Cole Burch scored 21 points Tuesday and energized Daviess County at the Whitesville Trinity.
DC pulled away in the second half at the Horn Community Center for a 62-44 win at the season opener for both teams.
Burch had a double-double with 21 points, 10 rebounds for the Panthers. He was the only double-digit goalscorer for the Panthers.
“High energy, he’s had some good punches around the edge, he’s had some great offensive rebounds for us, that’s him,” said DC coach Neil Hayden of Burch. âIt was his first time playing soccer, he added some strength. He’s only been with us for a little over a week. He just needs to get his touch back. He wants to transfer his energy to everyone else. “
Burch also had three assists and three steals.
Devonte McCampbell added nine points and made all four of his shots for DC.
Jonathan Moss, an eighth grader, started out as a security guard for DC.
“I liked how we closed. Moss did a great job handling the ball for us and slowing us down at the end,” said Hayden. Max (Dees) and JR (McCain) did a good job for us defensively with some of their key players. “
DC made 24-of-47 shots from the ground for 51%. DC was 3-out-of-10 with 3-pointers. The Panthers made 10 out of 20 free throws. They were outrebounded 36-28. DC had 18 assists and made nine steals.
Jack Payne had seven assists for DC.
Nathan Hernandez and Nathan Huff each scored 11 points to lead Trinity. Gavin Howard added 10 points for the Raiders.
The Raiders made 16 out of 49 out of the ground for 32%. They were 6 out of 18 for 33% out of the 3 point range. Trinity made 6 of 11 free throws.
Trinity was halfway ahead with 20-18. DC beat Trinity 8-2 towards the end of the third quarter and went into the fourth quarter at 38:30. Trinity got no closer than five points the rest of the way.
“In the first half we were aggressive on the glass, that’s one of the pillars of our team this year,” said Trinity coach Nathan West. âIn the first half I had the feeling that we never got into a flow, so we got 44 points. He hit Hernandez a couple of shots in the second half when he loosened up a bit.
“This game means a lot here, some of our guys played a little tense, lived and died with every shot, when you play like that you put yourself under pressure to hit yourself.”
DAVIESS COUNTY 6 12 20 24 – 62
WHITESVILLE-TRINITY 7 13 10 14 – 44
Trinity (44) – N. Hernandez 11, Huff 11, G. Howard 10, Smith 6, Dickens 5, Wright 1.
DAVIESS COUNTY (62) – Burch 21, McCampbell 9, Phelps 8, Tomes 6, Payne 5, Moss 4, McCain 2, Colonel 2, Kato 1.