Region tournament highlights: Perry Central, Butler and Sacred Heart reach girls' Sweet Sixteen

March 8, 2014 

Kayla Rankin scored 20 points and Perry County Central outscored Powell County by five in the fourth quarter to win the 14th Region girls title 59-54 at Leslie County on Saturday.

Keeley Rogers had 21 points for Powell County.

No. 11 Sacred Heart 46, No. 10 Ballard 39 (7th): The Valkyries trailed 34-31 early in the fourth quarter before going on a 10-0 run to take control in a win in the finals at Valley. Raven Merriweather scored six points and DaiJia Ruffin had the other four during the decisive spurt.

Ruffin finished with 24 points and eight rebounds, and Merriweather scored 12 points. Javonna Layfield led Ballard with 19 points, 13 rebounds and three blocks.

No. 2 Butler 55, Mercy 47 (6th): The Bearettes finished the game on an 11-2 run to escape with a win in the championship game at Valley. Danielle Lawrence led the way for Butler (28-3) with 14 points, four rebounds and four steals.

Clark County 41, Mason County 37 (10th): Sydney Anderson scored a game-high 13 points in the Cardinals' semifinal win over host Mason County.

No. 25 Mercer County 79, Southwestern 68 (12th): Eighth-grader Seygan Robins and freshman Lyric Houston scored 21 points apiece to lead the Titans past the Warriors in the semifinals at Lincoln County. Adison Corder led Southwestern with 30 points.

No. 12 Danville 54, Wayne County 46 (12th): Junior C.J. McPherson scored 27 points in the semifinals at Lincoln County.

No. 20 Newport Central Catholic 64, Covington Holy Cross 52 (9th): The lead changed hands nine times in the fourth quarter before the Thoroughbreds prevailed in the semifinals at Northern Kentucky University.

Nikki Kiernan led Newport Catholic with 24 points.


Boyle County 72, West Jessamine 69, OT (12th): The Rebels scored the last four points of overtime at the free-throw line to rally for a win in the quarterfinals at Pulaski County.

Keagan Hinkle scored 14 points and Josiah Robbins and Colton Elkins had 13 apiece for Boyle County.

Daulton Peters went 11-for-21 from the field to finish with a game-high 24 points for the Colts.

Brooks Ely added 15 points and nine rebounds and Will Henderson's nine points included a three-pointer that sent the game to the extra period.

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