The best boy’s basketball team in District 3-AAA during the 2008-09 regular season is still the team to beat this year.
Knoxville Central lit up the scoreboard Tuesday night with a 112-79 rout of Campbell County. The win allowed the Bobcats to avenge a pair of embarrassing late season losses last year to the Cougars.
Senior guard Brett Wade scored 22 points to lead six Central players in double figures. Darnell Williams had 17, Dre Mathieu 16, Linwood Holloway 13, Zeek Holden 12 and Julian McBee 11.
The Bobcats scored the first 11 points of the game and held the Cougars scoreless the first three and a half minutes. Central led 54-28 at halftime and reached 100 points with three minutes to spare.
Cody Malicoat, Campbell County’s super sophomore, led the visitors with 19 points in his lowest offensive output over the past three games. Malicoat broke a school record with 58 points during a 97-91 double-overtime loss at Oak Ridge on Dec. 11 and scored 29 points during a 68-57 win at Hardin Valley on Dec. 15. He is averaging 23 points and eight rebounds a game this season.
Four other Campbell County players scored in double figures against Central. Cory Poteet chipped in 14, Tyler Chapman 13, Nick Litton 12 and Sean Chapman 11. Ethan Simpson and Brandon Lee (3 pts. each) and Matt Miller and Jordan Kindred (2 pts. each) also contributed.
Central also won the girl’s game, 58-47.
Campbell County had a double-digit lead in the second quarter but couldn’t hold it. Senior guard Jessica Moore scored the 1,000th point of her career during the game and ended the night with only 11 points after fouling out on a controversial mix-up at the scorer’s table. The Lady Cougars will play again at 6 p.m. Monday in a Christmas Tournament at Webb School of Knoxville.
Other scorers for Campbell County were Courtney Morris with eight points, Lindsay Evans with six, Maria Foust and Kristin Chapman five each, Courtney Miller and Shayla Goins four each, Samantha Leach and Candice Seiber two each.
Alicia Robinson led all scorers with 22 points for the Lady Bobcats.