Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

Multimedia test

March 13, 2010

Rowan hits jackpot of Final Four

3-pointers rain down, wash out Clay County

BOWLING GREEN--Rowan County set out a lofty goal at the start of the season, but very few teams actually accomplish what the Lady Vikings were going after.

Four, to be exact.

Rowan County tackled a rare feat, achieving the season-long mission of “Playing for Saturday morning” by knocking off Clay County, 48-31, in the quarterfinal round of the Houchens Industries KHSAA Sweet 16 Girls' State Basketball Tournament at Western Kentucky University's E.A. Diddle Arena Friday.

The Lady Vikings became the first 16th Region team to advance to the state semifinals since 2006, when Rose Hill Christian fell in the final game.

They also rendered their coach speechless. Kind of.

“There's not many times in my life that I've been speechless,” said Rowan County coach Scott Tackett. “We've just had a special feeling all week long.”

Rowan County (22-8) broke an 8-8 first-quarter tie and never again lost the lead, thanks to a surprising 3-point shooting barrage.

The Lady Vikings went 11-for-37 from the field, including 7-for-14 3-pointers. During the second and third quarters, Rowan County made only seven shots, but six of them were 3s.

“I wish I could say that was something I expected,” Tackett said. “I do think we have a good shooting basketball team. If you give us a decent look, we're gonna knock down some shots.”

Clay County (28-7) allowed Rowan County space on the perimeter, and the Lady Vikings took advantage.

Senior point guard Kaitlyn Muncy drained one of the team's three second-quarter 3-pointers to give the Lady Vikings a 16-9 lead.

Muncy, who had made five 3-pointers all season, sank two treys Friday. She had 12 points in 28 minutes.

Tackett thought that Clay County wanted to force the Lady Vikings to shoot from the perimeter.

“I think that was their game plan,” Tackett said. “When (Muncy) made her second three I looked over and (Clay County coach James Burchell) looked at his assistants and just threw his hands up.”

Text Only
Multimedia test
  • 0407dinky_246.jpg Dinky engine is big deal for historical society

    More than half of the spectators watching the delivery of a piece of industrial history here Wednesday were gray-haired and some of them walked with canes.

    April 6, 2011 2 Photos

  • 042710_ACTC_Dedication_077.jpg Governor and legislators laud ACTC new EastPark building

    An investment in the future of northeastern Kentucky and the fulfillment of a dream, envisioned by the Kentucky General Assembly’s approval of the Higher Education Reform Act of 1997, were among the laudatory phrases repeated by several speakers on Monday.

    April 26, 2010 1 Photo 1 Video

  • ACTC Theater Slide Show: ACTC Theatre dazzles "Copacabana” The Musical, a lush tribute to the Technicolor musicals of the 1940s, started at Ashland Community and Technical College on Friday night. The Broadway-style musical fantasy features original songs by Barry Manilow and dazzling costumes, sets and choreography.

    April 10, 2010 1 Photo

  • Corner of Color Burst of color The best sign that spring is about to really take off is already in full bloom at Ashland’s Central Park.

    March 27, 2010 1 Photo

  • Pathway to the Cross Pathway to the cross A church in Huntington is offering a different kind of look at the Easter story this week.

    March 26, 2010 1 Photo

  • AYB Spring Performance Slide Show: Dancing into spring The Ashland Youth Ballet presented its Spring Concert at two shows Tuesday at the Paramount Arts Center.

    March 24, 2010 1 Photo

  • Landfill moving forward Officials hope Cooksey work will cut pollution, end fire hazard An agreement four years in the making has led to work at the former Cooksey Brothers Landfill, which regulators say will reduce pollution and end a long-standing fire hazard at the site.

    March 13, 2010 3 Photos

  • Lady Vikings ousted in state semi Rowan's dream run ends in semifinal Although the fairy tale didn't end with a crown, Rowan County's journey was magical while it lasted.

    The Lady Vikings ran into a merciless Louisville Mercy team that attacked with furious pressure.

    March 13, 2010 1 Photo

  • Rowan Girls Advance to Semifinal round Rowan hits jackpot of Final Four Rowan County set out a lofty goal at the start of the season, but very few teams actually accomplish what the Lady Vikings were going after.

    Four, to be exact.

    March 13, 2010 1 Photo

  • Rowan girls win in first round of Sweet 16 Rowan stingy with Breathitt Rowan County coach Scott Tackett can’t quite put a finger on it, but there is something special about the 2010 Lady Vikings.

    “We may not be the most talented team, but I get a feeling about this team that I don't get a whole lot,” Tackett said. “There’s something special going on here.”

    March 11, 2010 1 Photo

Featured Ads
Seasonal Content
AP Video
Raw: 2 Shells Hit Fuel Tank at Gaza Power Plant Raw: Massive Explosions From Airstrikes in Gaza Giant Ketchup Bottle Water Tower Up for Sale Easier Nuclear Construction Promises Fall Short Kerry: Humanitarian Cease-fire Efforts Continue Raw: Corruption Trial Begins for Former Va Gov. The Carbon Trap: US Exports Global Warming UN Security Council Calls for Gaza Cease-fire Traditional African Dishes Teach Healthy Eating 13 Struck by Lightning on Calif. Beach Baseball Hall of Famers Inducted Israel, Hamas Trade Fire Despite Truce in Gaza Italy's Nibali Set to Win First Tour De France Raw: Shipwrecked Concordia Completes Last Voyage Raw: Sea Turtle Hatchlings Emerge From Nest Raw: Massive Dust Storm Covers Phoenix 12-hour Cease-fire in Gaza Fighting Begins Raw: Bolivian Dancers Attempt to Break Record Raw: Israel, Palestine Supporters Rally in US Raw: Air Algerie Flight 5017 Wreckage
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
SEC Zone