Pairings are set for Girl’s and Boy’s 12th Regional Tournaments

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.



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

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

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.



Warriors rally to hold back McCreary Central 48-45

Southwestern’s Tanner McKee goes up for a basket against Wayne County in a game earlier this season. Thanks to a rally on Tuesday night, the Warriors held off pesky McCreary Central 48-45, to set up a meeting against the Cardinals in the title game of the Boy’s 48th District Tournament.
Photo by David Rogers

By DOUG EADS

The Southwestern Warriors were at home in the friendly confines of The Wigwam for Tuesday night’s 48th District Tournament opener against McCreary Central.

But, that didn’t mean anything at all as post season play began.

The Warriors fell down to McCreary Central by as much as 10 points in the contest, but thanks to a 14-0 spurt by Southwestern, the blue and orange rallied to save their season, with a hard-fought, 48-45 win over the Raiders.



Cole Dysinger paced Southwestern with 19 points in the win, while fellow senior Brayden Sims chipped in with 10 points.

Southwestern — 17-13 on the season — advances to the title game of the 48th District Tournament.

The Warriors will host Wayne County on Friday night in the championship game of the tourney, with tip off slated to get underway at 7 p.m.



Jumpers break open a close game in second half, take down Casey County 60-40.

Somerset’s Kade Grundy led the Briar Jumpers with 18 points on Tuesday night against Casey County, helping Jeron Dunbar’s club break a 31-31 halftime tie to take down the Rebels 60-40.
Photo by David Rogers

By DOUG EADS

The Somerset Briar Jumpers came into Tuesday night’s first round 47th District game against the Casey County Rebels as a prohibitive favorite to advance to the district championship game.

And for good reason.

After all, the Briar Jumpers came into the contest with a 23-5 season record, while the Rebels — going through a major rebuild this season — stood at only 3-27 on the year.



This one was a proverbial David vs. Goliath matchup, but somebody forgot to tell the Rebels they were supposed to roll over against the Briar Jumpers in a loser go home for the season tilt.

Casey County came out and played a great first half, and went into the locker room knotted up the heavily-favored Briar Jumpers at 31-31.

However in the third quarter, Jeron Dunbar’s club put the defensive clamps down on the Rebels.

Casey County only managed to score three points in the third stanza, while Somerset tallied 20 points, helping the Jumpers ease out to a 51-34 lead through three quarters of play, on their way to a 60-40 win over the Rebels.

Kade Grundy led the Jumpers in the win, as he was the lone Somerset player to hit for double figures with 18 points.

With the victory, the Jumpers advanced to Thursday night’s championship game of the district tourney, where they will square off against Pulaski County.

Thursday night’s game between the Jumpers and Maroons will mark the fourth consecutive season the two arch-rivals have met in the district tourney finals.

PC has won the district title in all three of those meetings.



Game time is set to get underway at 7 p.m. on Thursday night from Rockcastle County High School.



After slow start, PC takes down Rockets in district opener

Pulaski County senior Grant Oakes goes up for two points in an earlier game this season at Somerset. Thanks to Tuesday night’s win over Rockcastle County, the Maroons advanced to Thursday’s championship game of the Boy’s 47th District Tournament.
Photo by David Rogers

By DOUG EADS

Playing in their post season opener on Tuesday night at Rockcastle County High School against the homestanding Rockets, the Pulaski County Maroons couldn’t seemingly buy a basket in the opening night of the Boy’s 47th District Basketball Tournament. 

John Fraley’s club went almost four minutes without scoring a single point, but ‘The Rock’ couldn’t take advantage of  that slow start out of the gate by the Maroons, as Rockcastle County only led PC 2-0 midway through the first period.

However, once John Fraley’s club got things going offensively, the Maroons got going.



KJ Combs tallied 16 points, Zach Travis and Caleb Sloan each added 10 points, and reserve big man Logan Bates gave PC a big-time lift off the bench scoring a dozen points, helping the Maroons erase that slow start and taking a 33-15 lead over the Rockets by the intermission.

And, the Maroons didn’t let up in the second half either, outscoring ‘The Rock’ in the second frame 42-30.

As a result, it was the Maroons improving to 24-5 on the season with a 75-45 win over Rockcastle County.

The win punched Pulaski County’s ticket into tomorrow night’s championship game of the 47th District Tournament.

That game is set to get underway at Rockcastle County High School at 7 p.m.