The Panthers shot 60 percent from the floor, while depositing 50 percent of their three-point attempts on Tuesday night to go away with the District 3-AAA victory.
Campbell County could only manage 20 percent from behind the arc, as Powell won, 66-45.
“We just kind of ran into a buzz saw, head on,” Campbell County head coach Matt Housley said. “The Payne kid, a tough kid. The first one he hit in the game, 2 or 3 feet behind the line with a hand in his face, those are just good shots.”
Payne managed 27 points against the Cougars, bucketing 75 percent (12-of-16) of his shots.
The Cougars couldn’t find a single three-point bucket during the first half, shooting 0-for-six.
During the first half, they only managed six-of-20 (30 percent) overall.
“I think we killed ourselves more than the other team did,” Roston Letner said. “Our shots just didn’t fall…we can play with that team. You saw it last time. We can play with anybody in this district if we just make the correction. That’s on us as players. We’ve just got to get in it.”
The last time, Campbell County made a big comeback during the second half. However, they fell short, 55-52.
On Tuesday, Powell would find those big stoppers to halt the Cougars efforts.
“They had about five or six of those run stoppers,” Housley said. “The killers. We would get two or three turnovers in a row, score it up, and then they would get an offensive put back…every time we were trying to make a run, it seemed like that would have that killer. We just couldn’t get that one stop.”
To Housley, however, the game shouldn’t have been that big of a blowout.
The Cougars were coming off two big weekend wins in Hardin Valley and Anderson County.
“Powell came in, and they’re a good team, but I don’t think they’re as good as it looked at the end of the day,” Housley said. “They’ve just got a lot of kids that have a high basketball IQ, play hard and can shoot the ball. In high school basketball, when you have those three things, you’re going to be pretty good.”
Jack Rase followed Payne’s total with 12 of his own, while Dallas Fields added 11.
Payne came away with a near double-double, pulling down a game-leading nine rebounds.
“It’s hard,” Gunner St. John said. “We knew they were good, but we knew they were beatable. We only lost to them by three (last time).”
Darrin Gillenwater led Campbell County with 10 points. Letner bucketed eight points, while pulling down a team-leading six boards.
Trey Torres and St. John each added six points, while Poteet found five. Brandon Lee had four, Seth Pebley three and Tucker Cain one.
“I told the boys that we can’t fault their effort. I know they’re trying, and I know they’re hustling,” Housley said. “We’ve got mental things we’ve got to work on as far as what we want out of our offense.”
However, their offense wasn’t a concern against Hardin Valley.
With the Hawks recent addition of Dyonta Bizzle-Brown, Hardin Valley has vastly improved.
Although improved, it’s hard to beat 57 percent shooting from behind the arc.
“They look scary and look good coming off the bus,” Housley said. “I think they’ll sneak up on some teams. Friday was a huge win for us. It was finally great to have all the guys come together and shoot for us. Hardin Valley kind of felt like what we do tonight. They just ran into a buzz saw.”
Campbell County blistered the net for 12 treys in the contest.
St. John added 16 in the game, while Brandon Lee had 14. Clay Gaylor and Poteet each had 13.