Men's Basketball - Mustangs knock off Cardinals, will play for region title
3/6/2018 9:26 AM

McCracken County’s 11-1 run to start the third quarter proved to be the deciding blow in its 50-38 win over Mayfield on Monday in a First Region semifinal game at the CFSB Center.

Cam Cartwright was the catalyst of that run, with back-to-back long 3-pointers. He finished with a game-high 19 points for the Mustangs (27-6).

Jackson Sivills had 13 points for McCracken County, while Nate Stonecipher had 12.

“We just wanted to keep pushing, keep grinding (and) play with a lot of energy,” Cartwright said. “We knew we could go on a run if we just started making shots. Luckily, I hit two big ones and just got the momentum from there.”

The Mustangs opened with a 7-2 run, capped by a 3 from Wes Belt in the corner.

But the Cardinals responded with a 10-2 run, leading 12-9 with 1:30 left.

With 1:19 left, Cartwright made a 3-pointer from the left wing and was fouled by Kent Trey Matthews in the process. Cartwright converted the four-point play, giving McCracken County a 13-12 lead.

That score would hold through the end of the quarter.

The lead changed hands twice in the second, but a 3 from Sivills put the Mustangs ahead for the rest of the half. At the break, it was 21-17.

The Cardinals chipped away, but it was still the Mustangs who had the advantage after 24 minutes, up 39-31.

“Cam’s got the green light to shoot it every time,” McCracken County coach Burlin Brower said. “He’s a great shooter. He’s always made big 3s. I think it’s fitting in his senior year that he makes big shots to send us to the finals.”

Connor Guthrie, Carson Guthrie and Kade Neely scored eight each for the Cardinals (26-7).

“We had a great season,” Mayfield coach Chris Guhy said. “Looking back, thinking about it right now, did we peak a little bit too early? Maybe. I don’t know. We’ve got everybody coming back except for Jordan (Harrison). We’re going to miss Jordan. But we’ve had some sophomores who have really gotten better as the season has gone along. Kade Neely, Alonzo Daniel (and) Husten Lancaster coming off the bench.

“We’ve got a lot of juniors on this team. We’ll be back next year. We’ll have all these guys back. I think we’ll have a couple more guys in the rotation next year. I look for Brady Smith to step up and be a big factor for us.

"It hurts. We had a great season. We wanted to get back in that championship game. I felt like if we could get back in to that championship game, our depth would be a big factor for us. It just didn’t work out for us.”


McCracken County 13 8 18 11 — 50

Mayfield 12 5 14 7 — 38

MCCRACKEN — Cartwright 19, Sivills 13, Stonecipher 12, Belt 3, Guthrie 2, Winsett 1

Field goals: 15/29. 3-pointers: 7/14 (Cartwright 4, Sivills 2, Belt). Free throws: 13/17. Rebounds: 22. Fouls: 13. Record: 27-6.

MAYFIELD — Connor Guthrie 8, Carson Guthrie 8, Neely 8, Jones 7, Daniel 4, Harrison 2, Matthews 1

Field goals: 15/45. 3-pointers: 2/16 (Connor Guthrie 2). Free throws: 6/12. Rebounds: 18. Fouls: 17. Record: 26-7.

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