Warren Central, ranked eighth in Dave Cantrall's Rating the State knocked off No. 10 Bowling Green in the 4th Region finals for the second straight season. This time the Dragons rallied for a 68-64 victory at E.A. Diddle Arena in Bowling Green.
The Purples led 64-57 with under two minutes to go before Warren Central closed on an 11-0 run.
George Fant, who has signed to stay near home and play at Western Kentucky next season, scored on a layup with 25 seconds left to give Warren Central a 66-64 lead. Donavan Halsel stole the ball with 6 seconds remaining, and Vic Smith scored the final basket.
Fant finished with 24 points and 12 rebounds, and Jordan Shanklin scored 16. Bowling Green got 26 points and 13 rebounds from Louisville signee Chane Behanan.
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Shelby Valley 49, Pikeville 42 (15th): Shelby Valley earned its second straight trip the Sweet Sixteen with a victory against Pikeville at the East Kentucky Expo Center.
The Wildcats defeated Ballard 73-61 to win the 2010 state championship.
No. 19 Perry Co. Central 45, Knott Co. Central 39 (14th): Perry Central outscored Knott Central 11-2 in the third quarter and held on from there at Hazard.
Perry Central (25-5) got 16 points from Braxton Beverly and 12 from Kyle Huff.
Knott Central (19-12), which jumped out to a 12-7 lead after the first quarter, was led in scoring by Zack Davis with 17.
Bardstown 62, Elizabethtown 55 (5th): Bardstown rolled to a 37-17 lead at halftime before Elizabethtown closed the gap. But the Panthers ran out of time in the finals at Green County.
It was the Tigers' second win of the season against Elizabethtown. They won at home 67-65 on Feb. 11.
Bardstown (24-4) had three players score in double figures — Cody Edelen with 17, Nathan Hall with 11 and Anthony Myrks with 10.
Mitchell Henry had a game-high 19 points for Elizabethtown (16-13), and Chris McDonald and Terry Jones followed with 13 and 10, respectively.
No. 22 Marshall Co. 62, Paducah Tilghman 56 (1st): Down nine at the half and six after three quarters, the Marshals closed on a 24-12 run at Murray State.
Marshall County's Stephen Atkinson had 15 points and 11 rebounds. Josh Forrest had 15 points and 13 rebounds for Paducah Tilghman.