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John Hardin And Bardstown Advance To Semis (3/7/2014)
On the second night of the boys 5th Region Tournament at the Roby Dome, the John Hardin Bulldogs and the Bardstown Tigers punched their tickets to Monday's semi-final round. The Bulldogs knocked off the Green County Dragons 58-47, and the Tigers pulled away late from the Adair County Indians 55-41.
Green County's Colton Bush attempts to drive past John Hardin's Patrick Anderson (left) and Dimitri Cooper (25). Bush scored 14 points for the Dragons and Anderson led all scorers with 17 points.
In the opening game of the night, Green County overcame a five-point halftime deficit to pull even with John Hardin, 38-38, with 2:24 left in the third quarter. But the Bulldogs scored six unanswered points to end the period and John Hardin's depth allowed them to pull away in the fourth for the 11-point win. Bulldogs senior guard Patrick Anderson led all scorers with 17 points and fellow senior Keon Williams scored 13 points. Colton Bush and Jayden Willis both scored 14 for the Dragons.
John Hardin -- 22 12 10 14 -- 58
Green Co. -- 16 13 9 9 -- 47
(Left) Bardstown's Eljay Cowherd takes a shot over Adair County's Matt Fudge. (Right) Adair County freshmen Chance Melton glides past Bardstown center Seivon Schooling for two of his 17 points.
In the nightcap, Bardstown's Eljay Cowherd scored 19 of his game-high 24 points in the first half to lead the Tigers to a 10-point lead at the break. Adair County fought back in the second half and back-to-back three-pointers from senior Ty Bennett pulled the Indians within 42-40 with 4:15 left in the game, but that would prove to be the high-water mark for the runners-up from the 20th District. Adair County turned the ball over on their next four possessions and Bardstown finished off the game with a 13-1 run. Indians freshman Chance Melton scored 17 points to lead his team.
Adair Co. -- 11 12 11 7 -- 41
Bardstown -- 15 18 9 13 -- 55
John Hardin and Bardstown will advance to Monday's semi-finals for an 8:45 PM tip-off. Elizabethtown and Taylor County will meet in the early game at 6:00 PM. All spectators will be required to exit the Roby Dome between games.
E-town Coasts To Open Regional; Taylor Survives Scare (3/6/2014)
(Left) Elizabethtown's Nic McDonald scored 22 points for the Panthers against LaRue County. (Right) Hawks junior Caleb Sheffer (34) gets fouled on a shot by Panther center Dominique Harding. Sheffer hit the free-throw to complete the three-point play.
On the opening night of the boys' 5th Region Tournament the Elizabethtown Panthers cruised to a 64-48 win over the LaRue County Hawks. But the Taylor County Cardinals had a fight on their hands, eventually surviving a last-gasp attempt to hold off the Thomas Nelson Generals.
In the first game of the night, Elizabethtown found themselves down 15-12 at the end of the first quarter, but went on a 19-6 run in the second to take the lead for good on their way to a 16-point win over Larue County. Panthers senior guard Nic McDonald led all scorers with 22 points while teammate JaVon Cotton scored 11. Junior forward Caleb Sheffler led the Hawks effort with 16 points and was named to the All-Tournament team.
LaRue Co. -- 15 8 15 10 -- 48
Elizabethtown -- 12 19 18 15 -- 64
(Left) Thomas Nelson center Kevin Ndahiro slams home two of his 16 points for the Generals. (Right) Taylor County freshman Ezra Oliver scored the first seven points for the Cardinals and nine of their first 11. Oliver finished with 14 points.
