11th Region girls: Henry Clay survives in OT; Paul Dunbar shuts down Madison Central

mmaloney@herald-leader.comMarch 5, 2014 

  • GIRLS' 11th Region

    At Frankfort Convention Center

    Saturday's semifinals: Franklin Co. (25-6) vs. Lafayette (25-3), 1:30 p.m.; Dunbar vs. Henry Clay, 3:15.

    Sunday: Finals, 4 p.m.

Henry Clay's T'Laya Lyvers grabbed a defensive rebound with six seconds left, dribbled down the floor and let fly with a three-pointer from near the top of the key at the buzzer.

"I was scared," Lyvers said. "I was hoping it was going to go in. ... I had to go super fast."

The bucket tied the game at 38 and forced Western Hills to overtime Wednesday in the 11th Region tournament quarterfinals at the Frankfort Convention Center. The Devils went on to win 52-49.

Henry Clay advanced to a semifinal matchup against Paul Dunbar, which earlier pulled away to a 45-35 win over Madison Central.

Lyvers led the Blue Devils (17-11) to their sixth win in a row, finishing with 17 points and eight rebounds. Kennedy Coney came off the bench to add 14 points.

In overtime, the score was tied at 46 in the late going.

Kamari Boyd hit a driving shot with 1:01 left to put Henry Clay ahead to stay, 48-46.

After Western Hills got one free throw from LaKenzie Ritchie with 49.6 seconds left, Boyd converted both ends of a one-and-one with 29 seconds left and again at 13.5.

The Wolverines got a layup from Alexis True and called timeout with 6 seconds to go.

Western Hills had a last chance when Henry Clay couldn't get the ball in bounds. But a Taylor Slade three-pointer was off-target, and a last-second try by True was blocked by Boyd.

Ritchie had 20 points and five rebounds for the Wolverines (16-13). Slade scored 14 points.

The game was tied at 19 at halftime. While Henry Clay outscored Western Hills 8-0 in points off turnovers, the Wolverines had a 9-0 advantage from the three-point line.

"We struggled in the first half. They did a good job of throwing us off with that zone," Henry Clay Coach Eric Sanford said. "Hats off to a well-coached Western Hills team, definitely. ... The second half, I thought we did a better job of attacking it and definitely in the overtime we did a much better job of attacking it."

Dunbar 45, Madison Central 35: The Bulldogs scored the last 12 points of the game to knock off the defending region champs.

Dunbar (24-7) won despite shooting a mere 22.4 percent (13-for-58). Central wasn't much better at 28 percent (14-for-50).

The Indians (15-15) took a 35-33 lead on Shadae Bosley's free throw with 4:13 left. That was all they would score, though.

Dunbar took the lead for good, 36-35 with 3:30 left, when Ezzy Ighodaro scored the first of her five consecutive points.

Central tried desperately to respond, but 6-foot-2 Brooke Todd was there to erase several shots. She finished with six blocks.

Shakeema Jackson, who led Dunbar with 21 points, scored six in the final minute.

"Intensity," was the difference, Jackson said. "At the beginning of the game, we came out loose. But as the game continued, we started to tighten up. As we play loose, we go on runs."

Dunbar scored the first nine points.

Central, stymied by a 2-3 zone, missed 12 shots and committed six turnovers before Bosley converted a three-point play with 8.2 seconds left in the first quarter.

Dunbar caught Central's shooting ailment, though.

At halftime, Central led 18-17 and was outshooting Dunbar 32 percent (8-for-25) to 17.2 percent (5-for-29).

Things stayed close throughout the second half, until the Bulldogs made a final surge.

"Two minutes, two minutes," were key, Coach Sarah Bridenbaugh said. "The last couple weeks, we get down, we struggle a little bit. But the last two minutes they really dug their heels in defensively. ... We had two or three steals and two or three big blocked shots by Brooke that really sealed that win.

"They decided for two minutes that 'hey, we're not ready to go home.'"

Ighodaro finished with 10 points. Todd had 15 rebounds and Nicole Armstrong added 10.

The Bulldogs made 17 of 26 free throws, while Central went 6-for-11 at the line.

Bailey O'Bryan led the Indians with 10 points and five assists. Bosley finished with nine points and 12 boards.

"We had a break or two at the end and Brooke was able to get her hands on some shots, which affected us," Central Coach Robert Cooksey said. "But one or two times I think we got two offensive rebounds and just couldn't put it back. It's one of those things. It's kids giving their all and trying. It just didn't go in for them."

Dunbar 45, Madison Central 35

DUNBAR (24-7) — Griggs 0, Jackson 21, Todd 5, Armstrong 3, Rosen 3, Ighodaro 10, Grant 3. Totals 13-58 17-26 45.

MADISON CENTRAL (15-15) — O'Bryan 10, Bosley 9, Johns 8, Christian 5, Cain 2, Schneid 1. Totals 14-50 6-11 35.

Dunbar 11 6 12 16 — 45

Madison Central 3 15 11 6 — 35

Henry Clay 52, Western Hills 49 (oT)

WESTERN HILLS (16-13) — Harrod 2, Ritchie 20, Slade 14, Sutton 1, Leachman 3, True 7, Vance 2. Totals 13-31 19-25 49.

HENRY CLAY (17-11) — Lyvers 17, Boyd 8, Joyce 2, Davis 5, Young 1, Coney 14, Porter 5. Totals 20-51 11-20 52

Western Hills 15 4 5 14 11 — 49

Henry Clay 12 7 8 11 14 — 52

Mark Maloney: (859) 231-3229. Twitter: @MarkMaloneyHL. Blog: markmaloney.bloginky.com.

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