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Thursday, 23 October 2008
"The Pride of Sandy Hook"
Topic: Basketball

I have been fortunate the last few seasons to have watched three Elliott County stars Ethan Faulkner, Evan Faulkner, and Jonathan Ferguson play the game they love so much.  They have led the Lions to two consecutive 16th Region titles and are favorites to win again this season.  The trio and Chris and Timmy Knipp are also expected to be one of the top contenders for a state championship.

6-2 Sr. Ethan Faulkner is a true point guard who is a coach on the floor.  Ethan has a wide variety of skills as he can shoot, handle, pass, and defend.  He works extremely hard and is a natural leader.  6-2 Sr. Evan Faulkner posseses excellent court vision and is a tenacious defender.  Evan always gives 110%, passes the ball and is a versatile scorer.  6-2 Sr. Jonathan Ferguson has excellent shooting range and can get into a zone where he scores points in bunches.  Jonathan can also handle, pass, works hard, and is a good rebounder.

I don't attempt to rank or rate players and have no idea where they will play in college but make no mistake they have game.  One veteran AAU coach said it best when he stated "If you could bottle their qualities you could make a fortune."  They remind me of days gone by, just lace up the sneakers and leave it all on the floor.  Players come and go but they will long be remembered in Sandy Hook and the rest of the state.  Thanks for the memories.

 

 

 


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Wednesday, 15 October 2008
Lexington Christian Basketball Classic
Topic: Basketball

January 2nd, 2009

5PM       Lexington Christian Academy (girls)  vs. North Canton (OH)

6:30PM  Findlay Prep (NV)  vs. New Creations Christian (IN)

8PM        Lexington Christian Academy (boys) vs. Montgomery County

 

January 3rd, 2009

5PM        Lexington Christian Academy (girls) vs. Bearden (TN)

6:30PM   Findlay Prep (NV) vs. Mt. Zion Christian Academy (NC)

8PM        Lexington Christian Academy (boys) vs. Scott County

 

I will add more details and info on top players appearing in this event as more info becomes available.

 

 


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October 15th First Official Day of BB Practice
Topic: Basketball

Finally the anticipated first official day of basketball practice is here.  While basketball is a 365 day a year endeavor in the state of Kentucky finally all the talking is over and the action has begun.  We have all discussed transfers,  argued over the rankings of both individual players and teams and generally discussed and dissected every possible game our respective teams will play thiis year.

I agreed to do the 11th Region Preview for Bluegrasspreps website for both the girls and boys team.  It usually takes about three weeks and I request input from every coach in the region.  Normally the response is good and I value the input equally from the regional contenders to the teams that are in a rebuilding stage.  What frustrates me that is no matter how thorough I may be I still question the preview once I complete it.  However that is what makes basketball such a great sport in Kentucky,  every preview is merely an opinion and thankfully the season is decided and played out on the floor.

What makes it extremely enjoyable for me is the enthusiasm the coaches and players bring to the table each season.  I spent 45 minutes talking to one of the coaches tonight and it was obvious he loves his job and is very excited about the upcoming season and about the future and potential of his individual players.  Each season  heralds the return of established stars and the emergence of new player who will be making the headlines this season.

I have been watching basketball for more years than I care to admit but one thing remains constant over all the years.  I still get as excited about the new season as I did as a young boy many years ago.  While I realize we did not invent the game in Kentucky there is something special in the love we have for the game where it be in the cities or in the mountains.

 

 


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Friday, 26 September 2008
Introduction
Topic: Ron Harrison
My name is Ron Harrison and I have been attending and enjoying high school basketball since the late 50's.  I have had a website kyprephoops for the last ten years.  My website is devoted to the coverage of boys and girls high school basketball in the state of Kentucky.  I also cover both boys and girls AAU events in the state of Kentucky and display Rick Bolus' player rankings.  I do not personally rank players but spend most of my time on game and event coverage.  Do I consider myself an expert or guru?  No, but I have seen a lot of games and players over my career and I have been advised and helped by people I do consider expert.  You are never too old to learn and I firmly believe you cannot listen with your mouth open so I try to listen a lot and learn.  I intend to start a blog and link it to my website and hopefully starting in October 2008 post some random thoughts and observations several times a week.

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Updated: Friday, 26 September 2008 1:55 PM EDT
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Thursday, 19 May 2005
Prephoops Upgrade!
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Updated: Wednesday, 23 November 2005 11:24 AM EST
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Tuesday, 1 January 2002
Cooper vs. Anderson County 5A Playoffs November 21, 2014

2014COOPERAC

Cooper vs. Anderson County
2014 Class 5A Russell Athletic/KHSAA Commonwealth Gridiron Bowl

Anderson County High School
Lawrenceburg, KY
November 21, 2014

© 2014 by Ron Harrison

Cooper rolled up 468 yards and six touchdowns on the ground on 48 rushing attempts (9.8 average) and the defense forced six turnovers in a 61-14 victory over Anderson County.  Cooper recorded 19 first downs and 482 yards of total offense.  The Jaguars were penalized once for 12 yards.  Anderson County recorded 14 first downs and 244 yards of total offense.  The Bearcats were penalized four times for 30 yards, lost two fumbles, and had four passes intercepted.

Torey Cordell-Armstrong led Cooper’s ground attack with 351 yards and four touchdowns on 31 carries.  Billy Prickett carried the ball five times for 51 yards and a touchdown.  Jaden Jackson added 44 yards on seven carries.  Billy Prickett completed two of four passes for 14 yards and a touchdown.  Tyson Jackson caught one pass for 10 yards.  Cole Willging caught a four yard touchdown reception.  Marcus Watson led the defense with five solo and three assisted tackles.  Seth Keller added five solo and one assisted tackles with one tackle resulting in a four yard loss.  Justin Parks scored on a 27 yard fumble recovery and Aidan Keller returned an intercepted pass 58 yards for a touchdown.  Nathan Brown intercepted two passes with 27 yards return yardage.

