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12TH REGIONAL BASKETBALL ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAM

March 11, 2020 7:58 AM

The 2020 12th Regional Basketball All-Tournament Team are as follows: Front row left to right are:  Aiden Slone (Danville), Colton Fraley (Pulaski County), Cole Dysinger (Southwestern), Zach Travis (Pulaski County), Kade Grundy (Somerset), and Thomas Spencer (Wayne County). Second row left to right are Darrian Bell (Danville), Clayton Winter (West Jessamine), Daniel Waters (West Jessamine), Nate Breeden (West Jessamine), Trey Dawson (Danville) DeAjuan Stepp (West Jessamine), DeQuante Jackson (East Jessamine), Elijah Frye (Lincoln County), and Jase Bruner (Somerset). The All-Tournament Team was selected by The Doug Out.
Photo by Doug Eads

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ADMIRALS END SOMERSET’S SEASON ON A LAST-SECOND TIP IN

March 10, 2020 7:09 AM

Somerset’s Dylan Burton scored 11 points in Monday night’s 12th Regional semi final game against Danville, but it would be the Admirals avenging two earlier losses to Somerset this season thanks to a last-second tip in with a 66-64 win over the Briar Jumpers.
Photo by Nick Hibbard

By DOUG EADS

The Somerset Briar Jumpers had been near or at the top of the 12th Regional standings all season long.



On Monday night at Pulaski County High School in the semi finals of the Boy’s 12th Regional Basketball Tournament, an old nemesis — the Danville Admirals — were standing in Somerset’s way to a regional title game appearance.

And, the Ads came out like a house on fire.

After losing to Somerset in both regular season meetings, Ed McKinney’s club was looking to make a statement on Monday night, and the Ads did just that.

Danville came out and punched Somerset squarely in the mouth, leading the Briar Jumpers by 17 points at halftime, and despite a valiant comeback effort, Somerset would fall in heart-breaking fashion thanks to a last second tip in from Jalen Dunn, helping Danville escape with a 66-64 victory.

Wow, what a game.

Danville — thanks to some red-hot shooting from downtown — led Somerset at the break by a whopping, 39-22 margin.

Somerset was dead, right? No, that would be wrong.

Playing with the heart of a champion, Jeron Dunbar’s club fought back.



Jase Bruner hit three treys in the second half, while Gavin Stevens knocked down a pair of three’s after the intermission, helping Somerset to get back off the mat.

And, despite the fact that Somerset’s leading scorer — Kade Grundy — rolled an ankle and basically played the fourth quarter on one leg, the Briar Jumpers roared back.

Somerset fought all the way back from that 17-point halftime deficit to knot things up at 64-64 with less than a minute to play in the contest, before Danville held the ball for a last shot.

That shot was missed, but Jalen Dunn’s tip in was good just before the final horn sounded, sending Danville to the regional title game, while ending Somerset’s season in heart-breaking fashion with a 66-64 win over the Briar Jumpers.

Bruner and Grundy both led Somerset with 15 points each in the game, while Dylan Burton and Stevens each chipped in with 11 points, for a Briar Jumper team that saw their season end with a 26-6 record.

Danville — with the win — moved on to Tuesday night’s championship game of the tournament to face West Jessamine at 7 p.m. from Pulaski County High School.


WEST JESSAMINE TAKES DOWN PC IN SEMI FINALS

March 10, 2020 6:52 AM

Pulaski County senior Garrett Heath — who played the entire season basically with one arm due to a shoulder injury — scored seven points on Monday night in what would the the final game of an outstanding prep career, as West Jessamine knocked off the Maroons in the 12th Regional Tournament semi finals.
Photo by David Rogers

By DOUG EADS



The Pulaski County Maroons came into Monday night’s 12th Regional Tournament semi finals with a 25-6 won-loss record on the season, and a homecourt advantage over West Jessamine.

When all was said and done, none of that mattered.

West Jessamine used a 15-2 run in the first quarter to take a 20-12 lead over John Fraley’s club at the end of the first period — and despite more than one comeback attempt from Pulaski County — it would be the visiting Colts moving on to the tourney’s championship game, with an 82-68 victory over the Maroons.

Garrett Heath — playing in his final game of an outstanding prep career at Pulaski County — hit a three-pointer just before the horn sounded to end the first half, helping the Maroons get back in this one only trailing West Jessamine 35-30 at the intermission.

However, despite two or three comeback attempts in the second half, every time the Maroons got the deficit down to a working margin, it was the Colts who would have an answer.

Nate Breeden killed Pulaski County all night long from downtown, as he hit six three’s in the game on his way to a game-high 27 points.

Pulaski County meanwhile was led by Colton Fraley — also playing in the final game of an outstanding career — with 18 points, while Zach Travis added 15 points for the Maroons.

