COAL GROVE —
Russell’s boys won a barnburner on Saturday night at Coal Grove.
The Devils took down the Hornets with a Ramsey Mullins layup in the final seconds, winning 57-56.
Following a second-chance bucket by Coal Grove, Russell drew a foul and missed the front end of a one-and-one. Coal Grove then returned the favor, misfiring on a free throw. Trailing by a point, Russell corralled the rebound before Mullins drove the length of the floor for the winning two with 2 seconds to go.
Ethan Raby led Russell (4-8) with 17 points. Mullins finished with 10. Tanner Miller scored all seven of his points in the fourth quarter.
Coal Grove got 19 points from D.J. Miller.
Russell travels to Boyd County on Monday.
RUSSELL 7 17 15 18 — 57
C. GROVE 6 17 23 9 — 56
Russell (57) — Hensley 1, Cox 8, Downs 2, Campbell 2, Tackett 7, Raby 17, Miller 7, Mullins 10, Bennett 6. 3-Pt. FG: 8 (Raby 4, Cox 2, Tackett, Miller). FT: 3-9. Fouls: 16.
Coal Grove (56) — Paulus 8, Adkins 10, Miller 19, Akers 6, Markins 12, Pleasance 1. 3-Pt. FG: 6 (Miller 4, Paulus, Markins). FT: 7-14. Fouls: 13.
DAYTON Raceland put forth a dominant performance on the road on Saturday in defeating Dayton.
The Rams (3-3) were led by Connor Messer’s 11 points and six steals. Tyler Morris also had 11 points. Guard Jacob Blair tallied seven assists and seven rebounds.
No one cracked into double figures for Dayton, nor did the team in any given quarter. The Greendevils fell to 1-7.
RACELAND 18 20 15 13 — 66
DAYTON 5 4 5 9 — 25
Raceland (66) — Blair 2, Pennington 8, Morris 11, Messer 11, Young 3, Braden 1, Kelly 9, Brown 4, Dixon 5, Holbrook 2, Bressler 6, Davidson 4. FT: 8-13. 3 PT FG: 2 (Kelly 1, Dixon 1). PF: 12.
Dayton (25) — Lyons 6, Wear 2, Grimme 3, Brewer 4, Stewart 8, Matthews 2. FT: 3-14. 3 PT FGs: 2 (Stewart 2). PF: 12.
Gallatin Co. 52
MT. STERLING The Kittens used a career-high 26 points from Haley-Sue Foutch to move on to the Gateway Holiday Classic championship game at Montgomery County High School.
They face Newport Central Catholic tonight at 7.
Alex Young nailed four 3-pointers on her way to 14 points. Alexis Robinson added 11 for the Kittens (6-2).
Brooke Dossett scored a team-best 24 points for Gallatin County.
ASHLAND 23 13 14 15 — 65
GALLATIN 17 8 13 14 — 52
Ashland (65) — Foutch 26, Gransbery 2, Young 14, A. Robinson 11, Woodson 5, Roberts 1, M. Robinson 6. 3-Pt. FG: 7 (Young 4, Foutch, A. Robinson, M. Robinson). FT: 14-27. Fouls: 17.
Gallatin County (52) — Wesley 3, Sullivan 2, H. Dossett 12, Satchwell 4, B. Dossett 24, Bowman 4, Dunavent 3. 3-Pt. FG: 5 (H. Dossett 2, B. Dossett 2, Dunavent). FT: 19-21. Fouls: 23.
Rose Hill 53
WESTWOOD The Lady Eagles rallied from a five-point halftime deficit to down Rose Hill in the Days Innvitational championship game on Saturday afternoon at Fairview High School.
Fairview (3-6) outscored the Lady Royals, 22-7, in the third quarter. Rose Hill fell to 2-6.
Madison Humphrey led Fairview with 15 points. Kara Adkins and Brittany Bell each tallied 13.
Myriah Porter led Rose Hill with 17 points.
In the third-place game, Green (Ohio) beat Phelps, 41-29.
ROSE HILL 14 15 7 17 — 53
FAIRVIEW 17 7 22 15 — 61
Rose Hill (53) — Sizemore 7, Fyffe 3, Brammer 7, Crum 8, Porter 17, Steele 4, Wehmeier 7. 3-Pt. FG: 4 (Sizemore 2, Crum 2). FT: 11-21. Fouls: 20.
Fairview (61) — Mac. Humphrey 3, Adkins 13, Mad. Humphrey 15, Bell 13, Bohanna 9, Reynolds 8, Cornwell, Burton. 3-Pt. FG: 1 (Adkins). FT: 20-41. Fouls: 17.
Bracken Co. 59
RACELAND Bracken County defeated Raceland in the fifth-place game of the Ohio River Classic on Saturday at Raceland-Worthington High School.
The Lady Rams struggled to score throughout, managing just seven points en route to facing an 11-point hole after eight minutes.
Michelle Vanderhoof, an eighth-grader, led Raceland in scoring with 10 points.
RACELAND 7 12 10 12 — 41
BRACKEN 18 14 11 16 — 59
Raceland (41) — Vanderhoof 10, Mackie 2, Cotton 4, Keeton 9, Grubb 6, Sipps 2, Bryant 6, Fritz 2, Penix, Johnson. 3-Pt. FG: 5 (Grubb 2, Bryant 2, Vanderhoof). FT: 12-18.