Brayden Russell led Anderson County’s ground game with 64 yards and a touchdown on eight carries.  Chris Toomey carried the ball seven times for 40 yards.  Zach Carmichael completed five of 17 passes for 73 yards and a touchdown with four interceptions.  JP Garmon caught three passes for 23 yards.  Chris Toomey caught one pass for 38 yards.  Landon Curry caught a 12 yard touchdown reception.

Scoring Summary

School

Q1

Q2

Q3

Q4

Final

Cooper

21

14

12

14

61

Anderson County

0

7

0

7

14

 

COOPER

-

Torey Cordell-Armstrong 35 yard run (M. Hollifield kick)

COOPER

-

Torey Cordell-Armstrong 31 yard run (M. Hollifield kick)

COOPER

-

Billy Prickett 52 yard run (M. Hollifield kick)

COOPER

-

Torey Cordell-Armstrong 7 yard run (M. Hollifield kick)

AC

-

Landon Curry 12 yard pass from Zach Carmichael (Landon Curry kick)

COOPER

-

Cole Willging 4 yard pass from Billy Prickett (M. Hollifield kick)

COOPER

-

Torey Cordell-Armstrong 2 yard run (Torey Cordell run fails)

COOPER

-

Aidan Keller 58 yard interception return (M. Hollifield kick fails)

COOPER

-

#32 1 yard run (M. Hollifield kick)

COOPER

-

Justin Parks 27 yard fumble recovery (M. Hollifield kick)

AC

-

Brayden Russell 4 yard run (Landon Curry kick)

 

Selected Statistics

Cooper

 

Rushing

No.

Yds.

Avg.

Long

Torey Cordell-Armstrong

31

351

11.3

64

Billy Prickett

5

51

10.2

52

Jaden Jackson

7

44

6.3

18

#32

5

22

4.4

7

 

 

Passing

A-C-I

Yds.

TD

Long

Billy Prickett

4-2-0

14

1

10

 

 

Receiving

No.

Yds.

TD

Long

Tyson Jackson

1

10

0

10

Cole Willging

1

4

1

4

 

 

Anderson County

 

Rushing

No.

Yds.

Avg.

Long

Brayden Russell

8

64

8.0

26

Chris Toomey

7

40

5.7

30

Bryndon Labhart

7

33

4.7

9

Zach Carmichael

7

25

3.6

8

Ryan Martin

2

9

4.5

11

 

 

Passing

A-C-I

Yds.

TD

Long

Zach Carmichael

17-5-4

73

1

38

 

 

Receiving

No.

Yds.

TD

Long

JP Garmon

3

23

0

11

Chris Toomey

1

38

0

38

Landon Curry

1

12

1

12

 

Acknowledgements

A special thanks to WL Stats for the comprehensive stats provided for tonight's games.

 

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

Ron Harrison’s reports on this and other football events appear on http://www.angelfire.com/ky2/prepgridiron.


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Updated: Saturday, 22 November 2014 7:33 PM EST
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Scott County vs. Harrison County (Girls) December 1, 2014
Topic: Basketball

2014SCOTTHARR

 

 

Scott County vs. Harrison County (Girls)

Harrison County High School

Cynthiana, KY

December 1, 2014

 

Scott County coach Steve Helton started the following lineup: 5-8 Jr. Bailey Hawkins, 5-8 Fr. Peyton Riddle, 5-10 Fr. Sydney Southerland, 5-2 8th Grade Juliette Smith, and 5-5 So. Britney Ward.  Harrison County coach Kim Furnish countered with 5-10 Sr. Whitney Gray, 5-9 Jr. Madison Philpott, 6-0 So. Taylor Reffett, 5-5 Jr. Kayla Ford, and 5-5 8th Grade Madison Kellione.

Harrison County defeated Scott County by a score of 62-49.  Harrison County shot 43.5% from the field including five of 11 from the three point line.  The Fillies connected on 17 of 30 free throws, pulled down39 rebounds, and scored nine points off eight Scott County turnovers.  Scott County shot 33.3% from the field including two of 18 from beyond the arc.  The Lady Cardinals connected on nine of 22 free throws, pulled down 40 rebounds, and scored 12 points off 12 Harrison County turnovers.

Madison Philpott led Harrison County with 19 points and 10 rebounds.  Taylor Reffett added 16 points and 11 rebounds.  Whitney Gray chipped in with 10 points.

Juliette Smith led Scott County with 15 points, five rebounds, and three steals.  5-7 8th Grade Maaliya Owens led nine points.  Sidney Southerland recorded seven points and five rebounds.

 

Scott County,7,10,12,20,49

Harrison County,10,20,17,15,62

 

Scott County (49) – Hawkins 3, Riddle 4, Southerland 7, Smith 15, Ward 1, Owens 9, Lockard 5, Walker 2, Christopher 1, M. Smith 2.

 

Harrison County (62) – Gray 10, Philpott 19, Reffett 16, Ford 0, Kellione 9, Ingram 8.

 

A special thanks to the Scott County Stats Crew for providing the comprehensive statistics for tonight’s game.


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2016 Whitaker Bank/KHSAA Boys' Sweet Sixteen(R) State Basketball Tournament March 16-20, 2016

2016KHSAAB

 

 

2016 Whitaker Bank/KHSAA Boys’ Sweet Sixteen® State Basketball Tournament

Rupp Arena

Lexington, KY

March 16-20, 2016

 

Wednesday March 26th

 

Murray (Region 1) (29-5) vs. Buckhorn (Region 14) (19-15)

 

Murray coach Bart Flener started the following lineup: 6-6 Sr. James Boone, 6-3 Sr. Ethan Clark, 6-4 Sr. Tre Hornbuckle, 6-0 Sr. Duane Curtis, and 6-3 Jr. Preston English.  Buckhorn coach John Noble countered with 6-1 Sr. Ryan Boggs, 6-3 Sr. Connor Hoskins, 6-4 Jr. Daniel Hurley, 5-10 Jr. Shannon Blank, and 6-1 Sr. Josh Crank.

