Kentucky High School State Tournament

Lexington Kentucky
March 10-13, 1999

by Ron Harrison

1999 Ron Harrison


Day One - Wednesday March 10th

Scott County 80

Barren County 60

There were four games played on the opening day of the tournament. The first game of the afternoon session pitted Scott County (33-1), defending state champion and Number 6 ranked team in the nation, against Barren County (24-7). A crowd of 18,145 watched a scrappy Barren County squad trail by only 59-53 with five minutes to go in the game before Scott County pulled away to win 80-60. Scott County was led by 6-5 Jr. forward Scott Hundley with 21 points and 12 rebounds, 6-3 Sr. guard A.W. Hamilton tallied 18 points and 10 rebounds, and 6-3 Sr. forward Bryant Harris added 17 points and 12 rebounds. 6-1 Sr. guard Rick Jones also chipped in with 13 points. Barren County was led by 6-5 Sr. forward Bradley Haynes with 16 points and 9 rebounds, and 6-1 Sr. guard Spencer Clemmons also tallied 16 points.

Madison Central 76

Clay County 63

Game 2 pitted Madison Central (29-4) against Clay County (27-3). The teams had played twice earlier this year, with each team claiming a victory. Madison Central maintained a single digit lead throughout and pulled away to win by a score of 76-63. Madison Central was led by 6-3 Sr. forward Kenneal Jenkins with 18 points which included three crowd-pleasing dunks. 5-9 Sr. guard Brandon Fritz added 17 points and 6-10 Sr. Marquis Estill, hampered by foul problems and a knee injury added 13 points, 9 rebounds, and 5 blocks. Clay County as usual was led by their fine Sr. guard duo of 6-5 Stephen Asher with 21 points and 5-11 Antwan Henson with 22.

Paducah Tilghman 59

Fleming County 49

The first game of the evening session pitted Paducah Tilghman (28-5) against Fleming County (24-8). Paducah finally prevailed by a score of 59-49. Tilghman was led by 5-10 Sr. guard Chris Wilson with 17 points and 6-3 So. guard/forward Brett Jones added 16 points. 6-1 Sr. forward George Wilson had 10 points, 14 rebounds, and played outstanding defense on Fleming County's star forward 6-5 Sr. Josh Graham. Graham led Fleming County with 13 points.

Pleasure Ridge Park 76

Perry County Central 59

Perry County Central (25-6) went into the final game of the day attempting to upset a highly regarded (30-4) Louisville PRP squad. Perry Central gave PRP quite a scare leading 39-37 and only trailing 60-59 in the fourth quarter. PRP forced several turnovers in the last two minutes and eventually won 76-59. Perry Central was led by 6-7 Sr. center Brian Kilburn with 20 points and sharp-shooting D.J. Sims, a 6-0 Sr. guard contributing 15 points on 5-8 shooting from the 3 point line. PRP was led by their fine Sr. trio: 6-0 guard Michael Griffith with 26 points, 6-4 guard Duane King, a Pennsylvania signee, with 15, and 5-11 guard Kevin Paschel added 14 points. 5-8 Jr. guard Kenyon Tutt also added 8 points and hit two key 3-pointers when the outcome was in doubt.

Day Two - Thursday March 11th

Muhlenberg North 47

Boyle County 43

Muhlenberg North (26-7) and Boyle County (23-7) took the floor for the first game of the Thursday afternoon session. Boyle County pulled out to a 15-5 lead at the end of the first quarter, but Muhlenberg North scrapped back to lead 20-18 at half-time. The game was close throughout the second half, but Muhlenberg North held on to claim a 47-43 victory. B.J. McCoy, a 6-2 Jr. forward led a balanced attack for the victors with 15 and 6-2 So. point guard Patrick Sparks chipped in with 14 Derek Springate, a 6-0 Sr. guard/forward who works both inside the paint and outside the three point line led Boyle County with 18 points and 11 rebounds.

Henderson County 62

Highlands 60

The second game of the afternoon session featured Highlands (25-6) against Henderson County (24-5). Henderson County survived a slow start which resulted in being 12 points behind at the end of the first quarter 20-8. The game was tied at 44 at the end of the third quarter. Henderson County pulled ahead in the final period and Highland's comeback ended a basked short as Jared Lorenzen missed a mid-court desperation shot to end the game. Henderson pulled off a mild upset with a 62-60 victory. Brent Gibson, a 6-5 Sr. forward led five Henderson County players in double figures with 15. Highlands was led by their dynamic Sr. duo and Kentucky football signees 6-6 Derek Smith with 31 points and 13 rebounds, and 6-4 Jared Lorenzen with 17 points and 13 rebounds.