With the loss, Pulaski County finished its season with a 25-7 record, while West Jessamine moved on to Tuesday night’s championship game of the tournament, which will tip off at Pulaski County High School at 7 p.m.




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WARRIORS FALL IN 12TH REGIONAL OPENER TO COLTS

March 5, 2020 7:50 AM

By DOUG EADS

The Southwestern Warriors came into Wednesday night’s 12th Regional Tournament opener with a 17-14 season record, but eight of those losses had came by three points or less, on in other words, one possession.

Simply, the Warriors had been snake-bitten all season long in close games, but on Wednesday night, there would no close game unfortunately for the Warriors.

Facing the West Jessamine Colts, Southwestern got 11 early points in the first quarter from Cole Dysinger, and early in the second frame, the blue and orange enjoyed a seven-point lead over West Jessamine at 19-12.

That’s when Brayden Sims picked up a second foul, and things went south on Southwestern, and in a hurry at that juncture when Sims was forced to the bench.

DeAjuan Stepp scored a game-high 32 points, and the Colts went on an 18-0 spurt in the first half to roar back for an 84-56 beatdown over the Warriors.

Simply put, it was just not the Warriors night.



Sims — in only 1:33 of playing time in the second half — picked up three fouls and fouled out in the final game of his outstanding prep career at Southwestern.

Dysinger meanwhile scored a team-high 16 points for the Warriors, but it was much too little, too late, as the Colts eventually built up the lead in the second half to 30 points over the Warriors.

Southwestern — with the loss to the Colts — finished the season with a 17-15 record.

West Jessamine meanwhile advanced with the win to next Monday night’s semi final round of the tournament, where they will run up against the Pulaski County Maroons.

PC tipped off the 12th Regional tourney on Wednesday night with a 62-49 win over Lincoln County.


MAROONS IMPRESSIVE IN 12TH REGIONAL OPENER AGAINST PATS

March 5, 2020 7:36 AM

Pulaski County sophomore Zach Travis scored a game-high 21 points in Wednesday night’s 12th Regional Tournament opener, helping the Maroons topple defending regional champion Lincoln County by a final score of 62-49.
Photo by David Rogers

By DOUG EADS

Way back last October in the weeks leading up to the start of the 2019-’20 high school basketball season, both Pulaski County and Lincoln County were widely favored to collide in March to settle a champion inside the 12th Region.



Yet on Wednesday night at Pulaski County High School on the opening night of the Boy’s 12th Regional Basketball Tournament, there stood the Patriots and Maroons staring at each other as they met in the first round of the tourney, instead of the title game.

And for the second time this season, Pulaski County had Lincoln County’s number.

John Fraley’s club used an 8-0 spurt to begin the second half to take this game by the throat, and the Maroons got a game-high 21 points from sophomore forward Zach Travis, helping Pulaski County to move on to the semi finals of the tourney with an impressive, 62-49 win over the Pats.

This game was a low-scoring affair in the first half — much like the first game this season between the two regional powerhouses, in a game won by PC 56-50.

On Wednesday night however with the stakes much, much larger, it was the Maroons that clearly made their case that they’re going to be a tough out in this tourney on their home court.

PC led the Patriots at the half 22-17, but took firm control of this one with a modest, 8-0 spurt to begin the third frame, taking a 30-17 lead over Lincoln County.

The Patriots — held without a three-point basket in the opening half of play — finally got on track from downtown after that PC spurt, as Baylor Mattingly knocked down a couple of treys for Lincoln County, as did Elijah Frye.

However, it was Pulaski County that led this affair 41-28 through three quarters oif play.



In the final stanza, the Patriots eventually trimmed that deficit down to seven points and had the ball, with momentum on their side.

However on that possession, PC’s Colton Fraley came up with a steal, and Travis drained a three-pointer from the corner on a nice dish from Fraley, and just like that, the Maroons were back up by 10 points, and closed it out from there.

KJ Combs also hit for double figures with 12 points for PC, and Fraley added 10 points, as the Maroons moved to 25-6 on the season with the win and onto the semi finals.

The Maroons will meet West Jessamine next Monday night in the first semi final game at Pulaski County High School at 6:30 p.m.

The Colts punched their ticket to the semi finals, with an 84-56 win last night over Southwestern.


PAIRINGS ARE SET FOR GIRL’S AND BOY’S 12TH REGIONAL TOURNAMENTS

February 29, 2020 1:02 PM

By DOUG EADS

The 12th Regional Tournament draws were held earlier this morning at Pulaski County High School, and both the boy’s and girl’s tourneys are now set, and WOW, what a tournament they’re both going to be.

Simply put, both tournaments will see monumental matchups in round one.

