Monday night’s crowd for a hastily scheduled game at Scott County High School was the size of a Friday night district showdown.
Even the Cards’ faithful admittedly were there to see Adair County’s Zion Harmon, rated as the No. 1 freshman guard in the country. Michael Moreno reminded everyone that one of the best players in the nation lives in their own backyard, too.
Moreno finished with 33 points (on 13-for-15 shooting) and 15 rebounds in a 107-66 rout. He led five Cardinals in double figures.
While Glenn Covington fell just shy of that threshold with nine points, his defensive work on Harmon easily made him the second star of the evening.
Harmon, who started at point guard as an eighth-grader for KHSAA state champion Bowling Green last season, scored 18 of his 26 points for the Indians in the second half, well after the game was out of reach.
He was 9-for-27 from the field and had five turnovers. Harmon also picked up his fourth foul in the opening seconds of the third quarter.
Diablo Stewart added 22 points, six rebounds and five assists for the Cardinals (27-1) in their 19th consecutive victory. Cooper Robb and Lorenzo Williams each added 13 points, with Williams spelling Covington defensively on Harmon.
Bryce Long rounded out the SC attack with 10 points.
Scott County’s tactic was to trap Harmon and dare other Adair County shooters to take advantage.
Not many of those open shots went down for the Indians, especially in the first half. SC consequently opened a 21-11 lead after one quarter and ripped it open to 50-30 at intermission.
Williams’ dunk pushed the margin to 84-48 and a running clock in the closing seconds of the third quarter. Moreno’s 3-point play vaulted SC past the century mark at the 3:30 mark of the fourth.
SC shot 56.7 percent from the field – including 15-for-32 from 3-point range – while holding Adair County to 35.9 percent.
Corey Melton chipped in 21 points for the Indians.
The Cards improved to 4-0 against teams from the 5th Region. They will travel to Holy Cross (Covington) on Wednesday night before wrapping up the regular season at home against Paul Laurence Dunbar on Friday.
For much more on the win, including reaction from Moreno, Covington and coach Billy Hicks, please see Thursday’s News-Graphic.