Belfry High School is where the Cass Colonels’ Greg Scott played football and graduated from in 1981.
For coach Scott it was a homecoming of sorts as the Colonels have been participating in a holiday basketball tournament hosted by his alma mater.
“It’s been a blessing in disguise that has allowed us to travel this far for a basketball tournament,” Scott said.
The Colonels were supposed to have been playing in a holiday basketball tournament in Callaway, Ga., but the tournament was cancelled a week before its official start.
“When we learned of its cancellation, we scrambled to find a holiday tournament to play in,” Scott said. “Fortunately, Belfry had an opening and our principal [Michael Nelson] gave us permission to participate in it.”
For the past two days, the Colonels have played against the Belfry Pirates and Maggofin County (Ky.) Hornets.
Against the host Pirates Thursday, Cass led 29-26 at halftime before losing, 63-56.
“We were leading a team that had already defeated Tug Valley, West Virginia’s defending state champion,” Scott said. “But we couldn’t hit our shots, and they wound up beating us at the free throw line.”
Cass went 23-of-68 from the field, while Belfry hit 23 of its 43 shots. But the Colonels only made three of nine free throws, while Belfry was 14-of-18 from the free throw line.
Leading scorers for the Colonels were Chris Darden with 20 points and Jordan Morning with 17. Morning was on target from the outside as he made five 3-point baskets.
“We were ahead heading into the fourth quarter, but we just couldn’t hold the lead,” Scott said.
The very next night, against the Hornets, Cass again was unable to hold a lead heading into the second half.
The final score was 64-54. The Colonels were up, 26-25, at halftime, but were outscored 39-28 in the second half.
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