Game 8: Clay Co. 61, Owensboro Catholic 48

Clay Co. (27-6) vs. Owensboro Catholic (27-8)

  • Alicia Mitchell scored 20 points to lift Clay County to its second straight quarterfinals. The Tigers will face Rockcastle County.
  • Clay County is starting to run away with this one despite Jackson fouling out early in the fourth quarter. Tigers up on Owensboro Catholic 53-40 with 3:28 to go.
  • A six-point flurry and the Aces have cut it to three points 40-37 with 22 seconds left in the third quarter.
  • Clay County up 36-28 with 2:46 to go in the third quarter, but star Whitney Belle Jackson just picked up her fourth foul and will sit.
  • HALFTIME: CLAY CO. 32, OWENSBORO CATHOLIC 23 — The Tigers are hitting 61.1 percent from the field and are having their way inside.
  • Clay leads Owensboro Catholic 20-10 after one quarter. Kayla Smith leads the Tigers with nine points.
  • Clay County’s experience shows here so far. The Tigers have a 13-4 lead with two minutes left in the first quarter. Catholic’s four points have come off Greenwell free throws. Aces have yet to shoot a free throw.

Notes: The Tigers have won 13 in a row and feature senior standout Whitney Belle Jackson. The Aces have won 12 in a row since winning the All “A” state title. They have the state’s leading scorer in sophomore Becca Greenwell, who averages 32.8 points a game.

Game 7: Rockcastle Co. 55, Madison Central 52

Madison Central (23-9) vs. Rockcastle Co. (32-1)

  • The Indians had three looks at the basket in the final 20 seconds but they all rimmed out. Rockcastle is led by Sara Hammond’s 23 points.
  • Rockcastle’s Hunter is on the free throw line with a 54-52 lead with 22 seconds to play.
  • Angie Lawrence hits an awkward floater to give Rockcastle a 54-52 lead. Central missed a good look at a three-pointer and now the Rockets have the ball and the lead with 25.5 seconds left.
  • A Parks three in the corner ties it up 52-52 with 56.8 seconds left. Rockcastle has the ball and has called a timeout.
  • Hammond has scored six straight to put the Rockets up 52-49 with 2:34 to play. The Louisville signee also got a big block of a Feldhaus three in the left corner. Central has the ball with 2:34 to go.
  • With one quarter to go, Madison Central clings to a 46-42 lead over Rockcastle County. Ashton Feldhaus has 18 points and Larryn Brooks has 17 points for the Indians.
  • The Indians’ lead has ballooned to 46-40 with 1:26 to play in the third quarter.
  • HALFTIME: MADISON CENTRAL 32, ROCKCASTLE CO. 31: Behind Ashton Feldhaus’ 15 points, the Indians take a lead into the half. The Rockets aren’t helping themselves by making just seven of their 15 foul shot attempts.
  • Central is up 27-26 with 2:55 to play in the first half behind 15 points from Ashton Feldhaus.
  • Rockcastle jumped out to an early 7-2 lead, but the Indians are hanging in there, down 13-11 with 2:22 left in the first quarter.

NOTES: The Indians are making their first trip to the state tournament in program history and they’re coming in with an eight-game win streak. Rockcastle County has McDonald’s All-American Sara Hammond and has yet to lose to an in-state opponent. It has won a tournament-best 23 straight games. The Rockets beat Central 60-43 in their regular-season contest.

