MOUNT STERLING — If you're not from Scott County or Lexington, it is difficult to get noticed in the traditionally talent-rich 11th Region.
But Franklin County senior Vance Hall is commanding attention, as he showed with a solid all-around performance in the Joe B. Hall Kentucky Prep Classic at Montgomery County on Saturday afternoon.
Hall, a 6-foot-3 point guard, had 32 points, eight rebounds and five assists in leading the Flyers to a surprisingly easy 79-54 win over North Hardin.
"I let the game come to me, and what happens, happens," Hall said modestly.
Franklin County Coach Scott Chalk is happy to let Hall make things happen.
"Our offense starts with Vance, he does what he does, and we just play from there," Chalk said. "He never gets in a hurry or a head-swim out there. He always plays under control and to his strengths."
Hall had 18 points in the first half, hitting nine of 11 shots, and Brandon Jennels was 5-for-7 on three-pointers for 15 points as the Flyers led 44-36 at the break.
Franklin County stepped up its defense and board work in the second half and pulled away.
"Our man-to-man is starting to do a good job, making teams struggle," Chalk said.
"And we played pretty disciplined, executing out of our motion (offense)."
Jennels finished with 20 points.
North Hardin was led by Roosevelt Emerson's 19 points and James Berry's 14.
The Trojans, rated No. 1 in the 5th Region, are the kind of competition Chalk wanted.
"They're big and athletic, kind of what we see in the 11th Region," he said.
No. 11 Tates Creek 69, Knott Central 65 (OT): It was a tough fight for Tates Creek, which rallied from 11 down in the second half, blew a seven-point lead late in regulation, then regrouped to win in overtime.
Juniors Ryan Fucci and Marcellus Barksdale had 17 points apiece to lead the Commodores. Darius Gibson had 14 points, and Justin Daugherty added 10.
Knott Central, whose four losses have all been to top 20 teams, was led by Stuart Stamper's 24 points. Stamper hit a three-pointer and a layup in the closing seconds of regulation to tie the game.
Tate Cox had 15 points, and Zach Davis added 14 for the Patriots, who are a contender in the 14th Region.
"They're a nice team with mountain shooters," Tates Creek Coach Wayne Breeden said, praising the Patriots perimeter players.
Dave Fraley, who came out of retirement to coach Knott Central, said Fucci lit a fire under the Commodores in the third quarter when he had seven points and a couple of steals. "I think as Fucci goes, Tates Creek goes," he said. "He does a lot of things well for them."
No. 9 Holmes 72, No. 7 Christian County 69 (OT): On a night when a lot of things didn't go right for them, the defending state champ Bulldogs found a way to win.
Holmes rallied from an eight-point deficit late in regulation to tie it on Jaydale Herndon's put-back at the buzzer, then survived in overtime.
The Bulldogs' 6-7 senior Elijah Pittman had 24 of his 34 points in the second half, including three clutch free throws in the last 48 seconds.
Holmes senior Ricardo Johnson, rated the top player in the state in the pre-season, was in foul trouble most of the night. He had four points before fouling out with five minutes left in regulation.
Holmes Coach David Henley credited Jeremiah Johnson's defense on Christian County's Anthony Hickey down the stretch for turning the game around. Hickey had 27 points but did not score in the last seven minutes.
Donovan Kates had 20 points for the Colonels, who had an eight-game winning streak snapped.
Covington Catholic 64, Montgomery County 52: CovCath's Jake Thelen had a double-double by halftime, and the 6-6 center finished with 18 points and 13 rebounds.
The Colonels used a flurry just before halftime to take an eight-point lead, then dominated the second half.
Brett Riedinger hit a pair of three-pointers to help break it open for CovCath. He wound up with 12 points. Trevor Wellbrock muscled his way to 11 points and seven rebounds.
Montgomery County was led by Jake Hanshoe, who came off the bench to get nine points in the second half. Andrew Mullins and Azrey Crisp added eight points apiece for the Indians, who were outrebounded 37-24.
NORTH HARDIN (15-3) — Roos. Emerson 19, Rol. Emerson 4, Berry 14, Phelps 4, Ruttley 10, Brangers 3.
FRANKLIN COUNTY (14-4) — Hall 32, Jennels 20, Samples 6, McKee 5, Burton 4, Parris 7, Thompson 3, Bell 2.
North Hardin 12 24 13 5—54
Franklin County 18 26 23 12—79
KNOTT CENTRAL (12-4) — Stamper 24, Davis 13, Cox 15, Ratliff 6, Roberts 4, Bartrum 1.
TATES CREEK (11-5) — Fucci 17, Barksdale 17, Daugherty 10, Potter 2, Gibson 14, Garner 9.
Knott Central 19 13 5 21 7—65
Tates Creek 7 15 18 18 11—69
CHRISTIAN COUNTY (14-3) — Hickey 27, Kates 20, Wilson 2, McDuffen 2, Lewis 9, Tandy 6, Gayle 3.
HOLMES (13-4) — Pittman 34, R. Johnson 4, J. Johnson 5, Herndon 6, Hayes 11, Rice 8, Mayfield 4.
Christian County 21 14 14 16 4—69
Holmes 11 20 12 22 7—72
COVINGTON CATHOLIC (10-7) — Thelen 18, Wellbrock 11, Riedinger 12, Pauly 4, Robinson 5, Connelly 2, Hudepohl 6, Heimbrock 4, Baker 2.
MONTGOMERY COUNTY (13-6) — Craycraft 5, Prewitt 2, Hanshoe 9, Mullins 8, Asberry 2, Dotson 7, Fruth 7, Crisp 8, Robinson 4.
CovCath 15 15 16 18—64
Montgomery County 15 7 11 19—52