Monday, March 9, 2015

68 Teams Left

Here are the results in the Boys' Basketball Regionals from yesterday:

1st Region Quarter-Finals (at Murray State U.):
Carlisle Co. 67, Ballard Mem. 59
Calloway Co. 61, St. Mary 46

2d Region Quarter-Finals (at Union Co.):
(8) Hopkinsville 77, Caldwell Co. 60
Trigg Co. 67, University Heights 55

16th Region Quarter-Finals (at Morehead State U.):
Elliott Co. 69, Boyd Co. 56
Rowan Co. 53, Greenup Co. 43

Lots of action on tap tonight, including a huge match-up in the Seventh Region, as we race to pick the Sweet 16:

1st Region Quarter-Finals (at Murray State U.):
Graves Co. (18-11) v. Fulton City (8-18)
Paducah Tilghman (21-6) v. Murray (21-9)

2d Region Quarter-Finals (at Union Co.):
(2) Henderson Co. (26-3) v. Crittenden Co. (16-11)
Madisonville-N. Hopkins (11-15) v. Webster Co. (24-6)

3d Region Semi-Finals (at Owensboro Sportscenter):
Muhlenberg Co. (16-13) v. (7) Owensboro (25-4)
Meade Co. (16-10) v. Owensboro Apollo (18-12)

4th Region Semi-Finals (at W. Kentucky U.)
Barren Co. (22-8) v. Bowling Green (26-5)
Warren Cent. (22-8) v. Monroe Co. (28-3)

5th Region Semi-Finals (at Green Co.):
Elizabethtown (18-9) v. Bardstown (20-10)
(4) Taylor Co. (26-4) v. N. Hardin (24-8)

7th Region Semi-Finals (at Lou. Valley):
(1) Lou. Ballard (29-2) v. (5) Lou. Trinity (24-5)
 Lou. Waggener (17-11) v. Lou. Manual (24-5)

8th Region Semi-Finals (at Henry Co.):
Grant Co. (16-14) v. Oldham Co. (26-4)
Owen Co. (26-5) v. Shelbyville Collins (24-8)

9th Region Semi-Finals (at Bank of Kentucky Center):
(9) Cov. Catholic (27-5) v. St. Henry (20-12)
Dixie Heights (23-7) v. Cov. Holmes (22-8)

10th Region Semi-Finals (at Mason Co.):
Campbell Co. (23-9) v. Pendleton Co. (15-16)
Harrison Co. (16-14) v. Scott (17-13)

11th Region Semi-Finals (at E. Kentucky U.):
Lex. Bryan Station (21-7) v. Lex. Lafayette (21-11)
Lex. Henry Clay (21-10) v. Lex. Catholic (22-8)

12th Region Semi-Finals (at Lincoln Co.):
Wayne Co. (23-5) v. Boyle Co. (24-6)
Mercer Co. (23-8) v. Lincoln Co. (24-5)

13th Region Final (at Corbin):
Williamsburg (24-4) v. Clay Co. (24-6)

14th Region Semi-Finals (at Powell Co.):
Powell Co. (14-16) v. Perry Co. Cent. (22-10)
(3) Knott Co. Cent. (28-2) v. Estill Co. (19-9)

15th Region Semi-Finals (at E. Kentucky Expo Center):
Sheldon Clark (23-5) v. Lawrence Co. (18-12)
Johnson Cent. (21-9) v. Pike Co. Cent. (17-13)

16th Region Quarter-Finals (at Morehead State U.):
Morgan Co. (20-5) v. Ashland Blazer (5-26)
Raceland (19-10) v. Fleming Co. (12-17)

161 comments:

  1. Trinity and Ballard have not played each other this year. In 2013, Ballard beat Trinity 57-46 in the Seventh Region Final. Last year, Trinity beat Ballard 59-58 in the Seventh Region Final.

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  2. For once, we finally get to see (and hear) a Seventh Region game. The C-J is streaming the Ballard/Trinity game.

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    1. This is excellent. Did Jason Frakes do the commentary?

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  3. It's a battle of man and machine in this game. The human voters picked Ballard as the best team in the Commonwealth. But the Litkenhous ratings have Trinity on top.

