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High School Sports

  • BOYS' 5th REGION CHAMPIONSHIP: Bardstown earns 8th trip to Sweet 16

    Bardstown last made it to the Whitaker Bank/KHSAA Sweet 16 in 2011, and while none of the current batch of Tigers was on that squad, they got to soak in the environment.

    Junior guard L.J. Cowherd was in Lexington to watch, and he said it planted a seed for the future.

    “Looking out when I was in the stands as an eighth-grader, when they went to Rupp, I was thinking, ‘Man, what would I do to play at that venue, that place right there?’”

    Now, Cowherd and his teammates have realized that goal, and they like how it feels.

  • SCORES AND SCHEDULES 3-12

    Scores

    Boys’ Basketball

    Thursday

    5th Region tournament

    at Marion Co.

    Elizabethtown 64, LaRue Co. 48

    Taylor Co. 60, Thomas Nelson 59

     

    Friday

    5th Region tournament

    at Marion Co.

    John Hardin 58, Green Co. 47

    Bardstown 55, Adair Co. 41

     

    Monday

    5th Region semifinals

    Elizabethtown 64, Taylor Co. 60

    Bardstown 68, John Hardin 52

     

  • BOYS' 5th REGION CHAMPIONSHIP: Bardstown thrashes E'town to punch Sweet 16 ticket

    Revenge can be a powerful motivator.

    It certainly was Tuesday night in the boys’ 5th Region championship, as Bardstown drew upon a desire for payback in pounding Elizabethtown, 61-44, to punch the Tigers’ ticket to next week’s Whitaker Bank/KHSAA Sweet 16 at Rupp Arena in Lexington.

  • BOYS' 5th REGION SEMIFINALS: Tigers blast Bulldogs to return to finals

    LEBANON — The Bardstown-John Hardin rivalry over the past four years is characterized by seven close games, including thrilling matchups in the past three 5th Region tournaments, with the winner eventually advancing to the Sweet 16 each time.

    This time around, however, in Monday’s region semifinals at Marion County High School, broke ranks with tradition, with the Tigers dominating the Bulldogs, 68-52, to move one step away from the Sweet 16.

  • GIRLS' 5th REGION TOURNAMENT: Top-ranked Panthers knock out Cards

    Nelson County had no answer for the precision offensive attack of top-ranked Elizabethtown, as the Panthers rolled into the girls’ 5th Region championship with a 66-39 win Saturday on the Cardinals’ home floor.

    “We knew we had to get off to a good start, and we didn’t,” Nelson County coach Kelly Wood lamented. “They get a run and next thing you know you’re down 20.”

  • BOYS' 5th REGION TOURNAMENT: Tiger defense keys late run past Indians

    LEBANON — In the postseason, hot shooting may not always show up. Good defense, on the other hand, is far less whimsical, and will always be there when you need it, as long as you work hard.

    Bardstown went cold for a spell in the second half of its 5th Region tournament opener Friday against Adair County, and the Indians were able to trim a 14-point Tiger lead all the way down to two early in the fourth quarter.

  • SCORES AND SCHEDULES 3-7

    Scores

    Boys’ Basketball

    Saturday

    19th District Championship

    at Bethlehem

    Bardstown 87, Thomas Nelson 65

     

    Thursday

    5th Region tournament

    at Marion Co.

    Elizabethtown 64, LaRue Co. 48

    Taylor Co. 60, Thomas Nelson 59

     

    Girls’ Basketball

    Friday

    19th District Championship

    at Bethlehem

    Nelson Co. 76, Bethlehem 30

     

  • BOYS' 5th REGION TOURNAMENT: Generals suffer heartbreaking loss

    LEBANON — Thomas Nelson was able to overcome deficits most of the game, but could not get over the hump on the final one as the Generals lost a heartbreaking 60-59 opening round game in the 5th Region tournament at Marion County.

    Stephen Price missed an off-balance shot from the right side with 1.8 seconds left in the game, and Jake Clark’s follow shot was waved off to end the Generals’ season.

  • BOYS' 5th REGION TOURNAMENT: Generals suffer heartbreaking loss

    LEBANON — Thomas Nelson’s first-ever trip to the boys’ 5th Region tournament ended in heartbreak Thursday as Taylor County escaped with a 60-59 win.

    The Generals (16-13) rallied from 10 points down in the fourth quarter to take the lead late, but the Cardinals were able to pull out the narrow win when a Thomas Nelson tip-in at the buzzer was waved off.

    Taylor County (26-6) takes on Elizabethtown (22-8) — 64-48 winners over LaRue County Thursday — in Monday’s 6 p.m. semifinal at Marion County High School.

  • GIRLS' 5th REGION TOURNAMENT: Knights knock out Banshees in 2nd half

    Bethlehem’s first trip to the 5th Region tournament since 2007 came to an end Thursday, as defending state champs Marion County pulled away in the second half for a 54-43 win.

    The Banshees (10-13) were able to bounce back from a 3-9 start to the season, finishing strong to get to the district championship game and the region.

    “I am still very proud of this team,” Bethlehem coach Chris Taylor said. “We accomplished some remarkable things this year, and I thought we played hard throughout the game, and that’s all you can ask.”