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Breathitt Gets Hard-Fought Win Over Wellspring

Breathitt's Tyler Christy drives against Wellspring - photo by Brendon D. Miller - Bluegrass Sports Nation

JACKSON – February 18, 2020 – Brendon D. Miller

It was Senior Night at Breathitt County on Tuesday as the Bobcats welcomed the Wellspring Guardians to the Fairce O. Woods Coliseum. Wellspring in a home-school team from Richmond.

Prior to the tip, Breathitt honored senior Bobcats Brandyn Slaughter, Jack Fugate, Ty Carter and Charles Andrew Collins for their great service to the program!! All four got the start along with Jaylen Turner. Click for photo gallery of Senior Ceremony:

Breathitt took an early lead behind the inside presence of Slaughter. Brandyn, as it the norm, pounded the glass, and paced the Bobcats with four baskets for eight points in the Quarter. Wellspring got six from Isaac Carpenter. End of the 1st, Breathitt led 17-13.

Brandyn Slaughter – photo Brendon D. Miller/BSN

Breathitt extended their lead in the 2nd Quarter behind seven from Freshman big man Bryce Hoskins. Hoskins knocked down a long three and Fugate hit his 1st three of the game and contributed five in the quarter. Carpenter scored five more on the Quarter to be the game’s leading scorer at the half with 12. At the half, Breathitt led by eight 32-24.

Isaac Carpenter – photo Brendon D. Miller/BSN

The teams played to a 15-15 time in the 3rd Quarter. Zack Carpenter turned up the scoring with eight for Wellspring. The Quarter was highlighted by Fugate knocking down two threes and reaching the 1,000 point plateau for his career! End of the 3rd, Breathitt was still in control by eight, 47-39.

Jack Fugate – photo Brendon D. Miller/BSN

Wellspring made a valiant comeback in the 4th Quarter behind six by Zion Payne and four deep threes. Zack Carpenter had two threes down the stretch to bring his game total to 16, second for game-high to his brother Isaac. Breathitt survived as Turner led in the Quarter with four and made the winning basket in the final seconds. The Bobcats made it interesting as they were only 2 for 6 from the line down the stretch.

Jaylen Turner – photo Brendon D. Miller/BSN

Particularly noteworthy were the Carpenter brothers for Wellspring are the sons of Breathitt County natives Jason Carpenter and Katrina Faulkner Carpenter. So it was a great homecoming for the Carpenter family, and the brothers put on a show for the family friends in the Coliseum!

Zack Carpenter – photo Brendon D. Miller/BSN

– 17-15-15-12 = 59
Brandyn Slaughter – 13; Jack Fugate – 11; Jaylen Turner – 10; Bryce Hoskins – 9; Luke Bellamy – 8; Braxton O’Hara – 4; Tyler Christy – 2; Ty Carter – 2.

WELLSPRING – 13-11-15-18 = 57
Isaac Carpenter – 17; Zack Carpenter – 16; Zion Payne – 8; Jacob Wall – 6; T.J. McNeal – 4; Steve Larkin – 3; Ethan Shelton – 3.

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