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  4. After 1 quarter: Trinity 17, Ballard 15

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  5. Ballard is on a run. Ballard leads 24-19 with 4:18 left before halftime. Trinity calls time.

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  6. Great -- the feed from Valley High has frozen. With about 2 minutes left in the half, Ballard was up 27-21.

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  7. The feed is back. Late in the second quarter, Ballard leads 30-25.

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  8. Ballard hits a shot at the buzzer to take a 32-25 lead into the locker rooms at halftime.

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  9. Ballard last won the state title in 1999. Since then they have been ranked in the top 10 almost every year. They have been to the state title game on four different occasions: 2003, 2007, 2010, and 2013. They lost all four times. Can this finally be the year they get over the top?

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  10. Not surprisingly, Trinity has come storming back. We're all tied at 38 with 3 minutes to go in the third.

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  11. For the second quarter in a row, Ballard scores at the buzzer. With 8 minutes left, Ballard leads Trinity 44 to 41.

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  12. The Valley High gym is packed for this game, which could be the most important game of the year in the Commonwealth.

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  13. 6:10 left: Ballard 48, Trinity 43. Ballard playing staunch defense right now.

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  14. Ballard is led by Anthony Eaves, the son of old Ballard (and U of L) hero Jerry Eaves. The younger Eaves has 16 points, and Ballard leads 50-43.

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  15. Eaves now has 19 points. His three-pointer puts Trinity up 53-43.

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  16. But Trinity scores five points in a row to make it Ballard 53, Trinity 48 with about 4 minutes to go.

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  17. Now Ballard's pouring it on: the Bruins lead 61-49 with less than two minutes to play.

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  18. So far, Ballard has outscored Trinity 19-8 in the fourth quarter. Ballard leads 63-49 with 1:25 left.

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  19. With 21.6 seconds left, Ballard leads 67-54. Trinity will join Newport Central Catholic and Mason County as teams from the AP Top 10 who won't be going to Rupp Arena.

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  20. Final: Ballard 67, Trinity 54. I never did trust the Litkenhaus ratings.

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  21. The next big game will be Williamsburg v. Clay County for the 13th region final. Tip-off is at 6:30 C.D.T.

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  22. We're listening to this game on the Steve Black show, which you can find at Blogtalkradio.com. They just played the National Anthem.

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  23. Steve Black tells us that he is the P.A. announcer for Knox Central.

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  24. "Crime rates will go up tonight in Manchester," says Steve Black, because everyone is at the game.

    Clay County is going for its third regional title in a row. But Williamsburg is trying to play for the state championship in basketball, as it did in football.

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  25. To me it seems relevant to note that Williamsburg hasn't been to the state basketball tournament since 1946.

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  26. "They talk about not having a big-game atmosphere in the Arena {in Corbin}!" says Steve Black. "Well there's a big-game atmosphere here tonight!"

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  27. In the 10th region, Campbell County beats Pendleton County 81-67.

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  28. At the half in the Second Region, Henderson County leads Crittenden County 37-17.

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  29. In the 14th Region, Perry County Central beat Powell County 63-47.

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  30. W'burg leads Clay Co. 5-2 with 5:10 left in the first quarter.

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  31. Steve Black has sponsors for different types of shots. So a three-pointer is a "Real American" Three. There's also a term for shots in the lane, and another term for free throws. So you get comments like this:

    "Trey Farmer for a Real American Three! BOTTOM!!! Now here come the Jackets. Into the Big Game Lane! Shot no good!"

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  32. "Is that a REAL AMERICAN THREE! IT SURE IS!!" Williamsburg leads 11-8 with less than 2 minutes to go in the first. "Great action so far, folks!"

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  33. For the record, I think Steve Black is pretty good -- he has a nice, energetic style. And he tells you the time and score, which a surprising number of announcers forget to do. I don't even blame him for getting sponsors; without the sponsors I couldn't listen to the game.

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  34. Williamsburg leads 11-10 late in the first quarter.

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  35. After one quarter, Eric's guys from Waggener lead Manual 12-9 in the Seventh Region. Winner to meet Ballard.

