Kentucky High School Boys
State Tournament

Rupp Arena, Lexington, Kentucky
March 13-16, 2002

Copyright 2002 Ron Harrison

Wednesday March 13th - Session No. 1

Paducah Tilghman (26-5) (Region 1) vs. Rockcastle County (25-7) (Region 13)

Paducah Tilghman coach Bill Chumbler started the following lineup:  6-5 Jr. (9.0 ppg) Chris Clarke, 6-4 Sr. (21.4 ppg) Orlandus Hill, 5-10 Sr. (6.4 ppg) Ches Gibson, 6-0 Sr. (6.1 ppg) Ryan Wagner, and 6-1 Sr. (14.3 ppg) Bryan Hamilton.  Rockcastle County coach Clayton Cash countered with 6-2 Jr. (1.3 ppg) Stephen Boering, 6-5 Sr. (15.3 ppg) Andrew Hammond, 6-3 Jr. (12.5 ppg) Aaron Anderkin, 6-1 Jr. (8.4 ppg) Jason Reynolds, and 5-10 Fr. (17.2 ppg) Aaron Cash.

Paducah Tilghman defeated Rockcastle County by a score of 58-43.  Paducah Tilghman took an early lead and Rockcastle County could never claw back into contention.  Rockcastle County outshot Paducah Tilghman 41%-33% but Tilghman had 19 more shot attempts and forced 26 Rockcastle County turnovers.  Paducah Tilghman’s Orlandus Hill proved too much for the Rocks today as he tallied 21 points and 15 rebounds.  Bryan Hamilton added 10 points. Rockcastle County was led by Aaron Cash, Andrew Hammond, and Jason Reynolds with 15, 13, and 10 points respectively.

Paducah Tilghman 

14

12

18

14

-

58

Rockcastle County

6

11

15

11

-

43

 

Paducah Tilghman

(58) -

Clarke 5, Hill 21, Gibson 4, Wagner 5, B. Hamilton 10, Perry 9, Cooper 4.

Rockcastle County

(43) -

Boering 0, Hammond 13, Anderkin 0, Reynolds 10, Cash 15, Miller 3, Settles 2.

Butler (26-5) (Region 6) vs. Mason County (27-5) (Region 10)

Butler coach Mike Campbell started the following lineup:  6-2 Sr. (7.4 ppg) David Peercy, 6-4 Sr. (19.9 ppg) Dustin Cape, 6-0 Jr. (8.2 ppg) Justin Cunningham, 5-11 Sr. (9.0 ppg) Calvin Roach, and 6-0 Jr. (10.5 ppg) Trey Cape.  Mason County coach Kelly Wells countered with 6-2 So. (18.0 ppg) Chris Lofton, 6-2 Sr. (4.6 ppg) D. J. Chambers, 6-5 Sr. (11.9 ppg) G. G. Lofton, 5-10 Sr. (10.2 ppg) Tee Commodore, and 5-10 Sr. (12.4 ppg) Robert Myrick.

Mason County set a tournament record by connecting on 13 of 21 three point attempts on their way to a 93-66 victory over Butler.  Butler led 20-16 after one quarter but Mason County went on an 18-0 second quarter run to take a 34-21 lead and control of the game.  Mason County was led by Chris Lofton with 29 points including six three point baskets, while Robert Myrick added 23 points including seven three point baskets.  Butler was led by Dustin Cape with 22 points and nine rebounds.  Trey Cape added 15 points.

Butler 

20

8

16

22

-

66

Mason County

16

23

29

25

-

93

 

Butler

 (66) -

Peercy 0, D. Cape 22, Cunningham 4, Roach 9, T. Cape 15, Parisek 2, Pendleton 6, Hennessey 2, Harkins 4, Mayes 2.

Mason County

 (93) -

C. Lofton 29, Chambers 9, G.G. Lofton 11, Commodore 10, R. Myrick 23, Jones 1, N. Myrick 5, Grutza 5.

Wednesday March 13th - Session No. 2

Male (27-7) (Region 7) vs. Christian County (26-4) (Region 2)  

Male coach Bryce Hibbard started the following lineup:  6-4 Sr. (6.2 ppg) Greg Ballard, 6-5 Sr. (12.3 ppg) LaVar Carter, 6-3 Jr. (15.3 ppg) Mike Bush, 5-10 Sr. (7.6 ppg) Adam Burks, and 5-11 Sr. (14.8 ppg) Johnny Mathies.  Christian County coach Kenny Stovall countered with 6-3 Sr. (19.1 ppg) Eric Davie, 6-1 Sr. (4.3 ppg) Antoine Sanchez, 5-10 Sr. (7.4 ppg) Darius Anderson, 6-0 Sr. (16.2 ppg) Brandon Oldham, and 6-1 Sr. (13.9 ppg) Kevin Taylor.

