Tigers take season-opening loss at Webster County

Junior guard Jay Spikes brings the ball up the floor Monday at Webster County. Spikes led Caldwell County with 18 points and eight rebounds.

The Caldwell County boys’ basketball team opened its season Monday at Webster County and got out to a quick lead, but the host Trojans used a big second quarter to push past the Tigers 66-50.

The Tigers started the game by outscoring the Trojans 19-16 in the first quarter, but Webster outscored Caldwell County 14-5 in the second period to head into the locker room at the half with a 30-24 lead.

CCHS was outscored 19-14 in the third quarter and 17-12 in the last quarter.

“We didn’t shoot the ball very well, and defensively, we’ve got some things we need to brush up on,” said head coach Daniel Kukahiko, starting his ninth season at Caldwell County. “We saw some good things. A lot of effort was there.

“When you have a lot of young guys, you’re going to have nights like that. We’ve just got to make sure that we get better.”

Caldwell County was led by junior guard Jay Spikes, who scored 18 points and grabbed eight rebounds. Senior guard Tripp Branch added 11 points and three rebounds for CCHS, while freshman guard Carter Whittington had 10 points four rebounds and a team-high three assists.

Eighth-grade guard-forward Collin Whittington had four rebounds for the Tigers, and senior forward Tate VanHooser and sophomore guard Zavy Bumphus each had three.

Webster County was paced by senior forward Destin Allen, who had a career-high 32 points on 13-for-14 shooting from the field and grabbed 12 rebounds to go with four assists and three blocks.

Senior forward Hunter McNaughton had 14 points and seven rebounds for the Trojans.

Caldwell County opens its District 7 schedule Friday with a home contest against Madisonville-North Hopkins. The junior varsity game begins at 5:30 p.m., followed by the varsity game at 7 p.m.

“The thing about it is — and they’re in the same boat — normally, we’ve played a handful of games at least before we play each other, and that’s not the case this year,” Kukahiko said. “It is what it is. I know that Coach (Jon) Newton is going to have his guys ready. We’ll do our best to get our guys ready, and we’ll just see what happens.”

Webster County 66, Caldwell 50

CCHS 19-5-14-12—50

WCHS 16-14-19-1—66

CALDWELL COUNTY (50) — Jay Spikes 7-22 3-7 18, Tripp Branch 5-12 0-0 11, Carter Whittington 4-8 1-1 10, Tate VanHooser 2-2 1-2 5, Zavy Bumphus 2-5 0-0 4, Collin Whittington 1-7 0-0 2, Blake Vivrette 0-1 0-0 0, Giovante Riley 0-0 0-0 0. Total 21-57 5-10 50.

WEBSTER COUNTY (66) — Destin Allen 13-14 5-9 32, Hunter McNaughton 6-11 2-3 14, Aaron Harmon 3-3 0-0 6, Holden Riley 2-5 0-0 5, Ryan Roland 2-4 0-2 4, Bradin Nelson 1-6 1-2 3, Markus Austin 1-2 0-0 2, Grant Turner 0-0 0-0 0, Grant Warren 0-0 0-0 0. Total 28-45 8-16 66.