Because of delays in the girls' 8th Region tournament, which pushed its championship game to this past Monday at Shelby County High School, the boys' 8th Region tournament semifinals and finals have been moved back a day at Henry County High School as well.
Shelby played South Oldham Tuesday in the first semifinal while Gallatin County played North Oldham in the second. The winners of those two games will meet for the regional title, and a chance to move on to the Boys' Sweet 16 state tournament, Wednesday at 7 p.m.
In the first opening-round game last Wednesday night, the Shelby Rockets defeated Owen by just three points, 55-52. The Rockets (21-8, 12-3 8th Region) held a three-point lead after the first quarter and were in front by 11 at the half before holding off an Owen rally in the closing minutes. Owen (18-10, 14-7) was led by Collin Gamble, who started the rally with five three-point baskets and finished with a game-high 21 points.
In the second game last Wednesday, the South Oldham Dragons knocked off Simon Kenton, 60-51. The Dragons (18-13, 11-6) had four players reach double figures in scoring, led by Aaron Carrithers' 19 points, and they got up by as many as 14 points during the fourth quarter. Meanwhile, Simon Kenton (14-16, 8-5) was led in scoring by Brandon Maegly with 15 points.
Action resumed the following day with Gallatin knocking off Anderson, 63-56, in what many people dubbed an upset. But Gallatin (23-7, 19-3) brought the best record in the region into the tournament an was able to fight off the Bearcats in first-round play to continue on.
(Gallatin knocked out Henry County in the opening round of the 31st District tournament the previous week, while Anderson knocked out Eminence in the first round of the 30th District tournament.)
North Oldham (20-8, 8-3) closed out the first round with a 70-61 win over Walton-Verona (14-16, 12-8) last Thursday night to advance to the semifinals.
In the girls' 8th Region tournament Monday, Simon Kenton defeated Anderson County, 48-44, for the regional title. Simon Kenton joins Manual, South Laurel, Rowan County, Breathitt County, Marshall County, Butler, Rockcastle County, Ohio County, Conner, Henderson County, Johnson Central, Elizabethtown, Franklin-Simpson, Henry Clay and Montgomery County in the Girls' Sweet 16 state tournament at E.A. Diddle Arena in Bowling Green this week.
Shelby 55, Owen 52: The Shelby County Rockets opened the boys' 8th Region tournament with a slim 55-52 win over Owen County last Wednesday night.
The Rockets, who were led by Coty Minnis with 14 points and 10 rebounds, held a 12-9 lead after the first quarter, were in front 29-18 at the half and held on down the stretch for the three-point victory to advance to the semifinals.
Alex Shahan chipped in 10 points for Shelby, while Tim Sanford and Norris Beckley Jr. scored nine points apiece.
For Owen, Collin Gamble got the Rebels back into the contest with five three-point baskets, hitting 7 of 11 shots and finishing with a game-high 21 points - 15 in the second half. Drew Marston added 15 points and Jordan Shelton 11, but it wasn't enough as Owen, who finished runners-up in the 31st District tournament, ended its season at 18-10.
Shelby, who won the 30th District tournament, improved to 21-8.
South Oldham 60, Simon Kenton 51: Aaron Carrithers scored 19 points and three other South Oldham players reached double figures as the Dragons held off Simon Kenton in the second of two opening-round games last Wednesday night.
Drew Kraemer scored 15 points, Drew Simpson scored 11 and Matt Faller added 10 for the winning South Oldham squad.
The Dragons were in front by 13 points during the fourth quarter before Simon Kenton's Jeff Slavey and David Dressman teamed up to knock down three consecutive three-pointers - two by Slavery and one by Dressman - and slice the advantage to just four points with 3:02 remaining. But South Oldham knocked down 10 of 12 free throws down the stretch, including nine from Simpson, and the Dragons held off the fighting Simon Kenton team in the closing minutes.
Brandon Maegley led Simon Kenton with 15 points, while Slavey was the only other Somon Kenton player to reach double figures with 11.
Gallatin 63, Anderson 56: Trent Maddox scored 20 points for Gallatin County, brothers Taylor and Zac Jones combined for 25, and Scott Brown added 12 as the Gallatin County Wildcats held off Anderson County in opening-round play last Thursday night.
In what turned out to be the most intense game of the first round, Maddox scored 10 points in the final quarter to help spurt Gallatin to the seven-point win. The Wildcats were trailing 38-34 when they went on a 11-0 run that included the first seven points of the final period.
Gallatin tied the contest at 38 with 2.3 seconds left in the third quarter, and two baskets from Zac Jones and a three by Brown pushed Gallatin's lead to 45-38.
For Anderson, the leading scorer and rebounder was C.J. Penny with 18 points and 11 boards. The 6-foot-5 junior scored 12 points during the third quarter, but didn't score during the fourth when he picked up his third and fourth personal fouls midway through the final quarter.
North Oldham 70, Walton-Verona 61: The North Oldham Mustangs closed out the opening-round games with a 70-61 win over Walton-Verona Thursday night.
With the win, North Oldham - the winners of the 29th District tournament the previous week - improved to 20-8 while Walton-Verona - runners-up in the 32nd District tournament - ended its season at 14-16.
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