Friday’s girls’ 10th Region semifinal games didn’t disappoint.
Mason County took Scott to double overtime before falling, and that came after the most highly anticipated matchup of the tournament between defending 10th Region champion George Rogers Clark and state No. 3 Campbell County.
The Lady Cardinals took that game and the title the next day, but there’s still plenty of basketball to be played at The Fieldhouse, starting Monday when George Rogers Clark takes on Campbell County in the boys’ 10th Region semifinals, followed by the second semifinal between Paris and Scott.
Like on the girls’ side, Monday’s 6 p.m. meeting between GRC and Campbell County has been the one a lot of fans have been looking at since the two landed on the top side of the bracket at the draw. The Cardinals were the preseason favorite to win the 10th, and have only one loss to teams within the region.
That loss, however, comes at the hands of the Camels, who’ve posted a perfect 13-0 record against 10th Region opponents this year. Campbell County knocked off GRC on Dec. 9, 78-70, behind four players in double figures, led by Reid Jolly’s 30. Tanner Clos added 21, while Drew Wilson had 12 and Joel Day had 11. Jolly added 18 rebounds in the game.
The Camels advanced with a 70-60 victory over Harrison County in the quarterfinals on Wednesday behind 27 points from Jolly.
The Cardinals held off the pesky Polar Bears from Bracken County, 72-51, to earn a second shot at the Camels. Brennan Canada tallied 22 points to lead GRC in the quarterfinal, while Jordan Graham had 14, Will Philpot had 11 and Chase Taylor had 10.
The two, who currently have a combined record of 55-9, will be playing for a spot in Tuesday’s 7 p.m. championship game, where they’ll meet the winner of the second semifinal between Paris and Scott.
The Greyhounds and Eagles both advanced to the semifinals with wins that came down to the wire.
Scott came away with a 55-53 win over Mason County in the quarterfinals thanks to a mid-range jumper from Trey Meister with 2.6 seconds left. Meister finished with eight points for the defending champions, while Chad Ohmer led the way with 18 and Nelson Perrin added 12.
The region’s Co-Player of the Year, Eric Johnson, hit a shot with under 10 seconds to play to give Paris a 51-50 win over Pendleton County on Thursday. Johnson finished with 16 points in the win. Travis Strings chipped in with 14 and Jalen Byars had 10.
Paris and Scott have not met this season, but the Eagles ended the Greyhounds’ season last year in the region semifinals on their way to the state semifinals. Jake Ohmer scored 46 points, 32 of which came in the second half, to lead the Eagles to the 70-67 win. An and-one from Ohmer put Scott ahead in the game, 68-67, with under 50 seconds left, and a missed free throw on the front end of a one-and-one by Paris proved costly, as Jaycob Pouncy secured the rebound and knocked down two free throws with 12 seconds left, before Tim Jolley was able to strip Paris’ Jordan Davis on his game-tying 3-point attempt to secure the victory.
The winner will advance to Tuesday’s final. Scott lost to GRC, 62-60, on Dec. 2, and to Campbell County twice – on Jan. 19, 84-73, and on Feb. 23 in the 37th District final, 58-57.
Paris lost to Campbell County on Dec. 12, 86-59. They followed it with a loss to GRC three days later, 71-64. Paris and GRC met again on Jan. 3, with the Cardinals coming away with a 59-52 victory, but the Greyhounds were able to take the game into overtime of the 40th District final before falling, 59-56.
The championship game is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m.