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  36. After one quarter in the 13th region final, Williamsburg leads Clay County 13-10.

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  37. For the record, we are listening to the Steve Black Show Podcast.

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  38. 15th Region semi-finals: Lawrence County beats Sheldon Clark 66 to 65.

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    1. Joshua Ball tweets that Sheldon Clark had a 10-point lead with 1:09 left.

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  39. Williamsburg scores 5 quick points to take an 18-10 lead with 6:35 left in the 2d quarter. (A Real American Three and a Big Game Lane layup.) Clay County calls time.

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  40. Steve Black tells us that Clay County has been in these situations before, and they will not get rattled. I bet he's right about that.

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  41. In the 11th Region, Lex. Bryan Station beats Lex. Lafayette 65-48. Bryan Station reaches the Regional Final for the first time since 2008.

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  42. In the Seventh Region, Eric's guys from Waggener lead Manual 24-23 at the half.

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  43. In the Ninth Region, Cov. Cath pounds St. Henry 72-53.

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  44. At the buzzer, Williamsburg scores to take a 25-17 lead. "We've played 16 minutes! We've got 16 minutes to go!"

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  45. 16th Region Quarters: Morgan County beats Ashland 54-47.

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  46. In the 12th Region, Boyle County beat Wayne County 63-56. I once lost to Boyle County on KET's Scholastic Challenge, so my sympathies are with Wayne County.

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  47. In the 5th Region, Bardstown beat Elizabethtown 62-48.

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    1. Bardstown's Kentucky Standard just sent out an email bulletin: "GREENSBURG — The 5th Region tournament is starting to look like Bardstown’s personal playground."

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  48. Steve Black refers to the Williamsburg fans as "the Big Orange faithful." This does not give me happy thoughts about Williamsburg.

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  49. After three quarters in the Seventh Region, Eric's guys from Waggener are tied 36-36 with Manual.

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  50. With 4:59 to go in the third, Williamsburg leads Clay County 34-20. Steve Black just played a "WHOA!" sound effect.

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  51. In the Third Region, Owensboro beats Muhlenberg County 72-46.

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  52. Williamsburg has made 8-8 shots in the third quarter. They lead 44-28 with two minutes to go in the third quarter.

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  53. In the First Region Quarters, Graves County beat Fulton City 63-29.

    In the Second Region Quarters, Henderson Co. beat Crittenden Co. 74-32.

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  54. In the Seventh Region, Waggener leads Manual 41-38 with 4:39 left in the game.

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  55. In the Seventh Region, Manual and Waggener are tied 42-all with 2:45 left.

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  56. After three quarters, Williamsburg leads Clay County 48-31. On the podcast, Steve Black just pointed out that the Yellow Jackets haven't been to the state tournament since 1946.

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  57. Williamsburg went 10-12 from the field in the third quarter. They scored 23 points in 8 minutes. "Everybody on their feet here at the Arena!"

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  58. Fourth Region: Bowling Green 68, Barren County 67. Final in overtime. The reign of Warren County continues.

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  59. In the Seventh Region, Manual leads Waggener 47-44 with 49 seconds to play.

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  60. Less than six minutes to go: Williamsburg leads 54-39

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  61. Steve Black tells us that Williamsburg's team is mostly made up of guys who played on the football team, which went to the Class A finals.

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    1. And they won't have to play Mayfield if they go to Rupp Arena.

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  62. In the 11th Region Semis, Lex Cath leads Henry Clay 12-4 after one quarter.

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  63. In the Seventh Region, we have a lot of free throws being shot. Manual leads 50-46 with 20.9 seconds left.

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  64. Williamsburg leads Clay County 58-42 with 4 minutes to go. Steve Black says that the big question is whether Williamsburg can finish Clay County off.

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  65. Steve Jones of the C-J updates us on the 7th Region. Up 50-46, Manual misses two free throws. Waggener scores. It's now 50-48 Manual with 2.6 seconds left. Manual ball.