Christian County led 56-53 in the fourth quarter before Male rallied to pull out a 69-61 victory.  Male was 23 of 29 from the free throw line while Christian County only visited the charity stripe four times, hitting all four.  Male outshot Christian County 51%-36% from the field.  Male was led by Mike Bush, Johnny Mathies, and LaVar Carter with 19, 15 and 10 points respectively.  Bush pulled down 10 rebounds as Male held a 39-25 rebound margin.  Christian County was led by Eric Davie, Brandon Oldham, and Kevin Taylor with 20, 13, and 11 points respectively.

Male 

16

17

16

20

-

69

Christian County

14

18

17

12

-

61

 

Male

 (69) -

Ballard 8, Carter 10, Bush 19, Burks 9, Mathies 15, McKinney 2, Shumate 6.

Christian County

 (61) -

Davie 20, Sanchez 2, Anderson 8, Oldham 13, Taylor 11, Isom 4, Brewer 3.

Ryle (24-9) (Region 9) vs. Warren Central (27-3) (Region 4)

Ryle coach Nate Niemi started the following lineup:  6-7 Jr. (17.0 ppg) Justin Doellman, 6-4 Jr. (7.0 ppg) Clay Rechtin, 6-6 Sr. (12.5 ppg) Nick Feagan, 5-9 Jr. (5.4 ppg) Matt Beil, and 6-0 Sr. (4.8 ppg) Casey Maley.  Warren Central coach Tim Riley countered with 6-3 Sr. (16.9 ppg) Brandon Kirk, 6-5 Jr. (11.4 ppg) Leroy Wilson, 6-1 Jr. (10.1 ppg) Brandon Cummings, 5-11 Sr. (10.0 ppg) Wes Durrant, and 5-11 Sr. (6.4 ppg) B. A. Forrest.

The nightcap featured a very interesting contest between Ryle and Warren Central.  Ryle led 29-19 at the half but Ryle’s press took its toll in the second half and the score was tied 49-49 at the end of regulation.  Ryle apparently tied the game at 52-52 in overtime but the Justin Doellman dunk was waved off and he was charged with his fifth and final foul on a charging call under the basket.  Warren Central went on to take a 63-54 decision.  The victors were led by 6-6 So. Lonnell Dewalt with 18 points and nine rebounds.  Leroy Wilson and Wes Durrant added 12 and 10 points respectively.  Ryle was led by Nick Feagan with 15 points. Rechtin, Doellman, and Feagan all fouled out for Ryle while Kirk and Wilson were whistled to the bench for Warren Central.

Ryle 

14

15

11

9

5

-

54

Warren Central

3

16

18

12

14

-

63

 

Ryle

(54) -

Doellman 8, Rechtin 7, Feagan 15, Beil 9, Maley 5, Doering 2, Crigler 6, Steele 2.

Warren Central

(63) -

Kirk 4, Wilson 12, Cummings 0, Durrant 10, Forrest 8, McFarland 2, Anderson 6, Whitney 3, Dewalt 18.

Thursday March 14th - Session No. 3

Oldham County (28-2) (Region 8) vs. Shelby Valley (25-6) (Region 15)

Oldham County coach Gary Forrest started the following lineup:  6-3 Jr. (10.0 ppg) Brock Neal, 6-4 Jr. (12.0 ppg) Matt Jacobson, 6-6 Sr. (10.0 ppg) Travis Liedtke, 6-5 Sr. (18.0 ppg) Donta Smith, and 5-10 Jr. (3.0 ppg) Jarriott Huddleston.  Shelby Valley coach Rodney Rowe countered with 6-1 Sr. Josh Goad, 6-0 Sr. Jeremy Akers, 6-1 Jr. Phillip Akers, 6-0 Sr. Kris Prater, and 6-1 Fr. Seth Kiser.

