Last night closed out Round 1 of the KHSAA Boys Sweet 16 at Rupp Arena and we are now down to the Elite Eight. In Thursday’s first game, Lawrence County faced Doss. Lawrence County put up an excellent fight, only outscored by 3 in 1Q, 1 in 2Q, and outscored Doss by 4 in the 3Q, but Doss’ Rupp experience, and quite a bit of Lawrence County foul trouble, allowed them to close out the game in the 4Q. Jaylon Hall had a stellar game for Doss, scoring 23 of their 66 points and pulling down 5 rebounds. Lawrence County played unlike I had seen before, setting up plays, man defense, and made this Small Town vs. Big City matchup a respectable effort. With 4 lead changes and 4 times tied, the Bulldogs didn’t go out without a bit of a fight. Shooting percentages and rebounds buried Lawrence; they only shot 35% from the field to Doss’ 48% showing and the rebound difference of 39-24 made for a lot more Doss scoring opportunities. The Bulldogs fell to the Dragons 66-57. Doss advances and another mountain team falls to the wayside.
Game 2 was the most exciting of day 2, Christian County faced South Laurel in what was proposed as an uneven matchup. Despite South Laurel’s rank going into the tournament, Christian County was picked as the favorite to win — they were unbeaten by Kentucky teams. South Laurel certainly made a statement, with three players scoring in double digits and outrebounding Christian County by 12. Christian County forced a whopping 20 turnovers on South Laurel but couldn’t seem to gain the composure to convert those into points. Tyrik Edwards certainly gave his best effort with 26 points and 5 rebounds but, ultimately, South Laurel sealed the victory by making 6 of their last 8 shots in the 4Q. South Laurel banded together as a team – Grubb dropped 20 points, Griffith sank 12, Taylor had 11, Phelps and Miller added 3 apiece, Anders and Feltner both chipped in 2. The Colonels fell to the Cardinals 53-50; South Laurel survives.
Taylor County and Mason County met in game 3 and Quentin Goodin played like he had a point to prove; with 28 points, 12 rebounds, 6 assists, and 3 steals, Goodin and Taylor County was unstoppable by the Royals. Mason County played this game with their best player on suspension and it truly showed, they were outscored in every quarter except the 3rd, in which they tied Taylor County 23-23. The difference in rebounding is what broke the Royals, as Taylor County pulled down 51 to their 33. The Cardinals ousted the Royals 94-65 and advance to the Elite Eight to face Doss at 6:30PM EST.
In Thursday’s final game, Owensboro Catholic faced South Oldham. The Dragons had a whopping 26 points off the bench — 8 total players scored against the Aces. Lots of turnovers by both sides in this haphazard game of basketball, OCath with 18 and South Oldham with 13; South Oldham made their forced TOs most productive, scoring 18 to OCath’s 8. South Oldham outscored Owensboro Catholic in every quarter, aside from the 3rd, in which OCath bested them by 2. South Oldham came to win and defeated Owensboro Catholic 58-34. The Dragons face the South Laurel Cardinals at 8:00PM EST.
Three more days of the Greatest Show in Hoops – see you there.
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