GEORGETOWN — Trent Gilbert showed his toughness, and Scott County showed it can survive even when it's sloppy with the basketball.
The No. 3 Cardinals held off No. 10 Lafayette 56-52 in the Toyota Classic semifinals Friday night. The game lacked the drama of the Generals' 91-86 overtime victory against Scott County last month in Lexington Catholic's holiday tournament.
Gilbert had 44 points in that losing cause. He had 28 in the rematch, and was a lot happier with the outcome.
"I'll take the win any day," he said.
Gilbert took an elbow to the mouth late in the first half, and it knocked out one of his front teeth. He picked it up and went to the bench.
"I thought he'd go see the trainer," Scott County Coach Billy Hicks said. "But he gave us the tooth and said, 'Coach, I'm ready to go back in.'"
On the Cards' next possession, Gilbert knocked down a three-pointer.
The 6-foot-1 senior sharp-shooter shrugged off the dental damage, noting it was an implant. He lost the original when he took a hard fall in sixth-grade basketball.
"So it was no big deal when I lost it this time. But I guess it gave me a little drive," he said with a smile.
Hicks didn't smile much as he watched his team make 24 turnovers. They had 28 in the loss to Lafayette.
Neither team shot well. Scott County was 16 of 47 (34 percent) and Lafayette was 19 of 63 (30 percent).
Scott County had the edge at the foul line, making 21 of 27 free throws. The Generals cashed 13 of 21.
Both teams also had key players in foul trouble.
Lafayette star Jackson Davis sat out 10 minutes of the first half with two fouls. The 6-8 senior had 19 of his 32 points in the second half. He finished with 14 rebounds.
Davis had 34 points and 10 rebounds in the first game against Scott County.
Scott County's 6-3 senior Tony Martini picked up his fourth foul early in the second half, and that hurt the Cards' interior defense as Davis dominated.
Lafayette Coach Mike Mendenhall III expected his team to have a tough night. The Generals hadn't been in a gym since last Saturday. They weren't able to practice all week because of the snow and school rules.
"I knew it'd be ugly, so I told them before the game I just want to see you compete, and we did," Mendenhall said.
While Davis carried the load, 6-6 sophomore Ross Jenkins had five points and 10 rebounds, and Dequise Robinson added six points.
Lafayette rallied from a 49-43 deficit to tie it 49-49 with 3:13 left. But then it missed seven consecutive shots and made a couple turnovers while Scott County opened a 55-49 lead on the way to its 11th win in a row.
Davis finally ended the Generals' drought with a three-pointer.
"I think our fatigue showed there in the last few minutes," Mendenhall said. "The guys have been sitting around for seven days doing nothing.
"But I'm happy that we were right there anyway. We did compete."
LAFAYETTE (12-6) — Davis 32, Blakley 2, Robinson 6, R.Jenkins 5, Jackson 2, Carpenter 4, J.Jenkins 1,
SCOTT COUNTY (19-2) — Gilbert 28, Long 10, Martini 2, Jones 3, Ware 11, Portwood 2.
Lafayette 10 17 14 11—52
Scott County 9 24 10 13—56
Henderson County 85, Clay County 59: Darryl Smith hit five three-pointers and had 19 points and Brady Norman had 17 points and six assists to lead the Colonels past Clay County in the second semifinal of the Toyota Classic.
Henderson County shot 60 percent, including 13 of 21 from three-point range. Wes Wolfe had 13 points, and Trey Farmer added 11 points and six rebounds to lead Clay County.
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