist in an 11-2 flurry by Scott County.

"Tamron's a great competitor and leader," Coach Billy Hicks said, "and that goes a long way in basketball."

Henry Clay rallied again late in the quarter and trailed 52-50 heading into the fourth quarter, but Scott County answered with a 19-6 burst to win handily.

Scott County had its share of obstacles to overcome. Tanner Shotwell, a 6-4 senior starter, twisted his ankle in the first four minutes and sat the rest of the game. And Trey Relford, who sparked the Cards early, got in foul trouble.

But Scott County still had more than enough weapons, including freshman Dylan Portwood, who had 10 points in just 13 minutes.

Relford returned to play a strong fourth quarter and finished with 17 points. Isaih Ivey had 12 points.

This Scott County team doesn't have much size, "but we're quick and athletic," Hicks said. "And I love the way they hustle."

No. 10 Henry Clay was led by guards Kendrick Prewitt and Wes Kimball with 18 points apiece.

Scott County did a good job doubling down on 6-6 Daniel Kiesling and limited him to 10 points and 11 rebounds. Trae Stewart had 10 rebounds for the Devils.

Brown thought his team "came out flat" and that enabled Scott County to build an early lead. "And any time you have to come back against a team like that, it takes a lot of energy.

"We'll hopefully learn from this and do better when we see them again (in February)."

Asked how to explain Scott County's dominance in the district rivalry the last five years, Brown said the answer is obvious: "They've had some very good teams in that time."

HENRY CLAY (9-5) — Kiesling 3-8 4-6 10, Stewart 1-5 0-0 2, Prewitt 6-11 6-8 18, Kimball 7-11 1-2 18, Nichols 1-5 4-8 6, Green 1-3 2-4 4, Grundy 1-5 2-2 4. Totals 20-48 19-30 62.

SCOTT COUNTY (11-1) — Manning 6-16 6-10 20, Ivey 6-11 0-0 12, Relford 6-10 4-6 17, Richardson 2-5 2-2 6, Portwood 4-5 1-2 10, Gilbert 2-5 0-0 5, Shotwell 1-2 0-0 2, Harris 0-4 1-2 1, Cunningham 1-3 0-0 2. Totals 28-61 14-22 75.

Henry Clay 11 18 21 12—62

Scott County 16 22 14 23—75

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