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By David Sharp
Knox County used a stifling ball pressure defense and scored the first ten points during January 19, 2023 boy’s consolation semifinal play from the 34th Annual North Shelby Tournament for a 63-25 win.
Kellen Parrish scored a game high 22 points. Blake Parrish fired in 20 Eagle points. Rylan Roberts added seven Knox County points. The Eagles took on conference rival Scotland County in the boy’s consolation championship game.
Kellen Parrish fired in a three ball for the 10-0 score with three minutes remaining in the first quarter. The Bulldogs (5-11) clawed their way through the KCHS Havoc defense, pulling within a 14-6 score after one period. Both sides played hard the entire game.
Blake Parrish fired in a three ball then Kellen Parrish hit a free throw for a 25-7 Knox County lead with 4:02 showing on the second quarter clock. Cooper Clair scored with 47 seconds to play in the first half.
Knox County (6-9) played perhaps their best overall half of the season. The Eagles turned in a 20-5 second quarter run to a 34-11 lead. Knox County continued their defensive pressure for a 20-7 third quarter burst to a 54-18 lead after three periods of play.
The Eagle JV played much of the fourth quarter. The clock ran continuously by the Missouri Mercy Rule. Terry Ogden scored with 30 seconds to play in the game for a 63-23 lead.
Knox County sank 27 field goals while allowing eight two point goals to their 63-25 win. The Eagles held a 5-3 lead in converted three pointers. Knox County sank 5-6 free throws. La Plata went 3-7 from the line.
Reese Mesecher and Baylin Roberts led La Plata with five points each. Cutter St. Clair and Tucker Beautte scored four Bulldog points each. Kendrick Hulett put in three and Tate Lock added two La Plata points.
Collin Hayes and Ethan Campbell backed up 20 point Blake Parrish and Kellen Parrish nights with three points each. Cooper Clair scored four points. Grayson Miller and Terry Ogden added two points each.