Boys’ Sweet Sixteen® State Basketball Tournament
March 20th, 2010
Shelby Valley (31-4) vs. Ballard (32-4) (Championship)
Shelby Valley pulled away in the fourth quarter to defeat Ballard by a score of 73-61. The Wildcats led by 14 points in the second quarter but Ballard scrapped back and entered the final quarter trailing by three points; 50-47. Shelby Valley outscored Ballard 23-14 in the final quarter to claim the championship.
Shelby Valley shot 41.4% from the field including four of 17 from the three point line. The Wildcats connected on 21 of 23 free throws, pulled down 34 rebounds, and scored 21 points off 17 Ballard turnovers. Ballard shot 41.7% from the field including three of 19 from beyond the arc. The Bruins connected on eight of 12 free throws, pulled down 38 rebounds, and scored 13 points off 12 Shelby Valley turnovers.
6-6 Sr. Ashley Hatfield led Shelby Valley with 21 points, eight rebounds, and five assists. 6-3 Sr. Taylor Newsome added 17 points and nine rebounds. 5-10 Sr. Elisha Justice also recorded 17 points. 6-3 Sr. Cody Varney recorded 13 points and six rebounds.
6-1 Sr. Ian Chiles led Ballard with 23 points. 6-3 Sr. Keisten Jones added 17 points. 5-11 Sr. Tyrell Means recorded 15 points and nine rebounds.
Shelby Valley 20 16 14 23 - 73
Ballard 16 16 15 14 - 61
Shelby Valley (73) – Ta. Newsome 17, Ty. Newsome 2, Hatfield 21, Varney 13, Justice 17, Ramey 3.
Ballard (61) – Jones 17, D. Hardin 0, Parker 5, Means 15, Chiles 23, F. Hardin 1.
All Tournament Team
Troy Halcomb (Warren Central)
Anthony Hickey (Christian County)
Thomas Blakemore Jr. (Butler)
Jarrod Polson (West Jessamine)
Chad Jackson (Scott County)
Dakotah Euton (Scott County)
Jordan Gilbert (Mason County)
Rheuben Bluford (Mason County)
Tyrell Means (Ballard)
Ian Chiles (Ballard)
Keisten Jones (Ballard)
Taylor Newsome (Shelby Valley)
Ashley Hatfield (Shelby Valley)
Elisha Justice (Shelby Valley) MVP
A special thanks to WL Stats for providing the comprehensive statistics for tonight’s game and to Robert Sampson for providing the postgame notes all week.