MOREHEAD The Ashland Tomcats aren't thinking about a 32nd straight win today.

They'll be thinking about Lewis County at 7 p.m. tonight.

Ashland will defend its 16th Region title because the Tomcats eliminated Rowan County, 67-39, in Monday's semifinals at Johnson Arena. Lewis County defeated Boyd County, 70-65, behind Sam O'Keefe's 34 points and 15 rebounds, and 14 points from Kolby McCann.

And no, not a Tomcat is overlooking the Lions. Especially not O'Keefe, whom Ashland coach Jason Mays said could hit from 26 feet away.

“Lewis County is playing together,” Mays said. “So it just comes down to who is the most together.”

Freshman guard Colin Porter is not looking to the state tournament in Lexington, but he didn't think the victory margin would be so large.

“Rowan County is a great team, and we came out with one mindset,” Porter said. “That was just our mentality.”

Mays liked Porter's – and his team's – defense.

“They just did a lot of things well defensively,” Mays said. “They made the right switches, they made the right traps, they were in the right help side at the right time.”

You could say Ashland (32-0) won because Ethan Hudson led his team with 18 points, or you could talk about Porter's 15 points and nine assists, a block and a steal. Or you could praise Justin Bradley for 4 of 5 from 3-point range for 12 points or Hunter Gillum's 11 points and three steals.

And those are just the individual numbers.

Ashland made 26-of-47 field goals (for 55.3%), turned 14 Rowan County (26-8) turnovers into 19 points, and out-pointed the Vikings in the paint, 28-18.

And the Tomcat defense? Tough.

Rowan County scored just seven points in the second quarter and five in the fourth. For the game, the Vikings were 33.3% from the field.

Mason Moore led everyone with 20 points, but nobody else scored more than Kellen Tabor's six.

When Ashland survived a 68-62 over Rowan County on Feb. 11, Moore led everyone with 31 points. For Monday, he helped the Vikings with a 3-pointer and an assist, and Rowan County led, 8-5, with 4:40 to go in the first.

Which is where Ashland took over.

The rest of the quarter, it was Tomcats, 8-2, and a 13-10 lead.

Ashland's offense was just as potent in the second stanza. Hudson and Porter started with 3-pointers, which Bradley followed with his own triple – all on Cole Villers's assists.

Rowan County, meanwhile, scored just four points over the final 5:47.

The halftime result: Ashland, 30-17.

Gillum scored all his points in the second half, and his two free throws with five seconds to go put the Tomcats up, 52-34.

ROWAN CO.    FG    FT    REB    TP

Davidson    1-1    0-0    2    2

Cox    1-5    0-0    0    2

Alderman    2-8    0-0    7    4

Moore    7-19    3-4    6    20

Tabor    2-3    0-0    1    6

Gamble    0-0    1-2    1    1

Gardner    0-2    0-0    0    0

Maxey    0-0    0-0    0    0

Caudill    2-2    0-0    0    4

Powell    0-0    0-0    0    0

Justice    0-1    0-0    1    0    

Goodpaster    0-1    0-0    1    0

Tackett    0-1    0-1    1    0

Sturgill    0-1    0-0    0    0

Fannon    0-1    0-0    2    0

Team            4

TOTALS    15-45    4-7    26    39

FG Pct.: 33.3. FT Pct: 57.1. 3-point FG: 5-10 (Moore 3-5, Tabor 2-2, Cox 0-2, Goodpaster 0-1). PF: 12. Fouled out: None. Turnovers: 14.

ASHLAND    FG    FT    REB    TP

Porter    7-12    0-0    5    15

Sellars    1-5    0-0    4    2

Villers    4-8    0-0    6    8

Bradley    4-5    0-0    3    12

Hudson    6-10    2-2    2    18

Atkins    0-0    0-0    2    0

Ashby    0-1    0-0    1    0

Conway    0-0    0-0    0    0

Phillips    0-0    0-0    2    0

Gillum    4-4    3-3    1    11

Davis    0-1    0-0    0    0

Freize    0-0    0-0    0    0

Reeves    0-0    0-0    0    0

Adkins    0-1    1-3    1    1

Team            0

TOTALS    26-47    6-8    27    67

FG Pct.: 55.3. FT Pct: 75.0. 3-point FG: 9-23 (Porter 1-3, Sellars 0-3, Villers 0-3, Bradley 4-5, Hudson 4-6, Ashby 0-1, Davis 0-1, Adkins 0-1). PF: 7. Fouled out: None. Turnovers: 5.

ROWAN CO.    10    7    17    5    —    39    

ASHLAND    13    17    22    15    —    67

Officials: Mike Romes, Cody Ryan and Rob Sandlin.

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