CLASSIC HOOPS: Carroll County’s David Duncan (above, 21) cuts between Eminence’s Bladin Malone (20) and Eli League (2) on a fast break during the All “A” Classic Eighth Region Tournament at Trimble County on Tuesday. (Staff photo by David Campbell)
CLASSIC HOOPS: Carroll County’s David Duncan (above, 21) cuts between Eminence’s Bladin Malone (20) and Eli League (2) on a fast break during the All “A” Classic Eighth Region Tournament at Trimble County on Tuesday. (Staff photo by David Campbell)
Carroll County blitzed out to an early lead and never looked back, rolling to a 70-42 win over a depleted Eminence boys basketball squad in the opening round of the All “A” Classic Eighth Region Tournament at Trimble County on Tuesday.

Playing without leading scorer Wyatt Supplee, Carroll County still had enough to overwhelm the Warriors, who suited up just six players for the game.

The Panthers scored the first 10 points of the game and they led 25-2 in the second quarter before head coach Brian Crank began subbing heavily. Eminence recovered to keep the game from becoming a rout but the damage had been done.

“It’s another learning experience. Ever since I’ve been here we’ve never had a game where we’re expected to win by a large margin. Usually we’re the ones that have to fight from behind,” Crank said. “We weren’t the sharpest, but we’ve been flatter. I know we were supposed to win, but it could have been uglier and uglier.”

Carroll County (8-6) was dealt a serious blow when Supplee broke his right hand after the Panthers’ loss to Gallatin County on Friday. Supplee is scheduled to have surgery on Thursday and is expected to be out until at least mid-February.

Supplee was in the midst of a monster season. The 5-foot-9 junior point guard was averaging 23.2 ppg and authored a 47-point game two weeks ago.

“He sent me a text and apologized for his actions. Really deep down that made me feel good because that’s a good step for a kid that is as competitive as he is,” Crank said. “The one thing that I told him was that he will bounce back from it and he doesn’t need to be on the floor to be a leader. A lot of these kids look up to him. He’s just as important sitting next to me as he is on the floor.”

The Panthers didn’t need Supplee against Eminence. Junior Dalton Furnish started in Supplee’s place and responded with a career-high 21 points, but Carroll’s two other top players, Keishaun Mumphrey and David Duncan, played only limited minutes as Crank took the opportunity to get the rest of the his players plenty of game time.

“We got out of it what we needed to get out of it. Dalton got some minutes because he’s going to be playing a lot, (Logan) Strickland got some minutes, Justin (Williams) got some minutes,” Crank said. “We were trying to get them some more confidence and some flow for Thursday.”

A total of 11 different players scored in the game for Carroll with Duncan adding 11 points. Bryce Butcher and Strickland had eight points each.

Bryce Sipes had 17 points and Josh Ruzanka scored 10 for Eminence (1-12).

Carroll will now take on Gallatin County in the semifinals on Thursday. The Wildcats scored on a last-second shot on Friday to beat Carroll by one and Crank knows that his team will be in for a battle.

“It’s a great rivalry game and it’s always fun,” Crank said. “I’m still confident in the guys that I got that they’ll come out on Thursday and play. We had a chance to win Friday and Wyatt only played half the game (foul trouble). Every game we’re short somebody because somebody’s always in foul trouble but they step up. If they come in and do what they need to do, they’ll be fine.”

———

ALL “A” CLASSIC 8TH REGION

Opening Round

at Bedford, Ky.

CARROLL CO. 70, EMINENCE 42



EMINENCE 2 9 15 16 — 42

CARROLL CO. 12 21 18 19 — 70



EMINENCE (1-12) — (f)Sipes 17, (g)Ruzanka 10, (g)Malone 5, (g)Mathis 4, League 4, (f)Melton 2.

CARROLL CO. (8-6) — (g)Furnish 21, (f)Duncan 11, (g)Butcher 8, Strickland 8, Hewitt 5, Williams 4, Carter 4, Rivers 3, (g)Lacefield 2, (f)Mumphrey 2, Sandusky 2, Shaw 0, Rodgers 0, Kelly 0.



3-Point Goals — Eminence 3 (Sipes 2, Mathis 1), Carroll Co. 3 (Strickland 2, Hewitt 1). Rebounds — Eminence 22 (Mathis 8), Carroll Co. 48 (Duncan 7). Turnovers — Eminence 13, Carroll Co. 16. Total Fouls — Eminence 11, Carroll Co. 17. Free Throws — Eminence 8-15, Carroll Co. 5-9. Fouled Out — None.