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Warriors rout Raiders, fall to Dragons

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By Greg Woods

sports@hclocal.com

The Eminence Warriors traveled to Bedford Thursday night to take on the Trimble County Raiders and came away with an 84-58 win in their regular season finale.

The Warriors were up 15-11 at the end of the first period.

“The guys came out with a wonderful attitude and good body language before the game,” EHS Assistant Coach Ray Valentine said. “I could tell they were ready to play, but came out slow and maybe rushed a couple of shots.”

The Warriors outscored the Raiders 23-12 in the second period to lead 38-23 at halftime.

“Our press allowed us to get a couple of layups and then the shots started falling and it took off from there,” Valentine said.

The Warriors continued to play well offensively in the third period and pushed their lead out to 61-38 going into the fourth period.

“We shared the ball really well,” Valentine said. “We were moving the ball and finding the open man.”

The Warriors finished the game with a 23-20 fourth period to win by 26 points.

Kemryn Jenkins led the Warriors with 26 points and 10 rebounds. Josh Dotson scored 17 points and grabbed a whopping 23 rebounds. Cameron Jones added 12 points, Isiah Dixie and D’Andre Wright totaled nine points each, Eli Montero provided eight points to the cause and Jared Golden rounded out the scoring with three points.

The Warriors dominated the backboards by outrebounding the Raiders 55-20.

“Josh Dotson was a machine on the backboards,” Valentine said. “Everything that touched the backboard or rim, he got a hand on. Josh is an old school, blue-collar player. He is an undersized post player who gets double-digit rebounds in most games.”

Valentine said he thought the team showed signs of doing things that would help them in the district tournament.

“Going forward into the postseason, we have to share the ball like we did tonight,” Valentine said. “It’s pivotal. We also need to play sound defense and hold teams in the 50’s like we did tonight. If we can do that, I think these guys can surprise some people and make some history.”

The Warriors finished the regular season with a 13-12 record. Trimble County fell to 3-22.

South Oldham 95 EHS 54

The Warriors traveled to Crestwood Feb. 7 to take on the defending regional champions of South Oldham High Schoo,l who came into the game with a 20-3 record.

The Dragons showed why they are one of the favorites to win another Eighth Region title this year. They jumped out to an early 7-0 lead after hitting a three and two layups. The Warriors closed the gap to 9-5 but lost sight of their game plan in the process according to Valentine.

“They jumped on us early, and then we hit a three and scored on a layup and after that we completely forgot the game plan,” Valentine said. “We came out wanting to walk the ball up the floor and be patient on offense but when they jumped on us, the kids let that get them into a running game which we didn’t want to do.”

South Oldham led 21-12 at the end of the first quarter and outscored the Warriors 24-19 in the second to lead 45-31 at halftime.

“We felt like we were still in the game at halftime,” Valentine said. “But we told the guys we would have to be patient to get back all the way. We knew South would come at us hard to start the third period and we had to keep that from happening by not getting in a rush.”

Valentine said the Dragons did exactly what he thought they would do.

“They hit us hard to start the third period and then we totally abandoned the game plan again,” Valentine said.

The Dragons outscored the Warriors 34-15 in the third period to put the game away.

Jenkins led the Warriors with 28 points, Jones scored 12 points, Dotson added five points, Dixie contributed four, Montero tallied three points and Golden had two points .

“Rick Pitino was there to watch (South Oldham’s Joe) Griffin play and I think Kemryn showed him he could play at the next level,” Valentine said. “Maybe not at Louisville but somewhere at the collegiate level. Kemryn shot the ball well, rebounded, defended well and dove on the floor for loose balls. He showed all the intangibles a coach is looking for. If a college coach sees that, he passes the word on even if he doesn’t have a place for the player.”

South Oldham’s Griffin led all scorers with 32 points. The Dragons were 12 of 25 3-pointers for 40 percent. The Warriors outrebounded the Dragons 32-30 but had 19 turnovers to just 10 for South Oldham.

“All of South’s players shoot the ball well and they move the ball well,” Valentine said. “But I think we could have played with them if we had just followed the game plan.”