Prep Basketball: Casey County boys lose at East Jessamine 66-41
Casey County¿s Baylen Hill, right, gets a steal against East Jessamine Friday as Matt Bianconi and Taylor Leigh look on in the first half of the Rebels¿ 66-41 loss Friday. (Hal Morris / December 2, 2012)
But in the third quarter, the host Jaguars picked up their defense and pulled away for a 66-41 victory.
Taylor Leigh had 15 points and five rebounds, Micah Smith had 10 points and Zack Scott added eight for the Rebels (1-1), who endured a 7-minute, 8-second scoring drought over the third and fourth quarters as their seven-point deficit swelled to 14.
East Jessamine (2-0) then used a 12-2 run to open up a 59-33 lead with 4:25 to play.
“Coach (Chris) O’Bryan changed up defenses on us and took the shot spacing away from us that we had been having, and we couldn’t adjust to it couldnt fin open gaps other places,” Casey coach Darry Burkett said. “And we missed a few nice-looking shots, a few putbacks. And you make two or three of those and then the basketball goal doesn’t look so small.”
East Jessamine’s defense forced the Rebels into a 38 percent (15 for 39) shooting night, including 2 for 13 from 3-point range. But what really hurt Casey was the 26 turnovers which led to 19 points for the Jaguars.
“And that’s coach O’Bryan’s style. ... We have good athletes, but we don’t have good basketball skills and good basketball IQ. But we’re getting better,” Burkett said. “This was an improvement over last year. Last year against East Jessamine, we had more turnovers than shots at the basket. So we are making some improvement and we are making some headway.
“We competed with them for a while, and that’s all I’m asking my kids to do, compete and get better every game out.”
Casey actually led 8-3 early on a layup from Skyler Wright, and a 3-pointer and three-point play from Scott. But East Jessamine got three 3-pointers and another bucket off turnovers and led 14-8 with 50.6 seconds left in the third quarter.
But the Rebels got a layup from Leigh and Smith hit two free throws after an intentional foul to cut the lead to 14-12 after a quarter. A steal and layup from Wright and a free throw from Baylen Hill made it a 17-15 game with 5:12 left in the half, but then the Jaguars began to pull away.
A 3-pointer from Mike Jones made it 26-18, and the Jaguars got a layup from Taylor Harper and 3-pointer from Timmy Bradshaw to make it 33-22.
Leigh’s putback at the buzzer cut the lead to 33-24 at the half. In the third quarter, Smith hit a jumper to make it 35-28 with 6:04 left in the quarter, but Casey would not score another point until Leigh’s 3-pointer with 7:40 to play.
Bradshaw hit five 3-pointers and scored a game-high 21 points for East Jessamine, which was 25 for 56 from the floor, including 9 for 27 from 3-point range, and outrebounded Casey 26-22. Ronnie Carson had 12 points, and Jones added 11.
Casey County 12 24 28 41
East Jessamine 14 33 42 66
CASEY (1-1) — Micah Smith 10, Skyler Wright 4, Baylen Hill 3, Taylor Leigh 16, Zack Scott 8.
EAST JESSAMINE (2-0) — Taylor Harper 4, Timmy Bradshaw 21, Ronnie Carson 12, Mike Jones 11, Austin Dean 3, Kameren Reed 4, Hayden Smith 6, Jacob Mulcahy 4, Nathan Harper 1.