Wildcats escape Cougars’ den with 80-74 win

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By Dwane Wilder

Junior forward Nick Litton turned in a pair of 24-point performances last week, but the Campbell County High School boy’s varsity basketball team failed to back him up with victories.
Litton led the Cougars out to a double-digit lead in the first half of Friday night’s home game against district rival Oak Ridge. Senior guard Lucas Nelson was close behind with 23 points, 14 of which he scored during the second quarter, for Campbell County.
The Cougars led 45-37 at halftime. By the end of the third period, Oak Ridge had cut that down to one, 57-56. The Wildcats finally pulled ahead in the fourth quarter and escaped with an 80-74 win, which was their 24th straight in the series since 1999.
Ethan Simpson chipped in 12 points for the Cougars, followed by Gunner St. John with 6, Corey Poteet 5 and Jordan Kindred 4. The Cougars did shoot well from the charity stripe, where they made 15 of 19 attempts.
Rian Hall led Oak Ridge with 22 points, followed by Cory Fagan with 18 and Spencer Shoffner 17.
Two nights earlier, Campbell County dropped a 92-89 decision at Powell. St. John had a career-best performance with 18 points, all from 3-point range. Kindred added 14 points, followed by Nelson with 12, Poteet 10 and Matt Bolton 6.
Zach Miracle carried Powell with 19 points.
The Cougars were scheduled to play Hardin Valley last night (Wednesday), weather permitting.