Friday, March 10, 2017

Kentucky High-school Girls' Basketball, Eight Teams Left


Our map is tightening; can Murray and/or Henderson County keep it from turning into a triangle today? Here are today's state-tournament quarterfinals at BB&T Arena at Northern Kentucky University.


Noon Eastern, Louisville Butler Bearettes (34-2) vs. Murray Lady Tigers (28-5)


1:30 p.m., Winchester George Rogers Clark Lady Cardinals (31-4) vs. Mercer County Titans (29-6)


6:30 p.m., Franklin County Lady Flyers (32-5) vs. Independence Simon Kenton Lady Pioneers (29-6)



8 p.m., Covington Holmes Lady Bulldogs (29-5) vs. Henderson County Lady Colonels (29-5)


Here's a printable KHSAA bracket, by the way.

26 comments:

  1. "THE FIRST REGION CHAMPIONS LEAD THE DEFENDING STATE CHAMPIONS BY 11 AT INTERMISSION! WHAT A FIRST HALF!"

    That was the WNBS AM 1340 commentator, and it really did sound like that--all caps and exclamation points. The Lady Tigers sprinted out to a 22-10 lead, as one of the Butler key players picked three fouls; then, the Bearettes inched as close as 22-16, and Murray closed with a 7-2 spurt.

    Jason Frakes‏Verified account @kyhighs
    Macey Turley nails a 3 and Murray leads 29-18 at halftime. Butler looked absolutely gassed in final minute of half.
    11:37 AM - 10 Mar 2017

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  2. WNBS: "The Lady Tigers are wilting under the Butler pressure now."

    31-25 in the third ...

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  3. 42-33, Murray, through three quarters ... WNBS reported that the officials warned the Butler coach to settle down after he disputed a foul call in the final moments of the period. The Lady Tigers are in the bonus and have hit 12 of 16 free-throw attempts so far.

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  4. WNBS guy coming back from break before the fourth quarter: "I have to say, if I die here, and I might, it was a good way to go out."

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  5. Evan Dennison‏ @EvanDennison1
    Butler hasn't been closer than 6 since the later stages of the 1Q. Murray leads 44-33 with 6:46 to play. State's No. 1 in serious trouble.
    12:23 PM - 10 Mar 2017

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  6. WNBS: "Murray is going to be in the double bonus the rest of the way, and (Butler coach) Larry Just is furious."

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  7. 51-45, 4:08 to go ... Murray's top player, point guard Macey Turley, missed the last several minutes after being leveled on some kind of pick for a Butler three-pointer. Turley has 18 points, and she's back in the game now.

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  8. 55-47, Murray, with 2:49 to play ... Turley has 20 for the Lady Tigers; she has hit 13 of 15 foul shots ...

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  9. Jason Frakes‏ @kyhighs
    Teri Goodlett 3 gets Butler within 55-50. Murray to the line with 2:27 left.
    12:37 PM - 10 Mar 2017


    WNBS: "Larry Just and the Butler bench is about to lose their minds ... and now Macie Turley has hurt her shoulder, and I think it's her shooting arm ... tears in her eyes ... well, folks, I'm not sure the Lord cares about the outcome of a basketball game, but you might say a prayer for your ladies ..."

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  10. Turley stays in ... at the line for two ... good ... WNBS: "dead center for Macie Turley" ... good ... 57-50, Lady Tigers ...

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  11. Five-second violation on Butler on an inbounds attempt, though the Bearettes have a timeout left ... 1:56 to go ...

    Jason Frakes‏ @kyhighs
    Burpo beats Butler press for a layup and that might do it. Murray up 59-50 with 1:40 left.
    12:42 PM - 10 Mar 2017

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  12. WNBS: "MURRAY HIGH HAS JUST BEEN ROBBED! THEY HAVE ABSOLUTELY BEEN ROBBED IN FRONT OF THE STATE COMMISSIONER!"

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  13. The officials awarded the ball on a dual-possession ruling to Butler, and WNBS (and the Murray coach, he said) believes it should've gone to Murray.

    It's 61-53, Murray, with 56 seconds to play.

    WNBS: "Right now, Butler is just being allowed to destroy Murray physically."

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  14. 31 seconds to go ... 62-53 after another Murray free throw ... Lady Tigers have hit 24 of 31 (77.4 percent) ... Bearettes are 13 of 17 (76.5 percent) ...

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  15. Jason Frakes‏ @kyhighs
    For the record, was NOT 2 straight jump balls awarded to Butler, refs say. One of the two was NOT a jump ball.
    12:45 PM - 10 Mar 2017

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  16. WNBS: "Do not foul, ladies, and box out. BOX OUT! ... Hang on, ladies. HANG ON!"

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  17. WNBS: "Let me borrow from my man, Al Michaels--DO YOU BELIEVE IN MIRACLES?!? ... YOU CAN CELEBRATE IN THE STREETS OF MURRAY, KENTUCKY!"

    16 seconds to go ... 65-54 after two more Turley free throws (18 of 21 on the game for her) ...

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  18. WNBS, back from the commercial: "The danger of working in a conflict-of-interest situation is emotions are hard to keep in check."

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  19. Two seconds left, 65-56, and the defending state champs (and champs in 2014) take a last timeout together ...

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  20. Seven teams left: Murray Lady Tigers 65, Louisville Butler Bearettes 56.

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  21. WNBS: "Holy smokes, what a win."

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  22. Jason Frakes‏ @kyhighs
    Absolute joy to cover these Butler seniors over the past four years. Nothing but class. Sad to see it end this way for them.
    12:57 PM - 10 Mar 2017

    Jason Frakes @kyhighs
    Murray coach Rechelle Turner in tears. Her team just pulled off one of the greatest upsets in recent Girls Sweet 16 history.
    12:57 PM - 10 Mar 2017

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  23. WNBS: "They're only a Cinderella if your Cinderella wears steel-toed boots."

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  24. Friday’s remaining quarters:

    -- Mercer County Titans 58, Winchester George Rogers Clark Lady Cardinals 47

    -- Franklin County Lady Flyers 51, Independence Simon Kenton Lady Pioneers 49

    -- Covington Holmes Lady Bulldogs 58, Henderson County Lady Colonels 48

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