Monday, February 29, 2016

Kentucky High-school Basketball, Girls Regionals

First Region at Murray State University

Graves County (defending regional champ) vs. Marshall County (1982 and '84 state champ), tonight
McCracken County vs. Fulton County, tonight
Carlisle Count vs. Paducah Tilghman, Tuesday
Murray vs. Mayfield, Tuesday
Semifinals, Friday
Championship, Saturday

Second Region at Hopkinsville High School

Lyon County vs. Mortons Gap Hopkins County Central, tonight
Henderson County (defending regional champ) vs. Christian County, tonight
Madisonville-North Hopkins vs. Crittenden County, Tuesday
Hopkinsville vs. Webster County, Tuesday
Semifinals, Friday
Championship, Saturday

Third Region at Owensboro Sportscaster

Grayson County vs. Meade County, tonight
Owensboro Catholic vs. Muhlenberg County (defending regional champ), tonight
Breckinridge County vs. Daviess County, Tuesday
McLean County vs. Edmonson County, Tuesday
Semifinals, Friday
Championship, Sunday

Fourth Region at Western Kentucky University

Logan County over Allen County-Scottsville (defending state runner-up), 47-41, Feb. 28
Bowling Green over Russell County, 65-53, Feb. 28
South Warren vs. Franklin-Simpson, tonight
Glasgow vs. Metcalfe County, tonight
Semifinals, Friday
Championship, Sunday

Fifth Region at Hart County High

Green County over Bardstown, 63-51, Feb. 28
Elizabethtown John Hardin over Adair County, 64-45, Feb. 28
Elizabethtown (defending regional champ, 1998 state champ, Litkenhous No. 1) vs. Marion County (2013 state champ), Tuesday
Nelson County vs. Horse Cave Caverna, Tuesday
Semifinals, Friday
Championship, Saturday

Sixth Region 

Louisville Mercy (defending regional champ, 1992 and 2010 state champ) at Hebron Estates North Bullitt, tonight
Louisville Doss at Louisville Pleasure Ridge Park, tonight
Shepherdsville Bullitt Central at Louisville Butler (1975, '80, 2008 and '14 state champ), Tuesday
Mount Washington Bullitt East at Louisville Fairdale, Tuesday
Semifinals at Louisville Valley High, Wednesday
Championship at Louisville Valley High, Saturday

Seventh Region

Christian Academy-Louisville at Louisville Male (defending regional champ), tonight
Louisville Central at Louisville Sacred Heart (1976 and 2002-04 state champ), tonight
Louisville Assumption at Louisville duPont Manual (2012 state champ), tonight
Louisville Waggener at Louisville Eastern, tonight
Semifinals at Louisville Valley, Wednesday
Championship at Louisville Valley, Saturday

Eighth Region at Shelby County High

Trimble County vs. Gallatin County, tonight
Anderson County vs. Walton-Verona, tonight
Owen County vs. Oldham County (1986 state champ), Tuesday
Independence Simon Kenton (defending regional champ) vs. Shelbyville Collins, Tuesday
Semifinals, Friday
Championship, Saturday

Ninth Region at Northern Kentucky University

Fort Thomas Highlands vs. Covington Holy Cross (defending state champ), tonight
Union Ryle vs. Erlanger Saint Henry, tonight
Covington Holmes vs. Newport, Tuesday
Edgewood Dixie Heights vs. Hebron Conner, Tuesday
Semifinals, Saturday
Championship, Sunday

10th Region at Campbell County High 

Winchester George Rogers Clark vs. Maysville Saint Patrick, tonight
Campbell County vs. Harrison County, tonight
Mason County (defending regional champ) vs. Bourbon County, Tuesday
Nicholas County (1993 state champ) vs. Taylor Mill Scott, Tuesday
Semifinals, Friday
Championship, Saturday

