The Lewisburg Rangers and the Adairville Cardinals went head to head on Tuesday night in the Logan County Middle School championship game to determine the 2014 champions. The two teams battled hard and the game resulted in an overtime, but the Adariville Cardinals would end the game with a 47-46 win.
The Lewisburg Rangers would have a great start to the game, driving in layups and shooting three-point baskets to put them with a big lead early in the game. They would end the first quarter with a lead of 11-6. The Adairville Cardinals would fight back in the second quarter. Cardinal Nick Wooden would drive through the Rangers defense and help pull the Cardinals toward the lead. The Rangers would still have the lead of 22-20 at the end of the half.
Even though the Cardinals had caught up in the second quarter, the Rangers were determined to keep their lead. The Rangers would continue driving to the hoop and keep their lead while the Cardinals would miss six free throws in the third quarter. The Rangers would hold on to their lead of 30-25 at the end of the third quarter.
The Cardinals knew they had to fight hard in the fourth quarter to win the game and their coach Kevin Rayno knew what to tell them to encourage the team.
“I told them to stay focused. They had been down earlier in the year and we used that phrase as a took. We told them they could always come back. Never give up was our team motto this season and the boys never gave up,” said Rayno.
The Cardinals would listen to their coach and pick up their game. Nick Wooden and Austin Rayno would help the Cardinals catch up in the fourth quarter. They would do their best, but the fourth quarter would end in a tie. The two teams would have to battle for the win in overtime.
Rangers Ethan Smock and Alex Wilson would hit layups early in overtime, putting the Rangers ahead. Austin Rayno would score a layup and Wooden would hit one free throw shot. This resulted in a 46-45 score with the Rangers leading by one. With four seconds to go, Austin Rayno would drive through to score but would get fouled and sent to shoot two free throw shots. Austin Rayno would pull through for the Cardinals and make both, putting the Cardinals in the lead.
The Rangers would have four seconds to make a play, but would fumble with the ball. The Cardinals would finish the game with a one point win of 47-46.
“I’m so excited for the boys. They played hard all season long and gave everything they had and finally won the championship. They never folded under pressure and kept fighting through the whole game,” said Kevin Rayno.
Keven Rayno played basketball for Adairville when he was younger and said that there was a lot of pride with this team winning the game.
“I told the boys that they were not just playing for themselves, they were playing for a tradition. We had a lot of old players out in the stands to support us and that meant a lot. Bringing the championship back to Adariville is wonderful and means a lot to our community,” said Kevin Rayno.