On Monday night, the Girl’s 12th Regional Tournament will get things started at Lincoln County High School, and right out of the gate, fans are going to get to see the two prohibitive favorites — Casey County and defending 12th Regional champion Southwestern — square off against each other in round one of the tourney; a rematch of last year’s 12th Regional Tournament title game.

On the boy’s side, another matchup of two bonafide regional contenders will take place to kick off the tournament, as homestanding Pulaski County will square off against the 12th Region’s defending champion Lincoln County.

Here’s a complete rundown of the games, times, and dates of both regional tournaments.

GIRL’S 12TH REGIONAL TOURNAMENT AT LINCOLN COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL

MONDAY, MARCH 2ND

Danville vs. East Jessamine 6:30 p.m.

Casey County vs. Southwestern 8:00 p.m.

TUESDAY, MARCH 3RD

Mercer County vs. Wayne County 6:30 p.m.

Rockcastle County vs. Garrard County 8:00 p.m.

FRIDAY, MARCH 6TH — SEMI FINALS AT 6:30 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.

SATURDAY, MARCH 7TH — FINALS AT 7 p.m.

BOY’S 12TH REGIONAL TOURNAMENT AT PULASKI COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 4TH

Pulaski County vs. Lincoln County 6:30 p.m.

Southwestern vs. West Jessamine 8:00 p.m.

THURSDAY, MARCH 5TH

Somerset vs. East Jessamine 6:45 p.m.

Wayne County vs. Danville 8:15 p.m.

MONDAY, MARCH 9TH — SEMI FINALS AT 6:30 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.

TUESDAY, MARCH 10TH — FINALS AT 7:00 p.m.


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JUMPERS OPEN REGIONAL TOURNEY WITH WIN OVER EAST

March 6, 2020 9:21 AM

Somerset’s Kade Grundy poured in a game-high 34 points on Thursday night, leading the Briar Jumpers to a 77-66 win over East Jessamine in the first round of the Boy’s 12th Regional Basketball Tournament.
Photo by David Rogers

By DOUG EADS

In Thursday night’s first round game of the Boy’s 12th Regional Basketball Tournament at Pulaski County High School, the Somerset Briar Jumpers found themselves in a 15-6 deficit to East Jessamine late in the first quarter.

No problem whatsoever for Jeron’s Dunbar’s club.

Kade Grundy tallied 18 of his game-high 34 points in the first half, helping Somerset go into the locker room with a 30-27 lead over the Jaguars.

Coming out of the intermission, Grundy drained a couple of contested three’s, and Somerset began the third period on a 20-6 run to take a 50-33 lead over the Jaguars.

Ballgame.

East Jessamine’s Michael Powell came out of the gate swinging, and he was largely responsible for the Jags racing out to that 15-6 lead over the Jumpers midway through the first quarter.

However from that juncture, Grundy took over at the offensive end of the floor, and the Jags had trouble all night long with Somerset’s size and length advantage down in the paint.

All five of Somerset’s starters hit for double figures in the win, with Grundy leading the way with 34 points.

Kaiya Sheron added 13 points in the win for Somerset, while Gavin Stevens, Dylan Burton, and Jase Bruner each added 10 points for a Briar Jumper team that improved to 26-5 on the season with the win.

On Monday night, Somerset will take on arch-rival Danville — a 70-60 winner over Wayne County in last night’s second first round game — in the second semi final contest.

The first semi final game on Monday night at Pulaski County High School will feature the homestanding Maroons taking on West Jessamine beginning at 6:30 p.m.

The Somerset-Danville game will follow that contest approximately 20 minutes after the first game.

The two winners on Monday night will face off on Tuesday night in the 12th Regional Tournament Championship Game from Pulaski County High School beginning at 7 p.m.


CARDS EDGE SOUTHWESTERN FOR 48TH DISTRICT CROWN

By DOUG EADS

The Southwestern Warriors had been snake-bitten all season long in close games heading into the championship game of the Boy’s 48th District Basketball Tournament on Friday night.

Hosting arch-rival Wayne County at the Wigwam in the district tourney title game, Southwestern had suffered over half of its losses on the season by three points or less; or in other words, the Warriors had lost those seven games by one possession.

And on Friday night, heartbreak set in again for the Warriors, who can’t seemingly buy a break in a tight contest at the end of a game.

Knotted up with Wayne County at 76-76 in a great game once again between these two familiar arch-rivals, the Warriors were whistled for a foul with only :01.6 left in the contest, and the visiting Cardinals capitalized by hitting one free throw, coming away with a district championship with a hard-fought, 77-76 win over the Warriors.

Behind 15 first half points from senior guard Cole Dysinger, the Warriors led Wayne County 38-32 at the intermission, and led the Cards through three quarters of play at 56-51.