Game 6: Calloway Co. 62, Newport Catholic 57 (OT)

Calloway Co. (31-1) vs. Newport Central Catholic (25-5)

  • Calloway County heads to the next round with a 62-57 win behind 30 points from Averee Fields, a West Virginia signee.
  • With 32 seconds to go in OT, Calloway has a 60-55 lead over Newport Central Catholic.
  • Abby Futrell’s three-point heave at the buzzer to win it went off the backboard, bounced around and then out. To overtime we go tied 53-53.
  • Calloway clings to a 53-51 lead with 14.8 seconds to play and NewCath has the ball.
  • Still tied up 49-49, this time with 1:05 to play.
  • With 2:53 to play, Calloway and NewCath are all knotted up 42-42.
  • This game’s going to go down to the wire. Calloway has a slim 34-33 advantage with one quarter left to play.
  • The Lakers are riding a 17-2 run and have a  29-24 lead with 4:11 to play in the third quarter.
  • Calloway’s Karlee Wilson hits a shot from beyond midcourt at the halftime buzzer causing a crowd eruption and getting the Lakers within three points 22-19 at the break.
  • After one quarter, Newport Central Catholic has a 17-10 advantage over Calloway County.
  • With 2:52 to play in the first quarter, Newport Central Catholic has an 11-4 lead over Calloway County.

NOTES: Calloway has won 18 straight and hasn’t lost to an in-state opponent this season and has West Virginia signee Averee Fields. NewCath, which upset Boone County to get here, has won nine in a row and has the stingiest defense in the field. The Thoroughbreds allow just 38.7 points a game.

Game 5: Sheldon Clark 74, Boyd Co. 59

Sheldon Clark (25-8) vs. Boyd Co. (21-11)

  • The Cardinals, making their first state tournament appearance since 1992, advance out of the first round for the first time in school history.
  • With one quarter to go Sheldon Clark has a 51-41 lead behind three players in double figures.
  • HALFTIME — SHELDON CLARK 31, BOYD CO. 24: Sheldon Clark led by 11 points with a minute to go in the first half before Logan Fraley nailed a three and was fouled doing it, giving the Lions a big boost going into the break.
  • A 10-2 run gives Sheldon Clark a 28-16 edge with 2:38 to go until the half. Booth has 12 points, five rebounds and four assists so far.
  • Sheldon Clark leads 14-10 after one quarter. The Cards had a 12-5 lead early before Boyd scored five straight to get back in it.
  • The Cardinals are up 10-5 with 2:51 to play in the first quarter behind six points from star senior Carla Booth.

Notes: The Cardinals, who have won nine in a row, are making their first trip to the state tournament since 1992. They will meet a Boyd County team that has won three straight. In their regular-season meeting, Sheldon Clark won 63-47 on Feb. 18.

Game 4: Marion Co. 55, Montgomery Co. 41

Marion Co. (26-6) vs. Montgomery Co. (15-16)

  • Marion County wins 55-41 behind 14 points each from the big three of Makayla Epps, Bre Elder and Kyvin Goodin-Rogers.
  • With 2:20 to play, Marion is up 55-40. The Knights have three different players with 14 points each.
  • Marion County has extended its lead to 47-31 after three quarters. Makayla Epps leads the way with 14 points.
  • Montgomery opens with an 8-2 run and is within six points 34-28. Marion’s coaches call a timeout to regroup.
  • Sorry for the delay, but had to finish a deadline story. Marion County used a big surge in the second quarter to grab a commanding 32-20 lead at the break.
  • After one quarter, the Knights lead 18-13.

Game 3: Butler 42, Perry Co. Central 40

Butler (27-4) vs. Perry Co. Central (27-3)