 

Murray led 16-15 after the first quarter but outscored Buckhorn 17-3 in the second quarter to take control on their way to a 62-35 victory.  Murray totally controlled the interior as they enjoyed a 38-8 advantage in points in the paint.  Murray shot 51% from the field including six of 14 from the three point line.  The Tigers connected on six of 11 free throws, pulled down 37 rebounds, and scored 19 points off 14 Buckhorn turnovers.  Buckhorn shot 22.7% from the field including six of 19 from beyond the arc.  The Wildcats connected on nine of nine free throws, pulled down 22 rebounds, and scored 13 points off 13 Murray turnovers.

 

Preston English led Murray with 21 points including three three point baskets.  Tre Hornbuckle added 17 points and four rebounds.  Duane Curtis chipped in with 10 points including five of five free throws.  Ethan Clark recorded five points, 10 rebounds, five assists, and two steals.

 

Josh Crank led Buckhorn with 16 points, six rebounds, three assists, and three steals.  Connor Hoskins added eight points including two three point baskets and four rebounds.

 

Murray,16,17,10,19,62

Buckhorn,15,3,7,10,35

 

Murray (62) – Boone 5, Clark 5, Hornbuckle 17, Curtis 10, English 21, McClure 2, Hilbrecht 2.

 

Buckhorn (35) – Boggs 2, Hoskins 8, Hurley 3, Blank 0, Crank 16, Morris 6.

 

Newport Central Catholic (Region 9) (28-4) vs. Trinity (Region 7) (29-6)

 

Newport Central Catholic coach Ron Dawn started the following lineup: 6-2 Sr. Brian Anderson, 6-2 Sr. Eric Anderson, 6-6 Sr. Ben Weyer, 5-11 So. Brennan Hall, and 6-2 Jr. Luke Moeves.  Trinity coach Mike Szabo countered with 6-2 Jr. David Burton, 6-2 Jr. LJ Harris, 6-3 Fr. David Johnson, 5-9 Jr. Jacob King, and 6-1 Sr. Gabriel Schmitt.

 

Trinity led 11-7 after the first quarter but a stifling Newport Central Catholic held Trinity scoreless in the second quarter and only a total of seven points in the second and third quarters in a 48-33 victory,  Trinity was unable to penetrate the Thoroughbreds zone defense keyed by the defense of Ben Weyer and was unable to hit their outside shots.

 

Newport Central Catholic shot 42.9% from the field including six of 20 from the three point line.  The Thoroughbreds connected on 12 of 17 free throws, pulled down 30 rebounds, and scored seven points off six Trinity turnovers.  Trinity shot 26.1% from the field including four of 21 from beyond the arc.  The Shamrocks connected on five of five free throws, pulled down 24 rebounds, and scored six points off five Newport Central Catholic turnovers.

 

Ben Weyer led Newport Central Catholic with 19 points including two three point baskets, 13 rebounds, four assists, four blocked shots, and two steals.  Brennan Hill added 13 points and Luke Moeves recorded 12 points including seven of eight free throws and five rebounds.  Eric Anderson pulled own seven rebounds.

 

David Burton led Trinity with nine points including two three point baskets and five rebounds.  Jacob King added seven points.  Gabriel Schmitt recorded four points and six rebounds.

 

Newport Central Catholic,7,13,12,16,48

Trinity,11,0,7,15,33

 

Newport Central Catholic (48) – B. Anderson 0. E. Anderson 2, Weyer 19, Hall 13, Moeves 12, Neff 2.

 

Trinity (33) – Burton 9, Harris 4, Johnson 4, King 7, Schmitt 4, Rice 3, Rose 2.

 

Elliott County (Region 16) (22-7) vs. Bowling Green (Region 4) (30-2)

 

Elliott County coach Greg Adkins started the following lineup: 6-1 Jr. Chase Porter, 6-1 Fr. Korbin Spencer, 6-5 Sr. Collin Howell, 5-6 Sr. Landon Griffith, and 5-6 Sr. Reece Griffith.  Bowling Green coach DG Sherrill countered with 6-5 So. Jarius Key, 6-3 Sr. Perry Ayers, 6-6 Jr. Terry Taylor, 5-10 Jr. Deangelo Wilson, and 6-3 Sr. Thomas Booker.

 

Bowling Green utilized their size and athleticism to defeat a scrappy hardworking Elliott County by a score of 75-59.  Bowling Green shot 57.7% from the field including four of 13 from the three point line.  The Purples connected on 11 of 15 free throws, pulled down 37 rebounds, and scored 11 points off six Elliott County turnovers.  Elliott County shot 42.9% from the field including five of 20 from beyond the arc.  The Lions connected on six of eight free throws, pulled down 19 rebounds, and scored 11 points off 11 Bowling Green turnovers.

 

Terry Taylor led Bowling Green with 23 points, 14 rebounds, and four assists.  Taylor was nine of 11 from the field and five of six free throws.  Perry Ayers added 12 points, six rebounds, and three assists.  Deangelo Wilson also scored 12 points.

 

Chase Porter led Elliott County with 28 points including two three point baskets and six rebounds.  Korbin Spencer added 12 points and three rebounds.

 

Elliott County,15,14,14,16,59

Bowling Green,17,21,13,24,75

 

Elliott County (59) – Porter 28, Spencer 12, Howell 6, L. Griffith 7, R. Griffith 6.

