By Steve LeMaster
STEARNS – McCreary Central came up short in its latest home game. Visiting Wayne County manged to knock off the Raiders 54-48 in a 48th District boys’ basketball game on Thursday (Jan. 11).
With the loss, McCreary Central slipped to 6-10 overall and 0-1 in the 48th District.
Wayne County improved to 10-8 overall and 1-1 in the district with the win.
A longtime rival for the Raiders, Wayne County shot 45.9 percent (17-of-37) from the field. The Cardinals were 5-of-11 (45.5 percent) from 3-point range.
Wayne County shot 75 percent (15-of-20) from the free throw line.
Inside, Wayne County outrebounded the Raiders 28-21.
Stetson Simpson paced Wayne County with a game-high 19 points. Simpson was 8-of-8 from the free throw line for the Cardinals.
Jackson Baker recorded a double-double for Wayne County, scoring 14 points and pulling down a game-high 12 rebounds.
Three Wayne County players reached double figures in the scoring column as Aubrey Weaver added 11 points
Thomas Spencer and Kameron Gehring rounded out the Wayne County individual scoring, posting six points and four points, respectively.
McCreary Central shot 40.8 percent (20-of-49) from the field. The Raiders were 3-of-10 (30 percent) from 3-point range.
McCreary Central shot 45.5 percent (5-of-11) from the free throw line.
Hunter Jones led McCreary Central with 18 points. Jones connected on eight field goals in McCreary Central’s short effort.
Nick Longmire accompanied Jones in double figures for the Raiders, scoring 10 points.
John Cash contributed seven points, Derrick Paige posted six points, Devin Strunk netted five points and Brandon Troxxell tossed in two points as the Raiders suffered the loss.
McCreary Central is slated to visit Wayne County for a late-season 48th District boys’ basketball game on February 2.
The Raiders and Cardinals could meet again in the 48th District Boys’ Basketball Tournament in February.