However, Dysinger was held to only three points in the second half, and Wayne County outscored Southwestern in the fourth quarter 26-20, to escape The Wigwam with the one-point win.

Brayden Sims joined Dysinger in double figures in the loss with 15 points, as the Warriors fell to 17-14 on the season with the loss.

Southwestern and Wayne County will both advance to next week’s Boy’s 12th Regional Basketball Tournament next week at Pulaski County High School.

Check back later this afternoon on The Doug Out Sports Blog, as I will have all the matchups, dates, and times of both the Boy’s and Girl’s 12th Regional Basketball Tournaments.

The Girl’s 12th Regional Basketball Tournament will get underway on Monday night at Lincoln County High School.


LADY WARRIORS CLAIM 48TH DISTRICT TITLE WITH WIN OVER WAYNE COUNTY

February 28, 2020 10:03 AM

By DOUG EADS

The years come and go, the players may change, heck, even the head coach may change, but one thing remains for certain: The Southwestern Lady Warriors simply own the Girl’s 48th District Basketball Tournament.

Last night at The Wigwam, the Lady Warriors put four players in double figures, and avenged an earlier loss to Wayne County by taking down the Lady Cardinals in Thursday night’s title game by a final score of 67-54.

The win improved Southwestern to 24-5 on the season, and gave first-year head coach Junior Molden his first 48th District title as the Lady Warriors coach. 

Meanwhile, Thursday night’s victory over Wayne County gave Southwestern its eighth consecutive district tournament crown.

The Lady Warriors put this one away early, racing out to a 24-9 lead over the Lady Cards at the end of the first period, and Southwestern basically never looked back.

Regi Cundiff led a balanced scoring attack for the Lady Warriors with 18 points, Jenna Wood tallied 16 points, Alexa Smiddy added 15 points, and Kennedy Harris chipped in with 12 points.

Both teams will move on to next week’s Girl’s 12th Regional Basketball Tournament which will be held at Lincoln County High School, beginning on Monday night, March 2nd.

Check out The Doug Out Sports Blog on Saturday afternoon, as I will have both the girl’s and boy’s 12th Regional tourney brackets, with all the matchups, dates, times, and the location of the games.


SOMERSET LEADS WIRE TO WIRE, TOPS PC TO WIN DISTRICT TITLE

February 28, 2020 9:21 AM

By DOUG EADS

Kade Grundy scored 22 of his game-high 31 points in the first half, and Somerset withstood a furious, fourth quarter rally by Pulaski County, as the Briar Jumpers posted an 80-69 victory over the Maroons on Thursday night to claim the Boy’s 47th District Basketball Tournament championship.

Thanks to Grundy and the Briar Jumpers hot start out of the gate, Somerset led this one wire to wire against the Maroons.

Grundy hit two three pointers, and Gavin Stevens added another trey, and just over a minute into the contest, Jeron Dunbar’s club led PC 9-0.

The Briar Jumpers methodically built up the lead, taking advantage of cold shooting by the Maroons in the opening half of play, as well as the fact Somerset hurt PC on the offensive boards, getting several 2nd chance point opportunities.

The Jumpers led the Maroons 40-25 at the half, and eventually built up the lead to as much as 19 points in the third quarter.

However, that’s when Pulaski County finally got on track and tried to get off the mat.

Held scoreless in the opening half, Colton Fraley helped lead the Maroons charge back, scoring his team-leading 19 points after the intermission.

And, thanks to Colton Fraley’s hot shooting in the second half, John Fraley’s club almost made it all the way back.

A steal and dunk by PC’s  Zach Travis whittled the Somerset lead down to just three points at 68-65, with less than two minutes left to play in the contest.

PC at that juncture had all the momentum on its side, and Somerset was reeling somewhat.

No worries however for the Briar Jumpers. On the next trip downcourt, Grundy hit another three pointer in front of the Somerset bench to extend the lead to 71-65 over the Maroons, and PC would not threaten again.

The win by Somerset stopped a three-year slide against PC, as the Maroons had defeated the Briar Jumpers in the previous three 47th District Tournament title games, dating all the way back to 2017.

Grundy led everybody with 31 points, Kaiya Sheron added 15 points, while Stevens and Jase Bruner each added 11.

Pulaski County meanwhile was led by Fraley with those 19 second half points, Travis added 14 points, KJ Combs tallied 11 points, and Grant Oakes chipped in with 10 points.

The Briar Jumpers moved to 25-5 on the season with the win, while Pulaski County fell to 24-6 on the year.

Both teams will move on to the Boy’s 12th Regional Basketball Tournament at Pulaski County High School, which gets underway next Wednesday night, March 4th.

Check out The Doug Out Sports Blog tomorrow afternoon for the brackets, times, and dates of both the Girl’s and Boy’s 12th Regional Tournaments.