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East driven to take the wheel
East Carter has to be considered the odds-on favorite to win its second 16th Region Tournament girls title, but the Lady Raiders don’t expect to have any trouble with complacency.
- Fleming still the favorite
Bowens, KCU unstoppable, extend streak
What 19-point deficit?
The 32-13 margin Ohio Christian University held late in the first half of Saturday's National Christian Conference Athletic Association Women's Division II Mideast Region title game against Kentucky Christian University didn't stand.
Draw sets 15th Region field
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.
16th Region draw: Tournament pairings set
Pairings for the 16th Region Tournaments were determined on Saturday morning at Morehead State University.
Boyd's district drought over
The last time Boyd County’s boys basketball team won the 64th District title, Y2K was still 10 months away.
So it seemed only fitting that after beating Ashland 69-65 on Friday night, the Lions wanted to party like it was 1999.
Score in final seconds gives Musketeers 62-60 win, 63rd District crown
Not even the hit reality TV show “Big Brother” could match the drama of Greenup County’s 62-60 win over Lewis County in the 63rd District championship game on Friday night.
Freshman Jherrell Jackson zoomed toward the basket, twisting as he tossed up a shot with seconds winding off the clock. As the ball bounced off the glass too strong, Jackson could only hang his hat on hope.
“I was just praying that it would either go in or somebody would help me out on that one,” he said.
Somebody helped out, all right. Big Brother sprung into the picture and put back the miss with 3 seconds to go. Greenup County led 62-60.
Fleming defends in 61st
Troy Steward and Darion Burns didn’t hear each other say so, but they agreed on one thing.
Steward and Burns gave defending 16th Region champion Fleming County its second straight 61st District title on Friday. Their 26 and 21 points, respectively, led the Panthers to a 79-68 win over visiting Rowan County.
So, on what did Steward and Burns concur? The latest district trophy was the nicest.
“Yeah, a little bit,” said Steward, the tournament’s most valuable player. “Senior year. Ain’t nothing better than to finish on our home court.”
East Carter boys win 62nd District title
East Carter may be like the proverbial late bloomer, but that’s just fine with the Raiders.
They’ve won two or more games consecutively on only three occasions all season. One of those stretches is right now, as East Carter will go into the 16th Region Tournament as 62nd District champions after dropping Elliott County 63-49 on Friday night at Morgan County’s Veterans Memorial Gymnasium.
So, are the Raiders peaking at the right time?
“There’s no doubt,” coach Brandon Baker said. “It’s obvious tonight that the team has really come together, really pushed each other and challenged each other.”
Central edges Dawgs in OT
This game lived up to all the hype — and four minutes more of it — Friday night.
Johnson Central's Shane Hall hit two free throws with :02.5 left as the Golden Eagles escaped with a thrilling 74-72 win over Lawrence County and their second straight 57th District championship.
Hall, a 6-foot-10 senior who has signed to play at Marshall, wanted the ball in the final seconds.
“This is what you play for and dream of,” said Hall, who notched a triple-double with a team-high 20 points, 14 rebounds and 11 blocks. Marshall coach Tom Herrion and assistant coach Mark Cline were in attendance. “I wanted this for my teammates and our fans.”
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