Badly in need of a district win this season, Campbell County’s boys got a big one Tuesday night while playing at home against Clinton.
Senior guard Lucas Nelson scored 12 of his game-high 19 points during the fourth quarter and overtime period to lead the Cougars (1-4 district, 7-8 overall) to an 85-76 victory. The win avenged a 77-75 overtime loss at Clinton on Nov. 30.
Junior forward Nick Litton and sophomore guard Corey Poteet added 18 and 17 points, respectively, to Campbell County’s cause. Fourteen of Litton’s points came during the second half and overtime.
Also scoring for the Cougars was Tyler Chapman with 10 points, Brandon Lee and Jordan Kindred with 6 each, Ethan Simpson 4, Gunner St. John 3 and Dylan Stanfield 2.
Campbell County won the game at the free throw line, where the Cougars made 29 of 41 attempts (10-of-12 in OT) for 71 percent. Litton (8-of-8) and Poteet (6-of-6) were perfect. Trailing by 1 in OT, Campbell County hit 10 consecutive foul shots.
Dee Shannon and Corey Washington led the Dragons with 14 and 12 points, respectively.
The Cougars had a 7-point lead in the opening quarter before Clinton pulled in front 33-32 at halftime. The game was deadlocked 49-49 at the end of the third quarter and 68-68 at the end of regulation. Simpson missed a long jump shot at the buzzer that might have won it in regulation.Kindred came up with two huge steals in overtime to help seal the deal.
Campbell County’s girls simply maintained Tuesday night with a 51-40 defeat of Clinton. The Lady Cougars (5-0 district, 10-4 overall) led by as many as 14 points in the second half after holding a narrow, 16-11 halftime edge.
Post player Shayla Goins scored 8 of her game-high 12 points during the fourth quarter for Campbell County, which completed a regular season sweep of the Lady Dragons. Kristin Chapman chipped in 10 points, followed by Courtney Miller and Amber Young with 8 each, Courtney Morris 7, Maria Foust 4 and Kristy Owens 2. Brooke Hensley and Jasmine Fuqua paced Clinton with 10 points each.