 

Bowling Green (75) – Key 6, Ayers 12, Taylor 23, Wilson 12, Booker 9, Jackson 3, Thurman 2, Chaney 2, T. Jones 4, Carothers 2.

 

Mercer County (Region 12) (33-1) vs. Paul Laurence Dunbar (Region 11) (29-6)

 

Mercer County coach Josh Cook started the following lineup: 6-4 Jr. Dylan James. 6-3 Sr. Alijah Mink, 6-3 Sr. Drew Davis, 6-4 So. Trevon Faulkner, and 6-4 Sr. Will Hager.  Paul Laurence Dunbar coach Scott Chalk countered with 6-4 St. Darius Williams, 6-3 Sr. Justin Kelley, 6-5 Jr. Dontell Brown, 6-0 Sr. Jordan Lewis, and 6-3 Jr. Taveion Hollingsworth.

 

Taveion Hollingsworth scored 23 of his game high 32 points in the second half to lead Dunbar to a 58-55 come-from-behind victory over Mercer County.  The score was tied four times and there were seven lead changes in the game.  Mercer County had their opportunities but four turnovers in their last six possessions coupled with their inability to stop Hollingsworth sealed their fate tonight and ended their remarkable season.

 

Dunbar shot 43.1% from the field including five of 14 from the three point line.  The Bulldogs connected on nine of 16 free throws, pulled down 28 rebounds, and scored 11 points off 10 Mercer County turnovers.  Mercer County shot 52.6% from the field including three of nine from beyond the arc.  The Titans connected on 12 of 17 free throws, pulled down 26 rebounds, and scored seven points off five Dunbar turnovers.

 

Taveion Hollingsworth led Dunbar with 32 points including two three point baskets.  5-9 Sr. Jordan Brown came off the bench to spark the Bulldogs with eight points including two three point baskets.  Justin Kelley recorded nine points and six rebounds.  Dontell Brown chipped in with four points, 10 rebounds, and four blocked shots.

 

Will Hager led Mercer County with 22 points, nine rebounds, and five assists.  Trevon Faulkner added 16 points including six of seven free throws and four rebounds.  Dylan James chipped in with eight points including two three point baskets.

 

Mercer County,9,11,19,16,55

Paul Laurence Dunbar,15,8,12,23,58

 

Mercer County (55) – James 8, Mink 6, Davis 0, Faulkner 16, Hager 22, Souder 3.

 

Paul Laurence Dunbar (58) – Williams 2, Kelley 9, Brown 4, Lewis 3, Hollingsworth 32, Brown 8.

 

 

Thursday March 17th

 

Doss (Region 6) (27-5) vs. Lawrence County (Region 15) (29-4)

 

Doss coach Tony Williams started the following lineup: 6-5 Sr. Kelshawn Knight-Goff, 6-3 Sr. Laron Hargrove, 6-5 Jr. Jaylon Hall, 6-0 So. Stephon Franklin, and 6-4 Sr. Kenyi Bryant.  Lawrence County coach Travis York countered with 6-3 Jr. Timmy Dalton, 6-2 Sr. Robert Dalton, 6-3 Sr. Grant Kiser, 5-11 Sr. Austin Chaffins, and 6-2 Sr. Brandon Richardson.

 

Doss went on a 9-0 run in the final quarter to pull away to defeat Lawrence County by a score of 66-57.  The score was tied 43-43 after three quarters.  The score was tied four times and there were four lead changes in this game.  Doss shot 47.7% from the field including two of 16 from the three point line.  The Dragons connected on 22 of 31 free throws, pulled down 39 rebounds, and scored 13 points off 10 Lawrence County turnovers.  Lawrence County shot 34.5% from the field including eight of 26 from beyond the arc.  The Bulldogs connected on 11 of 20 free throws, pulled down 24 rebounds, and scored 12 points off 13 Doss turnovers.

 

Jaylon Hall led Doss with 23 points including 13 of 15 free throws and five rebounds.  Laron Hargrove added 10 points and 11 rebounds.  Stephon Franklin recorded 10 points and six rebounds.

 

Timmy Dalton led Lawrence County with 16 points, nine rebounds, two assists, two blocked shots, and three steals.  Brandon Richardson added 15 points on five three point baskets and five rebounds.  Robert Dalton recorded 12 points, two assists, two blocked shots, and three steals.

 

Doss,11,12,20,23,66

Lawrence County,8,11,24,14,57

 

Doss (66) – K. Knight-Goff 8, Hargrove 10, Hall 23, Franklin 10, Bryant 7, Maddox 2, Anderson 6.

 

Lawrence County (57) – T. Dalton 16, R. Dalton 12, Kiser 6, Chaffins 6, Richardson 15, Moore 2.

 

Christian County (Region 2) (29-2) vs. South Laurel (Region 13) (27-6)

 

Christian County coach Frankie Smith started the following lineup: 6-6 Jr. Jaylen Sebree, 6-1 Sr. Roland Butler, 6-5 So. Detorrion Ware, 5-6 Jr. Tiavey Mason, and 5-8 Sr. Tyrik Edwards.  South Laurel coach Jeff Davis countered with 6-4 Sr. Andrew Griffith, 6-4 So. Ryan Anders, 6-8 Sr. Caleb Taylor, 6-1 Jr. Jared Grubb, and 6-2 Fr. JJ Ramey.

 

South Laurel’s Jared Grubb hit a three point basket with 1:17 left in the game to give the Cardinals their lead for good in a 53-50 victory over Christian County.  Christian County missed two three point attempts for the tie in the final seconds.  The score was tied once and there were 13 lead changes in the game.  South Laurel led by six in the fourth quarter but Christian County’s press gave South Laurel problems late and they took a 47-46 before Grubb’s bomb gave South Laurel their 49-47 lead.

