By Chris Parsons / Staff Writer

Tuesday’s 50th District match-up between Williamsburg and Whitley County had everything a rivalry game is supposed to have.

A capacity crowd, a close game, several heated exchanges, a few hard fouls and a hearty handshake between players at the end.

Despite trailing by as much as 15 points in the first half, Williamsburg cut the lead to as little as two points in the third quarter before falling to the Colonels, 67-55.

Before the season started, Whitley County coach Mike Deaton said his team was in the midst of learning the fundamentals of basketball from the start.

Even though his team pulled out its second win in as many games Tuesday, Deaton was none too pleased with the course of the game, but gave his team credit for its effort.

“It was an ugly game and we helped make it an ugly game,” Deaton said. “Our decision making was poor tonight and the things we tried to tell our kids they had to do to be sucessfull tonight, somehow that must have gotten lost in the translation from timeouts to the floor and the lockerroom to the floor.

“But obviously we’re not good enough that we can just go out there and individually on our own, come up with a game plan or do things that we think is going to win a ball game,” he added. “I’m very disappointed in that. The saving grace for us is the effort that our kids gave. We created just enough situations for ourselves that we could win a ballgame, but everybody ought to have got their money back if they had to pay to get in tonight.”

Whitley County took an early 8-2 lead and extended it to 15-6 by the end of the first period.

Williamsburg got within six points (17-9) during the early stages of the second quarter.

Whitley County extended its lead to 24-9, but the Yellow Jackets battled back, closing the quarter with an 18-6 run, cutting the Whitley County lead to 32-27 at halftime.

Williamsburg continued to edge closer to the Colonels as the third quarter got underway and cut the lead to 36-34 before Whitley County closed the third period with a run of its own.

Whitley County outscored the Yellow Jackets 12-2, extending its lead to 48-36 with eight minutes left to play.

The two teams traded free throws for much of the fourth quarter as Whitley County ended the fourth quarter as it started, holding a 12-point lead as it held on for the win.

Though his team suffered its second district loss in as many games, Williamsburg coach Patrick Robinson said he was pleased with the effort and grit of his team.

“Those kids battled out there tonight,” he said. “They didn’t quit and they kept taking it to them.”

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