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  66. Now, with 3:50 left in the fourth quarter, Clay County has cut the Williamsburg lead to 58-46. In the tone of someone who has seen Clay County win the 13th Region many times, Steve Black tells that Big Clay is coming back.

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  67. Manual is going to the line with 1.6 seconds to go. They still lead 50-48.

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  68. Clay County gets a steal and a basket: 58-48.

    Williamsburg comes back and their shot is blocked. Clay County has the ball and is fouled! Trey Farmer to the line.

    "It's back to single digits, folks!"

    Williamsburg 58, Clay County 49. 3:19 to go.

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    1. He used that expression a lot. I really hope that people in the 13th Region say that all the time.

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  69. Trey Farmer hits a three!

    Williamsburg 58, Clay County 52

    Time out, Williamsburg. Clay County has scored at least 10 points in a row.

    "If you are not here, you are missing -- excuse me folks -- one helluva game!"

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  70. "You've gotta put away Clay County! Corbin couldn't do it! Knox Central couldn't do it!"

    But Williamsburg responds with a drive to the line. Foul on Farmer. Williamsburg makes one of two FT's. 59-52 with 2:45 left.

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  71. In the Seventh Region, Manual beats Waggener 51-48, will play Ballard for the title on Thursday.

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  72. "You're gonna have to start making your free throws!" Williamsburg makes two free throws, now leads 61-52.

    But Clay scores to make it 61-54.

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  73. With 1:57 left, Clay County goes to the line. They miss, but score on the putback. Williamsburg 61, Clay Co. 56.

    Then Trey Farmer steals the inbounds pass, but misses a layup. 1:30 left.

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  74. Clay County has scored 25 points in the fourth quarter. But Williamsburg makes two FT's, and they now lead 63-56 with 1:12 left.

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  75. Once again, William & Mary will not make the NCAA Tournament. The Tribe, one of only five of the original D-1 schools that have never made the Tournament, were beaten in the CAA final by Northeastern: 72 to 61.

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  76. Meanwhile, back in Corbin, Williamsburg leads 63-57 with one minute left. "You've got to finish it!"

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    1. I've known about Clay County and their dominant presence in the 13th Region ever since I was a kid, but until tonight I never fully appreciated just how intimidating they are. Folks in the other end of the Commonwealth probably don't understand how we feel about Tilghman.

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    2. Big Clay. Yeah, that feeling really came out in this report.

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  77. Jason Frakes points out that Manual hasn't been to the State Tournament since 1972.

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  78. Williamsburg makes a free throw: 64-57 with 49 seconds left. And then Williamsburg is called for a foul. "That's debatable."

    Clay County makes both FT's. Williamsburg 64, Clay County 59.

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  79. Williamsburg misses the first FT. "I've seen this too many times, folks. HIT YOUR FREE THROWS!"

    "He listened to me that time." Williamsburg makes the second free throw. The score is now 65-59. 42 seconds left.

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  80. Clay County gets to the line again. Trey Farmer makes both FT's, and Williamsburg leads 65-61 with 38 seconds to go. Clay County has scored 30 points in the 4th quarter so far.

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  81. Now Williamsburg is back at the line. This time they make both free throws: 67-61 Willamsburg.

    Farmer misses a three. Williamsburg rebound! Foul on Clay County! 28.9 seconds left.

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  82. Williamsburg makes one more FT: 69-61.

    Clay County misses another three. Williamsburg gets the rebound and goes back to the line.

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  83. W'burg makes two more FT's: 70-61 with 17 seconds left.

    Clay County misses another three, and WILLIAMSBURG RUNS OUT THE CLOCK. THEY ARE GOING TO STATE FOR THE FIRST TIME SINCE 1946. FINAL SCORE: WILLIAMSBURG 70, CLAY COUNTY 61

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  84. Great, great broadcast from Steve Black. I strongly recommend his podcast.

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    1. FANTASTIC! FANTASTIC! I've got to check him out in the Sweet Sixteen.

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  85. And now we head over to an old friend: WKYX in Paducah, which can now be found at 94.3 FM as well as at its old home of 570 A.M. KYX is covering the Tilghman/Murray game in the First Region.

