Posted On: 03/10/20 1:48 PM
With McCracken County, Scott County, Fern Creek, Knox Central and Martin County already having punched their tickets to Rupp Arena next week, there are 11 more champions to be decided tonight. Here’s a breakdown of all 11 games.
2nd Region: Madisonville-North Hopkins vs Webster County
Tale of the Tape: Madisonville is 30-3 on the season and riding a 19 game win streak into the title game. Webster County is 27-5 and winners of 6 straight. These two teams did not play each other in the regular season.
Matchup to Watch: Hunter McNaughton vs Ksuan CaseyKsuanCasey6'9" | CMadisonville-North Hopkins | 2020StateKY. McNaughton is not as big as Casey but is as physical. Look for these two to do battle all night if they’re allowed to be physical in the post. Foul trouble for either could be a game changer.
Prediction: Madisonville 68, Webster County 62
3rd Region: Owensboro Catholic vs Owensboro
Tale of the Tape:Catholic is 20-14. Owensboro is 21-10 and coming in as winners of 6 in a row. Owensboro won their first meeting by 2 in OT, second game by 22 and district championship by 16 two weeks ago.
Matchup to Watch: Jaiden Greathouse vs Ksuan CaseyKsuanCasey6'9" | CMadisonville-North Hopkins | 2020StateKY. McNaughton is not as big as Casey but is as physical. Look for these two to do battle all night if they’re allowed to be physical in the post. Foul trouble for either could be a game changer. Prediction: Madisonville 68, Webster County 62 3rd Region: Owensboro Catholic vs Owensboro Tale of the Tape:Catholic is 20-14. Owensboro is 21-10 and coming in as winners of 6 in a row. Owensboro won their first meeting by 2 in OT, second game by 22 and district championship by 16 two weeks ago. Matchup to Watch: Jaiden Greathouse vs JiAirius WebbJiAiriusWebb6'7" | PFOwensboro Catholic | 2022StateKY. The long and athletic Webb takes on the bruising Greathouse. Ji is long and athletic and Jaiden reminds of his uncle Justin Miller. The contrast in styles should be fun to watch. Prediction: Owensboro 62, Owensboro Catholic 52 4th Region: Warren Central vs Bowling Green Tale of the Tape: The Dragons are 25-7 and the Purples are 26-7. The three previous games were decided by 17 (BG Win), 6 (WC win) and 6 (BG win) in the district title game. Matchup to Watch: Dre BoydDreBoyd6'4" | SGWarren Central | 2020StateKY vs every BG defender. In the lone win of the 3 against BG, Boyd had 29 points and was basically unstoppable. The other two matchups have only yielded 39 points combined for the 4th region player of the year. Boyd is the key for a WC win. Prediction: Warren Central 60, Bowling Green 54 5th Region: Elizabethtown vs Bardstown Tale of the Tape:E-Town is 26-3. Bardstown is 25-8 and winners of 6 in a row. The two teams played on Valentine’s Day, a 17 point win for the Panthers at Bardstown. Matchup to Watch: JaRel MontgomeryJaRelMontgomery5'11" | PGBardstown | 2020StateKY vs JaQuais FranklinJaQuaisFranklin6'1" | PGElizabethtown | 2021StateKY. Montgomery is the engine that makes Bardstown go. Franklin is one of the best players in the 2021 class. Whichever player wins the point guard battle is likely to win the game. Prediction: Elizabethtown 77, Bardstown 70 7th Region: Male vs Ballard Tale of the Tape: Male is 30-4 and have won 15 straight games. Ballard is 28-6 and winners of 5 straight. Ballard beat Male on January 17th then Male beat Ballard 76-67 on the 31st. Matchup to Watch: Gabe SiskGabeSisk6'3" | CGBallard | 2023StateKY vs Tyren MooreTyrenMoore5'11" | PGMale | 2020StateKY. The high scoring freshman Sisk is going to have his hands full on defense against Tyren. Moore is one of the best scorers in the state but will have to be able to keep Sisk out of the paint on the other end of the floor. Prediction: Male 81, Ballard 70 8th Region: Collins vs Oldham County Tale of the Tape: Collins is 26-7 while Oldham is 30-3. Oldham handed Collins their last loss back on February 11th. Matchup to Watch: Deaton OakDeatonOak6'3" | SGOldham County | 2021StateKY vs Marcellus VailMarcellusVail6'3" | SGCollins | 2020StateKY. Oak is a lot like Vail as a wing shooter who can heat up quickly. Vail is the better athlete of the two. Their head to head battle could determine who gets to Rupp next week. Prediction:Collins 53, Oldham County 48 9th Region: Covington Catholic vs Highlands Tale of the Tape: Cov Cath is 28-5 and hold a 65-39 win over Highlands back on February 1st. Highlands is 28-3 on the year. Matchup to Watch: Sam VinsonSamVinson6'3" | CGHighlands | 2021StateKY vs Grant DiskenGrantDisken6'0" | PGCovington Catholic | 2020StateKY. Disken is the 9th region player of the year and Vinson has had a huge season. Grant had 25 points the last time they met while Vinson was held to 7 points on 1-9 shooting. Prediction: Cov Cath 68, Highlands 64 10th Region: George Rogers Clark vs Montgomery County Tale of the Tape: GRC is 27-7 while Montgomery is 22-12. GRC has won by 7 and 9 in the regular season and 9 in the district championship recently. Matchup to Watch: Lincoln BushLincolnBush6'7" | CGeorge Rogers Clark | 2020StateKY vs Rickey Lovette. Lovette had a huge game last night with 28 points and 20 rebounds. Bush had 10 points and 16 rebounds in the other semifinal. If Bush can keep Rickey off the boards, the Cardinals should win. Prediction: GRC 73, Montgomery 68 12th Region: West Jessamine vs Danville Tale of the Tape: West Jessamine is 20-11 with 5 straight wins. Danville is 23-12 and lost the last time these two teams met, 67-49 way back on December 10th. Matchup to Watch: Nate Breeden vs Dante HaydenDanteHayden5'10" | CGDanville | 2021StateKY. In a battle of shooters, Breeden comes in tonight after making 6 of 9 last night while Hayden is shooting 34% on the season but capable of getting hot in a hurry. Prediction: West Jessamine 62, Danville 59 14th Region: Hazard vs Wolfe County Tale of the Tape: Hazard is 28-5 while Wolfe is 21-9. Hazard has beaten Wolfe by 3 and 16 in their previous two meetings. Matchup to Watch: Wade PelfreyWadePelfrey5'9" | PGHazard | 2021StateKY vs Jaz JohnsonJazJohnson6'1" | SGWolfe County | 2021StateKY. Pelfrey is a scoring combo guard averaging 16.1 points per game while Johnson is a scoring combo guard averaging 16 per game. Whichever guard outplays the other could be cutting the nets down at the end of the night. Prediction: Hazard 62, Wolfe County 56 16th Region: Lewis County vs Ashland Blazer Tale of the Tape: Lewis County is 18-15 while Ashland Blazer is up to 32-0 now. The Tomcats beat Lewis by 32 on opening night back in December. Matchup to Watch: Sam O’Keefe vs everybody. The 16th region nominee for Mr Basketball is averaging 23.5 points and 10.5 rebounds per game but Lewis may need even more production than that to knock off the undefeated Tomcats. Prediction: Ashland 75, Lewis County 50