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Laster catches fire from outside in county final

The Morristown Yellow Jackets claimed the Shelby County Tournament championship on Saturday with a 105-47 victory over Triton Central.

By KRIS MILLS - kmills@shelbynews.com

MORRISTOWN — If there is a way to top a triple-double in the state finals, scoring over 40 points in the Shelby County Tournament championship might be the way to do it.

Logan Laster, who stuffed the stat sheet in Morristown’s state win last season, caught fire Saturday against Triton Central in the Shelby County Tournament final.

Although the state finals are another level, Laster was just as dominant — possible more so — against the Tigers in a convincing 105-47 win. The explosive senior guard hit eight threes and finished with a game-high 41 points, including 31 in the first half.

Laster, who added six rebounds and four assists, was named tournament MVP.

“Our coaches have worked hard on making us all better players,” Laster said. “I have never been hot like that (from the outside). That was a first for me.”

Making four threes in the opening quarter, Laster helped the hosts dominate from the start. The Yellow Jackets, who won their third consecutive county tournament, jumped out to a 16-2 lead and held a 28-12 advantage after one quarter.

MT limited the Tigers to six points in the second and went into the locker room with the scoreboard reading 55-18.

Yellow Jackets’ head coach Scott McClelland said he challenged Laster before the game. It was not about his offense, though.

“I told him to be the best defensive player in the area,” McClelland said. “I really wanted to see him step up and lock in. His defense got his offense going. He was unbelievable. He really didn’t take a bad shot and made his teammates better.”

Senior guard Wyatt Felling scored a team-high 21 points for the Tigers. McClelland said he appreciates a player like Felling, who puts hours of work into his craft.

“I have so much respect for that kid,” McClelland said of Felling. “Very few kids put in the time and effort the way he has. He has improved so much since his freshman. He is hard to guard, because he can do a number of things and has unlimited range.

“I am just proud of our whole team tonight. We played well from start to finish. We have seen glimpses of it from this group.”

Morristown junior forward Trevon Carlton, with great hands, grabbed 15 rebounds in addition to scoring 16 points in another standout performance. He finished 7 of 12 from the field. Senior guard Logan Theobald added 12 points and sophomore guard Kyle Crim finished with 14 in a well-balanced effort for the 11-3 Yellow Jackets, who bounced back from a 1-2 showing at the Forest Park Tournament.

“We don’t win without Trevon Carlton,” Laster said. “He brings it each and every night and always hustles for rebounds. His consistency really helps us on both ends."

Senior Luke Sanders had nine points and sophomore Caleb Anderson had eight points for the Tigers (5-8), who finished the game with 17 turnovers. Morristown committed eight turnovers.

Junior Garrett Jones and sophomore Drake Moore both came off the bench in the fourth quarter for MT and hit two threes apiece.

Kris Mills is the Sports editor of The Shelbyville News. Follow Kris on Twitter @KrisMills37.

Morristown vs. Triton Central 

Final Score: 105-47 Morristown

Player of Game: MT senior guard Logan Laster (41 points)