By: Ashtyn Bell
Sprits were not high among Wayne County Cardinal’s fans last week during the first round of the KHSAA Sweet 16 Boys State Tournament.
The Cards, who entered the tournament as the fourth ranked team in the state, were expected to have an easy time defeating the Mustangs of McCracken County, who came in ranked 16th.
However, things didn’t go as anticipated.
Wayne County trailed McCracken County in the first quarter with two of their starting players, Corey Stearns and Jason Perkins, already in foul trouble. At the end of the half, the Cards still trailed, but by only 4 points.
The second half of the game went to the Mustangs with the cards leading rebounder Stearns fouling out, followed by senior Jason Perkins, and Wayne County’s leading scorer, Peyton Woods.
The Cardinals, who shot just 35 percent from the field, lost with a final score of 81-74. Sophomore Trey Blevins led the Cards in scoring with 24 points.
Despite the difficult loss in the tournament, the Cards end a stellar season with a 31-2 record and with the majority of the team set to come back next year, they look to be in contention for the state title once again.