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Sweet Sixteen All-Tournament Team

MVP – Sara Hammond, Rockcastle Co.
Angie Lawrence, Sara Hammond, Michaela Hunter (Rockcastle Co.); Leasia Wright, Kara Wright, Mechael Guess (Manual); Alyssa Cunningham, Averee Fields (Calloway Co.); Kyvin Goodin-Rogers, Makayla Epps (Marion Co.); Whitney Belle Jackson (Clay Co.); Katelyn Newsome (Sheldon Clark); Heather Wheat (Butler); Adrienne Tarrence (Bowling Green)

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.

State title game set

Manual (33-4) will face Rockcastle Co. (35-1)

Manual has won 21 straight games. In one previous trip to the title game, the Crimsons fell in the title game to Lexington Catholic. Rockcastle Co. has yet to lose to Kentucky competition this season and has won 26 in a row. This is the Rockets’ first game in school history.

The championship game tips off at 8 p.m. (CT) at Diddle Arena.

Semifinal 2: Rockcastle Co. 57, Calloway Co. 38

Calloway Co. (31-2) vs. Rockcastle Co. (35-1)

  • FINAL: Rockcastle Co. 57, Calloway Co. 38. Tonight we will crown a new state champion. Neither Manual nor the Rockets have won one before.
  • Rockets have 50-33 lead with three minutes to play. This one is done.
  • With 5:15 remaining, the Rockets have a 44-33 lead.
  • Yet another attendance record shattered at this tournament. The semifinal crowd of 5,803 set a new record.
  • A 10-4 run to start the third quarter has helped the Rockets maintain their lead, 38-30 going into the final quarter of the final semifinal.
  • With 2:40 to go in the third quarter, Rockcastle is atop Calloway 36-26.
  • Rockcastle Co. extends its lead to 31-20 two minutes into the second half and Calloway calls a timeout.
  • HALFTIME: Rockcastle Co. 26, Calloway Co. 20. The two teams’ senior stars haven’t disappointed so far with Hammond notches 13 points and eight rebounds and Averee Fields of the Lakers has 17 points and three boards.
  • Rockcastle has a 12-3 run going behind six from Sara Hammond and the Rockets have a 23-18 lead with 2:22 to play in the first half.
  • It’s a 15-15 tie after one quarter between Rockcastle and Calloway counties.
  • Averee Fields has all 12 of Calloway’s points and the Lakers have a 12-6 lead over Rockcastle with 3:38 left in the first quarter.

Notes: One of these two will lose its first game to Kentucky competition today. Calloway with star Averee Fields has won 20 straight en route to the state semifinals. Fields, a West Virginia signee, will go head to head with Rockcastle County star Sara Hammond, a Louisville signee and the state’s first McDonald’s All-American. The Rockets, who were ousted in the semifinals last season, have won 25 in a row.

Semifinal 1: Manual 56, Marion Co. 54

Good morning from sunny Bowling Green …

  • Epps misses another layup with five seconds left, then two putbacks rim out and Manual advances to the championship game with a 56-54 win.
  • Mechael Guess misses the front end of a one-and-one and Marion has called a timeout with the ball trailing 56-54 with 9.5 seconds to go.
  • Epps misses a driving layup with 25 seconds to go and now Manual has the ball and the 56-54 lead with 17.8 seconds to play.
  • As players are diving for the ball, Marion manages to call a timeout. With 49.1 seconds to go, the Knights trail 56-54.
  • With 2:23 to go, Manual clings to a slim 54-52 lead over Marion County. Both teams are tightening up a bit.
  • Manual has pulled back ahead and is up 50-47 with five minutes left in the first semifinal.
  • Three quarters down and a big one to go and Marion has a 47-45 and tons of momentum right now.
  • Marion County is right back in it, leading 42-41 with 2:13 to go in the third quarter. Kyvin Goodin-Rogers leads the Knights with 16 points, including the go-ahead three-pointer a few seconds ago.
  • HALFTIME: Manual 33, Marion Co. 27 — It’s been an up and down, fun athletic game as billed. Makayla Epps has been impressive with 13 first-half points as well as two assists. For Manual, Leasia Wright leads the way with nine points, but the Crimsons have four different players with five points or more.
  • Manual has a 27-21 advantage with 2:52 remaining before halftime. Leasia Wright leads the Crimsons with nine points. Epps leads Knights with nine as well.
  • After one quarter, Manual and Marion County are all tied up 13-13.
  • Marion County opened the first semifinal with a 7-0 run, but Manual seems to be settling in and has scored the last five. So it’s 7-5 with 3:50 to play in the first half.

State semifinals set

The schedule for Saturday’s semifinals here at Diddle Arena:

  • Manual (32-4) vs. Marion Co. (27-6), 10 a.m.
  • Calloway Co. (32-1) vs. Rockcastle Co. (34-1), 11:30 a.m.

The championship game is Saturday at 8 p.m. All times are Central, btw.

Quarterfinal 4: Rockcastle Co. 47, Clay Co. 30

Rockcastle Co. (34-1) vs. Clay Co. (27-7)

In their regular-season meeting, the Rockets won 54-45 on Jan. 10.