The second game turned into a thriller down the stretch. Taylor County converted shot only one of six field goal attempts in the fourth quarter, and Thomas Nelson junior Cameron Morgeson gave his team their first lead of the second half on a drive with 3:25 left in the game. But Generals big man Kevin Ndahiro was called for his fifth foul at the 1:37 mark and guard A.J. Youngman picked up his fifth foul with just 0:39.6 to go. The Cardinals scraped together enough free-throws for a slim 60-59 lead and were set to put the ball in bounds with just 0:01.8 left on the clock and the Generals out of time-outs. But Taylor County's Quentin Goodin was called for pushing off before the ball was put in play, giving Thomas Nelson one last chance. With the ball on their own baseline, Generals senior Stephen Price caught the in-bounds pass in the right corner and tried a fall-away three-pointer that was off the mark. Sophomore reserve Jake Clark caught the rebound and put the ball in the basket, but the shot was waved off as officials ruled the ball was not out of his hands in time, and Taylor County escaped with a one-point victory. Freshman guard David Sloan led the Cardinals with 16 points while Goodin and freshman Ezra Oliver both scored 14. Ndahiro led Thomas Nelson with 16 points and was named to the All-Tournament team, while Youngman finished with 15 points.
Thomas Nelson -- 11 16 17 15 -- 59
Taylor Co. -- 16 15 19 10 -- 60
The Panthers and Cardinals will play in the semi-finals on Monday in the Roby Dome at 6:00 PM. The first round continues Friday night with Green County and John Hardin tipping off at 6:00 PM, and Bardstown and Adair County starting at 8:15 PM.
Region Pairings Set (3/2/2014)
The Roby Dome at Marion County High School will be the site of the boys' 2014 5th Region Tournament.
The bracket for the 2014 Fifth Region Tournament was released this morning following a drawing at Marion County High School. The tournament will take place in the school's Roby Dome this week.
The tournament opens on Thursday at 6:00 PM with two upper bracket games when 17th District champion Elizabethtown takes on 18th District runner-up LaRue County. That game will be followed at 8:15 PM by 20th District champion Taylor County facing 19th District runner-up Thomas Nelson.
Lower bracket games take place on Friday. At 6:00 PM 18th District champion Green County plays 17th District runner-up John Hardin, followed at 8:15 PM by a match-up between 19th District champion Bardstown and 20th District runner-up Adair County.
Semi-finals take place Monday, March 10, at 6:00 PM and 8:45 PM. The championship will be held Tuesday, March 11, at 7:00 PM. All times are Eastern.
This post updated 3/4/2014 at 8:55 AM to reflect changes in the schedule.
Taylor Co. Wins District Championship (3/1/2014)
Taylor County senior Caleb Wigginton receives the 20th District Tournament MVP Award from Marion County High School Athletic Director Robby Peterson (left) and Principal Mike Abell (right).
The Taylor County Cardinals defeated the Adair County Indians 71-48 tonight in the Roby Dome to win the 2014 20th District Tournament. Taylor County senior Caleb Wigginton was named the tournament's most valuable player.
Following the game, awards were give for All-District Academic Team, season All-District Team, and tournament All-District Team.
All-District Academic Team:
Zach Durham (Campbellsville), Matt Fudge (Adair County), Alex Smith (Marion County), and Caleb Wigginton (Taylor County)
Season All-District Team:
Anton Cowherd (Marion County), Matt Fudge (Adair County), Quentin Goodin (Taylor County), Latrelle Irvin (Marion County), Chance Melton (Adair County), David Sloan (Taylor County), Alex Smith (Marion County), Damontez Smith (Campbellsville), Caleb Wigginton (Taylor County)
Tournament All-District Team:
Ty Bennett (Adair County), Anton Cowherd (Marion County), Matt Fudge (Adair County), Quentin Goodin (Taylor County), Latrelle Irvin (Marion County), Chance Melton (Adair County), David Sloan (Taylor County), Damontez Smith (Campbellsville), Austin Webster (Taylor County), Caleb Wigginton (Taylor County)
Both the Cards and the Indians advance to next week's 5th Region Tournament, which will begin at the Roby Dome on Wednesday. Joining them will be Elizabethtown and John Hardin (17th District), Green County and LaRue County (18th District), and Bardstown and Thomas Nelson (19th District). The tournament draw will be held Sunday morning.
