PAUL LAURENCE DUNBAR LADY BULLDOGS 46, MASON COUNTY LADY ROYALS 45
In the opening round of the Gateway Holiday Classic at Montgomery County, the Lady Bulldogs hit a buzzer-beater to knock off the Lady Royals.
Mason County held leads throughout, 12-9 after the first, 26-14 at halftime and 38-33 after three quarters, but it was Dunbar coming on top in the final frame with the one-point victory.
Kara Moran paced the Lady Royals with 13 points and six rebounds. AJ Reed and Haley White added seven points and Victoria Brooks scored six.
Mason County (6-5) moves on to the consolation bracket to face Frederick Douglass, Friday at 4 p.m.
OWENSBORO CATHOLIC 67, MASON COUNTY 31
(By Matthew Sparks, For The Daily Independent)
It was a quick turnaround for Owensboro Catholic, but a stout defensive performance helped it ace the test and produce a victory over Mason County in the first consolation game.
After a quarterfinal setback to Vestavia Hills the night before, the Aces were back on the court less than 24 hours later. They forced 20 turnovers and held the Royals to 29 percent shooting.
The Aces held a 17-4 lead with a minute remaining in the opening quarter. The margin ballooned to 16 by intermission.
Guard Max Reid suffered a shoulder injury in the Aces’ quarterfinal game and did not play. Gabriel McFarland paced Owensboro Catholic with 14 points. Bailey Ballard added 11 and Ty Vincent netted 12 points off the bench.
Jayden Steward had a team-high 16 points for Mason County (7-5), who committed 20 turnovers. Jaylen Lofton added six points, no other Royal scored more than three points.
Owensboro Catholic meets Dixie Heights today in the fifth-place game at 4 p.m. The Royals will play Breathitt County for seventh place at 2:30 p.m.
LOUISVILLE COLLEGIATE TITANS 67, ST. PATRICK SAINTS 42
The Titans scored 24 first quarter points and cruised to a 25-point victory over the Saints in the opening round of the Louisville Collegiate Classic.
After trailing 24-14 after one, the Saints were able to get within eight at the break, down 36-28. But the Titans were able to stretch things out in the second half, taking a 52-36 lead into the fourth before claiming the win.
Jake Swolsky led the Saints with 14 points while Brevin Jones recorded his third double-double in his last five games with 13 points and 11 rebounds. Pat McKay chipped in 11 points, knocking down three 3-pointers. Baylen Bauer had the other four points.
St. Patrick moves to the consolation bracket and will face Brown, Friday, at 6 p.m.
ESTILL COUNTY ENGINEERS 80, ROBERTSON COUNTY BLACK DEVILS 45
The Engineers shot 52 percent from the floor and knocked down nine 3-pointers in the rout over the Black Devils in the opening round of the CSI Classic at Bath County.
Meanwhile, Robertson couldn't buy a 3-pointer, going 1-of-15 in the contest, dropping to 6-4 on the season.
Senior Mason Burden came into the game needing 22 points for 2,000 and scored 10 to leave him 10 shy of the milestone. Sebastion Dixon also added 10 for Robertson.
The Black Devils will return to action Friday in the consolation bracket, Friday, at 3:30 p.m. against Menifee County.
BRACKEN COUNTY LADY BEARS 50, ATHERTON LADY REBELS 35
The Lady Bears had three players in double figures in the 15-point win in the consolation bracket of the Christmas at the Capital Classic in Frankfort.
Kinley Ruf was named player of the game, scoring 15 points and pulling down eight rebounds. Natalie Bell had a double-double with 11 points, 11 rebounds and Kennedy Carl scored 10 points with four rebounds.
Bracken was able to shake off a Wednesday contest in which they lost at the buzzer, 49-48, to Brown.
The Lady Bears (4-8) will face Frankfort in the fifth-place game, Friday, at 3:45 p.m.
HARRISON COUNTY THOROBREDS 71, LEWIS COUNTY LIONS 64
The Lions dropped their third straight contest and will play in the seventh place game against Bracken County, Friday, at 2 p.m., in Brooksville in the JBR/Straght Edge Construction Holiday Tournament.
BELLEVUE TIGERS 69, BRACKEN COUNTY POLAR BEARS 51
The host Polar Bears dropped their ninth straight contest of the season.
After trailing by just two at the half, Bracken wasn't able to keep pace in the 17-point loss. They'll face Lewis County Friday, at 2 p.m., in the seventh-place game.