Prep Basketball: Lincoln County boys fall to West Jessamine 79-69 in first round of the 12th Region Tournament
Lincoln County senior Luke Hill gets past West Jessamine's Robby Irgang for two of his 14 points in the Patriots' 79-69 loss in the 12th Region Tournament Monday. Hill also had 14 rebounds. (Nancy Leedy / February 25, 2013)
After narrowly losing to West Jessamine 64-62 at home early in the regular season, Lincoln was hoping to redeem itself in the postseason rematch. However, there was no fencing in the Colts Monday.
Chase Fain had a game-high 26 points on 10-for-15 shooting and grabbed 12 rebounds, Daulton Peters knocked back 19 points on 7-for-12 shooting and had eight boards, and Will Henderson scored 11 points, going 8-for-10 at the free-throw line, as West Jessamine (18-11) advanced to Friday’s semifinal round.
Fain, a senior forward, had just eight points in a closely-contested first half, then burned the nets for 14 points in a 23-7 third-quarter Colt run that turned a 27-25 halftime lead into a 50-32 cushion.
“We didn’t guard the second half,” Lincoln coach Jeff Jackson said. “We’re just down two (at half). We talk to them about doing things the right way, getting out on the shooters, being solid on defense. But they got on a roll. We didn’t have anybody that could guard Fain tonight. The second half he just went crazy.”
“We missed a lot of shots around the basket that led to transition baskets for them. They can score, and they can really score when they are not defended. Got to give them a lot of credit, when they got a chance they were on a roll.”
West Jessamine shot 57 percent (26-for-46) from the field overall, hitting four 3-point shots. Five of the six Colts shot 58 percent or better from the field. The Colts put up big numbers at the charity stripe as well, sinking 23 shots on 32 trips to the line.
Timmy Taylor and BJ Hoover led three Patriots in double figures with 18 points apiece, but West Jessamine held Lincoln to just 38 percent (23-for-61) shooting overall. The Patriots were 8-for-28 from 3 and 15-for-20 at the foul line.
Luke Hill rounded out the trio of Lincoln’s double-digit scorers, closing out his high-school career with a double-double of 14 points and 14 rebounds.
“I’m disappointed that we couldn’t win for Luke and for Shade (Jacobs),” Jackson said. “You want to do it for them, but we just didn’t tonight.”
Jacob Conway, who finished with eight points and six rebounds, had a bucket in the paint for Lincoln late in the first quarter, but Peters drained his second trey and then scored a bucket off a turnover to cut Lincoln’s lead to 17-14 after one.
Lincoln’s offense struggled in the second quarter, missing its first five shot attempts before turning the ball over four times. Irgang drove inside for a bucket off a turnover and Peters hit for his third 3-point shot to give the Colts a 19-17 edge.
The lead changed hands five times before Henderson hit his only 3-point shot of the game to put West Jessamine up 27-25.
“We had a good first half until we gave up that 3 at the end,”¿Jackson said. “That shot seemed like it kind of deflated us. We didn’t get out on Henderson like we needed to and he just hit.”
Lincoln never regained the lead.
Fain scored West Jessamine’s first seven points of the second half, including converting on a three-point play.
Fain added seven more points in the run, Irgang and Peters each had a bucket and Henderson sank two free throws as the Colts took a 50-32 lead.
“Fain just kept hitting and they got on a great roll,” Jackson said.
West led by as many as 23 points in the fourth quarter before the Patriots rolled off nine unanswered points to trim the Colts’ lead to 65-51, with Conley hitting a 3-pointer, Hoover going inside for a bucket, Conway sinking two foul shots and Taylor hitting one.