Traditional Bank Holiday Classic
Paul Laurence Dunbar 75, Bryan Station 40
Dunbar dismantled Station to advance to the Traditional Bank Holiday Classic finals, where it will meet Trinity for the second time in just over a week.
Taveion Hollingsworth had a game-high 22 points for the Bulldogs (12-2), who dropped their first game of the season to the Shamrocks, 81-70, in the King of the Bluegrass tournament on Dec. 21.
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Trinity defeated Lexington Catholic 59-51 in Tuesday’s first semifinal.
Dunbar was firing on all cylinders against the Defenders (7-4), who had a five-game win streak snapped, in large part due to the play of Jordan Lewis. He had 20 points on 7-for-10 shooting and dished out five assists for the Bulldogs.
“I try to bring the intesity and make everybody run the floor,” Lewis said. A “ferocious” backdoor alley-oop dunk from Hollingsworth in the third quarter exemplified that intensity.
Dunbar Coach Scott Chalk said there was “no doubt” that Lewis is the engine that makes the Bulldogs go.
“If he plays well, we’re pretty hard to stop,” Chalk said. “If he doesn’t play well, we can win but it’s a lot more of a struggle. ... He had a great attitude tonight and was really mentally focused.”
Lewis went out with foul trouble during the second quarter against Trinity. The Bulldogs won every quarter except that one, in which the Shamrocks outscored them 32-12.
“That was the whole deal right there,” Chalk said. “We had the lead. ... They just blitzed us and we got out of sync.”
The Dunbar point guard said the team’s ready for the rematch.
“We’re gonna come out harder against them,” Lewis said. “Play better defense, close out on shooters and use our heads.”
Dontell Brown had five points and a game-high 11 rebounds for Dunbar. Andre Davis led Station with 13 points.
▪ Henry Clay jumped out to a 28-12 first-quarter lead on Covington Holy Cross and cruised to an 85-67 finish. Lee Ridgeway led the Blue Devils effort with 17 points and seven rebounds. Isaiah “Pun” Tisdale had 15 points, six assists and four steals. Leighton Schrand had a game-high 20 points for the Indians.
▪ Knott County Central came away with a 67-60 win over Frankfort. Isaac Caudill scored 24, had six steals, five assists and five rebounds for the Patriots. The Panthers had three players — Anthony Robinson, Malik Frank and Devonte Faulkner scored 15 points apiece. Robinson finished with 15 rebounds, four assists, three steals and a block.
▪ Ben Weyer scored 18 and grabbed 11 rebounds in Newport Central Catholic’s 72-39 win over Western Hills. Weyer also had four assists and four blocked shots for the Thoroughbreds.
▪ West Jessamine jumped out on Fayette County (Ga.) and never looked back, coming away with a 60-37 win. Siah Holifield led the way for the Colts with 17 points , seven rebounds and five assists.
▪ Cordia defeated John Hardin 69-46 behind Ajenee Chisolm‘s 22 points. Anthony Nelson had 21 points, six rebounds, three assists, three steals and two blocks for the Lions. Mickey Pearson paced John Hardin with 18.
Gateway Holiday Classic (boys)
▪ Mercer County used a 25-13 fourth quarter to defeat tournament host Montgomery County in the championship game. Trevon Faulkner put up 28 points, nine rebounds and four assists for the Titans, who improved to 14-0. Malik Dow had 16 points and 12 boards while Dylan James added 14 for the winners. Brennan Canada scored 15 for the Indians.
▪ Koebe Garrard had 16 points and two steals in 19 minutes for Paris in its 84-72 win over Rockcastle County. Lucas Gentry and Carson Noble each eclipsed 20 points for the Rockets, going for 23 and 21 respectively on a combined 19-for-25 shooting.
▪ Grant Brockman led Madison Central with 18 points, bolstered by a 4-for-8 clip from behind the arc, and five assists in the Indians’ 70-53 victory over Worthington Kilbourne, Ohio. Terique Miller had 16 for the Indians and was 3-for-4 beyond the arc. Madison Central made eight of its 20 three-point tries opposed to just 1-for-5 from Kilbourne.
▪ Muhlenberg County dropped the hammer on Ballard Memorial, using a 57-26 advantage over the second and third periods to win 99-58 in the consolation bracket. Five players finished in double-figure scoring for the Mustangs, led by Clayton Stovall’s 23. Zach Parsons led the Bombers with 18 points and 11 rebounds.
