I must admit, I am a sucker for good drama.
Anybody watch “Grey’s Anatomy” last night?
Yeah, me neither. (Just kidding. I watch the show, but it’s OK. I’m married so I’m allowed, right?)
OK, so a little TV O.R. drama tickles my fancy from time to time, but nothing gets my adrenaline pumping like sports drama.
The inspirational stories (Google “Teddy Kremer Reds”) are in a league of their own, but there’s not much better entertainment than the clock ticking while the team driving the ball down the field is trailing by a touchdown.
Sorry football fans, but Week 6 won’t contain many dramatic finishes.
I’m only predicting three one-possession outcomes, and that may be stretching it.
Ashland 47, Rowan County 14: Tomcats make it 15 straight in the series against struggling Vikings.
Johnson Central 62, Boyd County 10: Welcome to Paintsville, where dreams go to die. That is, if those dreams were knocking off Johnson Central in 2013.
Russell 33, West Carter 12: Without quarterback Braden Brown, Greenup County outscored the Comets 46-6 last Friday. While a week to adjust the offense to his absence helps, it won’t be nearly enough to down the Red Devils. By the way, Russell obviously can blow out teams sometimes (one of those “Oops!” moments again).
Fairview 42, East Ridge 7: Homecoming night for the Eagles ends with Warriors going home sad.
Raceland 34, Lawrence County 28: Ah, so here’s the drama! Well, it has the potential to hold some late-game excitement. The Rams win with their physicality up front and their weapons on the outside.
Portsmouth 26, Ironton 18: It’s one of the most longstanding rivalry series in the country. The Trojans knot it all up at 55-55-8 after Ironton took series advantage last season.
Mason County 36, East Carter 16: Royals retain “favorite” status with a 1-0 start in the district.
Fleming County 24, Lewis County 20: The Panthers have the ever-so-slight edge because of the home surroundings.
Paintsville 49, Phelps 6: Since when does Paintsville rout two straight opponents? The Tigers continue to take full advantage of the weakest part of their schedule.
AARON SNYDER can be reached at email@example.com or (606) 326-2664.
I must admit, I am a sucker for good drama.
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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.
EKC hands out hardware
The Eastern Kentucky Conference handed out its 2014 awards on Monday afternoon at a luncheon at Carter Caves.
Barracudas earn kudos from coach
Ashland Area YMCA swimmers impressed coach Ryan Ferguson from start to finish in the three-day Kentucky Y Competitive Swim League State Meet.
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