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December 31, 2012

Trojans take 3rd place from SHS, 59-48

Somerset —  

By going 9-3 to start the season, first-year Somerset head coach Jeff Cothron has had his club off to a nice run, making the purple and gold one of the top feel-good stories in the 12th Region over the first half of the season.
However on Sunday night in the consolation game of the inaugural Lake Cumberland Holiday Hoops Classic, it was a run by the North Hardin Trojans  to close out the first half that cost Somerset an opportunity for a third-place finish in the tourney, falling to North Hardin by a 59-48 score.
Somerset led this one from the outset 18-14, however when  senior center Ryan Weddle was sent to the bench with his second foul in the early moments of the second quarter, the Trojans took full advantage.
After falling behind Somerset by that 18-14 score, North Hardin finished the first half with a 17-4 run to take a 31-22 lead into the intermission, forcing Cothron’s club to play from behind for the remainder of the contest.
“Ryan has got to learn to stay out of foul trouble,” lamented coach Cothron, after his club dropped its second game in a row in the tourney to fall to 9-4 on the year.
“We’re still learning and our guards have struggled at times in trying to learn to play the way we want to play,” added the Somerset coach.
The Jumpers --  fresh off an 83-56 loss to arch-rival Southwestern the night before in the semi finals -- came out in Sunday afternoon’s consolation game and took the action straight to an athletic and long North Hardin team down in the paint.
Establishing Weddle and fellow senior Tyson Williams down on the low blocks early on, the Jumpers were in great shape  early leading the Trojans by that 18-14 score, but that’s when things went south and in a hurry for the Briar Jumpers.

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