MAYSVILLE — Happy Osborne knows all about taking basketball teams deep into the post-season.
In 15 years as head coach at Georgetown College, his teams made it to the NAIA nationals every year.
Now in his first season as coach of the Montgomery County boys, he is headed to the KHSAA Sweet Sixteen.
With a running clock down the stretch, his Indians pummeled Scott 68-37 to capture Saturday's 10th Region finals at Mason County.
"I love both places," Osborne said in comparing Georgetown with Montgomery. "I think that at Georgetown we did it so much that it became expected maybe.
"And for Montgomery County, for these people that want it so badly — if you look around and see the people that were here, it was 90 percent our crowd — they want it. They're so happy, and I'm happy for them that they have that opportunity."
Montgomery (31-4) will carry a 12-game winning streak into Thursday's State Tournament in Rupp Arena, where it will meet the winner of Sunday's 4th Region championship between Russell County and Warren Central.
They won't have to carry Osborne, who scooted around in a wheeled chair Saturday — a result of tearing a quadriceps two weeks ago.
What carried Montgomery from a 27-17 halftime lead to a 56-26 landslide through three quarters was defense.
"Finally we were able to get the deflections that we needed," Osborne said. "... And just keep the pressure on to where they turned it over, and we got the game like we wanted. Just persistence defensively."
Scott (16-15) also lost to the Indians 66-51 last month.
Omar Prewitt, a 6-foot-3 senior, led Montgomery with 28 points, 11 rebounds, three assists, four blocks and two steals, while committing only two turnovers.
Prewitt shot 11-for-18 from the field, but he also sounded off on defense.
"We really just turned up the defensive pressure on them and they started turning the ball over, and it worked to our advantage," Prewitt said. "It feels awesome. This is what this town has really wanted for a long time now, and it feels good to be the second team to ever go."
Xavier Piersawl came off the bench to score 12 points. Bryan Wallace had nine and Darius Jones added eight.
Josh Felts led Scott with eight points. Nick Jackson, averaging 16.6, finished with seven points, five rebounds, two assists, two blocks and three steals before fouling out with 7:15 left.
"They just had too many weapons and we didn't have enough bullets," Eagles Coach Bradford Carr said. "We did what we wanted to do in the first half. And, unfortunately, in the second half it got to be to their tempo. We got behind, we had to press and it got to a situation where we just couldn't handle everything they were throwing at us."
Montgomery gave a taste of what was to come, putting together second-quarter runs of six and seven points.
With tenacious third-quarter defense came high-percentage offensive chances for the Indians in a 29-point explosion.
Tyler Jones lobbed to Prewitt for an acrobatic score in traffic, electrifying the crowd and giving Montgomery a 39-22 lead.
Moments later, Wallace found Prewitt for an alley-oop slam and a 43-23 lead.
Prewitt capped the quarter with a steal and slam for a 56-28 avalanche.
"There's always a little nervous tension in the finals,' Prewitt said, "but it was awesome."
montgomery co. 68, scott 37
SCOTT (16-15) — Castleman 0, Pouncy 2, Buckner 6, N.Jackson 7, Felts 8, Clary 2, Scheider 3, J.Jackson 2, Crim 7. Totals 14-46 6-12 37.
MONTGOMERY CO. (31-4) — Jones 6, Prewitt 28, Hall 2, Jones 8, Wallace 9, Piersawl 12, Hodgson 3. Totals 28-52 9-16 68.
Scott 8 9 11 9—37
Montgomery Co. 11 16 29 12—68
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