Lee County Edges Past Owls in Exciting District Game in Booneville

by Deron Mays

District rival Lee County prevailed in the Palace Friday over Owsley County 72-66 in a closely contested game that was back and forth with lead changes for much of the game.

Lee had a 20-13 lead after the first quarter but Owsley fought back in the second quarter behind the stellar play of senior guard Jake McCoy, who had 22 first half points, and won the quarter 20-8 to take a 33-28 lead into the locker room at halftime. The lead didn’t last long, though, as the Bobcats got on a run of their own in the third quarter and outscored the Owls 21-15 to take a 49-48 lead going onto the last quarter.

The fourth quarter was a chess match of lead changes until the Bobcats finally managed to gain a 4 point lead. For the last minutes of the game they kept the ball in the hands of their senior guard Bryce Angel and all the Owls could do was foul. Angel did not fail his team as he went to the line and made 7 free throws in the quarter (and 11 for the game) and the Bobcats were able to hold on for a 72-66 victory.

The Owls had opportunities in the final minutes to score but missed several close range shot attempts and also some crucial free throws.

Jake McCoy had a strong game for the Owls, finishing with 32 points. Wes Cope scored 17 points, Dylan Gay had 15, and Trenton Herald 2.

Lee County was led in scoring by Bryce Angel’s 20 points. Brayden Peters scored 16 points, James Moore 13, Brayden Turner 14, Devin Johnson 3, and Landyn Shelton 6.