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High school basketball: Henry Clay claims Berea title; Mercer stays perfect

Herald-Leader Staff Report

Paul Price, shown earlier this season, made six three-pointers for Henry Clay in its championship game victory at Berea on Wednesday night.
Paul Price, shown earlier this season, made six three-pointers for Henry Clay in its championship game victory at Berea on Wednesday night. Herald-Leader

Henry Clay is red hot for the holidays.

Paul Price came off the bench to make six three-pointers and lead all scorers with 22 points to propel Henry Clay past Madison Southern 76-62 in Wednesday’s championship game of the Berea Invitational. Henry Clay made 56 percent of its shots in the win (30 of 54), including 11 of 20 from three-point range.

The Blue Devils (9-1) have won five in a row since their only defeat, a 73-70 loss to Owen County in the Robertson County Adidas Classic on Dec. 12.

Henry Clay opened the Berea Invitational by topping Holy Spirit (Ga.) 66-43 on Monday. The Blue Devils swept a pair on Tuesday, topping East Jessamine 77-45 in the quarterfinals and Corbin 69-51 in the semifinals. Madison Southern (7-4) had won seven straight entering Wednesday’s finals, sweeping past Ryle 88-72, McCallie (Tenn.) 71-69 and Frankfort 84-69 on its way to the title game in Berea.

Guard Isaiah Tisdale chipped in 17 points and 12 rebounds for the Blue Devils in the championship game victory. Leander Ridgeway added 16 points. Tanner Kidwell topped Madison Southern with 17 points. Caleb Miller and Michael Jefferson added 15 each.

Henry Clay returns to action Sunday in the Traditional Bank Holiday Classic at Lexington Catholic.

Other highlights

▪  Scott County raced to a 10-2 lead and never looked back, beating Louisville Eastern 72-60 in the championship game of the Woodford County Invitational. The Cardinals, who led 53-31 after three quarters, got 23 points from Bryce Long and 13 points and 13 rebounds from Michael Moreno.

▪  Tim Dunn hit 10 of 15 shots for 23 points and pulled down seven rebounds to lead Bryan Station past West Jessamine 61-56 in the fifth-place game at Woodford County.

▪  Kyle Rode scored the last four points of the game as Lexington Christian edged Woodford County 54-51 in the third-place game. Rode scored 26 points and pulled down 16 rebounds.

▪ Malik Dow had 20 points, eight rebounds and three steals to lead host Mercer County (11-0) to the championship of the Clash of the Titans tournament. Mercer County knocked off previously unbeaten Meade County 80-63. Will Hager contributed to the Titans’ balanced attack with 19 points. Dylan James had 17 and Alijah Malik 12. Kase Mattingly led Meade County (10-1) with 15 points.

Wednesday’s boys’ high school basketball scores.

Wednesday’s girls’ high school basketball scores.

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