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Wolves Howl, Best Breathitt to Repeat in 55th

Wolfe County Wolves - photo by Brendon D. Miller - Bluegrass Sports Nation

All five Wolves starters hit double-figures as Johnson goes for 28.

CAMPTON – March 16, 2021 – Brendon D. Miller

Wolfe County moved to the 55th District in 2006 with this being their 16th year as part of the 55th. Wolfe won the District in that first year, and four since. Breathitt and Wolfe have faced off in the District Championship game 12 times in those 15 years, with Breathitt winning eight while Wolfe prevailed in four. One of those four was the memorable 2020 edition which Wolfe took on a Wilgus Tolson’s buzzer-beater, 62-60.

Wolfe got the better of Breathitt on January 22nd in Rose Gymnasium 88-64 and then the 2nd meeting in Jackson was cancelled due to weather. The Bobcats were intent on getting the win and getting a winner’s draw in the regional, but had to go without their Junior wing, Jaylen Turner due to sickness.

Newly crowned 14th Region Player of the Year, Jaz Johnson was spectacular with 28, including 10 in the 4th when the Wolves out-scored Breathitt 26-10 to close out the game. All five Wolves netted double figures on the night. Austin Sperry slashed and drove for 25, and Bryce Hoskins was force in the paint with 10.

Jaz Johnson – photo by Wallace Caleb Bates/BSN

Johnson and Wilgus Tolson each had nine to start the game. Johnson had two baskets, a 3-pointer and was 2 of 2 at the line, while Wilgus drove to the tin for three baskets and a 3-pointer. Sawyer Thompson knocked down his first 3-pointer of the night and Skylar Ritchie was 2 of 2 at the line. Sperry and Andrew Combs each had six for the Bobcats with Sperry getting two baskets and 2 of 2 at the line and Combs connecting on two 3-pointers. Luke Bellamy and Bryce Hoskins each had a field goal. At the end of the 1st, Wolfe led 23-17.

The Bobcats fought back in the 2nd as Sperry and Hoskins led the way with six each. Sperry had two field goals and was 2 of 3 at the line while Hoskins had a bucket and was 4 of 4 at the line. Johnson and Elijah Tolson each had four with Elijah hitting his first 3-pointer and Thompson connected on his second 3-pointer. At the half, Wolfe 36 – Breathitt 33.

Austin Sperry – photo by Wallace Caleb Bates/BSN

The teams played to a 16-16 tie in the 3rd. Sperry hit his only 3-pointer as part of his seven and Combs hit his third 3-pointer and had five. The Wolves connected on four 3-pointers in the stanza with Thompson netting two and Johnson and Elijah Tolson with one each. Heading to the 4th, Wolfe was still ahead by three, 42 to 39.

Wolfe closed out the game out-scoring the Bobcats 26-10 in the 4th, as Johnson was on fire down the stretch, splashing two 3-pointers and two field goals for 10 of his game-high 28. Ritchie electrified Rose Gymnasium with two thunderous dunks, one on an alley-oop from Thompson, with eight of his 12. Sperry completed his team-high 25 with six.

Scoring by Quarter1st2nd3rd4thTotal
WOLFE COUNTY2313162678

WOLFE COUNTY – Jaz Johnson 28, Wilgus Tolson 13, Sawyer Thompson 12, Skylar Ritchie 12, Andrew Mayabb 2.

BREATHITT COUNTY – Austin Sperry 25, Andrew Combs 11, Bryce Hoskins 10, Tyler Christy 7, Luke Bellamy 6.

Wolfe improved to 14-9 while Breathitt fell to 16-6. Both teams are headed to the 14th Region Tournament and will be in action on Saturday.

The 14th Region Tournament Draw will be tomorrow morning (Wednesday) at 10:00 AM at Breathitt County High School. BSN hopes to be able to stream the draw.

Wolfe County Wolves with the Trophy – photo by Brendon D. Miller/BSN

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