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Both 30th District teams advance to 8th Region finals

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By Tommie Kendall

After the semifinals Monday night at Roy L. Winchester Gymnasium in New Castle, the stage was set for the boys’ 8th Region tournament finals between Anderson County and Shelby County, which was played Tuesday night past deadline. (Check the Web site www.hclocal.com or www.khsaa.org for results. Game coverage will be in next week’s Local.)

Both 30th District teams defeated the two 31st District teams to advance to the championship contest — Anderson knocked out 31st District champs Owen County, 45-28, and Shelby knocked out 31st District runners-up Henry County, 57-40.

Anderson played Shelby Tuesday night for the title. The winner moves on to the Sweet 16 played inside Rupp Arena. Shelby defeated Gallatin County in the finals last year, while Anderson has been the top team in the 8th Region all season. In the 30th District championship the week before, Anderson won 55-49.

Semifinals

Anderson 45, Owen 28: Trailing Owen County 19-17 at the half Monday night, the Anderson County Bearcats outscored Owen 26-9 during the final two quarters to come away with a 17-point victory and advance to the finals of the 8th Region tournament.

Anderson scored the first 12 points of the third quarter and cruised in for the win at Henry County High School. Jacob Russell lead Anderson with 14 points while teammate C.J. Penny scored 11.

Anderson improved to 23-5 and advanced to play Shelby County Tuesday night. Owen ended its season at an even 15-15.

Shelby 57, Henry 40: The Shelby County Rockets never trailed against host Henry County in the second semi-final game Monday night and came away with a 57-40 win to advance to the 8th Region tournament finals.

Shelby scored the game’s first four points and held a 12-7 lead after the first quarter. Henry’s Connor Jeffries found Pete Baldwin inside for two points to tie the game at 12 with 6:10 left in the second quarter. But Shelby’s Donovan Johnson scored at the other end and the Rockets pulled away. At the half they were ahead 27-18 and after the third they were ahead 42-26. Their biggest lead was 19 points early in the fourth quarter.

Johnson scored a game-high 21 points for Shelby, who improved to 16-14, are the defending 8th Region champs, the 30th District runners-up and advanced to the regional finals against Anderson County. Meanwhile, Henry ended its season at 22-9.

First Round

Owen 57, Grant 56: The boys’ 8th Region basketball tournament got off to exciting start last Wednesday night at Henry County High School with Owen County and Grant County needing an overtime period to decide the outcome. After the four quarters, plus the OT, Owen came away with a 57-56 victory to advance to the semifinals.

Owen, the winner from the 31st District, improved to 15-14 while Grant, the runners-up from the 32nd District, ended its season at 19-13.

Grant was ahead 8-7 after the first quarter, Owen was ahead 22-16 after the second, Owen was ahead 33-23 after the third and the score was tied at 47 after the fourth. Grant rallied for 24 points during the fourth-quarter stretch to send the game into overtime, but Owen came away with the one-point win in overtime.

Kody Thompson led Grant in scoring with a game-high 21 points. For Owen, Collin Gamble knocked down three three-pointers and finished with 16 points.

Anderson 52, North Oldham 42: C.J. Penny scored 27 points last Wednesday night in the second of two first-round games and his Anderson County Bearcats came away with a 52-42 win over North Oldham in the boys’ 8th Region tournament at Henry County High School. Anderson improved to 22-5 and North ended its season at 19-11

To go along with Penny, teammate Jacob Russell added 14 points. North Oldham was led in scoring by Tyler St. Julien with 13, including three three-pointers. Anderson led 12-8 after the first quarter and 21-18 at the half before outscoring North 31-24 during the final two quarters.

Henry 59, South Oldham 54: Led by 23 points from senior center Cody Hinkel, the Henry County Wildcats defeated South Oldham last Thursday night to advance to the semifinals of the 8th Region tournament.

For South, junior guard Casey Jackson had four three-pointers and 17 points.

The Wildcats led for much of the first half, the score was tied at 26 at the break and South Oldham went in front during the third-quarter stretch. South’s biggest lead was 37-30 midway through the third. But Henry went back in front on a Hinkel inside basket with 5:40 remaining and the Cats were able to hold on. Henry improved to 22-8 and South ended its season at 13-15.

Shelby 42, Simon Kenton 39: The Shelby County Rockets went ahead for good with just 18.7 seconds left in the final quarter and held off Simon Kenton for a 42-39 win in the opening round of the 8th Region tournament last Thursday night.

Nigel Beach hit two free throws with 18.7 left to break a 39-39 tie. The game was tied at 10 after the first quarter, Shelby was ahead 22-13 after the second and Simon Kenton was ahead 28-27 after the third. Simon built its lead to seven points during the final quarter before Shelby rallied for the three-point win.

Donavon Johnson scored a team-high 10 points for Shelby, while Langdon Barnes scored 16 for Simon and freshman guard Cody Chambers added 13.

Shelby improved to 15-14 and Simon ended its season at 9-17.

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