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Glenn Covington sent everyone from Scott County home with a smile Tuesday night. He scored the Cards’ final nine points in a 73-70 comeback win at Madison Central.
The No. 1 boys’ basketball team in the state has somehow turned into the comeback, cardiac kids.
Scott County’s third consecutive second-half rally away from home was one for the ages. The Cardinals stormed back from a 17-point deficit late in the third quarter Tuesday night and swiped a 73-70 win at Madison Central.
Glenn Covington scored 11 of his team-high 18 points in the fourth quarter for Scott County (16-1), Including the Cards’ final nine.
With SC down 68-64 at the minute mark, Covington drove to the basket for two and drained a 3-pointer on consecutive possessions to gain the lead.
Isaiah Cozart sank two from the line to put Madison Central (8-9) back on top with nine seconds left. Covington answered by driving the length of the court, drawing a foul and hitting his two tries at the stripe with five ticks remaining.
After a turnover by the Indians, Covington calmly sank two more for Scott County, which went 19-for-27 at the line overall.
Madison Central drained its first 11 freebies of the game before an 11-for-21 fourth period performance left the door ajar for SC.
Bryce Long added 16 points, while Diablo Stewart and Lorenzo Williams each supplied 13.
SC defeated Henry Clay (Friday) and Trinity (Saturday) in similar fashion. This was the Cards’ second straight victory in which they shot below 40 percent from the field.
Their resurgence dampened an amazing night for the 6-foot-9 Cozart, Kentucky’s all-time leader in blocked shots. He finished with 33 points, 23 rebounds and seven rejections.
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Quae Charlton added 13 points for Madison Central, which led 18-13 after the first quarter and 34-24 at the half.
The gap hit 49-34 in the third period before a quick 12-2 run by SC. Central scored the final two baskets of the period to lead 55-46.
Williams’ four steals led the Scott County defense. Madison Central’s 21 turnovers compared to SC’s 10 were also a major factor in the stunning turnaround.
SC will host Sayre at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, ending a stretch of 20 days without a home game.
For much more on the game, please see Thursday’s News-Graphic.