Shelby Valley and Oldham County were tied 19-19 at halftime and Shelby Valley only trailed 37-36 in the final period before Oldham County went on a 13-0 run on their way to a 56-42 victory.  Oldham County’s Donta Smith was too much for Shelby Valley today as he tallied 29 points and nine rebounds.  Matt Jacobson and Brock Neal added 11 points each.  Shelby Valley was led today by Josh Goad with 13 points.  Oldham County outshot Shelby Valley 51%-38% from the field.

Oldham County 

8

11

18

19

-

56

Shelby Valley

4

15

12

11

-

42

 

Oldham County

(56) -

Neal 11, Jacobson 11, Liedtke 0, Smith 29, Huddleston 2, McCarthy 3.

Shelby Valley

(42) -

Goad 13, J. Akers 4, P. Akers 7, Prater 4, Kiser 5, Bartley 2, Friend 5, Fleming 2.

Ashland Blazer (25-5) (Region 16) vs. Lexington Catholic (29-2) (Region 11)

Ashland Blazer coach Mike Flynn started the following lineup:  6-4 Jr. (8.2 ppg) Zack Davis, 6-8 Sr. (20.6 ppg) Mark Surgalski, 6-0 Jr. (6.9 ppg) Jeremy Howell, 5-10 Sr. (5.6 ppg) Josh Cook, and 6-0 Sr. (12.7 ppg) Arliss Beach.  Lexington Catholic coach Danny Haney countered with 6-3 So. (17.9 ppg) Demetrius Green, 6-4 Sr. (11.3 ppg) Ryan Morton, 6-5 Sr. (4.0 ppg) John Rompf, 5-11 Jr. (10.7 ppg) Brian Smith, and 6-3 So. (11.8 ppg) William Graham

Lexington Catholic took a 36-22 halftime lead but Ashland Blazer clawed back into the game to only trail 50-46 in the final period before Catholic pulled away for a 65-51 victory.  Lexington Catholic outshot Ashland 46%-36% from the field and scored 25 points off 24 Ashland turnovers.  Lexington Catholic was led today by Demetrius Green, Harrison Morton, and William Graham with 20, 18, and 14 points respectively.   Ashland Blazer was led today by Jeremy Howell with 17 points including five three pointers.  Arliss Beach and Zack Davis added 13 and 11 points respectively.  Mark Surgalski added eight points and eight rebounds.  

Ashland Blazer 

6

16

17

12

-

51

Lexington Catholic

18

18

13

16

-

65

 

Ashland Blazer

(51) -

Davis 11, Surgalski 8, Howell 17, J. Cook 0, Beach 13, Johnson 2.

Lexington Catholic

(65) -

Green 20, R. Morton 7, Rompf 0, Smith 5, Graham 14, H. Morton 18, Lawrence 1.

Thursday March 14th - Session No. 4

North Hardin (29-4) (Region 5) vs. Owensboro (22-10) (Region 3)

North Hardin coach Ron Bevars started the following lineup:  6-6 Jr. (15.5 ppg) Andre Woodson, 6-4 Sr. (9.2 ppg) Jarius Sykes, 6-8 Sr. (7.5 ppg) Matt DeMasters, 5-6 Sr. (12.1 ppg) Larry Fox, and 5-11 Sr. (17.0 ppg) Quinton Smith.  Owensboro coach Michael Stinett countered with 6-7 Sr. (13.5 ppg) Jordan Sulkers, 6-3 Sr. (10.3 ppg) DeAndre Burnett, 5-11 Sr. (12.7 ppg) Darryl Hunter, 6-1 Jr. (13.4 ppg) Armund Taylor, and 6-1 Jr. (8.6 ppg) Buddy Hinton.

North Hardin led 31-25 at halftime but increased their lead in the second half to defeat Owensboro by a score of 64-49.  North Hardin outshot Owensboro from the field 50%-38% and held a 35-23 rebounding margin.  North Hardin was led by Larry Fox with 17 points. Andre Woodson added 14 points and pulled down 11 rebounds. Quinton Smith added 11 points. There was concern among North Hardin as Jarius Sykes sustained an injury and did not play in the second half.  Owensboro was led by Armund Taylor and DeAndre Burnett with 17 and 16 points respectively. 

North Hardin 

17

14

18

15

-

64

Owensboro

10

15

8

16

-

49

 

North Hardin

(64) -

Woodson 14, Sykes 9, DeMasters 3, Fox 17, Smith 11, Guions 9, Fulks 2.

