Friday, March 1, 2013

Some Big High School Basketball Games Tonight

Lots of action all over the Commonwealth, including the 16th Region Championship between Fleming County and Rowan County.  I will be providing comments until around 8 P.M. tonight.

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  1. The early game of the night is a 10th Region Semi-Final between Montgomery County and Bishop Brossart. With 3:21 left in the 4th Quarter, Montgomery County leads 64-43.

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  2. Here are the last 10 winners of the 10th Region:

    2012: G.R. Clark
    2011: G.R. Clark
    2010: Mason Co.
    2009: Mason Co.
    2008: Mason Co. (STATE CHAMPS)
    2007: G.R. Clark
    2006: Mason Co.
    2005: Pendleton Co.
    2004: Mason Co. (State Runner-Up)
    2003: Mason Co. (STATE CHAMPS)

    Mason County is the only school to win two state titles in the last 10 years.

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  3. Montgomery County hasn't been to the State Tournament since 1995. But it looks as though they will be playing either Scott or Harrison County for a trip to Rupp.

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  4. Montgomery County has beaten Brossart 69-53.

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  5. OK, now we have a big game: Scott County v. Lexington Catholic. Between them, these two teams have won the 11th Region six years in a row. Catholic has jumped out to an early 9-2 lead.

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  6. In a 12th-Region Semi-Final, West Jessamine leads Wayne County 33-30 at the half.

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  7. Here are the last 10 winners of the 12th Region:

    2012: Pulaski Southwestern
    2011: Wayne Co.
    2010: W. Jessamine
    2009: W. Jessamine
    2008: Lincoln Co.
    2007: Lincoln Co.
    2006: Boyle Co.
    2005: S. Laurel (STATE CHAMPS)
    2004: Wayne Co.
    2003: S. Laurel

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  8. Scott County is now starting to play better. Catholic leads 14-10 with about 2 1/2 minutes left in the first quarter.

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  9. Catholic and Scott County are playing a great game so far. After one quarter, Catholic leads 19-16.

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  10. Scott County's announcers are still very nervous, but Team Toyota has fought back. Scott County and Catholic are tied at 22 with 4 minutes to go in the first half.

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  11. In the 13th Region, Clay County leads Middlesboro 16-14 after one quarter.

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  12. Here are the last 10 winners of the 13th Region:

    2012: N. Laurel
    2011: Bell Co.
    2010: Corbin
    2009: Corbin
    2008: S. Laurel
    2007: S. Laurel
    2006: S. Laurel
    2005: Corbin
    2004: Rockcastle Co.
    2003: Cumberland

    The 13th Region hasn't won the title since Ritchie Farmer took Clay County all the way in 1987.

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  13. Clay County and Middlesboro are tied at 37-all at the half.

    Catholic has gone on an 8-0 run, and they now lead Scott County 32-24 late in the second quarter.

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  14. Catholic leads Scott County 32-26 at the half. Lexington Catholic's Jack Whitman -- a 6' 9" senior who will be playing for William & Mary next year -- is killing Scott County.

    For what it's worth, the Tribe could use the help. W & M is a great school, but they have never qualified for the NCAA Tournament.

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  15. Meanwhile, on ESPN-U, we have a huge Ivy League game between Harvard (9-1) and Princeton (7-2). The Tigers need to win at home in order to keep their Ivy hopes alive.

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  16. In the 16th Region Final, Rowan County has jumped out to a quick 6-0 lead.

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  17. EKU's gym looks to be full, or almost full, as Madison Central and Henry Clay fans are pouring in to watch the second semi-final. Given recent history in the 11th region, those fans must wish that Scott County and Lex Cath could both lose.

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  18. In the Second Region, Mike Stunson of the Madisonville Messenger reports that Madisonville has a 12-11 lead over Hoptown late in the 1st Quarter.

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  19. Scott County's offense is totally flummoxed. Catholic's enormous center, Whitman, is preventing Scott County from scoring at the rim, and the Cardinals can't make any outside shots either.

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  20. Back in the 12th Region, Wayne County and West Jessamine are tied at 64 with 40 seconds left.

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  21. Wait a minute, now Scott County is making a little run. Catholic leads 35-33 about halfway through the third quarter.

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  22. After one quarter, Hoptown leads Madisonville 18-17.

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  23. Scott County is on a 10-0 run! They now lead 38-35 with 1:30 left in the 3d Quarter.

    No, wait, Catholic just hit a three. We're tied at 38.

    And now Catholic had hit another three. The Knights lead 41-38 with 45 seconds left in the 3d quarter.

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  24. Scott County misses a three-pointer at the end of the third quarter. Catholic leads 41-38 with one quarter left.

