The West Jessamine boys’ basketball team lost a heartbreaker in overtime on Tuesday night, falling to Pulaski County 90-85 in overtime.
The Colts (16-12) held a five-point lead with 3:26 remaining in regulation before the Maroons cut the lead to two with a three-pointer. A pair of free throws just inside of two minutes tied the game at 72-72.
Pulaski took a 75-74 lead on a basket with 1:15 remaining, but Daulton Peters responded at the other end with a trey to put the Colts ahead by two with 59 seconds left in regulation.
Pulaski was able to get to the basket and score on a layup, giving West 30 seconds to break the 77-77 tie. Chase Fain took a three-pointer at the buzzer, but his shot was off the mark.
The Maroons took a 79-77 lead in the first second of overtime and never gave up the lead. West was outscored 13-8 in the extra four minutes.
West Jessamine had Will Henderson on the court for the first time since Jan. 20. Henderson, who was returning from an ankle injury, was very effective in 36 minutes. He scored 12 points and dished out eight assists.
The Colts handled Pulaski most of the night, leading by as many as nine points in the third quarter.
Overall, Pulaski led for only one minute and 55 seconds of regulation. West led for all but four minutes and 29 seconds of the game.
Peters scored a team-high 29 points and collected six rebounds. Jeff Ziemann scored 16 points, and Fain scored 11 and had eight assists.
West hit 11 three-pointers and shot 30-for-61 from the field.
The Colts wrap up the regular season Thursday night, hosting Dunbar at 7:30 p.m. Seniors DeShawn Eubanks, Heath Jackson and Jeff Ziemann will be recognized along with seniors from the cheerleading squad and dance team.
West Jessamine 67
Wayne County 60
West Jessamine ended a two-game skid Friday by defeating Wayne County 67-60.
Heath Jackson, Daulton Peters and Chase Fain were all in double figures for the Colts as they came back from a halftime deficit and withstood a late charge by the Cardinals.
West started to lose ground in the second quarter, falling behind by as many as nine points. Down 23-14 with 4:10 remaining in the first half, Fain knocked down a basket and one to cut the lead to six. Free throws by Peters and Jeff Ziemann cut the lead to three points, and another basket by Fain made it a one-point game at 23-22 with a minute to go in the half. Wayne County was able to get a little bit of the lead back and go into the locker room at halftime up 27-22.
Peters opened the third quarter with a pair of baskets to cut the lead down to one point almost immediately, and Fain scored with 5:55 remaining in the third quarter to give West its first lead since an 8-7 advantage in the first quarter.
The two squads traded the lead for the next few minutes before a field goal by DeShawn Eubanks gave West the lead for good. The senior hit a two-point er to give West a 34-33 lead with 3:54 remaining in the third quarter. Peters scored the next four points as West began to pull away. The Colts went up by as many as 13 points before taking a 49-39 lead into the fourth quarter.
West maintained the double-digit lead until the 6:13 mark of the fourth. Wayne cut to the lead to eight points and then down to five on a huge three-pointer. The Cardinals were within four points with 1:16 to go, but West hit 5-of-6 free throws down the stretch to hold on for the win.
The Colts shot 25-for-29 from the free-throw line on the night and 19-for-47 from the field.
Jackson finished with 21 points, three steals and two rebounds. Peters scored 13 points, and Fain scored 13 and pulled down a team-high eight rebounds.