Owensboro

(49) -

Sulkers 1, Burnett 16, Hunter 8, Taylor 17, Hinton 7.

Wayne County (30-2) (Region 12) vs. Whitesburg (29-5) (Region 14)

Wayne County coach Rodney Woods started the following lineup:  6-2 So. (12.4 ppg,) Tyrone Green, 6-0 Fr. (7.0 ppg) Steven Sexton, 6-4 Sr. (16.8 ppg) Evan Dick, 6-1 So. (15.8 ppg) Jerrod Gibbons, and 5-10 So. (8.0 ppg) Bradley Bell.  Whitesburg coach Danny Bates countered with 6-3 Sr. (12.0 ppg) Chris Tolliver, 6-2 Sr. (6.0 ppg) Jon Banks, 6-2 Jr. (5.0 ppg) Trevor Buttrey, 6-2 Sr. (27.0 ppg) Bryan Howard, and 6-1 Sr. (23.0 ppg) Brandon Brock.

Whitesburg held a 48-37 advantage in the final period, then survived a furious Wayne County rally to claim a 52-51 victory.  Whitesburg outshot Wayne County from the field 46.5%-31.3%.  Whitesburg was 12 of 22 from the free throw line while Wayne County only visited the charity stripe eight times, connecting on five of their attempts Whitesburg was led tonight Bryan Howard and Brandon Brock with 23 and 13 points respectively. Wayne County was led by Jerrod Gibbons, Tyrone Green, and Steven Sexton with 13, 11, and 11 points respectively.   Gibbons also pulled down 10 rebounds.  This was a disappointing loss for the Cardinals but their future looks bright as they started three sophs and one freshman.  Meanwhile, the smallest school in the tournament advances to the quarterfinals.  

Wayne County 

15

8

11

17

-

51

Whitesburg

17

6

19

10

-

52

 

Wayne County

(51) -

Green 11, Sexton 11, Dick 8, Gibbons 13, Bell 6, Brown 2.

Whitesburg

(52) -

Tolliver 0, Banks 6, Buttrey 5, Howard 23, Brock 13.

Friday March 15th - Session No. 5

Mason County (28-5) vs. Paducah Tilghman (27-5) Quarterfinal No. 1

Mason County coach Kelly Wells started the following lineup:  6-2 So. Chris Lofton, 6-2 Sr. D. J. Chambers, 6-5 Sr. G. G. Lofton, 5-10 Sr. Tee Commodore, and 5-10 Sr. Robert Myrick.  Paducah Tilghman coach Bill Chumbler countered with 6-5 Jr. Chris Clarke, 6-4 Sr. Orlandus Hill, 5-10 Sr. Ches Gibson, 6-0 Sr. Ryan Wagner, and 6-1 Sr. Bryan Hamilton

Mason County could not match their hot first round shooting and Paducah Tilghman utilized a monster game by Orlandus Hill to defeat Mason County by a score of 64-51.  Hill tallied 33 points and 21 rebounds to help coach Bill Chumbler notch his 700th career victory. Mason County was led by Tee Commodore and 6-0 Jr. Nathan Myrick with 11 and 10 points respectively.  Paducah Tilghman outshot Mason County 44%-39% from the field and held a 47-26 rebound margin.  

Mason County 

9

8

13

21

-

51

Paducah Tilghman

16

10

17

21

-

64

 

Mason County

(51) -

C. Lofton 6, Chambers 1, G.G. Lofton 6, Commodore 11, R. Myrick 6, N. Myrick 10, Pritchard 2, Grutza 2, Litzinger 7.

Paducah Tilghman

(64) -

Clarke 10, Hill 33, Gibson 2, R. Wagner 1, B. Hamilton 9, Perry 8, C. Hamilton 1.