 

South Laurel shot 50% from the field including six of 16 from the three point line.  The Cardinals connected on seven of 10 free throws, pulled down 36 rebounds, and scored eight points off eight Christian County turnovers.  Christian County shot 36.8% from the field including two of 12 from beyond the arc.  Christian County attempted 17 more shots (57-40) from the field than Christian County.  The Colonels connected on six of 10 free throws, pulled down 24 rebounds, and scored 20 points off 20 South Laurel turnovers.

 

Jared Grubb led South Laurel with 20 points including three three point baskets, six rebounds, and three assists.  Andrew Griffith added 12 points and nine rebounds.  Caleb Taylor recorded 11 points, seven rebounds, and three blocked shots.  Ryan Anders chipped in with two points, eight rebounds, two assists, and two blocked shots.

 

Tyrik Edwards led Christian County with 26 points, five rebounds, two assists, and six steals.  Jaylen Sebree added 11 points and three rebounds.  Detorrion Ware recorded eight points and five rebounds.  6-1 So. Cory Trice pulled down seven rebounds.

 

Christian County,9,11,12,18,50

South Laurel,12,9,14,18,53

 

Christian County (50) – Sebree 11, Butler 5, Ware 8, Mason 0, Edwards 26.

 

South Laurel (53) – Griffith 12, Anders 2, Taylor 11, Grubb 20, Ramey 0, Phelps 3, Miller 3, Feltner 2.

 

Taylor County (Region 5) (24-8) vs. Mason County (Region 10) (23-10)

 

Taylor County coach Richard Gatewood started the following lineup: 6-4 Sr. Quentin Goodin, 6-4 Sr. Devin Rafferty, 6-4 Jr. Dylan Gaines, 6-0 Jr. Ezra Oliver, and 6-0 Jr. David Sloan.  Mason County coach Buddy Biggs countered with 6-6 Sr. Conner Sweeney, 5-10 So. Isaiah Garrison, 6-6 Sr. Darren Williams, 5-9 Fr. Jaylen Lofton, and 5-9 So. Leevi Dunaway.  (Note: 6-0 Sr. Antwavon “Pig” Williams star guard is no longer on the team).

 

Taylor County dominated a game but short handed Mason County squad by a score of 94-65.  Taylor County shot 48.8% from the field including seven of 16 from the three point line.  The Cardinals connected on nine of 16 free throws, pulled down 51 rebounds, and scored 30 points off 19 Mason County turnovers.  Mason County shot 41.3% from the field including three of 18 from beyond the arc.  The Royals connected on 10 of 15 free throws, pulled down 33 rebounds, and scored 10 points off 17 Taylor County turnovers.

 

Quentin Goodin led Taylor County with 28 points, 12 rebounds, six assists, and three steals.  David Sloan added 18 points and six assists.  Ezra Oliver recorded 13 points including three three point baskets and three assists.  Dylan Gaines chipped in with 11 points and seven rebounds.  Devin Rafferty added nine points and six rebounds.

 

Isaiah Garrison led Mason County with 18 points and four assists.  Darren Williams added 12 points, six rebounds, four blocked shots, and three steals.  Leevi Dunaway recorded 12 points and four steals.  Conner Sweeney chipped in with nine points, 10 rebounds, and three blocked shots.

 

Taylor County,20,21,23,30,94

Mason County,11,12,23,19,65

 

Taylor County (94) – Goodin 28, Rafferty 9, Gaines 11, Oliver 13, Sloan 18, Smith 2, Irvin 2, Quinn 5, Ellis 2, Moore 1, Miller 1, McQueary 2.

 

Mason County (65) – Sweeney 9, Garrison 18, Williams 12, Lofton 7, L. Dunaway 12, Jackson 3, Perkins 4.

 

Owensboro Catholic (Region 3) (22-9) vs. South Oldham (Region 8) (28-5)

 

Owensboro Catholic coach Tim Riley started the following lineup: 6-2 So. Luke Hayden, 5-11 Sr. Ray Zuberer, 6-2 Sr. Luke Payne, 5-9 So. Maxwell Reid, and 5-10 Sr. Cameron O’Bryan.  South Oldham coach Steven Simpson countered with 6-2 So. Devin Young, 6-0 Sr. Isaac Fields, 6-2 Sr. Trenton Bouvet, 5-10 Jr. Joe Griffin, and 5-10 Sr. Grant Williams.

 

South Oldham defeated Owensboro Catholic by a score of 58-34.  South Oldham shot 39.3% from the field including nine of 32 from the three point line.  The Dragons connected on five of seven free throws, pulled down 34 rebounds, and scored 18 points off 18 Owensboro Catholic turnovers.  Owensboro Catholic shot 25.5% from the field including three of 15 from beyond the arc.  The Aces connected on seven of 16 free throws, pulled down 36 rebounds, and scored eight points off 13 South Oldham turnovers.

 

6-2 Sr. Jacob Bray led South Oldham with 11 points including three three point baskets, five rebounds, and two blocked shots.  Grant Williams added 11 points including three three point baskets, three rebounds, and three steals.  6-1 Jr. Dyllon Hoover recorded 10 points and five steals.  Joe Griffin chipped in with nine points.  Devin Young added five points, six rebounds, to blocked shots, and two steals.

 

Ray Zuberer led Owensboro Catholic with 12 points including two three point baskets and four assists.  Luke Payne added eight points, six rebounds, and blocked two shots.  Luke Hayden pulled down 11 rebounds.

 

Owensboro Catholic,10,10,4,10,34

South Oldham,18,8,17,15,58

 

Owensboro Catholic (34) – Hayden 4, Zuberer 12, Payne 8, M. Reid 4, O’Bryan 0, P. Reid 2, Survant 3, Gray 1.

 

South Oldham (58) – Young 5, Fields 0, Bouvet 7, Griffin 9, Williams 11, Bray 11, Hoover 10, Snook 2, Clark 3.

