Carroll County junior guard Wyatt Supplee, above 11 pictured with teammate Trevor Sandusky, joined Carroll County’s 1,000-point career scoring club Wednesday night with a 19-point effort in the Panthers’ 68-59 loss at Henry County. Supplee needed 15 points going into the game and got there with 46 seconds left in the game. He went on to score four more and finish at 1,004 career points. (Staff photo by Mark Campbell)
Carroll County junior guard Wyatt Supplee, above 11 pictured with teammate Trevor Sandusky, joined Carroll County’s 1,000-point career scoring club Wednesday night with a 19-point effort in the Panthers’ 68-59 loss at Henry County. Supplee needed 15 points going into the game and got there with 46 seconds left in the game. He went on to score four more and finish at 1,004 career points. (Staff photo by Mark Campbell)
NEW CASTLE, Ky. — Carroll County’s Wyatt Supplee flew down Roy Winchester Court at full gallop, split three Henry County defenders on a drive to the basket and hit a contested layup with 42.6 seconds left for his 1,000th career point.

Supplee’s highlight shot helped cap a milestone night for the junior guard on what was an otherwise difficult night for the Panthers against their district and border rivals on Wednesday.

Carroll County ended up losing the game 68-59 — which was essentially meaningless since both teams had already locked up their district tournament seeds — and the Panthers may have lost one of their top starters in the process after sophomore forward Keishaun Mumphrey took a hard fall and slid head-first into the bleachers with 7:05 left in the first half and never returned to the game.

The loss combined with Mumphrey’s injury — Panthers head coach Brian Crank said his post player will likely undergo concussion protocol — could prove costly as the regular season winds down and the team prepares for the postseason.

“He was pretty banged up and he went to the hospital,” Crank said of Mumphrey. “We don’t know how serious it is. Last time he was out two months with it. It was a disaster. We lose a little bit of foot speed, experience and Keishaun just has a knack for the ball. He’s just always there.”

Mumphrey’s previous concussion came midway through the 2017-18 season and he never returned to the lineup as Carroll went 9-20 on the season and lost its first game in the postseason 78-74 to Henry County. Crank can only hope that will not be the case this time.

With Mumphrey out of the lineup, Henry County’s 6-foot-3 power forward Trevor Hardin had his way with the Panthers, posting game-highs with 28 points and 16 rebounds.

That was enough to repel every Panther comeback as the Panthers struggled from the start to trail 22-14 at the end of the first quarter despite Crank using two timeouts over the final 46 seconds.

Mumphrey’s injury seemed to motivate Carroll initially. The Panthers rallied to tie the game 26-26 with 3:06 left before halftime only to trail 34-27 at the break.

Carroll actually led 48-47 at the end of the third quarter and as late as 50-48 on a basket by Dane Lacefield with 7:03 left in the game before the Wildcats made their final push to fend off the visitors.

“The last two nights have been that way, I just don’t know why,” Crank said of Carroll’s inability to complete a comeback. “If I did we wouldn’t be doing it. We fight, we do what we need to do, we take a one-point lead and we can’t hold it.”

Crank said the Panthers’ poor starts are part of the problem. It forces Carroll to battle back all night and allows the opposition to dictate play. He noted that if Carroll hadn’t gotten down so much early the Panthers might have been able to keep Henry County out of a zone defense and that would have better suited the way the Panthers like to play.

“If you take the lead then you can get them out of their zone defense because that’s what they want to play,” Crank said.

Crank said a win or a loss Wednesday meant little overall. The Panthers and Wildcats split two meetings this season — Carroll won 70-60 on Dec. 11 in Carrollton — and they will meet again in their postseason opener as the numbers two and three seeds in a District 31 tourney hosted by Carroll County later this month.

“We knew this game wasn’t going to change anything,” Crank said. “We knew we were going to play them again in the district at our place either way and that’s the game we need to win.”

Supplee led the Panthers with 19 points — giving him 1,004 for his career — while Duncan had 14 and Lacefield knocked down two 3-pointers in the third quarter en route to eight points.

“He’s not gigantic in stature but he’s got speed and he’s really worked on his outside game,” Crank said of Supplee. “Before he was a penetrator, scoring at the basket and trying to beat you off the dribble but now he’s added the 3-point shot to his game. He’s worked on his game constantly. He’s getting better every year.”

“It feels amazing and I know that 1000 points is a great accomplishment, but I’ve just got to keep working and not let that get in my head,” Supplee said.

“To me it sucks (losing) but it’s just another game because like Crank said, we play them again in the District and I feel like we can get them back then,” Supplee added. “Now that Keishaun may be out it’s going to be a harder task but I know that my teammates can still get it done even if he’s out. He hit his head pretty hard. I’m not saying he’s out but it scares you after what he went through last year.”

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WEDNESDAY’S BOYS GAME

at New Castle, Ky.

HENRY CO. 68, CARROLL CO. 59



CARROLL CO. 14 13 21 11 — 59

HENRY CO. 22 12 13 21 — 68



CARROLL CO. (10-11, 5-3 District 31, 2-3 NCKC) — Supplee 19, Duncan 14, Lacefield 8, Butcher 7, Sandusky 6, Rivers 3, Williams 2, Mumphrey 0, Strickland 0, Furnish 0.

HENRY CO. (10-13, 5-3 District 31, 5-2 NCKC) — Hardin 28, Lankford 16, Wright 7, Woods 6, Stephens 4, Montero 3, Tingle 2, Peyton 2, Mullins 0.



3-Point Goals — Carroll Co. 5 (Lacefield 2, Supplee 1, Duncan 1, Butcher 1), Henry Co. 2 (Lankford 2). Rebounds — Carroll Co. 30 (Duncan 8), Henry Co. 33 (Hardin 16). Free Throws — Carroll Co. 14-24, Henry Co. 20-29. Total Fouls — Carroll Co. 24, Henry Co. 22. Fouled Out — Carroll Co.: Butcher, Henry Co.: Wright. Turnovers — Carroll Co. 15, Henry Co. 17.