Wildcats win 38th District Championship
Heading into the program’s third District Championship in the past four years, Wildcats Head Basketball Coach Keaton Belcher was looking for something a little extra as he looked to capture the title in front of a jam-packed, raucous home crowd.
“Before the game I told Dontaie (Allen) to be the best player in Kentucky tonight. Big time players step up in big time games.” Belcher explained.
Not only did Allen deliver for his coach but he put together one of the signature performances of his already illustrious career as he guided Pendleton County to a commanding 73-44 win over rival Harrison County.
Allen knocked down 17 of 25 shots on his way to a game-high 48 points while grabbing 16 rebounds.
He selected as a member of the 38th District All-Tournament team. Grant Walsh and Brendan Neltner were also named to the team.
Allen’s performance left him just six points shy of 1,000 for the season and looks to become the first Wildcat since Talbert Turner Jr. in 1984 to reach that milestone. Only 21 players in state history have recorded a 1,000 point season.
The victory was twice as satisfying as the Wildcats not only capped a perfect 6-0 record versus 38th District opponents but also disposed of the chip that had been on the program’s shoulder since suffering an upset loss to Harrison County in the semi-final round last year.
The win also marked the first time that Pendleton County Wildcats won the district crown on its home court since 1991.