The Jenkins Cavaliers snapped their season-opening three-game losing skid with an impressive 53-45 win at Paintsville on December 6, and followed that victory with a hard-earned win at Red Bird, always a tough road trip for a Letcher County team, before losing to Lee County.
The 2-4 Cavaliers hosted Belfry December 11, then play their next three games on the road. Jenkins travels to June Buchanan School Thursday night, to Phelps on Friday night, then to Knott Central on December 17.
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The Cavaliers, perhaps tired from playing four games in five days, committed far too many turnovers and missed far too many close shots in falling to Lee County in the Whitaker Bank Cougar Classic on December 8 to snap a modest two-game winning streak.
Jenkins suffered through a rash of early turnovers and missed shots, but trailed just 9-6 after the first quarter.
Jenkins tied the game 9-9 on Josh Collins’s trey early in the second quarter and took the lead seconds later on Casey Hall’s lay-up. Koty Sexton’s second of back-toback baskets gave the Cavs their final lead at 16-14 with 2:40 left to play in the half.
Lee County tied the score and then guard Randy Mays’s trey in the final seconds gave the Bobcats a 19- 16 lead at the intermission.
Randy Mays’s back-toback treys got the Bobcats rolling early in the third quarter. Tyler Evers then scored Lee County’s next eight straight points. Evers finished with a game-high 22 points. Mays wound up with 14.
Jenkins couldn’t put the ball in the hole in the third quarter despite great opportunities from in close. To make things even more difficult, Jenkins managed to convert just four-of-14 from the charity line, all in the second half.
Randy Potter, who was scoreless in the first half, made back-to-back baskets to cut Lee County’s margin to 31-20 midway of the third quarter, but the Cavs could get no closer, trailing 40-24 after three quarters.
Randy Potter’s teamhigh 12 points led 2-4 Jenkins. Koty Sexton chipped in with 10 points. Casey Hall, Josh Collins and Andrew Oliver would up with five points each. Jordan Bentley scored two points.
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With three players in double figures, the visiting Cavaliers struggled with the Cardinals throughout much of the first half before pulling away to a commanding lead in the third quarter and preventing the Cardinals from rallying down the stretch.
With 6- 0 sophomore guard Randy Potter leading the way offensively with a game-high 22 points, Jenkins managed to lead Red Bird 16-14 after the first quarter and 31-12 at the break.
Jenkins extended its lead to 45-29 heading into the final quarter.