Danville was knocked out of the All “A” Classic on Friday night with an 80-56 loss to defending champion Shelby Valley in Richmond.
The Admirals led 18-14 after scoring the last 14 points of the first quarter, but Shelby Valley responded with a 10-2 run and outscored Danville 40-14 through the second quarter and the first 2:36 of the third.
Jacody Taylor led Danville for the second straight game with 21 points, and Duran Elmore added 14. Louisville recruit Elisha Justice scored 19 points to lead four Shelby Valley players in double figures. Click here to view the box score, and check Sunday’s Advocate or amnews.com for a full game story.
Danville now returns to 45th District play with games Tuesday against Garrard County and Friday at Boyle County.
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There were only about 75 Danville fans among the sparse crowd for Friday’s game, which started at 10:35 p.m. and ended at 11:53. I thought that seemed like a low number — Shelby Valley fans vastly outnumbered them — until I started heading home on Ky. 52. It only took a couple of miles for me to realize just how much of a die-hard fan you’d have to be to risk driving those roads under those conditions to watch basketball.
The trip home that normally takes me about 50 minutes was extended to 2 hours, 15 minutes. And that was after I got the postgame quotes and cleared the snow off the car, meaning I arrived back in Danville and peeled my fingers off the steering wheel at 2:55 a.m. And there was still the story to write before I could hit the hay.
It’s a glamorous life.