The Henry County boys’ freshmen basketball team participated in the Shelby County Invitational on Feb. 16, winning all three games in a round robin format to bring the first place trophy home.
In the first game the Wildcats beat host Shelby Co. 49-42. Kendrick Bailey sank a 10 footer to force overtime and Jacob Watson hit 5 of 6 free throws in overtime to help the Cats secure the win.
Ethan Tuggle and Gavin Jameson led the Cats in scoring with 16 points apiece. Bailey and Watson each added 7 points and Bodie Clark had 3 points.
The Cats defeated Louisville Holy Cross in the second game 46-27. The Cats got balanced scoring against a strong defensive team. The Cats used aggressive drives in the lane to get to the free throw line 40 times in the game, sinking 30 of them. The Wildcats hit 16 of 18 free throws in the fourth quarter.
Clark and Jameson led the way with 10 points, Watson and Bailey had 9 each and Ethan Tuggle scored 8 points.
In the third game of the day the Wildcats squeaked past Spencer County 34-33 to take the championship. Both teams were tired with two games under their belts and struggled to score but the Cats came from 5 points down inside three minutes on defensive efforts from Bodie Clark and Jacob Watson. The Wildcats outscored the Bears 11-6 in the final period to take the win.
Tuggle led the team with 12 points, Jameson followed with 10 points. Clark scored 6 points, Watson 4 and Bailey 2.