Cardinals cruise by Montgomery, 67-31

The George Rogers Clark High School boys smothered visiting Montgomery County Friday night in Winchester.

The Cardinals held the Indians without a field goal until the final minute of the first quarter. Montgomery scored just three points in the fourth quarter and nine points in the second half.

After opening an 18-1 lead on their rivals, the Cardinals cruised to a 67-31 victory.

Letcher Norton Gymnasium was packed and both student sections were loud and active throughout the game.

“That was a great crowd,” GRC coach Josh Cook said. “People really enjoy this game. It’s definitely something the kids remember. This is the last time the seniors get to play their rival on their home floor.”

Brennan Canada faced his former team for the first time, scoring a game-high 18 points.

“He played a heckuva ballgame,” Cook said. “He handled it like an adult. I’m proud of kids for supporting him.”

Will Philpot put in 15 points for the Cardinals. Jordan Graham added 11 while Ryan Cooper scored 10.

Jon Kosier put in 10 points off the bench to lead the Indians in scoring.

The loss drops Montgomery to below .500 at 9-10 on the season. The Indians are 2-2 in the 40th District.

The Cardinals continue to roll, winning eight straight now. GRC has won 15 of its past 16 games, for a record of 18-3 on the season — the best mark in the 10th Region. GRC is 4-0 in the district.

The Cardinals are right back in action today in the second game of two scheduled for the MLK Jr. Classic, which was reschedule because of weather earlier this month.

The first game — Franklin County (8-12) versus Cordia (12-9) — tips at 2:30 p.m. GRC tips off against Frankfort (9-8) at 4:30 p.m.

The Cardinals return to 40th District play Monday when they travel to Bourbon County for a 6:30 p.m. GRC could clinch the top seed in the district tournament with a win.