11th Region at Eastern Kentucky University

Franklin County (defending regional champ) vs. Berea Madison Southern, tonight
Lexington Henry Clay (1990 state champ) vs. Lexington Paul Laurence Dunbar, tonight
Richmond Madison Central vs. Lexington Bryan Station, Tuesday
Lexington Lafayette vs. Frankfort Western Hills, Tuesday
Semifinals, Friday
Championship, Saturday

12th Region at Lincoln County High

Pulaski County (1981 state champ) vs. Wayne County, tonight
Lincoln County vs. Nicholasville East Jessamine, tonight
Mercer County (defending regional champ) vs. Rockcastle County (2011 state champ), Tuesday
Somerset Southwestern vs. Danville, Tuesday
Semifinals, Friday
Championship, Saturday

13th Region at Corbin Arena

Corbin vs. London North Laurel, tonight
Harlan vs. Barbourville Knox Central, tonight
Clay County (1989 state champ) vs. Harlan County, Tuesday
Pineville vs. London South Laurel, Tuesday
Semifinals, Friday
Championship, Saturday

14th Region at Powell County High

Knott County Central vs. Leslie County, tonight
Breathitt County vs. Lee County, tonight
Powell County vs. Wolfe County, Tuesday
Perry County Central vs. Jenkins, Tuesday
Semifinals, Friday
Championship, Saturday

15th Region at East Kentucky Expo Center in Pineville

Magoffin County vs. Pikeville, tonight
Prestonsburg vs. Lawrence County, tonight
Belfry vs. Betsy Layne, Tuesday
Inez Shelby Valley vs. Paintsville Johnson Central, Tuesday
Semifinals, Friday
Championship, Saturday

16th Region at Morehead State University

Boyd County vs. Fleming County, tonight
Grayson East Carter vs. Lewis County, tonight
Rowan County vs. Ashland Blazer (1921-22, '24 and '28-29 state champ, defending regional champ), Tuesday
Russell vs. Olive Hill West Carter (2000 state champ), Tuesday
Semifinals, Friday
Championship, Saturday


  1. Boys' Regionals start tomorrow night.

  2. Both 2015 finalists are now eliminated. Last year’s state runner-up, Allen County-Scottsville, was eliminated, 47-41, by Logan County on Sunday in the Fourth Region tournament, and then Highlands took out the reigning state champ, Covington Holy Cross, 52-44, in the Ninth Region yesterday.

    Our girls from western Paducah, the McCracken County Lady Mustangs, eliminated Fulton County, 57-21, in the First Region first round Monday. Up next for McCracken County is the defending regional champion, Graves County, which pulled away from Marshall County in the second half and won, 44-33, last night. McCracken and Graves split their two meetings this regular season—with the Lady Mustangs winning by three and losing by five.

    I’m always happy to see Hopkins County Central have success, and it did Monday—64-57 over Lyon County in the sSecond Region.

    The Third Region will have a new champion, as Muhlenberg County went down, 78-44, against Owensboro Catholic.

    I am excited about today’s 6 p.m. tilt between Madisonville-North Hopkins and Crittenden County in the Second Region tournament at Hopkinsville High. The head coach of the 22-4 Lady Maroons lives catty-corner to me, and our daughters sometimes play together!

  3. The Lady Maroons won!

    Other First and Second winners Tuesday night were Murray, Tilghman and Webster County.

    Out in eastern Kentucky, Rowan County--basically playing at home, in Morehead--ripped Blazer, 61-42. Also, Rockcastle County went down, 68-47, to Mercer, the defending 12th Region champ. I root for the Rock in girls' hoops because their 2011 state championship was so much fun the HP.

  4. The Louisville regions yesterday pared to finalists, and the survivors are all recent powers. Butler plays Mercy for the Sixth Region championship, and Male plays Manual for the Seventh--both Saturday at Valley.

  5. No girls' action tonight. Lots of regional semis Friday.

  6. Rats. Both McCracken County and Madisonville-North Hopkins were eliminated tonight.