Bennett's Buzzer-Beater "3" Ends Knights' Season (2/27/2014)
Adair County's Ty Bennett shoots his game-winning three-pointer against the Knights as time expires in their 20th District Tournament game.
Adair County's Ty Bennett put a dagger in the heart of the Marion County Knights when his three-pointer at the final horn hit nothing but the bottom of the net, giving the Indians a dramatic 61-60 win in the 20th District Tournament and ending the Knights' season. The Indians will advance to Saturday's championship game to face #1 seed Taylor County.
The Knights looked unstoppable early in the game, taking a 19-6 lead at the end of the first quarter and stretching the lead to 18 points early in the second. But the Indians began to slowly chip away at the lead. Bennett hit a pair of three-pointers and senior guard Matt Fudge showed why he leads the state in free-throw accuracy, converting all eleven of his attempts at the charity stripe. Three of those free-throws came when Fudge was fouled on a three-point attempt, and another four came when he was fouled on a drive, then a technical foul was called on Marion County's Anton Cowherd. The last of those cut the Knights' lead to 30-27 with 0:45.5 left in the half. After Bobby Jaglowicz hit a pair of free-throws to put the lead back at five points, Bennett hit his third three-pointer of the quarter just before time expired to cut Marion County's lead to 32-30.
The Knights opened the third quarter hitting on all cylinders again, going on a 9-0 run on a pair of three-point field goals from Alex Smith and also one from Anthony Mattingly. But again, Adair County slowly chipped away at the lead with the Knights helping by missing five free-throw attemps. At the end of the third, Marion County's lead was back to two points at 42-40.
(Left) Latrelle Irvin drives through the Adair County defense for two of his 18 points. (Center) Alex Smith hits one of his four three-point field-goals over Adair County's Matt Fudge. (Right) Anthony Mattingly drives past the Indians' Zack Hutchison on a fast break.
In the fourth quarter, Adair County's Chance Melton found a groove and began carving up the Knights' defense with mid-range jumpers. Melton's 12-footer with 6:18 left to play pulled the Indians into a 46-46 tie, and with 3:50 left in the game Fudge gave the visitors their first lead since the opening seconds of the game, 50-49. From that point there would be nine lead-changes over the next 3:25 as the two teams matched each other shot-for-shot.
Clay Lanham (20) scores on a reverse lay-up in the first half.
Marion County seemed to gain the upper hand when Cowherd drove the lane and scored while drawing a foul on Melton -- his fifth -- with 0:24.3 showing on the clock, putting the Knights ahead 59-58. Cowherd missed the free-throw and on the Indians next possession, Jacob Pooler missed in the lane. Marion County's Clay Lanham came down with the rebound and was immediately fouled with just 0:05.2 to go. Lanham made one of two shots, putting the Knights up 60-58. Adair County tried to push the ball up the court but Fudge was fouled by Mattingly, forcing the Indians to pass the ball inbounds from half-court with just 0:01.8 left in the game. Indians head coach Mark Fudge called his last time-out to set up a play. With Matt Fudge covered up, reserve Jake Hixson passed the ball to Bennett, who was immediately double-teamed. Unable to find an open teammate, Bennett launched the ball from 23 feet just as the final horn sounded and found nothing but the bottom of the net, sending the Indians into a celebration and the Knights to a heart-wrenching defeat, 61-60.
(Left) Luke Price handles the ball against the Adair County defense. (Second from left) Bobby Jaglowicz posts up for a score in the third quarter. (Second from right) Brandon Knopp gets ready to apply pressure on the Knights' press. (Right) Clay Lanham secures a rebound with 0:05.2 left in the game.
Melton led all scorers with 25 points. Bennett scored 19, including five three-point field goals, and Fudge scored 17 as no other Adair County players found the scoring column. Marion County's Latrelle Irvin posted a double-double in his last game for the Knights, scoring 18 points with 14 rebounds. Cowherd finished with 16 points and Smith scored 12 by shooting 4-5 from behind the arc. you can read more about this game by clicking on the score in the right-hand column, or by clicking here.
