State finals: Rockcastle Co. 62, Manual 60 (OT)

Manual (33-5) vs. Rockcastle Co. (36-1)

  • FINAL: Rockcastle County 62, Manual 60 (OT)
  • Rockets lead 60-58 with 58.8 seconds left in OT and Manual has the ball under its own basket.
  • Overtime, by the way.
  • Tied up 53-53 with 53 seconds to play in the title game. Rockcastle County has the ball.
  • Hammond free throws give Rockcastle its first lead of the second half and now the Rockets are up 53-49 with 2:28 to play.
  • Rockcastle County ties it up 47-47 on a Lawrence three-pointer with 5:06 to play. Manual takes a timeout.
  • One quarter left in this Sweet Sixteen, and Manual is clinging to a 45-43 lead over Rockcastle Co. It could come down to the final minutes.
  • Three straight three-pointers has Rockcastle within two points 41-39 with three minutes to go in the third quarter.
  • HALFTIME: Manual 32, Rockcastle Co. 28 – Hammond has 19 points to lead all scorers.
  • Manual 29, Rockcastle County 23 with 2:35 left in the first half. Le’Asia Wright leads Manual with 10 points. Hammond has 16 for Rockets.
  • One quarter of the state title game is finished and Manual holds a 16-13 lead over Rockcastle County. Hammond leads the Rockets with 11 points and Le’Asia Wright paces the Crimsons with eight points so far.
  • Manual has a 12-11 lead over Rockcastle with three minutes to go in the first quarter. Sara Hammond has all 11 of Rockets’ points and she’s scored a variety of ways.

Notes: In the final Cantrall ratings, these two teams were tied for No. 1 … Manual has won 21 straight games and is making its second appearance in the state title game (the Crimsons lost the other one 10 years ago). The Rockets, winners of 26 in a row, haven’t lost to a team from Kentucky this season and are making their first state championship game trip.

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