Webster falls short versus Livingston Central, 67-63

Photo by Jose Juan Ruiz/The Messenger

Webster County point guard Tyler Camplin scoring 2 of his 17 points on the night.

Webster County suffers their second loss of the season losing to Livingston Central 67-63 in a highly physical game that went down to the wire Monday night. The Trojans lead most of way but lost the lead going into the fourth and their offense went with it. The loss pushes Webster County to 6-2 in year suffering their first defeat at home all year.

Chatman Ellis led the Trojans again scoring a game high 18 points. Point guard Tyler Camplin added 17 and Malachi Douglas scored 15. Besides this trio the rest of the team scored only 13 points.

The Trojans stayed ahead most of the first half but never got to pull away. Their largest lead for Webster was nine but they could never get the stops to push it to double figures. The game was chippy with a lot of fouls by both sides, with the Trojans going to line 26 times.

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The whole game played out at slow pace with every scoring run responded by another. The score was 28-27 at the half.

The second half saw the Trojans separated the lead by their defensive effort. They held Livingston Central scoreless in the first four minutes of the half prompting a 7-0 coming out at the half. A separation that the Trojans would let go before the quarter would end.

Livingston responded by closing out the 3rd quarter on quick scoring run on the last minute and half to finish the quarter leading 48-49. After Livingston Central got the lead the whole momentum of the game shifted to them as they took control in the fourth. The Trojans fell flat offensively the rest of the way and couldn’t get back in ahead. Webster were outscored 27-15 after Livingston Central called a timeout down eight in the third.

Livingston Central would barely handle the late scoring runs the Trojans had in them. Including a Chatman Ellis three that put the game 63-65 with 1:02 left followed by a turnover. The Trojans had the ball with 14 second left and chance to win the game but Ellis’ running shot didn’t go in bouncing off the rim. Livingston got the rebound and iced the game with free throws.

The Trojans were a team riding confidence since Ellis hit the winning shot at the buzzer versus North a week ago ,but the shot didn’t go in Monday night. The loss snaps a four game winning streak where the Trojans had been averaging 77 points per game.

Up next for Webster County is the Baptist Health & Sports Rehab Holiday Classic Thursday at home where they play Todd County Central at 6:30 in the opening night of the event.

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