By: Jim Steele
Despite bowing 65-50 at perennial Kentucky power Marshall County in a gym that seats 6,000 people, the McKenzie boys' basketball team seems to be peaking at the right time.
Since then, the Rebels have claimed a pair of District 13A road games. The Rebels earned a huge win Tuesday, 78-65. Friday, McKenzie defeated Clarksburg 68-30. McKenzie improved to 13-8 overall and 10-1 in district play as a result.
Tuesday, McKenzie defeated a tough Dresden for the fifth straight time. Five Rebels reached double digits. McKenzie and Dresden were locked into a close game. McKenzie led 18-17 after one and 34-32 at halftime before breaking the game open in the third quarter.
Dajour Edmonson led the Rebels with 19, followed by Paul Watkins 14, Brandon Baucum and Tyler King with 13 apiece and Preston Henderson with 12. Dresser Winn led the Lions with 26 points, Quincy McDonald had 14 and Keilan Rooks added 10.
Friday night at Clarksburg, 11 Rebels scored as the Rebels jumped on the host Rockets early and built a 46-14 halftime lead. Baucum led the Rebels with 19 points, Paul Watkins scored 13 and Bryce Wiggins added 10.
Trent Boyd had 11 and Devin WIldridge nine for the Rockets.
In girls' action, the state-ranked Lady Lions defeated the visiting Lady Rebels 58-28. Dresden limited the Lady Rebels to just six first-half points and were never threatened. Jacey Davis led the Lady Rebels with 11 points, Carissa Britt added six and Anna Comer was held well under her average with just one point.
Finley Winn had 14 and Millie Bryant 13 for the Lady Lions.
At Clarksburg, the Lady Rebels struggled in the first half at Clarsburg but rallied to take a 49-44 win. The two teams were deadlocked at 12 after one and the Lady Rockets surged to a 29-20 lead at the half and held on to a 35-34 lead after three. But the Lady Rebels outraced Clarksburg to the finish, 15-9, for the victory.
Comer led the Lady Rebels with 19 points, Jacey Davis added 11 and Shelby Davis tossed in 10. Bailey Nelson scored seven.
Rachel Tucker led the Lady Rockets with 15 and Krista Nobel scored 13.
Clarksburg was at Huntingdon Tuesday and will visit Huntingdon Friday. CHS ends its regular season Feb. 7 at West Carroll. McKenzie played Trenton-Peaybody Monday, Gleason Tuesday and will head to West Carroll Friday. MHS closes its regular season at Huntingdon on Feb. 7.