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Awards Banquet This Sunday (5/2/2014)
The Marion County Knights will hold their awards banquet this Sunday at 4:00 PM at the Knights of Columbus Hall on Spalding Avenue. A meal will be served and varoius players will be recognized for accomplishments during the 2013-2014 season.
Tigers Claim Region Crown (3/11/2014)
Bardstown head coach James Brewer and members of the Tigers hold up the championship trophy for the 5th Region Tournament.
The Bardstown Tigers used a suffocating defense to hold the Elizabethtown Panthers to just 32.7% shooting and won the 5th Region Tournament at the Roby Dome, 61-44. Senior guard Tavon Johnson scored 16 points and junior Keanu Young added 14 as the Tigers earned head coach James Brewer his second region title in four seasons at the helm of the Bardstown program. Elizabethtown senior guard JaVon Cotton was the only Panther to hit double figures with 15 points.
Bardstown -- 15 10 13 23 -- 61
Elizabethtown -- 10 6 15 13 -- 44
(Left) Bardstown guard Keanu Young finishes off a fast-break by scoring two of his 14 points in the championship game. (Center) Elizabethtown's Javon Cotton (3) drives against Bardstown's Nick DeVillalobos (5). (Right) Bardstown senior Tavon Johnson (10) scores two of his game-high 16 points over Elizabethtown's Nic McDonald (2).
All-Tournament Team -- Members of the Region All-Tournament team were announced throughout the tournament. Players who earned the honors are: Patrick Anderson (John Hardin), Colton Bush (Green County), JaVon Cotton (Elizabethtown), L.J. Cowherd (Bardstown), Quentin Goodin (Taylor County), Dominique Harding (Elizabethtown), Tavon Johnson (Bardstown), Nic McDonald (Elizabethtown), Chance Melton (Adair County), Matt Miller (John Hardin), Kevin Ndahiro (Thomas Nelson), Seivon Schooling (Bardstown), Caleb Sheffer (LaRue County), Caleb Wigginton (Taylor County), and Keanu Young (Bardstown).
L.J. Cowherd of Bardstown was also named the tournament's Most Valuable Player.
Marion County Athletic Director Robby Peterson hands the tournament MVP award to Bardstown's L.J. Cowherd.
The Tigers will represent the 5th Region in next week's KHSAA Sweet Sixteen state championship at Rupp Arena in Lexington. Their first round opponent will be the Panthers of Pleasure Ridge Park, champions of the 6th Region, at 6:30 PM on Thursday.
Panthers, Tigers Win Semis; Will Meet For Championship (3/10/2014)
E-town senior guard Nic McDonald (2) gives the Panthers the lead for good with this drive against Taylor County late in the fourth quarter.
The Elizabethtown Panthers came from behind to win a 64-60 thriller over the Taylor County Cardinals, and the Bardstown Tigers pulled away in the second half to knock off the John Hardin Bulldogs 68-52 in the semi-finals of the boys 5th Region Tournament Monday night at the Roby Dome. The Panthers and the Tigers will move on to Tuesday's championship game in what should be an exciting finish to decide who will move on to next week's Sweet Sixteen in Lexington's Rupp Arena.
(Left) Taylor County's Caleb Wigginton scores two of his 24 points over Elizabethtown's Dominique Harding (23). (Right) Harding scores two of his 19 points between Taylor County's David Sloan (10) and Quinten Goodin (3).
Elizabethtown held a 35-29 lead at the half against Taylor County as center Dominique Harding scored all 19 of his points in the first half. But their offense disappeared in the third quarter, going scoreless for the first 5:45 of the period. The Cardinals took advantage of the scoring drought, taking a 41-40 lead on senior Caleb Wigginton's three-pointer and increasing their lead to four points on another trey from Wigginton just before time expired in the quarter. The Panthers fell behind by as much as eight points early in the fourth, but never lost their composure and went on a 10-2 run to tie the score at 50-50 with 2:25 left in the game. With the game tied at 56-56, Wigginton hit one of two free-throws to give the Cardinals a slim one-point lead. But Elizabethtown senior Nic McDonald drove the ball the length of the floor and hit a lay-up in traffic to give the lead to the Panthers, 58-57. McDonald and junior forward Guy Williams both hit a pair of free-throws to stretch their advantage to 62-57 before Wigginton drained his fourth three-pointer of the game to cut the lead to just two points with 0:14.1 showing on the clock. After a Taylor County time-out the Panthers failed to execute the in-bounds play, turning over the ball back to the Cards. Taylor County got the ball in bounds to sophomore guard Quentin Goodin, whose drive in the lane was off the mark. Elizabethtown claimed the rebound and McDonald drained the last two free-throws for the final margin of 64-60.
McDonald led all scorers in the game with 26 points on 9-of-14 shooting, including 4-of-6 from beyond the three-point arc. Wigginton also drained four three-pointers for Taylor County and finished with 24 points while Goodin scored 14 and junior Austin Webster scored 12.
Taylor Co. -- 14 15 15 16 -- 60
Elizabethtown -- 16 19 5 24 -- 64
Bardstown's Tavon Johnson drives against John Hardin's Elijah Smith.
In the second game of the night, Bardstown took a four-point lead into half-time and had only stretched it to six points, 45-39, going into the fourth quarter. In the final period, John Hardin's shooting began to fall off, hitting only three of 15 shots from the floor. The Bulldogs also failed to take advantage of opportunities at the free-throw line in the final eight minutes, missing seven attempts -- including the front end of a bonus opportunity. Meanwhile, the Tigers took advantage of their opportunities, shooting 7-10 from the floor in the fourth quarter and making their last six free-throw attempts and steadily pulled away. John Hardin coach mark Wells cleared his bench with a minute left in the game and the Tigers claimed the 16-point victory.
Bardstown's Tavon Johnson led his team with 17 points as guard Keanu Young and forward Seivon Schooling both scored 14. John Hardin's Matt Miller led all scorers with 19 points while teammate Patrick Anderson scored 17.
Bardstown -- 9 19 17 23 -- 68
John Hardin -- 10 14 15 13 -- 52
(Left) Bardstown junior Keanu Young (2) finishes off a fast break for the Tigers. (Right) John Hardin's Matt Miller (15) shoots over the outstretched hand of Bardstown's Seivon Schooling (23). Miller lead the Bulldogs with 19 points.
Elizabethtown and Bardstown faced each other just three weeks ago in Bardstown with the Panthers coming out on top by a single point, 77-76. With both schools' student sections among the most entertaining in the Region and the two teams combining for 48 wins this season, it should make for an exciting finish to the tournament. Game-time is scheduled for 7:00 PM with the gates opening at 5:45 PM.
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.
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