BOWLING GREEN — There have been many great players at Sheldon Clark and many great teams, but this year's version of the Cardinals did something Thursday that none before had done.
They won a game at the state tournament.
In their first trip to the Houchens Industries/KHSAA Girls Sweet Sixteen since 1992, Sheldon Clark dropped Boyd County 74-59 to advance to the quarterfinals where it will face Calloway County on Friday.
It was the first time any team from the 15th Region advanced out of the first round since 2003.
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"Words can't express it," Coach Darrin Rice said, noting that in the school's previous eight trips it lost in the first round. "I haven't had an opportunity for it to sink in and neither have these girls. We're just trying to enjoy it."
The Cards did it behind stellar guard play from Katelyn Newsome, who had 23 points and Eastern Kentucky-bound Carla Booth, who had 21 points, eight rebounds, seven assists and four steals in the win, the 10th straight for Sheldon Clark (25-8).
"Carla's been shooting for this for a long time," Rice said. "It's all we've talked about for four years."
Sheldon Clark, which shot 53.8 percent from the field, grabbed the lead from the start and never relinquished it. It shot 52.6 percent in the first half and held the Lions to 28.6 percent.
"They got a lead on us and we panicked a little bit and we just weren't able to recover," Boyd Coach Pete Fraley said.
Logan Fraley had 18 points to lead the Lions.
Calloway County 62, Newport Central Catholic 57 (OT): Calloway County Coach Scott Sivills figured the Sweet Sixteen would be a good showcase for his star player Averee Fields, and she didn't disappoint.
The West Virginia signee delivered 30 points, nine rebounds, four assists, five blocks and six steals.
But the Lakers also showed they're not just a one-girl team as they pulled away for the overtime win despite Fields not scoring a point in the extra period.
Fields fed Taylor Futrell for a short jumper to start the overtime, and then Futrell hit four straight free throws to give Calloway a 59-53 lead.
"We wanted this so badly because we have one of the best players in the state in Averee Fields, but this team is not just Averee," Sivills said.
The Lakers got a big boost when Karlee Wilson hit a halfcourt shot at the halftime buzzer to pull Calloway to within 22-19. That was part of a 17-2 run that erased a 22-12 deficit.
The win was the 19th straight for Calloway County (31-1) and kept them unbeaten against state teams.
Clay County 61, Owensboro Catholic 48: With its top two scorers and senior leaders on the bench in the fourth quarter, Clay County junior guard Alisha Mitchell picked up the slack and paced a 13-0 run that carried the Lady Tigers into the quarterfinals.
Clay County lost point guard Kayla Smith to an ankle injury late in the third quarter, and Owensboro Catholic responded with a quick 6-0 run to close to within 40-37 at the end of the period.
Then, less than a minute into the fourth quarter, Clay County center Whitney Belle Jackson fouled out.
After Catholic closed to within 42-40 on Lauryn Yevincy's three-pointer, Mitchell responded with back-to-back free-throw-line jumpers and a pair of free throws to make it an eight-point game (48-40). Clay County pushed the lead to 15 at 55-40 before the Lady Aces scored another field goal.
Mitchell finished with 20 points to lead the Lady Tigers (27-6). Becca Greenwell, the state's leading scorer at 32.8 points per game, had 28 for Owensboro Catholic (27-8).