Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

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March 1, 2014

Draw sets 15th Region field

PIKEVILLE — Back-to-back 15th Region champion Johnson Central will take the court to defend its title at the Eastern Kentucky Expo Center on Wednesday at 8:15 p.m.

The Golden Eagles take on East Ridge. Lawrence County faces 26-game winner Betsy Layne on Thursday at 6:30 p.m.

Saturday’s 15th Region Tournament draw determined the brackets for both the boys and girls.

Johnson Central’s girls, who won the 57th District in remarkable fashion, meet Betsy Layne on Monday night at 6:30. All the girls games will also be played at the Expo Center.

The Lady Eagles (19-11) rallied from 21 points down to knock off Magoffin County on Thursday. Shelby Valley is the defending region champion on the girls side.

Johnson Central’s boys (22-6) needed overtime and a triple-double from Shane Hall to outlast Lawrence County, 74-72, on Friday night.

The Bulldogs (20-10) have 20 wins for the second straight season. They didn’t meet Betsy Layne during the regular season.

The boys quarterfinals: Pike County Central-Prestonsburg, Wednesday at 6:30 p.m.; Johnson Central-East Ridge, Wednesday at 8:15 p.m.; Betsy Layne-Lawrence County, Thursday at 6:30 p.m.; Shelby Valley-Belfry, Thursday at 8:15 p.m. The semifinals are set for Saturday at 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. The championship game will be played on Monday, March 10, at 8 p.m.

The girls quarterfinals: Johnson Central-Betsy Layne, Monday at 6:30 p.m.; Belfry-Pikeville, Monday at 8:15 p.m.; Shelby Valley-Pike County Central, Tuesday at 6:30 p.m.; Allen Central-Magoffin County, Tuesday at 8:15 p.m. The semifinals are set for Friday at 6:30 p.m. and 8:15 p.m. The championship game will be played on Saturday at 8 p.m.

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