Somerset blows past Somerset Christian in All "A"

Jan. 10—For the second time in the past two weeks, the Somerset Briar Jumpers and Somerset Christian Cougars squared off on the basketball court, however this time a spot in the semifinals of the 12th Region All "A" Classic was on the line.

Unlike the last time around, the Cougars gave Somerset everything they could handle. Despite this though, it was still the Jumpers that came out on top by a final score of 77-56. Head coach of the Briar Jumpers Ryan Young recognized following the game that his group was focused during the entirety of the ball game.

"The boys did a nice job coming out focused and setting the tone with defense and rebounding. We were able to play a lot of people, which is always nice in a tournament setting. Our kids did a nice job recognizing Indred was hot and feeding the hot hand. Our kids have been sharing the ball well, which makes the team a tough matchup for a lot of other teams," he explained.

The Jumpers were led in scoring by a game-high 31 points from Indred Whitaker, who also hit seven shots from deep in the win, as well as 21 from Ben Godby. Aedyn Absher joined them in double figures with 14 points, while other scorers included Josh Lewis with four, Kole Grundy with three and both Colyer White and Josh Bruner with two apiece.

The Cougars were led by Ethan Warren with 15 points, as well as Elijah Brummett with 13 and Isaiah Hensley with 10. Other contributors included Jack Baker and Braley Adderley with nine apiece.

Somerset Christian falls to 5-9 and will be back on the court on Saturday, as they will host Letcher County Central at 7:30 p.m.

Somerset improves to 12-3 and will square off against the Danville Admirals in the semifinals of the All "A" Tournament on Thursday at 7:30 p.m.

Jacob Pratt is the Sports Editor of the Commonwealth Journal and can be reached at