Bombers Regular Season Ends
The Bombers have learned, that if they are going to win games, you have to play defense and make stops at critical times. Senior night was no exception. Trailing 8-4 to Fulton City on February 17th, Toler Terrell came off the bench to replace Senior Zach McAfee who got the start on senior night. Terrell then scored nine unanswered points himself to give the Bombers the 13-8 lead. The Bombers were able to extend the lead to 21-13 on a three point play by Clay Newton to end the first period. Each time the Bulldogs would make a run at the Bombers, Terrell would have an answer. His fourth trey of the half provided the Bombers with the 38-25 advantage. The Bulldogs would get the final bucket of the half and trailed the Bombers 38-27 at the break. Terrell ended the first half with his career best 18 points in varsity competition. Cody Newton would come off the bench to provide a spark for the Bombers, and his bucket early in the third quarter provided the Bombers with their biggest lead at 43-28. His bucket later in the quarter would allow the Bombers to retain the 48-34 lead, and that is when things started to get interesting. The Bulldogs scored four treys and had a three point play to help erase the double figure Bomber lead and allowed Fulton City to trim the Bomber lead to 52-51. The Bulldogs scored the first points of the fourth quarter and gave them their first lead since 8-7 early in the first quarter. Senior Trevor Langston was put back into the game to provide the Bombers with some defensive intensity, and he did just that. He was able to help corral the Bulldogs point guard and the rest of the Bomber defense followed suit. The Bulldogs took the 55-54 lead with 4:57 remaining, but that would be the last points of the night for Fulton City. The Bombers managed to make just enough shots and free throws in the end to come away with their fourth win on the year, 63-55. “Our defense stepped up late,” said Coach Matt Botner as he added, “It was a huge win as we are preparing for the district. I am proud of how we locked down on the defensive end.”
The Bombers looked to do something they had not done all season long and that is win back-to-back games. The game started eerily similar to Monday’s game as the Bombers fell behind 8-4 before making a rally. The Bomber locked in defensively and held the Hickman County Falcons scoreless the rest of the quarter. Ballard Memorial themselves scored the last 13 points of the quarter to hold the 17-8 lead after the opening eight minutes of play. Terrell hit consecutive treys to provide the Bombers with the 25-13 lead. The Falcons fought back to trim the lead to 30-27 at the intermission. Hickman would take a 36-35 lead on a three point shot in the third quarter with 3:55 remaining. They stretched the lead to 38-35 before Terrell hit another trey to knot the score at 38. Hickman would score the last three of the quarter to take the 41-38 lead heading into the final quarter. The Bombers would cut the lead to two points on three separate occasions in the fourth, but that would be as close as they would get. Trailing by three late in the game, Bledsoe missed a trey attempt from the left wing, and McAfee had a three from the left corner that hit the rim and kicked off with eight seconds remaining. Clay Newton would track down the rebound in front of the Bomber bench with five seconds remaining. As he tried to come up with the ball and turn to shoot, he was stripped of the ball. The Bombers fouled the Falcons with .5 seconds remaining and they hit both free throws to seal the 61-56 victory. “Hickman came ready to play and they played hard,” said Botner as he added, I think they out worked us to the ball a few times and they out played us in several parts of the game.” He went on to add, “I wish we could be a little more consistent because that is the most frustrating thing because this team has potential.” Terrell would top Monday night’s career high with another new career high with 21 points including five treys. Cody Newton was the only other player in double figure scoring as he ended with 10. Cooper would end with seven, McAfee would finish with six on his final game at the Green Palace. Clay Newton and Dre Bledsoe had four each, while senior Langston ended with three and TJ Wray had one.
The Bombers lost to Paducah Tilghman on Friday night by 1 points with a final score of 55-56.