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  25. Rowan County, trying to reach the State Tournament for the third straight year, leads Fleming County 15-7 after one.

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  26. Madisonville leads Hoptown 22-18 with 6:04 left in the 2d Quarter.

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    1. Mike Stunson tweets that the Madisonville fans are chanting "overrated" at Hoptown.

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  27. Wayne County hits a three with 2 seconds left to beat West Jessamine 67-66. Wayne County now awaits the winner of Mercer County and Somerset.

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  28. Catholic leads Scott County 43-40 with 5 1/2 minutes to go.

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  29. In the 4th Region, HP fave Russellville leads Russell County 35-31 at the half.

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    1. Here are your last 10 winners of the 4th Region:

      2012: Bowling Green
      2011: Warren Central
      2010: Warren Central
      2009: Bowling Green
      2008: Greenwood
      2007: Warren Central
      2006: Warren Central
      2005: Warren Central (State Runner-Up)
      2004: Warren Central (STATE CHAMPS)
      2003: Warren Central

      The last team from outside Warren County to win this region was Russellville, which turned the trick in 2001. In fact, Russellville went to the state semi-finals in both 2000 and 2001.

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  30. With less than four minutes to go, a putback by Jack Whitman puts Catholic up 47-43 over Scott County. Whitman has 17 points.

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  31. Scott County hits a 3 with 3:25 to go. Catholic, clinging to a 47-46 lead, calls time.

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  32. Catholic can't score, so Scott County can take the lead.

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    1. But they don't. They are called for traveling. Catholic ball.

      The Scott County announcers tell us that there's no love lost between these two teams.

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  33. Hoptown puts on a spurt at the end of the first half, and they go into the locker room with a 32-26 lead.

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    1. Here are the last 10 winners of the 2d region:

      2012: Hopkinsville
      2011: Christian Co. (STATE CHAMPS)
      2010: Christian Co.
      2009: Christian Co.
      2008: University Heights
      2007: Christian Co.
      2006: Christian Co.
      2005: University Heights
      2004: University Heights
      2003: Hopkinsville

      The last team from outside Christian County to win the Second Region was Madisonville, which did so in 2001.

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  34. Catholic leads Scott Co. 49-48 with 26.5 seconds left. Catholic has the ball.

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  35. In the 16th Region, Rowan County leads Fleming County 24-23 at the half.

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  36. Catholic is fouled and going to the line:

    They miss the first one.
    They make the second.

    Catholic leads 50-48.

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  37. Scott County scores and the game is tied at 50 with six seconds to go! Catholic calls time to set up the last play.

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  38. In the 13th Region, Clay County beat Middlesboro 82-70.

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  39. Catholic's last-second shot misses, and we are going to overtime! Tied at 50-all.

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  40. The games in the First Region are apparently being played at the usual stately pace. Calloway leads St. Mary 19-12 at the half.

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  41. In a 5th Region semi-final, heavy favorite John Hardin beat LaRue County 74-59.

    Here are the last 10 winners of the 5th Region:

    2012: John Hardin
    2011: Bardstown
    2010: N. Hardin
    2009: Adair Co.
    2008: Bardstown
    2007: Adair Co.
    2006: John Hardin
    2005: Elizabethtown
    2004: Caverna
    2003: N. Hardin

    The last team from the 5th Region to win the title was Elizabethtown, which did so in 2000.

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  42. Catholic and Scott County are tied at 52 with three minutes left in OT.

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  43. With 2:08 to go in OT, Catholic hits a LONG three-pointer to take a 55-52 lead.

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  44. There are 734 of us watching this game on Scott County's iHigh broadcast. We are seeing a good one.

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  45. Scott County makes two free throws. Catholic leads 55-54 with 1:50 in OT.

    Turnover by Catholic, and Scott County can take the lead.

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  46. Scott County had two shots, but missed them both. Catholic leads 55-54 with 1:20 left.

    Whitman then scores to put Catholic up 57-54. He has 21 points and 9 rebounds.

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  47. Catholic steals the ball and is fouled. They make 1-2 free throws to take a 58-54 lead with a minute left.

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  48. Scott County shot, and missed, and Whitman got his 10th rebound of the game. He has been the difference tonight. Catholic is headed to the line, and they are going to win.

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  49. Hoptown and Madisonville are having a great lead. Mike Stunson reports that the Tigers lead 43-40 with 2:20 left in the 3d quarter.

    MORE LIFE, MORE BASKETBALL!

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  50. Catholic wins 61-56, and Scott County -- last year's State Runner-up -- is eliminated.

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  51. OK, so now we're switching to WUGO, 102.3 FM in Grayson, for the 16th Region Final. It sounds like the game is being played in the midst of a riot.

