On Friday evening, Lexington led at Dutch Fork for exactly four-tenths of a second. That brief moment led to the Wildcat’s 24th straight win and an inside track to the Region 5 title.
At the outset, it was clear this game would pose a daunting challenge for the Cats. The Silver Fox defense was effective, limiting good shots and forcing turnovers. It took until the 2:51 mark of the 1st quarter for Lexington to get on the board, a short jumper from Alex Reed made the score 6-2. They would get only another 2 points on a Mason Carver layup in the opening frame as the Foxes built a 12-4 lead.
With the Dutch Fork lead at 25-13 in the 2nd, Bradley Foulks was good on a free throw and Jonathan Corley followed seconds later with a 3-ball to keep Lexington within 8 points at the halftime break.
The Silver Foxes built as much as a 12-point lead but a run at 34-24 brought the Cats within 5 at the conclusion of the 3rd quarter The offense was sparked by a driving layup from Carver, another long three from Corley, and a steal and lay in by Foulks.
The magical comeback took shape with 1:50 to go and Lexington trailing 44-39. A perfectly-executed Wildcat trap forced a traveling call on the Foxes. Dutch Fork then fouled Bradley Foulks who delivered on both ends of a 1-and-1 to make it 44-41 with just over a minute to play. An amped-up defense stole the ball at mid-court and again Foulks was fouled. This time he brought his team within a single point. After an unproductive trip down the floor, the Foxes were called for a foul on Jonathan Corley and he dropped in 1 of 2 shots to knot the game at 44 apiece. The momentum continued squarely in Lexington’s favor when Dutch Fork missed 2 free-throws, giving the Cats the ball with 25 seconds to make history. As time was running out, Mason Carver drove through a lane to the hoop and layed it in with his left hand. With only 0.4 seconds left on the clock, the storyline was complete and it was the stuff of legends.
The 2018-19 season streak is now at 24 and Lexington is on the verge of a Region championship, their first since 2013. They will travel to face Chapin on Tuesday and River Bluff on Thursday. A win in either of those games will give the Cats the title.
Lexington 4 13 14 15 46
Dutch Fork 12 13 11 8 44
Mason Carver: 18 points (career total now at 1071 points)
Jonathan Corley: 17
Bradley Foulks: 6
Will Edwards: 3
Alex Reed: 2