Wednesday, December 20, 2023


In a gripping showdown at the Gardner Law King of the Bluegrass tournament, the No. 9 Newport Wildcats (7-1) clinched a hard-fought victory over No. 24 Washington County Commanders (6-1) with a final score of 64-55, advancing them to the quarterfinals. Newport's star player, Taylen Kinney, led the charge with a game-high 19 points, earning the title of Central Bank Player of the Game.

The game commenced with Washington County taking an early lead, surging ahead 9-2. However, the tide turned following an intentional foul on Washington County's Camden Abell, which sparked a remarkable comeback by Newport. Demonstrating resilience and tactical prowess, Newport dominated the remainder of the first half with a staggering 30-6 run. This phenomenal performance secured them a commanding lead as they headed into halftime.

Washington County, sophomore Gabe Weis, finished with 18 points and 13 rebounds but the Commanders struggled to regain their initial momentum. Newport's defense and strategic plays underpinned their lead throughout the game forcing 14 Washington County turnovers.

In the second half, Newport maintained their advantage, thwarting Washington County's attempts to close the gap. The Wildcats' cohesive teamwork and solid execution on both ends of the court were pivotal in their victory. DeShaun Jackson (17 points) and Jabari Covington (11 points) contributed significantly to Newport's triumph.

The game was a testament to Newport's strength, showcasing their depth of talent. As they advance to the quarterfinals to take on No. 2 Great Crossing tomorrow at 7:30pm in a top 10 showdown.

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