The Indians will face Taylor County at 7:00 PM this Saturday in the Roby Dome for the championship game. Both teams will advance to the Fifth Region Tournament, also to be held in the Roby Dome next week.
Taylor Defeats Campbellsville (2/26/2014)
The top-seeded Taylor County Cardinals knocked off the #4 seed Campbellsville Eagles in the first game of the boys' 20th District Tournament tonight at Marion County High School's Roby Dome. Quentin Goodin led the Cards with 27 points. Damontez Smith was the top scorer for the Eagles with 17 points. Taylor County advances to Saturday's championship game where they will face the winner of tomorrow's Marion County-Adair County match-up.
The #2 seed Knights and the#3 seed Indians meet at 7:00 PM Thursday at the Roby Dome.
20th District Tourney Starts Tonight (2/26/2014)
Taylor County's Caleb Wigginton (14, left) and Campbellsville's Damontez Smith (4, right) lead their teams into the 20th District Tournament at the Roby Dome.
The 2014 Boys 20th District Tournament tips off this evening at the Roby Dome when #1 seed Taylor County takes on #4 seed Campbellsville at 7:00 PM Eastern (6:00 PM Central). The Marion County Knights earned the #2 seed and will play #3 Adair County on Thursday night at 7:00 PM.
The Taylor County Cardinals finished the regular season with an overall record of 23-6 -- the most wins in the 5th Region -- and went undefeated (6-0) in the 20th District, the first unblemished district run since Campbellsville pulled it off in the 2009-2010 season. Senior Caleb Wigginton is averaging 20.5 points and 7.8 rebounds per game for the Cardinals and was selected co-Region Player of the Year with Bardstown's Seivon Schooling. Sophomore Quentin Goodin (21.0 ppg, 6.9 rpg) joins Wigginton on the coaches All-Region team.
Marion County's Latrelle Irvin (left) and Adair County's Matt Fudge (right) both average over 15 points per game and were named to the 5th Region Coaches' All-Region Team.
With a young roster, the Campbellsville Eagles struggled to a 5-23 overall record this season, including 0-6 in district play. But the Eagles went 3-3 in their last six games, including a 65-42 win over Nelson County in the season finale. Sophomore Kendon Young has been out since an injury at Washington County, but junior Damontez Smith is a reliable scorer who has been getting strong support lately from sophomore A.J. Vaught, 8th-grader Tyrion Taylor, and sophomore Austin Hash.
The Adair County Indians (16-12 overall, 2-4 district) feature some of the most dangerous shooters in the state. Senior Matt Fudge leads the team in scoring at 15.2 points per game and makes 43.2% of his three-point field goal attempts, earning a spot on the coaches' All-Region team. Fellow senior Ty Bennett hits 40.6% of his shots from behind the arc and junior Zach Hutchison (32.8%) can also be dangerous from long range if left open. Freshman forward Chance Melton gives the Indians a considerable presence in the paint, averaging 12.4 points and 7.5 rebounds per game.
The Knights finished the regular season with the fourth-best record in the 5th Region at 19-9 but stumbled down the stretch, losing their last three games. However, the Knights did sweep the Indians in their season series, winning 70-63 in the Roby Dome on December 10, and 70-55 at John Burr Memorial Gym on February 13. Senior Latrelle Irvin is averaging 15.4 points and 9.0 rebounds per game and was named to the coaches' All-Region team. Alex Smith (14.5 ppg) and Anton Cowherd (13.2 ppg) also average double-figure scoring for Marion County. According to the KHSAA's website, the Knights are ranked #6 in the state in team scoring at 73.0 points per game, while Adair County is 13th in the state in team defense allowing only 54.6 points per contest.
The winners of Wednesday's and Thursday's games will play for the tournament championship on Saturday at 7:00. In the girls' 20th District Tournament games on Tuesday Adair County knocked off Taylor County 58-41, and Marion County defeated Campbellsville 60-32. The Lady Knights will meet the Lady Indians for the championship on Friday at 7:00 PM Eastern time (6:00 PM Central).
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