Warren Central (28-3) vs. Male (28-7) Quarterfinal No. 2

Warren Central coach Tim Riley started the following lineup:  6-3 Sr. Brandon Kirk, 6-5 Jr. Leroy Wilson, 6-1 Jr. Brandon Cummings, 5-11 Sr. Wes Durrant, and 5-11 Sr. B. A. Forrest.  Male coach Bryce Hibbard countered with 6-4 Sr. Greg Ballard, 6-5 Sr. LaVar Carter, 6-3 Jr. Mike Bush, 5-10 Sr. Adam Burks, and 5-11 Sr. Johnny Mathies

Male survived a very determined and capable Warren Central team to win by a score of 73-67 in overtime.  Male led 49-39 at the end of three quarters before Warren Central stormed back to take a 58-57 lead with 1:36 remaining in regulation.  Regulation ended in a 61-61 tie and Male’s LaVar Carter scored eight points in overtime to lead his team to victory.  Male was led today by 6-2 Jr. Casey Shumate, Johnny Mathies, and LaVar Carter with 17, 17 and 14 points respectively.   Warren Central was led by Brandon Kirk and Brandon Cummings with 27 and 15 points respectively.  Male outshot Warren Central 51.3%-38.6% from the field.  Male was 20 of 23 (87%) from the free throw line while Warren Central was 17 of 26 (65.4%).

Warren Central 

21

10

8

22

6

-

67

Male

18

19

12

12

12

-

73

 

Warren Central

 (67) -

Kirk 27, Wilson 6, Cummings 15, Durrant 10, Forrest 4, Dewalt 5.

Male

 (73) -

Ballard 7, Carter 14, Bush 2, Burks 8, Mathies 17, McKinney 4, Shumate 17, Green 4.

Friday March 15th - Session No. 6

Lexington Catholic (30-2) vs. Oldham County (29-2) Quarterfinal No. 3

Lexington Catholic coach Danny Haney started the following lineup:  6-3 So. Demetrius Green, 6-4 Sr. Ryan Morton, 6-5 Sr. John Rompf, 5-11 Jr. Brian Smith, and 6-3 So. William Graham.  Oldham County coach Gary Forrest countered with 6-3 Jr. Brock Neal, 6-4 Jr. Matt Jacobson, 6-6 Sr. Travis Liedtke, 6-5 Sr. Donta Smith, and 5-10 Jr. Jarriott Huddleston.

Lexington Catholic jumped out to an 11-0 run and defeated Oldham County by a score of 60-43.  Oldham County made several small runs but Catholic would answer and push the lead back to a comfortable margin.  Catholic outshot Oldham County from the field by a 50%-33% margin.  Lexington Catholic was led by their guard tandem of William Graham and Brian Smith with 26 and 17 points respectively.  Oldham County was led by Donta Smith with 19 points.  Travis Liedtke added 14 points and pulled down 12 rebounds.  

Lexington Catholic

17

12

18

13

-

60

Oldham County 

10

13

10

10

-

43

 

Lexington Catholic

(60) -

Green 8, R. Morton 7, Rompf 0, Smith 17, Graham 26, D. Morton 2, H. Morton 0.

Oldham County

(43) -

Neal 0, Jacobson 4, Liedtke 14, Smith 19, Huddleston 6.

Whitesburg (30-5) vs. North Hardin (30-4) Quarterfinal No. 4

Whitesburg coach Danny Bates started the following lineup:  6-3 Sr. Chris Tolliver, 6-2 Sr. Jon Banks, 6-2 Jr. Trevor Buttrey, 6-2 Sr. Bryan Howard, and 6-1 Sr. Brandon Brock.  North Hardin coach Ron Bevars countered with 6-6 Jr. Andre Woodson, 6-4 So. Demetrius Guions, 6-8 Sr. Matt DeMasters, 5-6 Sr. Larry Fox, and 5-11 Sr. Quinton Smith

North Hardin defeated Whitesburg in the nightcap by a score of 92-43.  North Hardin outshot Whitesburg from the field by a 50%-27.9% margin and held a 55-35 rebound margin.  North Hardin was led by Andre Woodson, 6-1 Jr. K. B. Fulks, and Demetrius Guions with 19, 16 and 10 points respectively.  Matt DeMasters added six points and pulled down 13 rebounds.  Whitesburg was led by Chris Tolliver and Bryan Howard with 11 and 9 points respectively.   

Whitesburg 

9

8

13

13

-

43

North Hardin

24

30

15

23

-

92

 

Whitesburg

(43) -

Tolliver 11, Banks 3, Buttrey 3, Howard 9, Brock 8, Lee 4, Blair 1, Lewis 2, West 2.

North Hardin

(92) -

Woodson 19, Guions 10, DeMasters 6, Fox 8, Smith 6, Jordan 2, Emdee 4, Sanders 7, Williams 5, E. Johnson 5, Jackson 4, Fulks 16.