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  86. With 1:28 to play in the first half, Tilghman leads Murray 23-20.

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  87. The Tilghman/Murray winner will play Graves County in the semi-finals.

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    1. I think I'm rooting for Tilghman.

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    2. And when I was at Heath, we didn't like Murray.

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  89. At the half, Tilghman leads Murray 25-20.

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  90. In the 12th Region, Lincoln County beats Mercer County 57-34.

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  91. Interesting ad right now: the Paducah Public Schools are advertising themselves as "Not too big, and not too small." I wonder if the presence of a certain enormous county school has gotten people in Paducah thinking about school size.

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  92. In the 10th Region, Scott beats Harrison County 54-53.

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  93. Madisonville-North Hopkins is trailing Webster County, 40-30, through three quarters in the Second Region. WFMW is one of two Madisonville AM stations broadcasting the game. It calls itself "the official station of Maroon nation," but I initially thought they were calling it "the official station of elimination."

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    1. Who is the other station, and are they unofficial?

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    2. Madisonville's WTTL 1310 AM is also carrying the game.

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  94. In the 9th Region, Covington Holmes and Dixie Heights are tied at 34 with 3:37 left in the third quarter.

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  95. Dixie Heights leads Covington Holmes 41-40 with one quarter to go. Winner to face Cov Cath for the 9th Region title.

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  96. Tilghman leads 31-25 about halfway through the third quarter.

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  97. In all seriousness, this is the greatest high school sporting event in America, if not the world.

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  98. Tilghman has gone ice cold. Murray has sliced the lead to 31-29, PTHS now up by only two.

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  99. Another great game in the 9th Region, where Dixie Heights leads Covington Holmes 49-48 with 5:07 left in the 4th Quarter.

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  100. Third Region: Apollo 33, Meade Co. 24 at the half

    Fourth Region: Warren Cent. 21, Monroe Co. 19 with 2:24 left in the second quarter.

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  101. AAUUUGGGH! I had been quietly rooting for Owen County in the 8th Region, but they lost 48-41 to Shelbyville Collins. Collins will play Oldham County for the 8th Region title.

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  102. Tilghman makes a three to go up 37-32. In the First Region, hitting a three is like getting five points anywhere else.

    But then the ball is called out on PTHS and the folks on WKYX are enraged. That's the worst call I've ever seen! You talk about robbing the cradle!"

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  103. In the 14th Region, Knott County Central crushes Estill County 56-27.

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  104. In the 9th Region, Dixie Heights leads Holmes 55-52 with 3:10 left.

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  105. Holmes ties the score at 55 with 2:45 left.

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  106. In the 15th Region, Johnson Central beats Pike County 80-63.

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  107. Tilghman and Murray spent the last minute of the third quarter in complex plays designed to set up one shot. None of these maneuvers worked, and PTHS still leads 37-32 with one quarter to go.

    The First Region doesn't always have the best players, but we seem to engage in huge amounts of strategy.

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  108. Madisonville and Webster are going to overtime in Morganfield.

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  109. It's such a contrast with the Second Region. Every game in the First Region tends to finish with a score of something like 48-43, and over in the Second Region the big schools win a bunch of games by scores of something like 92-37.

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  110. Tilghman makes two free throws and now leads 39-32 early in the 4th quarter.

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  111. In the 16th Region, Fleming County leads Raceland 45-43 with 3:35 left in the game.

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  112. I don't really understand how/why we have two competing stations covering the games here. WTTL sometimes uses three announcers; in those cases, we have five different people talking on live radio about Madisonville-North Hopkins games. It's pretty odd.

    WTTL typically does ESPN radio. WFMW is a classic-country/Merle Haggard/Crystal Gayle situation.

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  113. In the 9th Region. Cov. Holmes leads Dixie Heights 56-55 with 0.9 seconds left. Dixie has the ball.

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  114. Holmes steals the inbounds attempt, and beats Dixie Heights 56-55. So the 9th Region final will be Holmes v. Cov. Cath.

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  115. In the 11th Region, Lexington Catholic pounds Henry Clay 65-44. The Knights advance to the final against Lex. Bryan Station.