  • Perry Central misses two contested layups in the final seven seconds to fall to Butler 42-40.
  • With 6.8 seconds to go, PCC has the ball and a 42-40 deficit with which to work. Napier has called a timeout to chat about it.
  • Perry Central has grabbed a 40-39 lead with 2:26 to go in the game. It’s the Commodores’ first lead since it was 16-14 in the second quarter.
  • Back-to-back threes by Alyssa Pratt has Perry Central within a point 37-36 with 5:30 to play.
  • Heading into fourth quarter and Butler has a 34-28 lead. The Bearettes led by 10 points at one point, but PCC has cut into the lead.
  • With 2:50 left in the third quarter, Butler leads 32-24.
  • Check that. On her first play back, she was back on the floor and had to be carried off again.
  • A gimpy Noble is coming back into the game for the Commodores. We’ll see how effective she can be. They trail 27-20 with six minutes left in the third quarter.
  • HALFTIME: BUTLER 21, PERRY CENTRAL 19: The Bearettes went ahead on a three-pointer by Wheat. Perry Central has a lot of regrouping to do without Noble on the floor. She looks to be done for the day.
  • With three minutes left in the first half, Perry Central leads 16-14. Noble is on the bench with ice on her knee and the Commodores’ other star Kayla Rankin just picked up her second foul and is on the bench.
  • Perry Central leads 12-10 after one quarter. Noble is still on the bench.
  • Commodores’ star Kendall Noble goes down clutching her knee and is gingerly guided to the bench late in the first quarter.
  • Perry Central raced out to a 6-2 lead but Butler has scored five in a row and has a 7-6 lead with 2:26 to go in the first quarter.

Notes

Butler has won five in a row and will face a Commodores team that has won 13 straight. The Cantrall Ratings say Butler should be the favorite, but only by seven-tenths of a point. Should be the first good game of the tournament so far. The winner will face the winner of Marion County and Montgomery County.

Game 2: Manual 78, Crittenden Co. 40

Manual (31-4) vs. Crittenden County (21-9)

The Crimsons, a 78-40 winner, will move on to face Bowling Green in Friday’s quarterfinals. Manual handed Bowling Green its only loss of the season.

  • It’s now 71-35 with 2:59 left in the game.
  • Three quarters in the books and Manual is up 57-25. Crimsons starters have been sitting for a while.
  • HALFTIME: MANUAL 38, CRITTENDEN CO. 14: The Crimsons are shooting 53.1 percent from the field and holding the Rockets to 27.3 percent. Crittenden has turned the ball over 12 times.
  • Crimsons cruising 34-12 with 2:16 left in the first half
  • After one quarter, top-ranked Manual has a 22-8 lead behind Mecheal Guess’s eight points.

Game 1: Bowling Green 58, Walton-Verona 32

Walton-Verona (25-9) vs. Bowling Green (25-1)

  • Alexis Lawrence has 23 points to pace the Purples, who advance to face the winner of No. 1 Manual and tournament first-timer Crittenden County.
  • With 2:54 to play, Bowling Green has a 50-29 lead.
  • After three quarters, Bowling Green has a commanding 41-23 advantage. Walton-Verona made just one of its 13 shot attempts in the quarter.
  • Bowling Green’s on a 12-2 run out of the half and is up 37-23 with 2:40 left in the third quarter.
  • HALFTIME: BOWLING GREEN 25, WALTON-VERONA 21: The Bearcats end the half on a 6-2 run and pull within four points at the break. Kelli Dixon leads the way with six points. For Bowling Green, Lawrence has 13 points.
  • Bowling Green is up 22-15 with 2:33 to play in half. Alexis Lawrence has scored all seven points for the Purples in the second quarter.
  • After one quarter, Bowling Green leads Walton-Verona 15-8. Three different players have scored five points each for the Purples.
  • Despite turning it over five times so far, the Bearcats are still in it down 8-6 with 2:31 left in first quarter.

NOTES: The Bearcats, who have won seven in a row, are making their their first appearance in the Sweet Sixteen in school history and the Purples, who have won 16 straight, are making their second appearance and their second in as many years.

Girls’ hoops: Republic Bank Classic semifinals

From the Republic Bank Holiday Classic at Lexington Catholic.

The championship game between No. 2 Manual and No. 5 Mercy is set for 7:30 p.m.

