Scott County expecting fresher Lexington Catholic in 11th Region rematch

mfields@herald-leader.comMarch 1, 2014 

Billy Hicks coached Scott County to a win over Butler on Dec. 26, 2013 in Lexington. Photos by Mark Cornelison | Staff

Lexington Catholic's reward for its thrilling 83-80 double-overtime victory against Lafayette in the boys' 43rd District finals?

A date with No. 5 Scott County in the opening round of the 11th Region tournament in Frankfort this week.

Scott County routed Lexington Catholic 81-60 on Feb. 15. Billy Hicks' Cardinals led that game 49-24 at halftime.

"I'm sure Billy and Scott County are pretty excited about that draw," Knights Coach Brandon Salsman said. "They handled us pretty well during the regular season.

"But I've always said if you've gotta go against the best team, you might as well try it first off and see what you've got."

Hicks expects his Cardinals to get a much tougher game from Lexington Catholic this time around. He noted that the Knights were playing their fifth game in eight days when Scott County beat them in the first meeting.

"I'm sure their kids were wore down when we played them," he said. "I know we'll have a hard time with them in the region. They always have the toughest kids you'll ever face."

Defending state champion Madison Central will play Franklin County in the region opener.

Henry Clay and Lafayette, the oldest rivalry in Lexington, will play for the fourth time this season. Lafayette won the first three games against the Blue Devils

Woodford County takes on Madison Southern in the last first-round game at the Frankfort Convention Center. Madison Southern whipped the Yellow Jackets 73-49 a few weeks ago.

In the girls' region draw, Lafayette received no favors.

Coach Allison Denton's No. 6 Generals will face Scott County in the first round, and if they pass that test, they will probably play No. 4 Franklin County in the semifinals.

In the lower bracket, Paul Laurence Dunbar and Henry Clay would be projected to meet in the semifinals.

Henry Clay Coach Eric Sanford said Lafayette and Franklin County "are the favorites for sure.

"I'm glad we're on the other side (of the bracket)," he added with a laugh.

Franklin County Coach Joey Thacker thinks it's anybody's tournament.

"I've been in this long enough to know it's three heavyweight fights no matter who you play," he said.

"Everybody is capable of getting hot and putting a string together."

Franklin County is looking for its first region title since 1980. Lafayette hasn't been to the girls' Sweet Sixteen since 1984.

Madison Central, the defending region champ, will play Paul Laurence Dunbar in the first round.

Mike Fields: (859) 231-3337. Twitter: @MikeFieldsNotes. Blog: fieldsnotes.bloginky.com.

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