 

 

Friday March 18th

 

Newport Central Catholic (29-4) vs. Murray (30-5) (Quarterfinal)

 

Newport Central Catholic coach Ron Dawn started the following lineup: 6-2 Sr. Brian Anderson, 6-2 Sr. Eric Anderson, 6-6 Sr. Ben Weyer, 5-11 So. Brennan Hall, and 6-2 Jr. Luke Moeves.  Murray coach Bart Flener countered with 6-6 Sr. James Boone, 6-3 Sr. Ethan Clark, 6-4 Sr. Tre Hornbuckle, 6-0 Sr. Duane Curtis, and 6-3 Jr. Preston English. 

 

Newport Central Catholic beat Murray by a score of 75-54.  Newport Central Catholic shot 46.7% from the field including a sizzling 11 of 18 from the three point line.  The Thoroughbreds connected on 22 of 26 free throws, pulled down 35 rebounds, and scored nine points off nine Murray turnovers.  Murray shot 29.1% from the field including five of 18 from beyond the arc.  The Tigers connected on 17 of 25 free throws, pulled down 32 rebounds, and scored eight points off 10 NCC turnovers.

 

Ben Weyer continues his great tourney run for NCC with 27 points including five three point baskets, 12 rebounds, three assists, and three blocked shots.  Weyer was eight of 11 from the field including five of six from beyond the arc, and six of seven free throws.  Brennan Hall added 21 points including seven of eight free throws, three rebounds, and three assists.

 

Ethan Clark led Murray with 10 points and five rebounds.  Duane Curtis added nine points and six rebounds.  Preston English recorded nine points including two three point baskets and five rebounds.

 

Newport Central Catholic,17,21,17,20,75

Murray,8.9,21,16,54

 

Newport Central Catholic (75) – B. Anderson 5, E. Anderson 2, Weyer 27, Hall 21, Moeves 5, St. Pangallo 3, Ludwig 3, Neff 5, Wrobleski 1, Iles 2, Wurtz 1.

 

Murray (54) – Boone 8, Clark 10, Hornbuckle 3, Curtis 9, English 9, Foster 3, Flener 8, Duffy 2, Hilbrecht 2.

 

Bowling Green (30-6) vs. Paul Laurence Dunbar (31-2) (Quarterfinal)

 

Bowling Green coach DG Sherrill started the following lineup: 6-6 Jr. Kyran Jones, 6-3 Sr. Perry Ayers, 6-6 Jr. Terry Taylor, 5-10 Jr. Deangelo Wilson, and 6-3 Sr. Thomas Booker.  Paul Laurence Dunbar coach Scott Chalk countered with 6-4 St. Darius Williams, 6-3 Sr. Justin Kelley, 6-5 Jr. Dontell Brown, 6-0 Sr. Jordan Lewis, and 6-3 Jr. Taveion Hollingsworth.

 

Bowling Green led by 14 in the first quarter but Paul Laurence Dunbar rallied for a 57-51 victory.  Dunbar outscored Bowling Green 18-5 in the third quarter to erase a 36-26 halftime deficit and lead 44-41 entering the final quarter.  The score was tied twice and there were three lead changes in this game.  Dunbar connected on seven of eight free throws in the final quarter.

 

Dunbar shot 37% from the field including four of 15 from the three point line.  The Bulldogs connected on 13 of 15 free throws, pulled down 29 rebounds, and scored 20 points off 12 Bowling Green turnovers.  Bowling Green shot 40.5% from the field including four of seven from beyond the arc.  Bowling Green attempted 17 less shots (54-37) from the field than Dunbar.  The Purples connected on 17 of 20 free throws, pulled down 30 rebounds, and scored eight points off six Bowling Green turnovers.

 

Taveion Hollingsworth led Dunbar with 16 points, five rebounds, and three steals.  Darius Williams added 13 points and seven rebounds.  Justin Kelley recorded 11 points including two three point baskets and four rebounds.  Jordan Lewis chipped in with 10 points including five of six key free throws and five rebounds.

 

Kyran Jones led Bowling Green with 14 points, 10 rebounds, and three blocked shots.  Deangelo Wilson added 13 points including three three point baskets, three rebounds, and four assists.  Thomas Booker chipped in with 10 points and five rebounds.  Terry Taylor recorded eight points and six rebounds.

 

Bowling Green,23,13,5,10,51

Paul Laurence Dunbar,9,17,18,13,57

 

Bowling Green (51) – Jones 14, Ayers 4, Taylor 8, Wilson 13, Booker 10, Key 2.

 

Paul Laurence Dunbar (57) – Williams 13, Kelley 11, D. Brown 6, Lewis 10, Hollingsworth 16, Clark 1.

 

Taylor County (25-8) vs. Doss (28-5) (Quarterfinal)

 

Taylor County coach Richard Gatewood started the following lineup: 6-4 Sr. Quentin Goodin, 6-4 Sr. Devin Rafferty, 6-4 Jr. Dylan Gaines, 6-0 Jr. Ezra Oliver, and 6-0 Jr. David Sloan.  Doss coach Tony Williams countered with 6-5 Sr. Kelshawn Knight-Goff, 6-3 Sr. Laron Hargrove, 6-5 Jr. Jaylon Hall, 6-0 So. Stephon Franklin, and 6-4 Sr. Kenyi Bryant. 

 

Doss pulled away in the final minutes to defeat Taylor County by a score of 69-58.  Doss took a double digit early bur Taylor County rallied to cut the deficit to two; 58-56 with less than two minutes left in the game.  It was hard to get into the flow of this game as there were 45 fouls called and a total of 59 free throws attempted.  The score was tied once and there was only one lead change in the game.

