Kade St. Ledger

Kade St. Ledger shoots a tough jump shot during the Lions’ loss to Eldorado. 

What a game! This game had everything you could ask for in a game; competitiveness, a close score, evenly matched talent and even some drama on the court.

On Saturday the Edwards county Lions took on the Eldorado Eagles. And though the scoreboard showed this game as a loss for the Lions, an argument can be made that a controversial call led to this 54–44 loss for the Lions.

In the first quarter of the game, most of the Lions scoring came from free throws. Four Lions, Junior Dylan Rhodes, Junior Kaden Cowling, Senior Ty Schmittler and Senior Kade St. Ledger went 5–8 from the line with Rhodes also adding two more points with a jump shot. The Lions were down 9–7 going into the second quarter. The Lions shots finally started falling in the second stanza, and the score at the half was 21–18 Eldorado.

Coming back after half time the Lions really picked up the pace and their defense, and outscored the Eagles 10–7. Cowling and St. Ledger led the team offensively throughout the quarter, scoring all but one of the Lions 10 points. The quarter ended with the Lions and Eagles tied up at 28.

As the fourth quarter got underway, it was clear both teams really wanted the win. Both teams ran their offense and rebounded like crazy. About half way through the fourth quarter, some pushing by an Eagle player resulted in a technical foul and Cowling sunk the two shots to put the Lions up.

It didn’t stay that way for long and the Eagles quickly tied it up and it stayed tied up as one team would score and the other would quickly tie it up again. 

The score was tied with about one second left on the clock and the Lions dribbled it down to their basket to try for the win. As the clock ran down to a few tenths of a second, an Eagle player reached in on Senior Jayden Millman and a whistle was blown for a foul right before the buzzer blew signaling the end of regulation. The crowd cheered as this would send Millman to the line for the one and one bonus shots.

What happened next left the crowd enraged.

In the most controversial call of the year, the referees called off the foul. Without an explanation they all agreed on, and sent the game into overtime.

The Lions, already in foul trouble, played as hard as they could, but without the ability of key players they couldn’t overcome the Eagles and lost with a final score of 54–44.

Several players played an excellent game. Cowling finished the game with 13 points and three rebounds. Rhodes had 12 points and 10 rebounds for a double-double. St. Ledger added nine points and two rebounds and Schmittler had seven points and three rebounds. Millman attacked the boards throughout this game and finished with 11 rebounds and three points.

The Lions JV team lost to the Eagles with a final score of 59–32. Ryder Bell led the Lions scoring with 10 points and Max Gerlach had eight points. Anjuan Rhodes also added six points to the JV Lions loss.