FRANKFORT — It took overtime, but Owen County is in the semifinals of the Touchstone Energy All "A" Classic for the first time since 1996.
The Rebels outlasted Shelby Valley 57-52 in OT in Friday night's quarterfinals.
"Just a gutty, gutty, grind-it-out battle," Owen County Coach Devin Duvall said.
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Carson Williams, a 6-foot-6 junior, carried the load for the Rebels in the extra period. He had three blocked shots, a big steal and six points, including two clinching free throws with :02 left.
Williams finished with 23 points, 12 rebounds, six blocked shots, three assists and three steals.
Chad McDonald had 20 points, including 6-for-9 three-point shooting.
The Rebels jumped to an early 21-6 lead, thanks to five threes by McDonald.
"We sort of fell in love with the three-point shot and stopped attacking," Duvall said. "That allowed (Shelby Valley) to catch up."
Corey Hamilton had 14 points for the Wildcats. He was 4-for-5 on threes. Hunter Swindall and Lamont Wright added 12 points each.
Dalton Richardson hit a three-pointer to tie it 50-50 with :34 left in regulation.
Owen County misfired on a three at the buzzer.
Williams dominated in OT. He powered for a layup to put the Rebels ahead 52-50, and they never relinquished the lead.
Newport Central Catholic 75, Elliott County 44: The All "A" tournament trail has been a walk in the park for NewCath the past two weeks.
The two-time defending small school champs' victory over Elliott County was the latest in a series of routs.
The Thoroughbreds won their six regional and state tournament games by 31, 36, 41, 31, 57 and 55 points.
Drew McDonald, a 6-foot-7 senior standout, had 21 points and seven rebounds against Elliott County.
Grant Moeves had 12 points and five assists, and Zack Pangallo had 11 points.
It was over by halftime when NewCath led 45-14.
Coach Ron Dawn expects the easy times are over, however. The Thoroughbreds face Lexington Christian in Saturday night's semifinals.
"That'll definitely be a tough test," Dawn said. "We've seen them play two or three times. They're really good.
"We'll have our hands full. It's not going to be like last year."
NewCath beat LCA 78-49 in last year's semifinals after leading 52-18 at halftime.
Dawn said his Thoroughbreds have been good about staying focused even in lopsided games.
"They've done a really good job of taking care of the task at hand."
Monroe County 55, Danville 53: Monroe County Coach Steve Kirkpatrick seemed a little dazed after his team rallied from 11 points down in the fourth quarter to pull out the victory.
"We didn’t shoot the ball very well and we didn't rebound the ball very well, but we found other ways to win the game," he said.
Monroe County hit just enough foul shots down the stretch to survive.
Skyler Geralds hit four free throws, and Tyrec Mink hit three in the last 58 seconds to help the Falcons reach the semifinals in only their second All "A" appearance.
Kirkpatrick thought Geralds, a 6-0 senior, may have been the difference.
"I thought that kid from the start of the game to the end of the game really stepped up and was a leader out on the floor," he said.
Geralds stuffed the stat line with 15 points, seven rebounds, four assists and four steals.
Mink, a 6-0 freshman, had 14 points.
Dillon Geralds (no relation to Skyler) had nine points and five rebounds.
John Austin Geralds (Skyler’s cousin) also had nine points, including five straight that tied the game 46-46.
Danville trailed 54-51 and had the ball with :06 left. Monroe County fouled Trevin Washington with 3 seconds left instead of letting the Admirals get off a potential three-point shot.
Washington hit both free throws to make it 54-53.
Skyler Geralds then hit one of two foul shots with 2 seconds left.
Danville was led by Cody Woolridge’s 19 points and 13 rebounds, but the 6-3 senior fouled out with 5:46 left.
Washington had 14 points. Spencer McKinney had six points, 10 rebounds and three assists before fouling out in the closing seconds.