 

Doss shot 52.5% from the field including six of 15 from the three point line.  The Dragons connected on 21 of 30 free throws, pulled down 34 rebounds, and scored 17 points off 12 Taylor County turnovers.  Taylor County shot 36.7% from the field including four of 17 from beyond the arc.  The Cardinals connected on 18 of 29 free throws, pulled down 27 rebounds, and scored 17 points off 16 Doss turnovers.

 

Jaylon Hall led Doss with 15 points including eight of nine free throws, seven rebounds, and five steals.  Kelshawn Knight-Goff added 14 points, 13 rebounds, and five blocked shots.  Kenyi Bryant chipped in with 13 points, four rebounds, and four assists.  Laron Hargrove recorded 12 points and four rebounds.

 

David Sloan led Taylor County with 14 points and three assists.  Quentin Goodin added 12 points, eight rebounds, seven assists, and three steals.  Ezra Oliver chipped in with 12 points including three three point baskets.  Dylan Gaines recorded nine points and four rebounds.

 

Taylor County,8,17,20,13,58

Doss,18,15,15,21,69

 

Taylor County (58) – Goodin 12, Rafferty 7, Gaines 9, Oliver 12, Sloan 14, Irvin 3, Miller 1.

 

Doss (69) – K. Knight-Goff 14, Hargrove 12, Hall 15, Franklin 5, Bryant 13, Maddox 2, Anderson 8.

 

South Oldham (29-5) vs. South Laurel ((28-6) (Quarterfinal)

 

South Oldham coach Steven Simpson started the following lineup: 6-2 So. Devin Young, 6-0 Sr. Isaac Fields, 6-2 Sr. Trenton Bouvet, 5-10 Jr. Joe Griffin, and 5-10 Sr. Grant Williams.  South Laurel coach Jeff Davis countered with 6-4 Sr. Andrew Griffith, 6-4 So. Ryan Anders, 6-8 Sr. Caleb Taylor, 6-1 Jr. Jared Grubb, and 6-2 Fr. JJ Ramey.

 

South Laurel defeated South Oldham by a score of 71-42.  South Laurel shot 51.7% from the field including three of 14 from the three point line.  The Cardinals connected on six of eight free throws, pulled down 44 rebounds, and scored 19 points off 13 South Oldham turnovers.  South Oldham shot 24.2% from the field including three of 25 from beyond the arc.  The Dragons connected on seven of eight free throws, pulled down 33 rebounds, and scored 18 points off 15 South Laurel turnovers.

 

Caleb Taylor led South Laurel with 26 points, 14 rebounds, and three blocked shots.  Taylor was 12 of 16 from the field and two of four from the free throw line.  Jared Grubb added 20 points including two three point baskets.  Andrew Griffith recorded nine points, seven rebounds, and three assists.

 

6-2 Sr. Jacob Bray led South Oldham with eight points.  6-1 Jr. Dyllon Hoover and Grant Williams each scored seven points.

 

South Oldham,9,8,12,13,42

South Laurel,16,8,26,21,71

 

South Oldham (42) – Young 2, Fields 5, Bouvet 5, Griifin 6, Williams 7, Bray 8, Hoover 7, Vincent 2.

 

South Laurel (71) – Griffith 9, Anders 4, Taylor 26, Grubb 20, Ramey 8, Phelps 4.

 

 

Saturday March 19th

 

Paul Laurence Dunbar (31-6) vs. Newport Central Catholic (30-4) (Semifinal)

 

Paul Laurence Dunbar coach Scott Chalk started the following lineup: 6-4 St. Darius Williams, 6-3 Sr. Justin Kelley, 6-5 Jr. Dontell Brown, 6-0 Sr. Jordan Lewis, and 6-3 Jr. Taveion Hollingsworth. 

Newport Central Catholic coach Ron Dawn countered with  6-2 Sr. Brian Anderson, 6-2 Sr. Eric Anderson, 6-6 Sr. Ben Weyer, 5-11 So. Brennan Hall, and 6-2 Jr. Luke Moeves. 

 

Paul Laurence Dunbar rallied from a 29-27 deficit at halftime to defeat Newport Central Catholic by a score of 55-47.  The score was tied three times and there were five lead changes in the game.  Newport Central turned the ball over too much today and Dunbar’s Dontell Brown did an effective job defending Ben Weyer, certainly  not stopping him but managing to make him work hard for every score.

 

Dunbar shot 47.7% from the field including zero of five from the three point line.  The Bulldogs connected on 13 of 18 free throws, pulled down 24 rebounds, and scored 22 points off Newport Central Catholic turnovers.  Newport Central Catholic shot 40% from the field including six of 14 from beyond the arc.  The Thoroughbreds connected on 13 of 18 free throws, pulled down 23 rebounds, and scored five points off nine Dunbar turnovers.

 

Darius Williams led Dunbar with 20 points including six of seven free throws, 11 rebounds, and three steals.  Taveion Hollingsworth added 18 points and five rebounds.

 

Ben Weyer led Newport Central Catholic with 16 points, nine rebounds, and two blocked shots.  Luke Moeves added 14 points including three three point baskets.  Brennan Hall chipped in with nine points.

 

Paul Laurence Dunbar,10,17,13,15,55

Newport Central Catholic,9,20,8,10,47

 

Paul Laurence Dunbar (55) – Williams 20, Kelley 4, D. Brown 6, Lewis 5, Hollingsworth 18, J. Brown 2.

 

Newport Central Catholic (47) – B. Anderson 4, E. Anderson 2, Weyer 16, Hall 9, Moeves 14, Neff 2.