Saturday March 16th - Session No. 7

Louisville Male (29-7)  vs. Paducah Tilghman (28-5) Semifinal No. 1

Male coach Bryce Hibbard started the following lineup:  6-4 Sr. Greg Ballard, 6-5 Sr. LaVar Carter, 6-3 Jr. Mike Bush, 5-10 Sr. Adam Burks, and 5-11 Sr. Johnny Mathies.  Paducah Tilghman coach Bill Chumbler countered with 6-5 Jr. Chris Clarke, 6-4 Sr. Orlandus Hill, 5-10 Sr. Ches Gibson, 6-0 Sr. Ryan Wagner, and 6-1 Sr. Bryan Hamilton.

Paducah Tilghman, clicking on all cylinders, handily defeated Male by a score of 74-55.  Paducah Tilghman led 31-23 at the half and increased their margin in the second half.  Tilghman outshot Male from the field by a 54.4%-38.2% margin.  Tilghman also held a 60% (9-15)-6.25% (1-16) margin from the three point line.  The victors were led today by Bryan Hamilton, Orlandus Hill, and 6-2 Sr. Fred Perry with 18, 17, and 16 points respectively.  Male was led by Mike Bush and LaVar Carter with 16 and 12 points respectively. 

Louisville Male 

13

10

12

20

-

55

Paducah Tilghman

16

15

19

24

-

74

 

Louisville Male

(55) -

Ballard 8, Carter 12, Bush 16, Burks 2, Mathies 5, Gravelle 2, Shumate 10.

Paducah Tilghman

(74) -

Clarke 10, Hill 17, Gibson 5, Wagner 4, B. Hamilton 18, Perry 16, Cooper 2, Faulkner 2.

North Hardin (31-4) vs. Lexington Catholic (31-2) Semifinal No. 2

North Hardin coach Ron Bevars started the following lineup:  6-6 Jr. Andre Woodson, 6-4 So. Demetrius Guions, 6-8 Sr. Matt DeMasters, 5-6 Sr. Larry Fox, and 5-11 Sr. Quinton Smith.  Lexington Catholic coach Danny Haney countered with 6-3 So. Demetrius Green, 6-4 Sr. Ryan Morton, 6-5 Sr. John Rompf, 5-11 Jr. Brian Smith, and 6-3 So. William Graham.

North Hardin led 40-36 early in the final period but Lexington Catholic roared back and pulled away in the final two minutes to take a 61-48 decision.  Catholic outshot North Hardin 45.1%-34.5% from the field.  Lexington Catholic was led today by 6-3 So. Harrison Morton and William Graham with 21 and 12 points respectively.  Ryan Morton battled North Hardin’s big front line and added nine points and nine rebounds.  North Hardin was led by Andre Woodson with 14 points and 11 rebounds.  Demetrius Guions added 11 points and 10 rebounds.  Quinton Smith added 10 points.  

North Hardin 

17

10

11

10

-

48

Lexington Catholic 

14

13

9

25

-

61

 

North Hardin

(48) -

Woodson 14, Guions 11, DeMasters 8, Fox 5, Smith 10.

Lexington Catholic

(61) -

Green 8, R. Morton 9, Rompf 0, Smith 6, Graham 12, Morones 5, H. Morton 21.

Saturday March 16th - Session No. 8

Lexington Catholic (32-2) vs. Paducah Tilghman (29-5)  Championship Game

Lexington Catholic coach Danny Haney started the following lineup:  6-3 So. Demetrius Green, 6-4 Sr. Ryan Morton, 6-5 Sr. John Rompf, 5-11 Jr. Brian Smith, and 6-3 So. William Graham.  Paducah Tilghman coach Bill Chumbler countered with 6-5 Jr. Chris Clarke, 6-4 Sr. Orlandus Hill, 5-10 Sr. Ches Gibson, 6-0 Sr. Ryan Wagner, and 6-1 Sr. Bryan Hamilton.

Lexington Catholic led 33-29-at the end of the first half but exploded for a 30 point third quarter to take a 63-44 lead at the end of three quarters on their way to an 83-53 victory.  Lexington Catholic outshot Paducah Tilghman 54.7%-33.3% from the field and held a 42-27 rebound margin.  Lexington Catholic scored 23 points off 16 Tilghman turnovers.  Lexington Catholic was led by Demetrius Green with 24 points, 11 rebounds, six assists and three steals.  William Graham added 19 points.  Ryan Morton concluded a fine career with Catholic with 13 points and 10 rebounds.  Harrison Morton came off the bench to add 12 points.   Paducah Tilghman was led by Orlandus Hill with 20 points.  Bryan Hamilton added 16 points and pulled down 13 rebounds.  

