Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

February 23, 2013

16th Region Boys Tournament tips off with Ashland

Aaron Snyder
The Independent

Morehead —

The Boys 16th Region Tournament begins Tuesday with 64th District champion Ashland facing off against 62nd runner-up West Carter at 6 p.m. at Morehead State's Ellis T. Johnson Arena.

 

The second game pits 61st champions Fleming County and Lewis County, the 63rd runner-up.

 

On Wednesday, first round action resumes with Russell (63rd champs) and Boyd County, the 64th runner-up. Morgan County and Rowan County square off at 7:30 p.m. The Cougars won the 62nd District, while two-time defending champions Vikings come in as 61st runners-up.

 

The semifinals are slated for Thursday at 6 and 7:30 p.m. The championship is scheduled for Friday at 7 p.m.

 

Rowan County coach Shawn Thacker said while his team is inexperienced, he feels like the Vikings have the right mindset to earn a third straight region title.

 

“We've got a shot,” he said. “We've felt that way for a while now.”

 

West Carter just recently lost to Ashland, 63-50, at Anderson Gym.

 

Lewis County took Fleming County to overtime before the Panthers prevailed earlier this month.

Russell and Boyd County split their meetings, with the Lions having a 79-59 win in the second clash.

 

Read the full story in Sunday's edition.