Ashland-Fleming County: The combination of Darion Burns, an excellent driving point guard, and Troy Steward, a streaky but smooth shooter, will crack the code of Ashland’s zone defense.
The Tomcats must hit some outside jumpers and Dikembe Dixson will have to stay free of foul trouble in order to keep it close.
The Panthers’ firepower will pack too much punch in the end.
Fleming County 59,
Russell-Rowan County: Russell overcame a subpar offensive effort in the first meeting to win a close contest at home.
Everything flows much more fluidly as the Red Devils push forward to their first region final since 2006. The prideful Vikings won’t be an easy out.
Russell 61, Rowan Co. 57.
Fleming County-Russell: Having to play three straight days will take a toll on Russell, thin in the depth department.
Two emotional, hard-fought victories on back-to-back nights will drain too much from the Devils.
The quick, athletic guards of Fleming County will help the Panthers avenge their only 16th Region loss this season. And they’ll have first-year coach Mark Starns leading his troops into Rupp.
Fleming County 57,
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