Lexington Catholic

15

18

30

20

-

83

Paducah Tilghman

11

18

15

9

-

53

 

Lexington Catholic

(83) -

Green 24, R. Morton 13, Rompf 2, Smith 4, Graham 19, H. Morton 12, Balthrop 2, R. Postel 5, Server 2.

Paducah Tilghman

(53) -

Clarke 2, Hill 20, Gibson 0, Wagner 6, B. Hamilton 16, Perry 6, C. Hamilton 3.

All Tournament Team

Orlandus Hill

 

6-4 

 

Sr.

 

Paducah Tilghman

4 games

22.8 PPG

11.8 RPG

 

Bryan Hamilton

 

6-1

 

Sr.

 

Paducah Tilghman

4 games 

13.3 PPG

6.0 RPG

 

Chris Clarke

 

6-5

 

Jr.

 

Paducah Tilghman

4 games

 6.8 PPG

7.0 RPG

 

Fred Perry

 

6-2

 

Sr.

 

Paducah Tilghman

4 games

 9.8 PPG

3.8 RPG

 

Andre Woodson

 

6-6 

 

Jr.

 

North Hardin

3 games

15.7 PPG

9.7 RPG

 

Johnny Mathies

 

5-11

 

Sr.

 

Male

3 games

12.3 PPG

3.7 RPG

 

LaVar Carter

 

6-5

 

Sr.

 

Male

3 games

12.0 PPG

6.0 RPG

 

Mike Bush

 

6-3

 

Jr.

 

Male

3 games

12.3 PPG

5.7 RPG

 

Donta Smith

 

6-5

 

Sr.

 

Oldham County 

2 games

24.0 PPG

 7.0 RPG

 

Chris Lofton

 

6-2

 

So.

 

Mason County 

2 games

17.5 PPG

5.0 RPG

 

Robert Myrick

 

5-10

 

Sr.

 

Mason County 

2 games

14.5 PPG

 

 

Brandon Kirk

 

6-3

 

Sr.

 

Warren Central

2 game

15.5 PPG

4.5 RPG

 

William Graham

 

6-3

 

So.

 

Lexington Catholic

4 games

17.8 PPG

 

 

Harrison Morton

 

6-3

 

So.

 

Lexington Catholic

4 games

12.8 PPG

3.8 RPG

 

Demetrius Green

 

6-3

 

So.

 

Lexington Catholic

4 games

15.0 PPG

6.3 RPG

M.V.P.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Conclusion

Congratulations to Coach Danny Haney and the Lexington Catholic Knights on their championship season.  Lexington Catholic finished 33-2 for the season, won an invitational tournament in Florida, and also added the Fifth Third Bank invitational title.  They overcame a very good team in East Jessamine to win the regional, then had to defeat Ashland, Oldham County, North Hardin, and Paducah Tilghman to capture the big prize.  The publicity went to a wonderfully talented group of underclassmen but make no mistake, senior leadership was key in this championship run.  It takes a good team and a certain amount of breaks to win the title and all the pieces fell into place for Lexington Catholic this season.

Paducah Tilghman also had a magical run and veteran coach Bill Chumbler picked up his 700th coaching victory.  People in Western Kentucky knew how good Orlandus Hill is – now the whole state knows.  North Hardin caught a tough break when starting forward Jarius Sykes went down with an injury.  Male had a lot of talent but they never seemed to click on all cylinders and it finally caught up with them in the semifinal match against Paducah Tilghman. Hopefully, every team that played in the Sweet 16 can now reflect on the success that allowed them to be a regional champion and advance to the big dance.  To all the teams, coaches, and players who participated in the tournament, congratulations and thanks for the memories

Postscript

Coach Danny Haney and the Lexington Catholic Knights received another honor to close their season.  The USA Today Super 25 boys basketball rankings came out on March 26th and Lexington Catholic was ranked No. 10 in the nation.  The No. 8 team, DeMatha out of Hyattsville, MD, handed Lexington Catholic one of their two season losses.  Congratulations to Lexington Catholic and Coach Haney on this prestigious honor.

Please feel free to send your comments and questions concerning the tournament, teams, or players to me at  prephoops@yahoo.com .