Ford’s 31 points not enough in loss to Dragons

Warren County's Robert Rutherford looks to make a pass as he is double teamed by William Monroe's Anthony Terry, left, and David Smith, right, during first quarter action Tuesday night in Front Royal. Rich Cooley/Daily

FRONT ROYAL – Warren County’s Cam Ford had a big night, but it wasn’t enough Tuesday night.

Ford scored 31 points, but the Wildcats fell short to William Monroe, 61-53, in Bull Run District boys basketball action.

“Cam tries to take it all on his shoulders, and do it his self and you got to admire his will and his desire,” Warren County coach Tony Clark said. “We wish we didn’t put him in those situations. It’s hard to tell him not to take those opportunities when they present them self.”

The Dragons (5-0) switched their defense to a box-and-one on Ford in the fourth quarter and it helped slow down the junior.

“We had to change the pace right there in the fourth. That kind of helped a little bit there,” William Monroe coach Brett Maynard said. “Ford is an excellent player, very tough.”

Warren County's Cameron Ford shoots over William Monroe's Nick Hayes during first quarter action Tuesday night in Front Royal. Rich Cooley/Daily

William Monroe was clinging to a 43-41 lead heading into the final period. William Monroe’s Kam’ron McCain scored on a layup, Anthony Pritchett hit two free throws and Jalen Anderson hit a jumper during a 6-2 run to start the fourth period and extend the lead to six.

The two teams went back and forth until the Wildcats were forced to foul in the last two minutes of the game. The Dragons made eight free throws in the final 1:30 of the game to seal the win.

William Monroe’s defense on Ford kept him from taking a shot until there was less than two minutes left.

“I was really looking to see some of our other kids to step up in that situation,” Clark said.

McCain scored 22 points for the Dragons.

Warren County's Brendan McMackin drives past William Monroe's Anthony Terry, left, and Kam'ron McCain, right, during second quarter action Tuesday night in Front Royal. Rich Cooley/Daily

“We had no answer for (McCain) tonight,” Clark said. “we were able to slow (Anthony Terry) down a little bit in the second half, but (McCain) ran the show tonight.”

Ford was able to get to the free-throw line down the stretch and still scored 8 points in the final period. However, the Wildcats couldn’t cut into the lead, and trailed by at least 4 points throughout the final seven minutes of the game.

The Wildcats started out strong and took a 13-8 lead on William Monroe after the first period. In the second period the Dragons were able to get the ball inside to Terry, who scored all 10 of his points during the frame.

The Dragons took a 28-27 lead at the half with a 7-0 run to end the second period.

“We have not won one second quarter all year long, and it kills the momentum coming into the half,” Clark said. “So that’s something that we’ve got to fix.”

Contact staff writer Tommy Keeler at 540-465-5137 ext. 168, or tkeeler@nvdaily.com

Warren County's Collin Garnett shots from the perimeter over a William Monroe defender during Tuesday night's game in Front Royal. Rich Cooley/Daily