Somerset bounces back with victory over Western Hills

Jan. 25—After falling in their last game against Danville Christian in the 12th Region All "A" Classic finals, the Somerset Briar Jumpers were finally back in action after a 12 day layoff, traveling to Western Hills to take on the Wolverines in a rare Wednesday evening clash. Somerset seemed to right themselves with the game as well, heading into a rivalry clash on Friday against Pulaski County with momentum after defeating Western Hills 79-65. Head coach Ryan Young was happy of how his team responded after the long layoff, but noted Friday will be a challenge against the Maroons.

"It was good to get a game in after a 12 day layoff. We shared the ball pretty well and were able to make some shots. We have to continue to improve defensively and on the glass. We have a tough challenge on Friday with Pulaski coming into the Patch, but it should be an electric atmosphere for high school basketball," he explained.

The Jumpers were led in the victory by Ben Godby, who tied for the game-high with 26 points, as well as 17 from Aedyn Absher, 13 from Indred Whitaker and 12 from Josh Lewis. Other contributors included Jakob Bartley with six, Josh Bruner with three and Kole Grundy with two. Western Hills was led by junior Javeon Campbell, who also scored 26 points.

Somerset improves to 14-4 and will take the court again at the Briar Patch on Friday when they welcome in the Pulaski County Maroons for a 7:30 p.m. tip.

Jacob Pratt is the Sports Editor of the Commonwealth Journal and can be reached at