Cards knock off Campbell County, reach state tournament – Winchester Sun
By Bryce Houchens
GRC Smoke Signals Staff
After COVID-19 stole the Cardinals’ Sweet Sixteen opportunity last year, the cards again took the title in the 10th region to stamp their ticket for the Rupp Arena.
GRC enforced the miracle with a summerbeater by Jerone Morton to defeat the Campbell County camels (60-59).
The cards got off to a slow start, admitting 8-0 defeat to start the game, and Coach Cook burned an early break.
The timeout worked because WinCity did a quick 14-0 run and was at the top.
Aden Slone’s three just before the buzzer gave the cards a seven-point lead after a quarter game.
Garrett Beiting of Campbell County couldn’t miss. He hit five of six threes and had 24 points. GRC had trouble stopping him defensively.
Trent Edwards again had a lot of defensive influence and came up with several blocks.
Jerone Morton and Jarred Wellman both had great first halves to keep the cards leading. The two scored 24 of the 35 GRC points at halftime and were 35-28 ahead at break.
WinCity seemed to slow things down to start the second half which allowed the camels to crawl back inside.
GRC struggled to fire off-arc shots and Campbell County took advantage of the missed opportunities. The camels knocked down a couple of threes and suddenly we were all square.
The end of the quarter with a triple from Morton gave GRC an uncomfortable two point lead into the final quarter.
Until 45-43 the cards only had to wait eight minutes to get to the Sweet 16.
After Campbell County’s Garrett Beiting and Eric Davie lost most of the game, they made some large buckets that gave the camels the lead.
However, GRC always had an answer to keep in one possession.
After a questionable timeout awarded to the camels, all cards were only two minutes away.
After the timeout, Kason Jackson of the Camels hit a big three to take the lead by about a minute and a half.
GRC was quick to respond and cut it back within one.
After both teams had empty possessions, the cards were forced to foul.
It was Campbell’s Aydan Hamilton turn with an A and A, and he missed it.
GRC quickly took time out to create one final game.
Campbell County came out in man defense, which meant – give it to Morton and let him go to work.
Slone passed it on to Morton, ReShaun Hampton pulled the defense off track, and Jerone hit his husband and put it on the buzzer.
Morton led the team with 27 points, followed by Wellman with 15. Slone had 8 and made some nice passes, leading the team in assists.
WinCity will face Oldham County in the KHSAA State Tournament on Wednesday at 8:00 am.
See you in the Rupp Arena!