Region basketball tournament highlights: Lady Hornets never substitute in 15th Region first-round win over Allen Central

March 6, 2014 

Jassmine Howard scored 19 points to lead Magoffin County in its 65-57 win over Allen Central in the first round of the girls' 15th Region tournament at the Eastern Kentucky Expo Center.

Leslee Howard and Jamie Castle chipped in 18 apiece for the Lady Hornets (23-5), whose five starters remained on the court for the entire duration.

Seniors Madison Reed (6) and Courtney Gullett (4) rounded out the scoring for Magoffin, who got back into winning form after having a 12-game win streak snapped in their 66-64 loss to Johnson Central in the 57th District championship.

Sarah Rife scored a game-high 22 for the Lady Rebels (13-10).

Mercer Co. 79, Boyle Co. 76 (OT, 12th): All nine of the Titans' (27-5) points in overtime came at the free-throw line as they edged the Lady Rebels (20-8) behind 34 points from eighth-grade guard Seygan Robins.

Sacred Heart 57, Manual 42 (7th): Raven Merriweather made just four of her 14 shot attempts but went 13-for-16 at the free-throw line to reach 21 points and lead the Valkyries (26-7).

DaiJia Ruffin added 18 points and 11 rebounds for Sacred Heart, which will play in its first 7th Region title game since falling to Louisville Christian 59-49 in 2009.

Teanna Curry scored 21 for the Lady Crimsons (18-12), while Krystalline McCune put up 10 points and 14 rebounds in the loss.

Ballard 58, Male 31 (7th): Senior forward Javonna Layfield poured in 21 points and grabbed 10 rebounds as the Bruins (24-4) rolled over the Lady Bulldogs (21-10) to earn a berth in the title game.

Boys

Elizabethtown 64, LaRue Co. 48 (5th): After trailing 15-12 at the end of the first period, Elizabethtown went on a 19-6 run in the second to pull away. Nic McDonald spurred the run for the Panthers (22-8), finishing with a game-high 22 points to propel Elizabethtown to its third straight win.

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