"Good, bad, ugly and won." That was Coach Jim Sutherland's breakdown of Hickman's game against the Logan-Rogersville Wildcats.
The Kewpies started Friday's game with a 9-0 run and seemed in firm control of the game at halftime, when the team led 27-14. Logan-Rogersville's offense focused on 3-point shooting, but Hickman stifled that aspect of its game. The Wildcats put up 16 shots in the first half, 13 of which were from beyond the arc. Only two of those 13 shots went in the basket.
From that point, things started to get ugly.
"We attempted to make some changes at half," said Sutherland. "But none were executed."
Three-point shots started to fall for Logan-Rogersville after the half and a 13-point lead dwindled to two with three minutes left in the fourth quarter. Although the 3-point shooting improved, the Wildcats only made 21 percent of their attempts.
With 1:30 left in the fourth quarter, Hickman led by two. The Kewpies held the ball and weren't sent to the free throw line until 15 seconds were left in the game. Senior Kyle Smith hit the ensuing two free throws, but Logan-Rogersville's Tim Brown made a driving lay-up with 8 seconds left to reduce the lead to two again.
Michael Washington was sent to the line on the next foul but only made one free throw. The second shot was pulled down by Brown, but Hickman's Andrew Perkins immediately stole the ball to end the game.
Although Hickman pulled off the sloppy win, Coach Sutherland was frustrated with the performance.
"It seems like some guys have shut down because they're thinking about another sport," said Sutherland.
"We did throw the ball inside and get some good plays, though," he said.