Ballard 67

North Hardin 64

The first game of the evening session pitted North Hardin (25-5) against Louisville Ballard (27-7). Ballard is the only team to own a victory over Scott County this year. This game was billed as featuring power against power. Ballard plays a front line of rising 6-9 So. Brandon Bender, 6-8 Jr. Mac Wilkinson, and 6-5 Jr. Cedric Knight. North Hardin counters with 6-9 Sr. Louisville signee Joe Sykes and 6-6 250 pound Sr. forward Derrick Dorsey. This matchup never totally materialized as Sykes got in early foul trouble. The game was tied 32-all at half-time, but Ballard pulled away to lead 52-41 at the end of the third quarter. North Hardin's hustle and offensive rebounding brought them back in the fourth quarter, but Ballard survived to win 67-64. Ballard was led by 6-0 So. guard/forward Adam Chiles with 15 and Bender added 11 points and 8 rebounds. North Hardin was led by 6-0 Sr. guard Marcus Hyche with 20 points. Derrick Dorsey added 16 points and 10 rebounds.

Pikeville 58

Boyd County 51

The final game of the evening pitted Pikeville (29-5) against Boyd County (17-15). Boyd County managed to peak at the right time and won their region to advance to the state tournament. This was a close game with Pikeville pulling away midway through the fourth quarter to win 58-51. Chase Gibson, a 6-4 So. forward led a balanced Pikeville attack with 17 points. 6-3 Jr. point guard Tyler Zornes led Boyd County with 20 points.

Quarterfinal Matchups

Business picks up on Friday, March 12 with the quarterfinals.

Scott County (34-1) vs. Madison Central (30-4)

Paducah Tilghman (29-5) vs. Pleasure Ridge Park (31-4)

Muhlenberg North (27-7) vs. Henderson County (25-5)

Ballard (28-7) vs. Pikeville (30-5)

Day Three - Friday March 12th

Scott County 80

Madison Central 67

A crowd of 23,965 fans witnessed the first quarterfinal game of the day with Scott County (34-1) taking on Madison Central (30-4). The first quarter lived up to expectations with Madison Central leading 20-16 at the end of the first quarter. Marquis Estill, the Madison Central 6-10 Sr. center already hampered with a knee injury, suffered an injury to the other knee in the first half and was used sparingly the rest of the game. Scott County led 33-32 at the half and pulled away to win by a score of 80-67. Scott County was led by the usual trio of 6-1 Sr. guard Rick Jones with 26 points, 6-3 Sr. guard A.W. Hamilton added 20 points and 6-5 Jr. forward Scott Hundley tallied 17 points and 9 rebounds. Madison Central was led by 6-3 Sr. forward Kenneal Jenkins with 22 points and 10 rebounds. Marquis Estill added 14 points and 3 rebounds in 14 minutes of play.

Paducah Tilghman 52

Pleasure Ridge Park 49

The second quarterfinal pitted Paducah Tilghman (29-5) against Louisville PRP (31-4). PRP raced to a 21-7 lead and still led 21-12 at the end of the first quarter. Paducah Tilghman stormed back, earning a 27-27 tie at halftime. The score remained close throughout the second half and Tilghman's 5-10 Sr. guard Chris Wilson scored on a driving 8-footer with 19 seconds left for the decisive basket. 6-3 So. guard/forward Brett Jones iced the game with two free throws in the final second to secure the 52-49 win. Paducah Tilghman was able to match PRP's speed and athleticism to gain the upset victory. Brett Jones led the victors with 19 points, while PRP was led by 6-0 Sr. guard Michael Griffith with 22 points.

Henderson County 73

Muhlenberg North 71 (2 OTs)

Muhlenberg North (27-7) and Henderson County (25-5) locked up in the third quarterfinal to treat the fans to the most exciting game in the tournament so far. The game was close throughout and the score was tied 58-58 at the end of regulation. The first overtime ended up deadlocked at 62-all. Henderson County finally squeaked by Muhlenberg North 73-71 after the second overtime. Henderson County was led by 6-4 Jr. forward Ervin Miller with 17 points and 9 rebounds, 6-0 Sr. guard Tim Barnes with 15 points, and 6-0 Sr. guard Brandon Fisher added 14 points. Muhlenberg North was led by 6-2 So. guard Patrick Sparks with 19 points. 6-0 Jr. guard Nick Ray tallied 16 points and J.R. Reynolds, a 6-3 Sr. forward, added 15 points.

Ballard 63

Pikeville 46

Louisville Ballard (28-7) entered the fourth quarterfinal game with a huge size advantage over Pikeville (30-5). Pikeville trailed by only 23-20 at halftime, but Ballard's front line of 6-9 So. Brandon Bender, 6-8 Jr. Mac Wilkinson, and 6-5 Jr. Cedric Knight proved too much as Ballard pulled away to a 63-46 win. Ballard was led by Cedric Knight with 18 points, while Pikeville was led by 6-4 So. forward Chase Gibson with 14 points and 11 rebounds.

