Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Crittenden loses two at home Tuesday night

Poor starts to the second halves crippled Crittenden's boys and girls teams Tuesday night as the Lady Rockets lost a close one 57-50 to Heath and the Rockets fell 63-45 to a Central Hopkins team they might have beaten.
Bobby Knox (21) tries to block a Central Hopkins shot
while teammate Devin Clark (30) comes in to help

Rocket coach Denis Hodge was disappointed in the performance after his club had played Hopkinsville close on Friday then finished a sweep of Caldwell County on Saturday. Hodge said the Rockets failed to play as a team against Central Hopkins. Turnovers and poor shot selection hurt them, too.

Crittenden's girls trailed by three with just over a minute left, but Bailey Brown and Maggie Collins fouled out, hurting the Lady Rockets' chances. Heath made 7 of 8 foul shots down the stretch.

Kayla Davis came off the Crittenden bench for four points in the last minute, but it wasn't enough.

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Rockets battle talented Hoptown to close ending

Crittenden County hosted perhaps the top team in the region Friday night and played the Hopkinsville Tigers to a respectable finish.

Hoptown, which has the best record in the Second Region at 20-2, jumped out to a 42-26 lead at the break, but Crittenden stormed back in the third period, cutting the margin to five points. However, the talented Tigers outscored the Rockets 13-7 down the stretch to claim the victory.

Bobby Knox had 24 points for the Rockets and Thomas Scott scored 19. Devin Clark had a game-high 12 rebounds.

Junior guard Jordan Majors paced Hopkinsville with 25 points and nine boards. Freshman standout Jaqualis Matlock scored eight and got nine rebounds for the Tigers.

Friday, January 20, 2012

Lady Rockets fade late in All A Classic semifinal

Davana Head works against a UHA defender.

The final score may not have looked good, but Crittenden County played University Heights, one of the best in the region, very closely for much of the game Thursday. UHA won the All A Classic semifinal 80-49 after leading by just six at the half.

Bailey Brown and Davana Head led the Lady Rockets with a dozen points apiece and Kaytlin Binkley added 11.

UHA – much taller than CCHS and aggressive on defense – opened the margin in the third period by outscoring Crittenden 23-11.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Boys fall by two in Classic opener at Livingston

Rocket guard Aaron Owen breaks off a screen during the opening
round of the All A Classic Tuesday at Smithland.
It was the third meeting between the teams and Crittenden came just two points of proving why it's so tough for one team to beat another three straight times. The Rockets got off a potentially game-winning shot in the final seconds, but Livingston prevailed 53-51 in the opening round of the All A Classic at Smithland Tuesday night.

Bobby Knox had a big game, scoring 17 and getting 11 rebounds.

For more, see this week's printed edition of The Crittenden Press.

The Rockets are off until next Friday when the host Hopkinsville, one of the best teams in the region.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Lady Rockets win All A Classic opener

Photo by Mike Howton, Dawson Springs Progress.
Crittenden County picked a fortuitous time to break a 15-game losing streak. It was the opening round of the All A Classic Monday night where the Lady Rockets avenged a last-week loss to Dawson Springs and beat the home-standing Lady Panthers 57-44. It was Dawson's third straight loss since defeating Crittenden on Jan. 9.

In the semifinal round, Crittenden (2-15) now faces University Heights (15-1), who has the best record in the entire Second Region, at 7:30 Thursday at Dawson Springs.

The Rocket boys play Livingston at 7 p.m., tonight at Smithland in the All A Classic.

Pictured is Lady Rocket center Maggie Collins battling for a rebound.

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Crittenden opens Class A on the road

The Lady Rockets open play in the All A Classic at 7 p.m., Monday at Dawson Springs. An article in last week's newspaper incorrectly said the game was to be in Marion.

The Rockets open play Tuesday at 7 p.m., at Smithland in the All A Classic. They play Livingston Central.

Friday, January 13, 2012

Lyons defeats Rockets for third place

Crittenden County had a chance to grab third place in the Fifth District by beating Lyon County at Rocket Arena Friday night. However, Crittenden let a close game get away down the stretch as the Lyons outscored them by six points in the final frame to win by 11.

Thomas Scott scored 14 for the Rocket and he had a team-high seven rebounds. Lyon County got 23 points from Warren Sutton. 

The Rockets complete their regular-season district play without a victory in the league. Crittenden is 6-11 overall and Lyon is 6-10.

In the girls' game, Crittenden lost by nine despite getting a chance to win it at the line. The Lady Lyons committed 24 fouls in the contest, but the Lady Rockets made just 21-of-37 free throws.

Bailey Brown led Crittenden with 22 points, including a dozen at the foul line. Jill P'Poole had 18 for the Lyon girls, who finish 4-2 with second place in the district wrapped up. Crittenden completes its district play with no league victories. The Lady Rockets are 1-15 overall.

Friday, January 6, 2012

Home-standing Livingston takes two from Rockets

Devin Clark (30) had a double, double
for the Rockets in a losing effort.
Crittenden County's boys and girls lost at Livingston Central Friday night. Neither team has been able to manage a district victory in five tries this season. Both play Lyon County in the final Fifth District doubleheader next Friday night at Rocket Arena.

The Lady Rockets (1-12) lost 68-31 at Livingston after falling behind early and never getting into a rhythm on either end of the floor. The girls played better in the third period, but Livingston – led by Aneta Sloma's 23 points – won going away.

Crittenden's boys (6-8) shot poorly from the floor most of the game and made just half of 26 fouls shots. Center Devin Clark was a bright spot, however, scoring 16 and grabbing 14 rebounds in a 65-51 loss. Clark scored twice his 8-point average by shooting 7-for-9 from the floor and 2-for-3 at the line. As a team, Crittenden shot just 38 percent from the floor and made only 2-of-9 three-pointers.

Fifth District leader Livingston is 11-6 overall this season and undefeated in five league games. The Cardinals got solid performances from Lucas Croft (26 points, 6 rebounds) and Kenneth Cowsert (20 points, 11 rebounds).

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Crittenden boys and girls drop doubleheader at Trigg County

Maggie Collins grabs a rebound in Tuesday's loss at Trigg County.
Crittenden County came within inches of forcing overtime at Trigg County Tuesday night, but a last-second three-pointer bounced off the rim and the host Wildcats prevailed 70-67.

It was a much improved showing, however, for the 6-8 Rockets. Trigg had beaten the Crittenden boys by 33 and 24 in previous meetings this year.

The Lady Rockets, continuing to struggle at 1-11, lost their fourth straight district game this season as Trigg County won 60-44.

See this week's printed edition of The Crittenden Press for details from both games.