    Fleming County leads 39-32 over Rowan County with one quarter to go. From what I can hear on the radio, the Fleming fans are very enthusiastic.

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  52. The announcers tell us that there is no one left in Flemingsburg, because they're all at the game.

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  53. Rowan County lost Tyler Thacker, their point guard, to an injury in the first half, and they are now in a world of trouble. At one point, Rowan was up 24-12. They now trail 45-32. The folks on WUGO are telling us that this game "is O-V-E-R over."

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  54. With one quarter to go, Hoptown leads Madisonville 52-46.

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  55. Fleming leads 47-32 with about 4 minutes to go. The announcers say, "This is called putting your foot on the throat and stomping . . . And I don't blame them."

    Fleming will be going to the State Tournament in 1999, when they won the 10th Region.

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    1. I've never heard WUGO, but this sounds like a terrific broadcast.

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  56. In an 8th Region Semi-Final, Oldham County has beaten Anderson County 79-64. Oldham will play the winner of South Oldham and Simon Kenton.

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  57. OK, so I've given up on the 16th Region. Switching to WHOP, the Hoptown announcers seem pretty confident. They should be confident. The Tigers lead 56-50 with 3 minutes to go.

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    1. Hoptown is called for a walk, and the folks on WHOP immediately start complaining about the officials.

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  58. With 1:57 left, Hoptown leads 58-52.

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  59. 14th Region semi-final: Perry County Central beats Cordia 59-57.

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  60. 1st Region semi-final: Calloway County beats St. Mary 39-37.

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  61. 15th Region semi-final: Johnson Central beats Pikeville 61-57.

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  62. Madisonville has made a late run -- the Maroons trail by only 62-60 with 30 seconds left. Hoptown ball.

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    1. Mike Stunson ‏@Mike_Stunson
      HOLY JAIEVEON EAVES! He just hit a 35-foot 3-pointer. 30 seconds left. Hoptown up 62-60.
      7:26 p.m. - Mar 1, 2013

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  63. MADISONVILLE STEALS THE BALL!!! They score and tie the game at 62!!!

    Hoptown calls time with 14 seconds left.

    The folks on WHOP think their guy did "too much dribbling."

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  64. Madisonville called for a foul with 2.8 seconds to go.

    Welcome to Hopkinsville.

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  65. Hoptown makes 1-2 FT's. They lead 63-62 with 2 seconds left.

    Madisonville timeout.

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  66. The WHOP folks tell us that back in 1992, Rick Pitino learned that you guard the inbounds pass in this situation.

    Madisonville tries a long pass, Hoptown intercepts, and the Tigers advance with a 63-62 win.

    That's all for me. GoHeath out.

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  67. The folks on WHOP say, "If you're ahead at the end, you win. And that's what the Tigers did."

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    1. I feel certain this must've been Todd Hamilton doing the broadcast.

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    2. "Would you rather have a car with holes in it, or no car?"

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  68. First Region: Lone Oak goes down, 61-43, to Graves County, so the Eagles will play Calloway County for a trip to the Sweet Sixteen.

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  69. Second Region: Favorite Hoptown gets the winner of Henderson County-Trigg County. The Wildcats led at the half, but the Cols are now up by 11--and things sound pretty gloomy on WKDZ. The commentators say that Henderson County "doesn't have nearly the student section it used to."

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    1. Final: Henderson County 70, Trigg County 60.

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    2. Trigg County's coach says officials weren't calling charge/blocking fouls in the same way from first to second half.

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    3. Bluegrass Basketball ‏@BluegrassBball
      Congrats to Trigg Head Coach Mike Wright on a great career. He will be missed!
      9:26 p.m. - Mar 1, 2013

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    4. Coach Wright tells WKDZ that this Wildcats team "revitalized the athletic spirit of Trigg County High School."

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    5. Coach Wright finishes his career with a 211-209 record, says WKDZ.

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    6. "See you in football season in the fall," signs off WKDZ.

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    7. Scott Brown ‏@scottbrown107
      In 74 seasons of basketball, Trigg County's all-time record is 959-990 -- closest it's been to .500 since the early 1970s.
      10:48 p.m. - Mar 1, 2013

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    8. Scott Brown ‏@scottbrown107
      Hoptown looking for back-to-back region titles for 1st time since 1985-86. Henderson has lost 7 straight region title games back to 1999.
      11:01 p.m. - Mar 1, 2013

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  70. Third Region: Multiple Twitter feeds say that favorites Ohio County and Owensboro are down to 1.8 seconds to play and that Owensboro will have the ball, trailing by three.

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    1. Final: Ohio County 61, Owensboro 57. So now it will be Ohio County vs. Owensboro Catholic, which beat Breckinridge County in double overtime tonight, for the regional championship.