Semifinal Matchups

Scott County (35-1) vs. Paducah Tilghman (30-5)

Henderson County (26-5) vs. Ballard (29-7)

Day Four - Saturday March 13th

Scott County 78

Paducah Tilghman 75 (OT)

Scott County (35-1) met Paducah Tilghman (30-5) in the first semifinal game. Scott County got off to a fast start and led 24-13 at the end of the first quarter of play. Paducah Tilghman steadily chipped away at the lead and cut Scott County's margin to 3 points (32-29) at halftime. The second half battle had Tilghman tasting victory when they led 61-56 in the final minute, but two late three pointers by Scott County's 5-10 Jr. guard Casey Alsop tied the score at 64 at the end of regulation. 6-1 Sr. guard Rick Jones scored 9 points in the overtime to lead Scott County to a 78-75 win. This was a thrilling game but a heart-breaking loss for Paducah Tilghman who, except for the late heroics of Alsop and Jones would have pulled off the upset. Scott County was led by Rick Jones with 32 points, and 6-5 Jr. forward Scott Hundley with 15 points and 17 rebounds. Paducah Tilghman was led by 6-3 So. guard/forward Brett Jones with 23 and 6-1 Sr. forward George Wilson with 22 points and 10 rebounds. Brett Jones is rapidly establishing himself as a player to watch in the future.

Ballard 63

Henderson County 62

The second semifinal resulted in another thriller which pitted Louisville Ballard (29-7) against Henderson County (26-5). Henderson County roared out of the gate to lead 29-12 midway through the second quarter. 6-0 Sr. guard Will Partin hit two key three pointers to pull Ballard within 10 points (40-30) at halftime. Ballard used their superior size to pound the ball inside during the second half to get back in the game. Henderson County led 62-61 with 19 seconds remaining. Ballard called a time out and worked the ball inside to Brandon Bender, a 6-9 So. who scored the winning basket with 1.4 seconds to play. Ballard survived the upset and held on to win a hard fought 63-62 game. Ballard was led by 6-8 Jr. Mac Wilkinson, with 24 points and 11 rebounds. Bender added 18 points and 10 rebounds. Henderson County was paced by 6-4 Jr. forward Ervin Miller with 16 points, and 6-0 Sr. guard duo Brandon Fisher with 12 points, and Tim Barnes with 11 points.

Championship Matchup

Scott County (36-1) vs. Ballard (30-7)

Championship Game



Ballard 71

Scott County 47

19,465 fans returned to Rupp Arena Saturday night to watch Scott County (36-1) meet Louisville Ballard (30-7) in the finals of the Kentucky High School State Tournament. These teams are not strangers, having played three times previously this year, with Scott County winning 2 of 3 games. Both teams had extremely tough semifinal games earlier in the day. Scott County must have been particularly drained by their emotional overtime win as they got off to a slow start and trailed Ballard throughout the championship game. Ballard led 21-15 after the first quarter. Scott County cut the deficit to three, trailing 31-28 at halftime. In the third quarter, the wheels fell off for Scott County as a result of their own poor shooting and Ballard's powerful inside game. Ballard led by 20 points (52-32) at the end of three quarters and coasted to win the game by a score of 71-47. 6-9 So. Brandon Bender led Ballard with 19 points and 12 rebounds, 6-0 Sr. guard Will Partin added 16 points, and 6-5 Jr. forward Cedric Knight contributed 13 points and 12 rebounds. Scott County was led by 6-5 Jr. forward Scott Hundley with 13 points, while 6-1 Sr. guard Rick Jones was held to 7 points.

Ballard appears to be the team of the future as they have only three seniors on their roster, and only one, Will Partin, is a starter. However, let's not forget the wonderful ride Scott County had this year playing top competition and finishing the season 36-2.

All Tournament Team

Brandon Bender (Ballard) 6-9 So. forward 4 games 14.3 PPG . 9.8 RPG

Scott Hundley (Scott County) 6-5 Jr. forward 4 games 16.5 PPG 10.3 RPG

Ervin Miller (Henderson County) 6-4 Jr. forward 3 games 14.7 PPG 10.3 RPG

George Wilson (Paducah Tilghman) 6-1 Sr. forward 3 games 13.0 PPG 10.0 RPG

Michael Griffith (Pleasure Ridge Park) 6-0 Sr. guard 2 games 24.0 PPG 6.5 RPG

Patrick Sparks (Muhlenberg North) 6-2 So. guard 2 games 16.5 PPG 4.5 APG

Kenneal Jenkins (Madison Central) 6-3 Sr. forward 2 games 20 PPG 7 RPG

Chris Wilson (Paducah Tilghman) 5-10 Sr. guard 3 games 11.3 PPG

Mac Wilkinson (Ballard) 6-8 Jr. forward 4 games 10.8 PPG 6.8 RPG

A.W. Hamilton (Scott County) 6-3 Sr. guard 4 games 12.5 PPG 5.8 RPG

Derek Smith (Highlands) 6-6 Sr. forward 1 game 31.0 PPG 13 RPG

Tim Barnes (Henderson County) 6-0 Sr. guard 3 games 13.3 PPG 5.3 APG

Brett Jones (Paducah Tilghman) 6-3 So. guard/forward 3 games 19.3 PPG

Rick Jones (Scott County) 6-1 Sr. guard 4 games 19.5 PPG

MVP - Will Partin (Ballard) 6-0 Sr. guard 4 games 10.0 PPG 4.0 APG excellent floor leadership

Someone deserving must always be left off the all tournament team because of space considerations. Ballard 6-5 Jr. forward Cedric Knight averaged 12 PPG and 6.8 RPG over four games. This also ended a storybook season for coach Chris Renner in his first year as Ballard coach.