MADISONVILLE — Caldwell County led for almost all of the first half of its District 7 game at Madisonville-North Hopkins, but the host Maroons used a 15-0 run in the third quarter to gain a 64-54 win Friday.
The home-and-home series between the two teams are the only boys district games to be played thus far in District 7.
Caldwell County (3-9, 0-2 District 7) pushed out to as much as a six-point lead in each of the first two periods, taking a 25-19 advantage when junior Jabrion Spikes hit a 3-pointer with 2:32 left in the first half. Madisonville-North Hopkins (5-2, 2-0) trimmed that lead when senior Kale Gaither made a layup and sophomore Destin Cheirs hit a putback with 54 seconds left in the second quarter for a 25-23 halftime Tiger lead.
Midway through the third quarter, CCHS eighth-grader Collin Whittington made a layup to give the Tigers a 33-28 lead with 4:08 left in the period. The Maroons scored 15 unanswered points over the next three minutes, turning a five-point deficit into a 43-33 lead when junior Danye Frazier hit a three with 1:04 left in the quarter.
MNH was led by 25 points from Gaither on 10 baskets and a 5-for-8 evening from the line.
Senior Zach Tow added 11 points for the Maroons, while Frazier had nine and junior Landon Cline put in eight.
Caldwell County was paced by a game-high 27 points from Spikes with a 12-for-15 performance from the free-throw line. Senior Tripp Branch added 17 points for the Tigers.
• Caldwell County visited Muhlenberg County on Saturday and took a 66-35 loss.
Branch led the Tigers with 13 points, while Spikes put in 12. Spikes also pulled down eight of the team’s 15 rebounds.
Nash Devine paced Muhlenberg County with a game-high 20 points.
Caldwell County visits Livingston Central for the latter half of a girls’-boys’ twin bill Friday with a tipoff of 7:30 p.m. The Tigers then get back into District 7 action with a game at Dawson Springs in a 7:15 p.m. Monday game.
CALDWELL COUNTY — Tripp Branch 17, Jabrion Spikes 27, Carter Whittington 2, Collin Whittington 4, Tate VanHooser 2, Zavy Bimphus 2. 3-pointers: 4 (Branch 3, Spikes). FT: 16/29. Record: 3-9, 0-2.
MADISONVILLE-NORTH HOPKINS — Danye Frazier 9, Kale Gaither 25, Ashton Gaines 4, Zach Tow 11, Landon Cline 8, Isaac Parish 1, Destin Cheirs 6. 3-pointers: 3 (Frazier, Tow, Cline). FT: 13/26. Record: 5-2, 2-0.
CALDWELL COUNTY — Tripp Branch 13, Jabrion Spikes 12, Carter Whittington 3, Zavy Bumphus 2, Collin Whittington 2, Tate VanHooser 2, Demarius Thompson 1, Giovante Riley 0. FG: 14/37. 3-pointers: 3 (Branch 3). FT: 4/6. Record: 3-10.
MUHLENBERG COUNTY — Nash Devine 20, Cole Vincent 10, Davion Summers 8, Alex Johnston 6, Donovan McCoy 5, Isaac Rose 5, Brayden Lovan 4, Asher Carver 4, Chandler Moore 2, Kadin Ray 2, Jake Strader 0. FG: 26/55. 3-pointers: 9 (divine 4, Vincent 2, Summers 2, McCoy 1). FT: 5/5. Record: 8-1.