 

South Laurel (29-6) vs. Doss (29-5) (Semifinal)

 

South Laurel coach Jeff Davis started the following lineup: 6-4 Sr. Andrew Griffith, 6-4 So. Ryan Anders, 6-8 Sr. Caleb Taylor, 6-1 Jr. Jared Grubb, and 6-2 Fr. JJ Ramey.  Doss coach Tony Williams countered with 6-5 Sr. Kelshawn Knight-Goff, 6-3 Sr. Laron Hargrove, 6-5 Jr. Jaylon Hall, 6-0 So. Stephon Franklin, and 6-4 Sr. Kenyi Bryant. 

 

South Laurel led by 12 points in the first quarter but Doss rallied to earn a 70-63 victory.  The score was tied 10 times and there were nine lead changes in the game.  Doss controlled the offensive boards and held a 23-9 advantage in second chance points.  Doss shot 39.6% from the field including five of 16 from the three point line.  The Dragons connected on 23 of 31 free throws, pulled down 35 rebounds, and scored 10 points off nine South Laurel turnovers.  South Laurel shot 37% from the field including four of 18 from beyond the arc.  The Cardinals connected on 25 of 30 free throws, pulled down 32 rebounds, and scored four points off six Doss turnovers.

 

Jaylon Hall led Doss with 17 points including 13 of 16 free throws, five rebounds, and three steals.  Stephon Franklin added 16 points on seven of eight from the field including one of one from beyond the arc, and one of three free throws.  Kelshawn Knight-Goff recorded 15 points, eight rebounds, four assists, and three blocked shots.  Laron Hargrove chipped in with 10 points and seven rebounds.  Kenyi Bryant added nine points on three three point baskets and five blocked shots.

 

Jared Grubb led South Laurel with 22 points including eight of eight free throws.  Caleb Taylor added 12 points, 10 rebounds, and two blocked shots.  Andrew Griffith recorded 11 points, nine rebounds, and two blocked shots.  Ryan Anders chipped in with eight points, four rebounds, and three steals.

 

South Laurel,16,19,12,16,63

Doss,9,20,17,24,70

 

South Laurel (63) – Griffith 11, Anders 8, Taylor 12, Grubb 22, Ramey 6, Phelps 2, Miller 2.

 

Doss (70) – K. Knight-Goff 15, Hargrove 10, Hall 17, Franklin 16, Bryant 9, Anderson 3.

 

 

Sunday March 20th

 

Doss (30-5) vs. Paul Laurence Dunbar (32-6) (Championship)

 

Doss coach Tony Williams started the following lineup: 6-5 Sr. Kelshawn Knight-Goff, 6-3 Sr. Laron Hargrove, 6-5 Jr. Jaylon Hall, 6-0 So. Stephon Franklin, and 6-4 Sr. Kenyi Bryant.  Paul Laurence Dunbar coach Scott Chalk countered with 6-4 St. Darius Williams, 6-3 Sr. Justin Kelley, 6-5 Jr. Dontell Brown, 6-0 Sr. Jordan Lewis, and 6-3 Jr. Taveion Hollingsworth. 

 

Paul Laurence Dunbar raced out of the gate early and led throughout the game increasing their margin to 21 points early in the final quarter before Doss rallied to draw within nine points; 61-52 at the end of the game.  Dunbar controlled the offensive boards holding a 15-3 advantage in second chance points.  Dunbar shot 43.6% from the field including two of six from the three point line.  The Bulldogs connected on 25 of 38 free throws, pulled down 31 rebounds, and scored 15 points off 14 Doss turnovers.  Dunbar committed 19 fouls with Jordan Lewis fouling out of the game.  Doss shot 40.9% from the field including three of 11 from beyond the arc.  The Dragons connected on 13 of 19 free throws, pulled down 21 rebounds, and scored 18 points off 19 Dunbar turnovers.  Doss committed 33 fouls with Laron Hargrove, Kelshawn Knight-Goff, Stephon Franklin, and Jaylon Hall fouling out of the game.

 

Taveion Hollingsworth led Dunbar with 20 points including two three point baskets and eight rebounds.  Darius Williams added 15 points and four rebounds.  Dontell Brown recorded 11 points and eight rebounds.  Jordan Lewis chipped in with nine points and three rebounds.

 

Kenyi Bryant led Doss with 23 points including six of six free throws.  Kelshawn Knight-Goff added 11 points and three blocked shots.  Laron Hargrove pulled down six rebounds.

 

Doss,7,6,12,27,52

Dunbar,17,11,15,18,61

 

Doss (52) – K. Knight-Goff 11, Hargrove 4, Hall 5, Franklin 0, Bryant 23, Maddox 2, Stokes 1, Anderson 5, Traynor 1.

 

Dunbar (61) – Williams 15, Kelley 2, D. Brown 11, Lewis 9, Hollingsworth 20, J. Brown 2, Homer 2.

 

All Tournament Team – Ethan Clark (Murray), Terry Taylor (Bowling Green), Quentin Goodin (Taylor County), Grant Williams (South Oldham), Brennan Hall (Newport Central Catholic), Ben Weyer (Newport Central Catholic), Caleb Taylor (South Laurel), Jared Grubb (South Laurel), Jaylon Hall (Doss), Kenyi Bryant (Doss), Kelshawn Knight-Goff (Doss), Jordan Lewis (Paul Laurence Dunbar), Darius Williams (Paul Laurence Dunbar), and Taveion Hollingsworth (Paul Laurence Dunbar) (MVP).

 

Kentucky Association of Basketball Coaches Larry Conley Ultimate Teammate Award – Ben Weyer (Newport Central Catholic).

 

Ted Sanford Award sponsored by The Courier-Journal – Vincent Clark (Paul Laurence Dunbar)

 

A special thanks to WL Stats for providing the comprehensive statistics for all the games in this tournament.  Also, special thanks to the KHSAA for providing and maintaining their up-to-date website providing all pertinent info for this event.

 

Posted by REH at 1:00 AM EST
Updated: Sunday, 20 March 2016 9:26 PM EDT
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