Sunday, March 23, 2014

Day Five of the State Tournament

I'm not a big fan of Louisville Trinity, but I have to admit that the Shamrocks had a tough path to the state title.  In the regional final, they had to play Louisville Ballard, who the AP ranked as the number-two team in the State.  The Shamrocks beat Ballard 59-58 to advance to the state tournament.  Then in the quarter-finals they had to play Hopkinsville, who the AP had ranked as the number-one team in the state.  The Shamrocks blew them out, winning 74-56.  That set up a match-up with Scott County, the number-three team in the state.  And the Cardinals finally stopped Trinity's run, beating the Shamrocks 62-56 behind a magnificent effort from Trent Gilbert.

In the nightcap, number 4 Covington Catholic cruised past Bowling Green 81-68.

So this sets up today's state final (time Central):

1 P.M.:  (3) Scott Co. (35-3) v. (4) Cov. Catholic (32-2)

Unfortunately, this game will overlap with UK's game against Wichita State.  But it should be a good one.  And the winner it produces will certainly be a very worthy champion.

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