Rosspoint completes sweep, makes history with win over JACES in county finals


Kim Moore Hensley

The Rosspoint Wildcats captured the seventh- and eighth-grade county championship with a 53-45 win Saturday over James A. Cawood. Team members include, from left, front row: Hunter Stevens, Colby Shepherd, Hayston Hensley and Karsen Dunn; back row: Brayden Morris, Cole Cornett, Grant Shelton, Gunnar Johnson, Rydge Lewis, Will Duncan and Drew Sergent.

After two regular-season thrillers, with Rosspoint and James A. Cawood each winning once, the best of the best was determined Saturday in the seventh- and eighth-grade county championship game at Harlan County High School.
Rosspoint won the rubber match and the county title with a 53-45 victory, making county history in the process, or at least as far as we know. Rosspoint became the first school, going back through available records to the 1980s, to win all four basketball county titles in one school year.
“We went in with a game plan and stuck with it. My boys set a goal at the beginning of the year and worked every day to achieve it. I want to thank them for this opportunity. They deserved it,” Rosspoint coach Hobie Boggs said. “My hat is off to JACES. Every time we have played this year it was this type of game.”
Cole Cornett scored 24 points to lead the 16-1 Wildcats. Gunnar Johnson added 14 points.
Kaden Jones and Landon Brock scored 16 each to lead the Trojans
Ethan Huff scored 26 points and Dalton Halcomb added 22 as Green Hills completed its best season in over 20 years with a 49-40 victory over Cawood in the third-place game.
Brady Smith again led Cawood with 26 points.
Thanks to Black Mountain Elementary School student Caden Lester for his research to confirm Rosspoint was the first team to sweep all four county championships in the same school year.
Green Hills (49) — Ethan Huff 26, Dalton Halcomb 22, David Halcomb 1.
Cawood (40) — Brady Smith 26, Ben Cochran 8, Turcker Curtis 4, Mayan Stewart 2.
Rosspoint (53) — Cole Cornett 24, Gunnar Johnson 14, Colby Shepherd 8, Brayden Morris 5, Grant Shelton 2.
James A. Cawood (45) — Kaden Jones 16, Landon Brock 16, Thyler Coots 6, Brenton Bargo 5, Bryson Bryant 2