  • Rockcastle County tops the Tigers and advances to the semifinals for the second straight season. The Rockets, who haven’t lost to an opponent from Kentucky, will face Calloway County in the Saturday morning semifinals. The Lakers also have yet to lose to an in-state foe.
  • The Rockets have a comfortable 45-27 lead over Clay County with 2:28 left in this final quarterfinal.
  • With eight minutes left in the game, the Rockets have a 34-22 advantage over Clay County.
  • Rockcastle County has a 27-20 lead over Clay County with 1:51 left in the third quarter. Hammond and Lawrence have nine points apiece for the Rockets.
  • HALFTIME: Rockcastle Co. 19, Clay Co. 18
  • With 1:46 to go in the first half, the Rockets have a slim 19-17 lead. The Tigers currently are playing without star senior Whitney Belle Jackson, who has been hampered by an ankle injury and now three fouls.
  • Rockcastle County led Clay County 14-9 after one quarter and now has a 17-14 edge with 5:32 left in the first half.

Quarterfinal 3: Calloway Co. 62, Sheldon Clark 51

Sheldon Clark (25-9) vs. Calloway Co. (32-1)

  • Calloway becomes the first 1st Region team to advance to the semifinals since 2005 behind Averee Fields’ 22 points.
  • With 43 seconds left, Calloway takes a timeout and leads 57-48.
  • Lakers’ advantage up to 53-46 with 1:45 to go.
  • Calloway has a 50-46 lead with 2:36 left in the game. Fields leads the way with 15 points.
  • With 3:31 to play, Calloway County has a 50-44 lead and the ball. There are still six timeouts between the two coaches, so this could go on awhile.
  • Calloway has scored six straight and has a 44-39 lead with 5:56 left in the game.
  • A Taylor Futtrell three-pointer with two seconds left in the third quarter gives Calloway a 38-37 boost going into the final quarter.
  • Sheldon Clark has extended its lead over Calloway County to 34-29 with 2:23 to play in the third quarter.
  • HALFTIME: SHELDON CLARK 28, CALLOWAY CO. 26: Cardinals went up on Newsome’s three-pointer in the final minute.
  • Calloway has a 26-24 lead with 2:39 to play before the half. Bad news for the Lakers is that star senior Fields is on the bench with three fouls.
  • One quarter in the books and Calloway leads Sheldon Clark 15-14.
  • With 45.5 seconds to play in the first quarter, Calloway County lead Sheldon Clark 13-10. Averee Wilson has hit two threes for the Lakers.

NOTES: Calloway County has won 19 straight games and has yet to lose to an opponent from Kentucky. The Lakers are led by Averee Fields, a West Virginia signee. Sheldon Clark is riding a 10-game win streak and is led by Eastern Kentucky University bound Carla Booth.

Quarterfinal 2: Marion Co. 41, Butler 26

Butler (28-5) vs. Marion Co. (27-6)

  • Marion County moves onto Saturday’s semifinals where it will meet Manual. The Knights were led by Kyvin Goodin-Rogers’ 12 points and nine rebounds. Makayla Epps added 10 points, five assists and three rebounds.
  • Today’s session attendance of 7,292 sets an all-time state tournament record for a session. The previous record was 7,123.
  • After three quarters, Marion County holds a 34-20 edge over Butler. Kyvin Goodin-Rogers hit a three at the horn. She has 12 points to pace the Knights.
  • HALFTIME: MARION COUNTY 25, BUTLER 16 – The Knights used a 10-1 run to close out the first half.
  • The Knights have scored seven unanswered to take a 22-15 lead with 1:18 left in the first half.
  • Marion Co. is ahead of Butler 11-8 after one quarter.
  • With 2:20 to go in the first quarter, the Knights lead 7-6.

NOTES: The Bearettes have won six straight games and will face a Knights team that has won 12 in a row.

Quarterfinal 1: Manual 48, Bowling Green 36

Bowling Green (25-2) vs. Manual (32-4)

  • Manual holds the Purples to two field goals in the final half and cruises to 48-36 victory and a trip to the semifinals where it will meet the winner of Marion County and Butler.
  • Bowling Green has one field goal in this half so far and trails Manual 46-32 with 3:36 to play.
  • An 8-1 run to start the fourth quarter has Manual up 42-31 on Bowling Green with 6:12 to play. Not sure the Purples can recover from this one.
  • Manual held Bowling Green to just one field goal in the fourth quarter and has grabbed a 34-29 run going into the final quarter.
  • With 1:39 to play in the third quarter, Manual has 30-29 lead over Bowling Green.
  • HALFTIME: BOWLING GREEN 27, MANUAL 23 – The Purples are hitting 52.4 percent from the field and holding the Crimsons to 8 of 26. Bowling Green’s only Achilles’ heel so far has been turning the ball over nine times against Manual’s aggressive man-to-man defense.
  • This game is fun so far. Bowling Green responded to Manual’s big run with one of its own and leads 22-21 with 2:10 to go in the first half.
  • Manual has scored eight straight and has a 14-12 lead behind a Kara Wright putback.
  • After one quarter, the Purples lead 12-6. Their active zone has been troublesome for Manual, which has missed nine of its first 10 shots.
  • There are some seriously rowdy student sections here this afternoon. The main Manual chant appears to be “What’s a Purple?” to which the Bowlng Green students have replied “Ask your mom.”
  • With 1:24 to go in the first quarter, Manual trails Bowling Green 10-6. The Crimsons didn’t hit their first field goal until 3:15 remained in the first quarter.
  • Bowling Green has grabbed an early 8-3 lead and Manual started the game missing its first six shots.

Notes: The Purples have won 17 in a row since falling to Manual 71-53 on Dec. 22 in the semifinals of the holiday tournament at Manual. The Crimsons have won 19 straight games and are without junior standout April Wilson, who broke a bone in her hand last week.