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Wolves Finish Season with Strong Run in Regional
Wolves Finish Season with Strong Run in Regional Tournament 
            The Wolfe County Wolves finished this year’s basketball season with another strong run in the 14th Region  tournament. After defeating Breathitt Co. to claim their 2nd. Consecutive district championship, the Wolves traveled back to Breathitt to face the June Buchanan Crusaders in the first round to the regionals.
            The game against June Buchanan was a nail-biter the entire way, with neither team able to build more than a single digit lead. Sawyer Denniston led the Wolves with 17 points, 5 rebounds, and 7 assists. He was followed by Deron Terrill who pumped in 13 points. 8th. Grader Trenton Gilbert also reached double figures by scoring 10 points, and grabbing an impressive 7 rebounds. Corey Conway, another impressive 8th. Grader, scored 8 and grabbed 2 boards, while big man Zane Hollon grabbed 7 boards to go along with his 8 points. Other key contributors to the Wolfe victory were Daniel Deaton, who again played impressive defense, while chipping in 7 on the offensive end; and Tyler Hayes, who hit a key three pointer late in the game to help seal the Wolfe victory. Stephen Graham again showed his improvement by playing valuable minutes off the bench. While the Wolves employed a balanced attack against the Crusaders, it was Travis Thomas who kept June Buchanan in the game, scoring 19 points, and grabbing 11 rebounds. His efforts proved futile however, as the Wolves pulled out the squeaker with a 66-64 victory, and advanced to the regional final four for the second straight year.
               The second round of the 14th Regional Tournament pitted the young Wolfe Co. team against regional powerhouse Perry Central. Early on it looked as if the Wolves were going to get blown out, as Perry Central jumped out to an early 15 point lead. This was due in large part to the Commadores shooting a blistering 64% from the 3 point line. However, even though Perry had the hot hand, and were much bigger inside, the Wolves weren’t going to back down. The Wolfe Co’s gutsy performance was led by Senior Deron Terrill (playing in his last game for the Wolves), who’s line score was an impressive 20 points, 7 rebounds, and 5 assists. Trenton Gilbert, one of the Wolves 2 starting 8th graders, showed he wasn’t intimidated  playing on the big stage by pouring in 14 big points of his own. Defensively, the Wolves had their hands full trying to contain Perry big man Dillion Cornett. The job of stopping the 6’7” 360 lb. center fell to the four big men in Wolfe County’s lineup: Corey Conway, Zane Hollon, Chad Bush, and Stephen Graham. Working in shifts, they managed to hold the giant to just 5 points, and 5 rebounds. In comparison, the Wolves’ Zane Hollon grabbed 11 boards against the much bigger Cornett.  Even though the Perry team had led by 20 + points in the game, the fiesty Wolves clawed their way back in the second half, shaving the Commodore’s lead to a mere 10 early in the 4th quarter. The late charge was led by Deron Terrill who scored three 3 pointers in a row to fire up the crowd. The defensive pressure was applied by reserve Jacob Gilbert who provided valuable minutes off the bench. In the end however, the Wolves’ late charge fell short. Final score Perry Central 75, Wolfe County 53.
            Even in defeat the Wolfe County Wolves can hold their heads very high. For the first time in school history Wolfe County won back to back district championships AND reached 2 consecutive regional final fours. This being accomplished by a team that is extremely young, starting two 8th graders, and 2 Sophomores. Indeed, the future looks very bright for this team. Expectations are high, and they seem ready for the challenge. The Wolves would like to thank all the fans/parents/school staff/ and others who have supported them throughout the year, and ask for their continued support in the years ahead.
            And, if I may, on behalf of the fans/school personel/parents/ and the community at large, this writer would like to thank graduating Seniors Deron Terrill, Kayla Stamper, Cagney Caudill, Briedna Hurst, Veronica Hvambsal, Victor Arnett, Daniel Turner, A.J. Fulks, Tim Phillips, Crystal Patton, Kaytie Gillum, Katie Cummings, and Pam Bush for all they have given to the band and athletics programs here at Wolfe County High School. Thanks for the memories you have given us, and good luck in the future.  

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