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McCracken, Graves split second doubleheader

By Jon Futrell jfutrell@paducahsun.com

The second-ever varsity basketball doubleheader between Graves County and McCracken County ended the same way the first one did: victories for the Mustangs and the Lady Eagles.

Three players for McCracken scored in double digits, but Caleb Stonecipher had the biggest night of all with 23 points in a 69-57 triumph. It was double the 46-40 margin of victory from the previous boys' game on Jan. 7.

Jared Burnett got the Mustangs off to a great start with seven unanswered points in the first quarter. A 3-pointer from the far right side of the arc put McCracken up 12-8. The Mustangs would get five more points from Bryce Rodgers, including another 3-pointer to help close the first period 19-12 Mustangs.

After a fairly even second quarter, McCracken picked up the pace again in the third. Kam Chumbler finally got on the board with four points in the third. He would finish the game with 11 points. Stonecipher would get six points that period; four of those on consecutive free throws, including two on a technical foul called on Eagle coach Terry Birdsong.

The Mustangs were up 14 going into the fourth, but Graves would not go quietly. Justin Hayden hit both of his 3-pointers for the Eagles in the fourth. His second from downtown made the score 57-50 McCracken with 3:25 to go.

Stonecipher helped close the show by scoring five more points after that to ice it. Burnett finished with 19 points while Andrew Smith led Graves with 17 points. Jake Williams (14 points) and Peyton Puckett (12) also had big games for the Eagles.

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Graves County 12 27 37 57

McCracken County 19 35 51 69

GRAVES- Grant, A. Smith 17, Wetherington, J. Smith, Avent, Hannan, Jones, Puckett 12, Hayden 8, Williams 14, Kimbler 6, E. Vogt, C. Vogt, Wiggins, Murphey.

Field goals 16/42. 3-pointers 4/12 (Hayden 2, Puckett, Williams). Free throws 21/28. Record 19-4.

MCCRACKEN - Burnett 19, Chumbler 11, Armstrong 8, Telfair, Stonecipher 23, Vega, Nall 3, Rodgers 5.

Field goals 25/46. 3-pointers 5/12 (Burnett, Chumbler, Nall, Rodgers, Stonecipher). Free throws 14/22. Record 15-7.

Graves 51, McCracken 35 - When these two teams met at the Eagles' Nest on Jan. 7, Graves County needed a last-second basket from Gracie Martin to get the narrow 56-54 win. On Saturday night, the Lady Eagles' double-zero scored several more times for a wider margin of victory.

Martin drove inside often on the Lady Mustangs and finished with 12 points while Taylor West led the way with 13 points. Neither player made a 3-pointer, but those proved crucial to Graves' success.

The Lady Eagles tried going inside earlier only to keep getting swatted away by McCracken, who was only down one after the opening frame. In the second quarter, Graves moved to the outside and struck paydirt. Dana Adkins got her only points for the Lady Eagles on a pair of 3-pointers while Bethany Cartwright and Bailey Hawkins each sank one from downtown. Graves got all four of its treys during an 18-7 run through the second quarter. The Lady Eagles were up by 12 at the half and were never threatened the rest of the game.

Jacqueline Roof hit both of the Lady Mustangs' threes to lead the way with 14 points with Lexie Baer picking up nine points. The foul line was the only weakness for Graves with a 5 for 17 shooting performance.

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Graves County 12 30 42 51

McCracken County 11 18 26 35

GRAVES- Martin 12, Clymer, Whitnell 3, Cartwright 7, West 13, Wiggins, Barton 5, Hawkins 5, Coleman, Adkins 6.

Field goals 21/53. 3-pointers 4/7 (Adkins 2, Cartwright, Hawkins). Free throws 5/17. Record 15-7.

MCCRACKEN - Baer 9, Smith 4, Turner, Lemus 2, Perry, Roof 14, Kidd 2, Weir, Gorham, Telfair 2, Womack, Rocha 2.

Field goals 15/39. 3-pointers 2/9 (Roof 2). Free throws 3/9. Record 12-11.

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