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  116. PTHS leads Murray 43-38 with 4:35 left in the game.

    Madisonville leads Webster County 53-52 with 56.9 seconds left in OVERTIME.

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    1. It appears that Kevin Patton, who tweeted this score, was incorrect. Because I am now seeing multiple tweets showing that Webster County was in the lead 53-52 with less than a minute to go.

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  117. OK, so here's where we are so far:

    1st Region: Semi-finals tomorrow
    2d: Semis tomorrow
    3d: Owensboro v. ??? for the title
    4th: BGHS v. ??? for title
    5th: Bardstown v. ??? for title
    6th: Semis tomorrow
    7th: Ballard v. Manual for title
    8th: Oldham v. Collins for title
    9th: Cov. Cath v. Holmes for title
    10th: Campbell Co. v. Scott for title
    11th: Lex Cath v. Lex Bryan Station for title
    12th: Boyle Co. v. Lincoln Co. for title
    13th: Williamsburg to Rupp!
    14th: Knott Co. v. Perry Co. for title
    15th: Johnson Cent. v. Lawrence Co. for title
    16th: Morgan Co. v. ??? for title

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  118. Webster County wins by two. WTTL says the Madisonville shooter was hammered on the Maroons' previous two possessions and held on the final-lay inbounds--no fouls called.

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  119. Meanwhile, Tilghman leads Murray 49-40 late in the game. The PTHS announcers are still complaining about the officiating, but in a jocular spirit.

    It would be interesting to know which region features the most complaints about the officiating. I would put the First and the Second up against almost anyone else in this category.

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  120. Webster County has apparently beaten Madisonville 54-52 in overtime. According to Scott Brown, this is Webster County's first win in the regional tournament since 1995.

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  121. So the Second Region semi-finals will be:

    Hopkinsville v. Henderson Co.
    Trigg Co. v. Webster Co.

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  122. Murray has hit a barrage of three's to make the score 51-49. But PTHS makes two FT's to lead 53-49 with less than a minute to go.

    Another three for Murray! 53-52 for Tilghman.

    Tilghman turns it over! Murray's ball with 32 seconds to go. Tilghman calls time.

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  123. Oh, my! Tilghman was up 49-40 with just a few minutes left, and then Murray hit four three-pointers in a row. Now there are 32 seconds left, and Tilghman's lead is only 53-52. Murray ball. "I hope things don't go like they did for Murray State the other night."

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  124. Now we're going to have some strategy. Murray holds the ball for 15 seconds and calls time. Tilghman leads 53-52 with 17 seconds left.

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  125. In the 16th Region, Raceland beats Fleming County 54-53. According to Aaron Snyder, Raceland hasn't made the Regional Semi-Finals since 1966.

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  126. On WKYX, they had a big discussion about whether Murray would shoot a three or drive to the basket. In the end, Murray drove to the basket -- and missed! PTHS rebound. Tilghman goes to the line with 9 seconds left.

    The announcers tell us how important the FT's are.

    PTHS misses the first one.
    PTHS misses the second one.

    Here comes Murray!

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  127. Murray comes down, puts up a shot -- and scores!

    The announcer for WKYX was so depressed he thought the game was over and Murray had won 54-53. But apparently the situation is more complicated. It was actually a three-point shot to put Murray up 55-53. But there's 0.3 seconds left.

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  128. As you would expect, there's a fair amount of bitterness on WKYX. Down the stretch, Murray made five three-pointers, and Tilghman missed six free throws.

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  129. In the Third Region, Meade County beats Apollo 67-64.

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  130. "You talk about a team falling apart in the last minute and a half." PTHS throws away the in-bound pass. Murray is fouled with less than a second to go. They make one free throw. "And now it's over."

    Murray wins 55-53. (Apparently the shot that put Murray into the lead was not a three after all).

    I'm not going to listen to the post-game.

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  131. So here is the semi-finals in the First Region:

    Carlisle Co. v. Calloway Co.
    Graves Co. v. Murray

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  132. And that's going to end tonight's coverage. I wanted to know how Monroe County and Warren Central came out, but I can't find the score anywhere.

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