Region tournament highlights: No. 2 Louisville Trinity edges No. 1 Ballard for spot in Sweet Sixteen

March 11, 2014 

  • Boys' Sweet Sixteen

    When: March 19-23

    Where: Rupp Arena

    First round: 11th Region champion Scott County meets 16th Region champion Fleming County at 6:30 p.m. on March 19.

Kentucky's top two teams played Tuesday night with a trip to the Sweet Sixteen on the line, and No. 2 Louisville Trinity came out on top with a 59-58 victory against No. 1 Ballard in the 7th Region finals at Valley High School.

The Shamrocks had lost both of their regular-season matchups against the Bruins.

Ballard's Quentin Snider, who went 2-for-4 at the free-throw line down the stretch, got the ball out of a timeout with 2.9 seconds left and threw a lob pass to Jalen Perry, but his shot came up short. Snider, a University of Louisville signee, had 19 points.

Kentucky basketball assistant Orlando Antigua was on hand to watch Trinity standout Ray Spalding, a 6-foot-9 prospect who finished with four points, nine rebounds and five blocks in the victory. Spalding is the highest-ranked in-state prospect in the class of 2015.

Knott County Central 49, Hazard 47 (14th): Camron Justice hit two free throws with 9 seconds left to give the Patriots their third straight region title victory.

Campbell County 68, Montgomery County 61 (10th): Camels senior Corey Holbrook scored 26 points and Matt Wilson added 12 points, 14 rebounds and eight blocks in the finals at Mason County.

The Indians' Bryan Wallace finished with 22 points.

South Oldham 50, Simon Kenton 47, OT (8th): The Dragons will make their second straight trip — and second ever — to the Sweet Sixteen after they held on to defeat the Pioneers at Henry County.

South Oldham's Jonathan Blair went to the free-throw line with his team up one with 4.5 seconds left. He missed but stole the rebound and scored at the buzzer.

Bardstown 61, No. 18 Elizabethtown 44 (5th): Tavon Johnson scored a game-high 16 points in the Tigers' win at Marion County.

Nick McDonald, the Panthers' region tournament star with 48 points combined in the first two games, scored two points after going 0-for-7 from the field.

Johnson Central 81, Shelby Valley 56 (15th): Shane Hall scored 24 points and blocked seven shots to help the Golden Eagles win their third straight region championship. Hunter Swindall had 17 points for the Wildcats.

No. 6 Wayne County 78, No. 11 Southwestern 74 (12th): Peyton Woods and Trey Blevins scored 22 points apiece and Corey Stearns had 17 in the Cardinals' win in the finals at Pulaski County. Blevins was 9-for-9 from the free-throw line and Woods hit five three-pointers.

Dylan Gaskin scored 26 points and Justin Edwards had 21 for the Warriors.

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