Bracken County (59) — Jefferson 15, Wills 15, Cummins 11, Conley 6, Woods 6, Bell 4. 3-Pt. FG: 5 (Jefferson 4, Cummins). FT: 16-30.
Boyd Co. 58
Hickman Co. 53
NASHVILLE, Tenn. Despite struggling from the free-throw line, Boyd County managed to record a win in its first game in a tournament in Nashville on Friday.
The Lady Lions (6-2) edged Hickman County for their fifth straight win.
Logan Fraley knocked down six 3-pointers en route to 24 points. Taylor Wheeler had 14 points, while Alexis Lunsford connected three times from long range on her way to 10 points.
Overall, the Lady Lions were just 11 of 25 from the foul line, but a 15-9 third-quarter run proved to be the difference.
BOYD CO. 20 7 15 16 — 58
HICKMAN 18 6 9 20 — 53
Boyd County (58) — Reeves 6, Wheeler 14, Fraley 24, Lunsford 10, Goins 4. 3-Pt. FG: 9 (Fraley 6, Lunsford 3). FT: 11-25.
Hickman County (53) — Jo. Blystad 21, Mathis 6, Conder 14, Je. Blystad 2, Small 3, Powers 2, Witherspoon 5. 3-Pt. FG: 3 (Conder, Small, Witherspoon). FT: 12-14.
COAL GROVE —
Russell’s boys won a barnburner on Saturday night at Coal Grove.
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Central's 15th Region reign continues
Once was good.
Twice was nice.
Three was sweet for the Johnson Central Eagles.
Senior Slade McPeek scored 22 points and earned most valuable player honors Tuesday night as Johnson Central rolled past Shelby Valley, 81-56, for its third straight 15th Region championship at the East Kentucky Expo Center.
- Fleming goes for two: Panthers beat Ashland for 16th Region repeat Fleming County pulled away early and never looked back as the Panthers pounced on Ashland, winning 82-59 in the 16th Region championship game on Tuesday in Morehead. Fleming County will face Scott County in the Sweet Sixteen next Wednesday at Rupp Arena.
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Fleming County defeated Lewis County, 66-58, and Ashland beat Greenup County, 81-61, on Monday night at Morehead State University to set up tonight's championship matchup. Tipoff is set for 7.
Ashland cruises past Greenup to 16th Region championship game
Tyler Stewart is known for his unrelenting hustle as one of Ashland’s glue guys.
When the senior guard can pitch in some offense too, as he did Monday in the 16th Region Tournament semifinals, that’s just one more problem for Tomcats opponents.
Stewart scored 20 points, senior Steven Friley posted a double-double with 21 points and 14 rebounds, and Ashland outscored Greenup County 21-9 in the third quarter to break open what was a seven-point game at halftime and cruise past the Musketeers, 81-61.
Fleming battles back to 16th Region final
A healthy Wilder Williams this season has given Fleming County a whole new dimension.
Prior to his sophomore year, Williams sustained a football injury that resulted in three ankle surgeries and limited him to bench duty last season while the Panthers made their run to the 16th Region championship.
A physical 6-foot-3 player, Williams is making his presence felt around the basket as Fleming County looks to return to the Sweet Sixteen.
AARON SNYDER: Will the next hero be unmasked?
Who will the bat signal shine for tonight?
Or, should I say, the Cat signal?
In the third installment of a trilogy that might rival the Batman three-pack of “Batman Begins,” “The Dark Knight” and “The Dark Knight Rises,” Fleming County and Ashland will battle in a matchup that has produced a classic clash in each of the last two 16th Region Tournaments.
If the first two collectively served as a gradual progressions to tonight’s scene, the climax could be off the charts.
Corey Gregg was Ashland’s superhero in 2012, when the senior confidently fired a perfect 3-point shot from the right corner. The triple thrust the Tomcats and Panthers into overtime, from which Ashland emerged 79-73 in a first-round game.
Central wins, Lawrence falls in 15th
The biggest concern for Lawrence County coach Josh Cook was staying out of foul trouble.
His team stayed in it all night, and it cost them a spot in the 15th Region title game.
Shelby Valley senior Tyler Carr led four players in double figures with 19 points as the Wildcats knocked off Lawrence County, 72-60, in the semifinals of the 15th Region Tournament at the East Kentucky Expo Center.
“This one hurts,” said Cook. “We’ll learn from this, and I have no doubt that our kids will get back here and finish the job.”
- Fleming hangs tough to beat Lewis Fleming County locked into another fight against Lewis County, which beat the Panthers earlier this season, before winning 66-58 on Monday in Morehead. Wilder Williams posted a double-double of 19 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Panthers, who face Ashland on Tuesday at 7 p.m.
- GALLERY: Ashland gets by Greenup County, will meet Fleming in region final Ashland's Steven Friley scored 21 points Monday to lead the Tomcats to an 81-61 win over Greenup County in the 16th Region semifinal in Morehead.
Kittens clamoring for more at state
Ashland girls basketball coaches went the extra mile, and a whole bunch more, to get a first-hand scouting report on the Kittens’ opponent for the State Tournament.
Head coach Bill Bradley and assistant Phil Wittich drove all the way to Henderson — 5 hours, 20 minutes one way Bradley said on the way home — to take in Sunday’s Second Region championship game.
Henderson County, playing on its home floor, defeated University Heights 67-54. The Lady Colonels went unbeaten in their region this season and are 24-5 overall.
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