Sports briefs: Dec. 22

December 22, 2013 

Boys' high school basketball

Wayne County hits triple digits

A pair of Wayne County stars topped 30 points in a 115-103 victory against Carter (Tenn.) in Gatlinburg. Peyton Woods scored 35 points for the Cardinals, the defending 12th Region champions who were ranked 16th in the coaches' pre-season poll. Corey Stearns added 31 for undefeated Wayne County (8-0).

Trent Gilbert scored 20 points and Raekwon Long had 11 points, 12 rebounds and seven blocked shots in No. 3 Scott County's 80-60 victory against Paul Dunbar in the Woodford County Invitational. Darius Williams scored 23 points for the Bulldogs.

Marcellous Washington scored 18 points in Bryan Station's 67-55 victory against the host Yellowjackets in the Woodford County Invitational. Samuel Souers scored 27 points for Woodford, and Eli Boggess' 15 points included the 1,000th of his career.

■ Cordia's Christian Cunningham had 19 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists in an 88-68 victory against Scott at North Laurel.

Girls' high school basketball

Todd gets triple-double for Paul Dunbar

Brooke Todd scored 23 points to go with 13 rebounds and 11 blocked shots in No. 24 Paul Dunbar's 71-67 victory in overtime Saturday over Bowling Green at Muhlenberg County.

Kaytlyn Pearson went 8-for-8 from the field and 10-for-11 at the line and finished with 26 points, seven rebounds and seven steals in Owensboro Catholic's 58-56 victory against host Lexington Catholic in the Republic Bank Holiday Classic. Rachel Blake led the Lady Knights with 20 points and seven rebounds.

Dasia Kilbourne scored a game-high 19 points, including going 12-for-12 at the line, and Franklin County defeated Mason County 56-48 in the Republic Bank Holiday Classic. Princess Stewart added 14 points and nine rebounds for the Lady Flyers.

■ Thirteenth-ranked Mercy's Maddie Woods scored 17 points and Malerie Martin had 15 points, nine rebounds and four steals in a 67-58 win against Lincoln County in the Republic Bank Holiday Classic. Tiandra Hocker had 26 points, six rebounds and three steals for the Lady Patriots.

Molly Manella made the go-ahead free-throw attempt and finished with 20 points and 10 rebounds in Sayre's 53-50 victory in double overtime against visiting Garrard County. Gabby Bowie led the Lady Spartans with 23 points and 11 rebounds.

■ Top-ranked Anderson County cruised to a 69-44 victory against No. 18 Southwestern in the Republic Bank Holiday Classic. Makenzie Cann scored 26 points and grabbed nine rebounds, and Eriel McKee had 15 points, 10 rebounds and seven steals.

Breanna Glover scored 27 points, grabbed 17 rebounds and dished out seven assists in No. 25 Glasgow's 69-63 victory against No. 3 Sacred Heart. The Lady Scotties (7-0) also got 21 points from Shalika Smith. DaiJia Ruffin led the Valkyries (4-2) with 34 points and 14 rebounds.

■ Jackson City's Ashlee Combs banked in the game-winner in a 52-51 victory against visiting June Buchanan. She finished with 11 points and 16 rebounds.

NBA

Wizards erase 18-point deficit, top Celtics

The Washington Wizards didn't get flustered when they trailed by 18 points. The Boston Celtics couldn't hold a big lead for the second straight game. Trevor Ariza scored 27 points capped by a three-pointer that highlighted a fourth-quarter run as the Wizards rallied for a 106-99 victory Saturday at Boston

John Wall scored five of his 20 points in the 14-1 surge. He also had nine assists and six steals.

Rudy Gay and Isaiah Thomas each scored 23 points, Marcus Thornton added 15, and the Sacramento Kings held off the host Orlando Magic. DeMarcus Cousins added 14 points and 11 rebounds.

Dwight Howard had 35 points and 19 rebounds, leading the Houston Rockets to a 114-97 victory over the Detroit Pistons at Auburn Hills, Mich. Terrence Jones had eight points and three assists.

■ Charlotte Bobcats small forward Jeffery Taylor will miss the rest of the season because of a ruptured right Achilles tendon. Taylor had stepped into a starting role after Michael Kidd-Gilchrist broke his hand. He averaged 8.0 points and 2.3 rebounds in 26 games. Kidd-Gilchrist will be evaluated again on Dec. 27.

Brook Lopez, the Brooklyn Nets' All-Star center and most reliable offensive option, fractured the fifth metatarsal of his right foot and could miss the rest of the season. The injury occurred during Friday night's overtime loss at Philadelphia. It's the third time Lopez has fractured the same bone in his right foot, and his fourth major issue with the foot since December 2011.

Baseball

Report: Choo to sign with Rangers

The Rangers have made another Texas-sized deal to improve their offense. Free agent outfielder Shin-Soo Choo agreed to a $130 million, seven-year contract with the Rangers, a source told The Associated Press. The deal came a month after the Rangers acquired five-time All-Star first baseman Prince Fielder in a trade with Detroit for second baseman Ian Kinsler, their primary leadoff hitter.

Choo's deal, worth about $18.6 million per season, is the third-highest this off-season. He could be at the top or in the middle of the Texas lineup. He was Cincinnati's leadoff hitter for 143 games last season, when he had a .423 on-base percentage with 20 stolen bases and 21 home runs.

Horse racing

Cyber Secret sets Turfway record

Multiple graded stakes winner Cyber Secret lived up to his billing in the $50,000 Prairie Bayou Stakes at Turfway Park on Saturday, setting a track record for 11⁄16 miles despite losing his left front shoe. His time over Turfway's Polytrack was 1:42.26. The previous mark had been 1:42.52, set by Miss Wellspring in 2006.

With Israel Ocampo aboard, the 4-year-old colt drew away easily to win by 41/2 lengths over Stormy Going.

Swiss Lake Yodeler wore down 23-1 shot Rovenna in the final yards to win the $200,250 Soviet Problem Stakes by 1¼ lengths at Hollywood Park, the next-to-last day of racing at the 75-year-old track at Inglewood, Calif. Hall of Fame trainer Jerry Hollendorfer earned his seventh stakes win of the autumn meet, breaking the mark of six set by another Hall of Famer, Charlie Whittingham, in 1984.

"(Whittingham) has been an idol of mine from the very beginning," Hollendorfer said. "When I came on the racetrack, everybody in the world knew his name. I'm pleased to break any kind of record he ever held. I'm very humble and grateful."

Swimming

U.S. wins Duel in the Pool tiebreaker

In the tightest finish yet, the United States preserved its perfect Duel in the Pool record by beating the European All-Stars in a tiebreaker race at Glasgow, Scotland. Both teams were locked on 131 points after 30 events over two days at the Tollcross Swimming Centre after the U.S. fought back from 68-54 down on Friday.

In the extra final race — a 200-meter mixed medley relay — Simone Manuel anchored the U.S. to victory, finishing 0.2 seconds ahead of British swimmer Francesca Halsall.

Eugene Godsoe, Kevin Cordes and former Western Kentucky standout Claire Donahue joined Manuel to finish in a short-course world record time of 1 minute, 31.17 seconds. The Europeans were timed in 1:31.37.

The last word

Miami Heat forward Shane Battier on the tight-fitting, sleeved jerseys his team will wear on Christmas against the Los Angeles Lakers:

"Not a big deal other than the throngs of women that are gonna be screaming my name when they see me."

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