Saturday, March 12, 2011

One and done: Girls' Sweet Sixteen

Today is big.

You can say we should all be giving more attention to more important things going on in the world, and you can say that we should be celebrating with greater fervor the other types of achievements in people's lives. And after a fairly weak argument, I think I'd probably buckle and go along with you. Even still, that's Should World.

In Is World, there's a building in Bowling Green and radios and computers around and about Lebanon, Louisville, Mount Vernon and Murray that will be the total, manic focus of a fair number of people. At the end of the day, there will be three sets of teams who didn't win, and one or more of each set will do or say something so gracious in defeat that most everyone who witnesses it will say at least to themselves, "Man, I hope I'm that together when things don't go my way," and a few of those people will actually be changed. And at the end of the day, there will be one set of champions, and there will be city- or county-limits signs and T-shirts printed. And people will take pictures of the signs, and someone will put her or his T-shirt in a glass case or box or something that the person will take pains to protect for years and years and years.

Today writes some stories that will be told for a very long time. And while that is ultimately true about every day, we already know it's going to be true about today. That's why today is big.

Today's games in the Kentucky's girls' basketball state tournament at Western Kentucky University's E.A. Diddle Arena in Bowling Green and on iHigh.com:

Louisville DuPont Manual vs. Marion County, 10 a.m. Central
Calloway County vs. Rockcastle County, 11:30 a.m.
State championship, 8 p.m.

Friday's second round:

Louisville DuPont Manual 48, Bowling Green 36
Marion County 41, Louisville Butler Traditional 26
Calloway County 62, Inez Sheldon Clark 51
Rockcastle County 47, Clay County 30

First round, played Wednesday and Thursday:

Bowling Green 58, Walton-Verona 32
Louisville DuPont Manual 78, Crittenden County 40
Louisville Butler Traditional 42, Perry County Central 40
Marion County 55, Montgomery County 41
Inez Sheldon Clark 74, Boyd County 59
Calloway County 62, Newport Central Catholic 57
Rockcastle County 55, Madison Central 52
Clay County 61, Owensboro Catholic 48

53 comments:

  1. The fact that some clever someone has created a Twitter identity for the coat worn by Calloway County's coach makes me realize that Enoch Franks would've Twittered had it been an option in 1985.

    "SivillsRedCoat
    I can admit Scott Sivills is a handsome man. But I think it's safe to say I take him to the next level.
    "

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  2. Midway through the second quarter, and Manual is leading Marion County, 25-19 ...

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  3. 33-27, Manual at the half. Marion County has been outrebounded, 19-8, and it has five points from the free-throw line (on 17 attempts) compared to Manual's 12 (on 14).

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  4. Marion County, fierce out of intermission, is within 41-40 with 3:20 to play in the third ...

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  5. And that's the score through three quarters.

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  6. Oh, my ... Manual ended up beating Marion, 56-54. That must've been some fourth quarter.

    In the third quarter, Rockcastle County is beating Calloway County, 36-26, ...

    The KHSAA absolutely should move these games to accommodate UK's schedule.

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  7. 2:10 to play ... 54-33, Rockcastle ... it was fun, Calloway County ...

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  8. Final: 57-38.

    The state newspaper rankings are fantastic.

    Congratulations, Calloway County, on a fine run and, Rockcastle County, on a definitive victory.

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  9. It's 16-13, Louisville DuPont Manual over Rockcastle County, through one quarter of the state championship. Sara Hammond, Kentucky's first McDonald's All-American, had Rock's first 11 points.

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  10. After dispatching Crittenden County in the first round, Manual has faced the toughest possible route in its championship bid, if you believe the newspaper rankings. Bowling Green (Manual's second-round victim), Marion County (the semifinal opponent) and Rock (tonight's foe) ranked with Manual in the top four teams in the tournament, according to both The Courier-Journal and Herald-Leader's rankings.

    27-21, Manual ...

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  11. 29-23, Manual ... Hammond now has 16 ... the U of L-bound forward has recorded double-figure points and rebounds in each of Rock's Sweet Sixteen games ... she has five rebounds so far in this one, with 2:36 to play before halftime ...

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  12. Hammond, 19 points on eight-of-10 shooting ...

    "She's incredible," Manual's coach tells the KUSSRN court-side dude, Scott Thompson. "We just can't guard her."

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  13. 2:44 to go in the third, and the Lady Rockets have found a second hot hand: Angie Lawrence, who has scored three three-pointers since halftime. It's 41-39, Manual.

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  14. 42-41, Manual ... Rock steal and missed layup at about two minutes to play in the third ...

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  15. 45-43, Manual, through three quarters ...

    Sen. McConnell is a Manual boy.

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  16. Diddle has broken the girls' championship attendance record tonight, too.

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  17. Rockcastle's six seniors have scored 45 of the team's 49 points ...

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  18. 43,679 is the four-day attendance total for this tournament, shattering the previous Sweet Sixteen record of 40,425 that was set in 2000.

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  19. "A spectacular state-championship game, worthy of this record crowd," says HeathPostdotcom Twitter follower Neal Bradley, calling the play-by-play on the KUSSRN.

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  20. Hammond free throws: 51-49, Rock. She has 25. 3:16 to play ...

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  21. Rock has five seniors on the floor ... 53-49, Lady Rockets ...

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  22. Neither of these teams has won the KHSAA girls' championship.

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  23. Manual whips through four personal fouls within four seconds, in order to get Rock into the bonus. Hammond, not a strong free-throw shooter, is fouled, and she misses the front end.

    Manual comes back to hit two free throws and then convert a Rock turnover into a score. It's 53-53 with 53 seconds to play!

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  24. Rock headed back to the line, 23 seconds to play ...

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  25. (sorry 27.5 seconds to go)

    Make ... 55-53, Rock ...

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  26. Manual miss ... 6.4 seconds to play, and Manual will be getting the ball back ...

    "Could you ask for anything better in a state championship game?"

    NO!

    "I keep waiting to see fatigue set in, but I haven't seen it."

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  27. OVERTIME! OVERTIME! Manual scores at the buzzer! It's 55-55!

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  28. 59-58, Rockcastle County, with the ball and two minutes to go in the overtime ...

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  29. 1:22 ... double bonus now ... Rock fouled ... make ... and ... miss ... 60-58 ...

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  30. 25 seconds ... Rock dribbling ...

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  31. Hammond dishes to Lawrence ... GOOD! ... 62-60, Rock ... Manual timeout, 0.5 seconds to play ...

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  32. HAMMOND INTERCEPTS THE HAIL MARY, AND ROCKCASTLE COUNTY IS YOUR STATE CHAMPION!

    ROCK IS HARD!

    HOORAY FOR MOUNT VERNON!

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  33. Rockcastle coach: "Thank you, Lord, for providing."

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  34. This has been fantastic coverage.

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  35. Tough weekend in Inez: Sheldon Clark loses Friday, and then this happens Saturday.

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