Corbin survives four-overtime scare
It didn't take long for Corbin to get its first test in the 13th Region Tournament.
Isaac Wilson scored 43 points, and the host Redhounds needed four overtimes to defeat Bell County 88-80 in the first round of regions Wednesday night.
Corbin, the favorites to represent the 13th Region in Rupp Arena later this month and even bigger favorites to knock off Bell County on Wednesday, shot just 38 percent and barely eked out a victory despite shooting 29 more free throws than the Bobcats.
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There were three ties in the fourth quarter and no team led by more than three points in the final eight minutes. Corbin's Travis Smith made two free throws with 39 seconds left to tie it at 57 and send the game to its first overtime.
The Redhounds led by two in the final minute of the first extra period, but Ben Madon made two free throws — one with 25 seconds left and other with 14 seconds left — to force another OT.
Corbin looked like it would get away with a victory there, opening up a 69-65 lead with 28 seconds left. But Bell County's Justin Patterson nailed a three-pointer 11 seconds later and — after a Corbin free throw — Madon hit a shot in the paint with three seconds left to send the game to a third overtime.
It was the Bobcats who looked to be in good position in the third OT. They led 77-75 after Tanner Lefevers' free throw with seven seconds left. But Smith again came up big from the free-throw line, making two freebies with three seconds left for the game's eighth tie and another overtime.
Corbin finally took over midway through the final overtime. Wilson made two free throws with 2:24 left to give the Hounds the lead for good. He scored all five of his points in the final overtime from the free-throw line.
Wilson was 13-for-21 from the field and 5-for-6 from three-point range. He also had six rebounds and five steals in more than 51 minutes on the floor.
The rest of the Redhounds combined to go 11-for-42 from the field and 3-for-15 from three-point range.
All five starters fouled out for Bell County, which hung with Corbin through two halves and three overtimes before being outscored 11-3 in the fourth extra period.
Corbin was 32-for-51 from the free-throw line. Bell County was 11-for-22.
The Bobcats stayed in the game with stellar shooting from the field. They made 32 of 59 shots (54 percent) and were 61 percent on two-point attempts. But they also committed 24 turnovers to just 11 for the Redhounds.
West Jessamine 56, Wayne County 54 (12th): Senior guard Jarrod Polson scored a game-high 17 points and hit the game-winning pull-up jumper with 0.5 seconds left to send the Colts to the 12th Region semifinals.
Senior forwards David Elliott and Gus Sherrow added 15 points for the Colts, who will play Boyle County in Monday's semis. Boyle County defeated Casey County 71-41 Wednesday.
Covington Catholic 40, St. Henry 38 (2OT) (9th): Jake Thelen scored CovCath's only basket of the first overtime and was the victim of a goaltend on the eventual winning basket in the second overtime to help the Colonels get past St. Henry in the first round of the 9th Region Tournament at Northern Kentucky University.
Thelen had 16 points to lead all scorers. The game was tied 34-34 after regulation, and both teams managed just two points in the first extra period before CovCath outscored St. Henry 4-2 in the second.
The Colonels will play Newport in Saturday's semifinals. Newport defeated Ryle 62-46 on Wednesday.
Perry County Central 74, Owsley County 61 (14th): Dillon Cornett scored 29 points and was 14-for-16 from the field in a first-round victory at Breathitt County.
Perry Central will next play Wolfe County, which defeated June Buchanan 66-64 Wednesday.
Elizabethtown 62, Nelson County 40 (5th Region): Junior center Mitchell Henry had 17 points and eight rebounds to lead the Panthers over host Nelson County in the first round of the 5th Region Tournament.
Elizabethtown will face Campbellsville in the semifinals on Sunday. Campbellsville defeated Green County 70-39 Wednesday night.
Clark County 54, Scott 41 (10th Region): Sophomore Brittani Gay had 10 points and 10 rebounds to help the Lady Cards win for the second consecutive night at Mason County Fieldhouse and advance to the region finals.
Junior center Lauren Tibbs led Scott with 24 points, 20 rebounds and 11 blocked shots.
Clark County, which defeated Nicholas County by 51 points Tuesday, will play district rival Montgomery County in the region finals Saturday.
Montgomery County beat Bracken County 62-33 on Wednesday. The Lady Cards defeated Montgomery 46-32 in the 40th District title game on Feb. 24.