Gateway Holiday Classic (girls)
▪ Simon Kenton claimed the tournament championship with a 70-51 victory over East Carter. Allyson Niece poured in 33 points, had seven rebounds and six assists for the Pioneers, winners of five straight. Haley Hall led East Carter with 14 points.
▪ Henry Clay rolled past Jenkins, 89-47, in the third-place game. T’laya Lyvers came away with 22 points and 10 rebounds in 12 minutes of action for the Blue Devils while Destyne Jackson had 20 points and four steals. They outscored Jenkins star Whitney Creech by a point. Creech ended with 41 points, 10 rebounds and three steals, but committed nine turnovers.
▪ Kennedy Igo, an eighth grader, had 20 points, seven rebounds, five assists, two blocks and two steals to lift Montgomery County to its first win, 47-41 over Rockcastle County, in its home tournament. Hope Kelley led the Rockets with 16 points.
▪ Scott went out on a high note, winning 67-45 over Harrison County in a consolation game. Alexis Stapleton scored 18 and came away with three steals for the Eagles.
Mingua Beef Jerky Holiday Classic (girls)
▪ Bryan Station got by tournament host Bourbon County, 70-65, to set up a championship meeting with city rival Lafayette at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday. Carah Burdette led the way with 25 points for the Defenders (8-4), who have won four straight. Destiny Cozart added 23 points while sophomore Kyrah Hardin had 13 points and four steals for Station.
▪ Kiara Pankins lifted Lafayette into the championship game with a 25-point, six-rebound, three-steal effort in the Generals’ 52-40 win over St. Henry. Chison Iloegbunam led the Crusaders with 12 off the bench.
Sunshine Shootout (girls)
▪ Erin Boley scored a career-high 40 points, two points shy of the school record, in Elizabethtown’s 65-55 win over Americas-Sumter, Ga. The Notre Dame signee went 15-for-20 from the floor and finished with 12 rebounds and two blocks.
Whitefield Holiday Round Robin (girls)
▪ Dee Dee Wheeler scored 29 points in Sayre’s 49-27 win over Kentucky Country Day. She went 12-for-18 from the floor and had three steals. The Spartans went 3-0 in the event after picking up wins over host Whitefield and Rock Creek (Ind.) on Monday.
South Central Bank-Halton Classic (girls)
▪ Presley Brown finished with 16 points, 11 boards, two blocks and two steals in LaRue County’s 61-41 loss to Macon County (Tenn.) in the consolation round.
▪ Carroll County defeated Caverna 65-47 in a consolation game. Miranda Groseclose went 7-for-12 for 19 points and had three steals for Carroll. Teammate Natalie Bennett was 8 of 9 from the floor and finished with 18.
▪ Kaci Currens led the way with 23 points in Anderson County’s 56-47 win over Holmes in their tournament opener. Jynea Harris had 22 for Holmes.
▪ Host Allen County-Scottsville defeated Madison Southern 54-39. Savannah Gregory scored 23 points, had six rebounds and four steals for the Patriots. Briana Lanham had 15 points and nine boards for Madison Southern.
Pigeon Forge Tournament (boys)
▪ Cooper Watts paced Scott County with 21 points on 9-for-10 shooting in the Cards’ 71-36 win over Seymour (Tenn.) in Pigeon Forge, Tenn. Watts also had nine rebounds and three steals. Michael Moreno scored 12 and Cooper Robb 10 for Scott County.
Titan Holiday Classic (girls)
▪ Sacred Heart reached the championship game, where it will meet tournament host Mercer County, after defeating Covington Holy Cross 49-40. Grace Berger scored a game-high 19 and grabbed nine rebounds for the Valkyries (10-3).
Suncoast Holiday Classic (boys)
▪ Cole Vonhandorf scored 29 points — five of his six field goals coming from beyond the arc — in Covington Catholic’s 79-45 winover Fort Myers, Fla. He also had seven assists and five steals.
Destin Holiday Classic (girls)
▪ Scott County defeated Marist (Ga.) 64-49 in Florida. Juliette Smith paced the Cardinals (10-3) with 26 points on an 8-for-14 clip from the field. She was 9-for-10 from the free-throw line.