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  71. Fourth Region: Favorite Warren Central will play Russell County, which outlasted Russellville, 71-66, on the strength of 38 points from a senior named Tyler Robertson.

    Tweets Kentucky's Republican House floor leader ...

    Jeff Hoover @KYHoover
    Russell County Lakers advance to regional championship for first time since 1957! #LakerNation #LAKERPRIDE
    8:46 PM - Mar 1, 2013

    Jeff Hoover ‏@KYHoover
    Saw as good of an individual performance tonight I have seen in many years. Tyler Robertson of Russell County had 38 points. #4th region POY
    8:48 p.m. - Mar 1, 2013


    The regional championship is scheduled for Sunday afternoon at E.A. Diddle Arena at Western Kentucky University, and, presumably, "Laker Country WJRS 104.9 FM" will be delivering the Russell County-centric coverage.

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  72. Fifth Region: It will be Elizabethtown John Hardin and Radcliff North Hardin for the title tomorrow night at Hart County High in Munfordville. The teams have met three times this season, with John prevailing by 31, nine and nine points.

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  73. Sixth and Seventh regions: Louisville's championships play out tomorrow at Valley High School. Defending state champ Trinity and Ballard play at 2 p.m. for the Seventh, and then Butler and Pleasure Ridge Park tip at 7 for the Sixth. GoHeath said before the regionals got rolling that Trinity and Ballard would meet for a regional title and that the victor would also win the Sweet Sixteen.

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    1. Mr. Football, who is also a basketball star for Trinity, ...

      James Quick ‏@Uno1Siete7
      I'm hype now
      8:03 a.m. - Mar 2, 2013

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  74. Eighth Region: Tough night for Troy McKinley, as his old Independence Simon Kenton Pioneers fall, 72-70, to Crestwood South Oldham. Now South Oldham will face Buckner Oldham County for the championship, Saturday night at Henry County High. These two teams have played twice this season, both times in Buckner, and split decisions. So this should be a pretty good final. Nonetheless, I was disappointed to see Oldham County beat Anderson County tonight, because that means The Anderson News' John Herndon won't be on hand to Tweet championship observations.

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  75. 14th Region: Cordia lost, 59-57, to Hazard Perry County Central, so that subverts a reprisal of this story. Instead, Hindman Knott County Central will face Perry County Central on Saturday night at Letcher County Central, just as Go Heath predicted--and much to the delight of this Weather Channel producer ...

    Shawn Reynolds ‏@WCL_Shawn
    Congrats to the Perry Co. Central Commodores on the win. 1 game away from Rupp!
    8:57 p.m. - Mar 1, 2013 · Details

    Shawn Reynolds ‏@WCL_Shawn
    Yes, I tweeted about a high school basketball game. It's a Kentucky thing. You probably wouldn't understand
    10:19 p.m. - Mar 1, 2013

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  76. Ninth Region: Semifinals are Saturday at Northern Kentucky University in Highland Heights, and then either Newport or Covington Catholic and either Covington Holmes or Union Randall K. Cooper will play Sunday evening to fill in the last blank in the Sweet Sixteen bracket.

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  77. 10th Region: At Mason County High on Saturday, it will be Montgomery County vs. Covington Scott. Coach Happy Osborne Jr.'s Indians of Mount Sterling won by 15 when these two teams won earlier in the year.

    Meanwhile, 10 years ago in Maysville, ...

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  78. 11th Region: And so it is Richmond Madison Central and Lexington Catholic surviving Friday's fantastic semis and advancing to Saturday night's championship at Eastern Kentucky University.

    Richmond Register ‏@RichmondRsports
    A word of advice. If u r coming to the 11th Region final tomorrow, get to McBrayer early! Hundreds of people were turned away tonight!
    9:32 p.m. - Mar 1, 2013

    Richmond Register @RichmondRsports
    CORRECTION: EKU officials just told me that no one was turned away tonight at McBrayer. Still, come early tomorrow..game is at 7:30 p.m.
    10:06 PM - Mar 1, 2013

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  79. 12th Region ...

    Michael Childers ‏@GetChili22
    The last time Somerset played in the 12th Region Finals (1989), they fell to Wayne Co., in OT, 65-60. The Jumpers face Wayne Co. tomorrow.
    8:32 p.m. - Mar 1, 2013

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  80. 15th Region: Paintsville Johnson Central, which the Courier-Journal Litkenhous Ratings identified as the regional favorite, plays Inez Sheldon Clark for the title Saturday. These two teams played in the 57th District championship, and Johnson Central prevailed by one point.

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  81. 16th Region: And, as Go Heath previously reported, the Fleming County Panthers are headed to the Sweet Sixteen for the first time since 1999. And they're excited.

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