Semifinals:

  • No. 2 Manual 71, No. 9 Bowling Green 53
  • No. 5 Mercy 53, No. 12 Sacred Heart 51

Highlights:

  • No. 5 Mercy 53, No. 12 Sacred Heart 51: The bitter rivalry between these two teams had yet another stunning finish as Emily Goetz made a layup with 11 seconds left in the game as the defending state champion Jaguars made up an 11-point deficit to advance to tonight’s championship game. With 5:24 left in the game, the Valkyries (7-1) had that 11-point advantage before Mercy (8-0) stormed back forcing six SHA turnovers in that final surge. Three players scored in double figures for the Jaguars, including Whitney Heritage and Goetz, who had 12 points each. Christine Roush, who assisted on the go-ahead basket, led them with 13 points and four rebounds. Morgan Clemons led the Valkyries with 22 points and eight rebounds.
  • No. 2 Manual 71, No. 9 Bowling Green 53: Guard Kara Wright scored a game-high 24 points and grabbed five rebounds to help the Crimsons advance to the title game for the second straight season. They will face the winner of No. 12 Sacred Heart and No. 5 Mercy, the defending state champs. Manual won with defense, getting 21 points off 18 Purples turnovers. Ten of those miscues were Crimsons steals. Wright and junior April Wilson, a Purdue signee, each had five swipes. Wilson also had six assists to just one turnover and eight points. Mechael Guess added 14 points and nine rebounds. Zoe Sibalich led Bowling Green with 21 points.

Girls’ hoops: Republic Bank Classic quarterfinals

Winner’s bracket quarterfinal match-ups at Lexington Catholic:

  • No. 2 Manual 70, No. 10 Elizabethtown 53
  • No. 12 Sacred Heart 52, No. 1 Marion Co. 40
  • No. 9 Bowling Green 81, Lou. Christian 54
  • No. 5 Mercy 73, No. 6 Boone Co. 64

The semifinals are set. It will be No. 2 Manual vs. No. 9 Bowling Green at 9 a.m. on Wednesday followed by No. 12 Sacred Heart vs. No. 5 Mercy at 10:45 a.m. The championship game will be played at 7:30 p.m.

Highlights:

  • No. 12 Sacred Heart 52, No. 1 Marion County 40: The Valkyries hold the Knights to six points in the fourth quarter and upset them in the quarterfinals Tuesday afternoon. SHA trailed 27-24 at the half. Morgan Clemons paced Sacred Heart with 17 points and eight rebounds. Maddie Peabody added 12 points and four boards.
  • Here’s a link to the photo gallery from that game: http://tinyurl.com/28ujtql
  • No. 9 Bowling Green 81, Lou. Christian 54: After a slow start, the Purples blew by CAL (5-2) outscoring the Centurions 29-11 in the second quarter.
    Bowling Green had two 20-point scorers in Alexis Lawrence, who had 23 points and six rebounds and Adrienne Tarrence, who added 21 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists.
    Zoe Sibalich had 17 points and six boards for the Purples, who won their eighth straight.
  • No. 2 Manual 70, No. 10 Elizabethtown 53: Four Crimsons finished in double figures, led by Mechael Guess’s 15 points and three steals as they remained unbeaten and advanced to Wednesday morning’s semifinals. Manual outrebounded the Panthers 33-26, including 15-6 on the offensive end. It helped the Crimsons outscore E-town 15-4 on second tries. Reserve Destony Curry led Manual in that stat with seven boards and 10 points.
  • No. 5 Mercy 73, No. 6 Boone Co. 64: Juliann Miller put on a dominant performance, scoring a game-high 27 points and grabbing four rebounds in a battle of two top 10 teams.
    Miller had plenty of help, though, with the defending champion Jaguars getting double-digit scoring from Emily Goetz (13 points), Christine Roush (12) and Lauren Faris (12).
    Mercy (6-0) shot 58.8 percent for the game, including a hot 69.2 percent in the second half.
    The Rebels (5-3) cut it to one point on a Sydney Moss putback with 5:17 to go before Mercy responded with a 10-2 run to help put the game out of reach. Moss led Boone County with 21 points, 14 rebounds, three assists, three steals and two blocked shots.