FRANKFORT — Henry Clay in the boys' 11th Region championship game?
Not many people saw this coming for these Blue Devils.
Led by Jordan Green's 22 points, 16 rebounds and four steals, Henry Clay whipped Woodford County 71-45 in the region semifinals Saturday night in the Frankfort Convention Center.
No. 16 Henry Clay (19-12) will face No. 4 Scott County (31-3) in Tuesday night's title game. It will be a rematch of last week's district finals won by the Devils.
Last year Henry Clay came close to knocking off eventual state champion Madison Central in the region semifinals. They lost 60-56, but with juniors Jordan Green, Christen Cunningham, Trey Grundy and Teddy Ware returning, they looked like region favorites for 2013-14.
Then came upheaval.
Cunningham transferred to Cordia, Grundy to Hargrave Military and Ware to Scott County.
That left Green and an untested supporting cast.
But here they are, with a shot at Henry Clay's first region title since 2005.
"With all the adversity and negative attention that went along with our off-season, what coach wouldn't feel glad for these guys," Devils Coach Daniel Brown said.
"Who would've thought we'd be in the region finals in one of the toughest regions in the state?"
Green said he has developed a special kinship with these teammates.
"It's the best feeling ever, to be with a team that plays as a unit. They're special.
"Everybody counted us out when the season started, but now that we're here we're gonna make it as good as we can."
After rallying past No. 14 Lafayette 64-63 on Friday night, the Devils had no letdown against Woodford County. They led wire-to-wire, up 35-26 at halftime before blowing it open in the second half.
Green, a 6-foot-5 senior, continued his standout play since returning three weeks ago from an elbow injury.
And he got a lot of support from his up-and-coming teammates.
Jeremiah Tisdale, a 6-1 junior left-hander, had 14 points and five rebounds. Colby Barnes, a 6-1 junior, had 13 points and four rebounds.
Sophomore Isaiah Tisdale, Jeremiah's brother, had eight points off the bench.
Woodford County couldn't get much done against the long, athletic Devils.
The Yellow Jackets struggled to score, especially in the second half when they managed just 19 points.
Henry Clay put it out of reach with an 11-0 run to start the fourth quarter that stretched its lead to 60-38.
Woodford County senior star Eli Boggess, who had 43 points against Madison Southern Friday night, had 15 against the Devils' defense.
Seniors Grayson Graf and Samuel Souers had eight and seven points, respectively.
Henry Clay 71, Woodford Co. 45
WOODFORD COUNTY (17-15) — Boggess 15, Graf 8, Souers 7, McCrady 4, Ramirez 1, Couch 2, Laine 3, Horn 1, Robinette 4.
HENRY CLAY (19-12) — Green 22, J.Tisdale 14, Barnes 13, I.Tisdale 8, Ridgeway 2, Wilson 3, Smith 2, McCorvey 2, Campbell 2, Ledford 3.
Woodford County 12 14 12 7—45
Henry Clay 20 15 14 22—71
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