Traditional Bank Holiday Classic (boys)
▪ Lexington Catholic overcame a six-point halftime deficit and won the third-place game convingly over Bryan Station, 56-41, after outscoring the Defenders 33-12 out of the break
Luke Johnson led the way with 17 points for the Knights (6-6). He shot 8-for-14 from the field. He also ended with four assists, two blocks and a steal. Zan Payne nearly had a double-double for LexCath, finishing with 15 points and nine rebounds.
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Rafael Few had 12 points and two steals to lead Bryan Station (7-5), which was 3-for-17 from the field in the second half after shooting 44 percent before halftime.
▪ Henry Clay came away with its third blowout win of the tournament after defeating Cordia 75-42. The Blue Devils, who lost a close one down the stretch to tournament finalist Trinity in the quarterfinals, finished 3-1 in the event. Lee Ridgeway led them with 14 points on Wednesday, while Pun Tisdale ended with 11 points, six assists, five rebounds and five steals. Oumar Keita led Cordia with 16 points and five boards.
▪ Newport Central Catholic finished with three straight wins after dropping their first in the tournament, knocking off West Jessamine 83-68 on the final day. Ben Weyer finished with 26 points — giving him a 23-point-per-game average in the event — seven rebounds, seven blocks and five assists for the Thoroughbreds. Siah Holifield led West Jessamine, which went 2-2 in the TBHC, with 15 points.
▪ Josh Crank and Connor Hoskins combined for 38 points for Buckhorn, but it wasn’t enough as Danville defeated the Wildcats 61-52. The Ads had four players finish in double-figure scoring, led by Gerald Miller’s 18. Miller was 8-for-13 from the floor, all of which were two-point baskets, had 12 rebounds and two blocks. Spencer McKinney ended with 11 points, six boards and six assists for Danville, which finished 2-2 in the tourney. Buckhorn won its first but then lost three straight.
▪ Lawrence County bounced back well after falling to tournament finalist Trinity in the second round. The Bulldogs finished 4-1 after defeating Perry County Central 55-47, led by 19 points apiece from Austin Chaffin and Brandon Richardson. Perry Central’s Noah Black had a game-high 23 points. The Commodores went 2-2 over the week.
Lake Cumberland Holiday Hoops Classic (boys)
▪ Tuesday’s semifinal: Lafayette and Lexington Christian got a look at one another before their two districts games to be played on Jan. 15 (at Lafayette) and Feb. 5 (at LCA). The Generals came out on top at Pulaski County, 79-65, using the thid quarter to break a 37-all tie at the break. Harrison Lane poured in 26 points for Lafayette, six of his seven field goals coming from behind the arc. Ross Jenkins had 18 points, 14 rebounds and four blocks. Tre King led LCA with 27 points (11-for-17 shooting) and nine rebounds.
Mingua Beef Jerky Holiday Classic (girls)
▪ Bryan Station claimed the tournament championship, defeating city rival Lafayette 59-45 at Bourbon County. Destiny Cozart had 26 points, nine rebounds and two steals for the Defenders. Carah Burdette had 12 points while Ezzy Ighodaro chipped in eight, five rebounds, five steals and four assists. Kiara Pankins led Lafayette with 18 points (9-for-13 shooting) and 10 rebounds. Caroline Bennett had 12 points and eight boards for the Generals.
Sunshine Classic (girls)
▪ Franklin County rolled over Trimble County, 59-26, in the championship game in Daytona, Fla. Princess Stewart, who was named MVP of the tournament, had 19 points and five rebounds to lead the Flyers to their 10th straight game to open the year. Flyers Anna Arrastia and Rebecca Cook were named to the all-tournament team.
Pine Mountain Classic (boys)
▪ Breathitt County (9-4) won all three of its games in the Pine Mountain Classic, the final one a 76-53 victory over Betsy Layne in a battle of Bobcats on Wednesday. Jordan Barnett had a whale of a game for Breathitt, going for 19 points, 18 rebounds and five assists. Freshman Kyle Watkins led Betsy Layne (5-6) with 23 points.
King of the Smokies Classic (boys)
▪ Scott County advanced to the championship game in Pigeon Forge, Tenn., with a 75-67 win over South Paulding, Ga. Michael Moreno led three Cards in double figures with 19 points to go with 11 rebounds and five assists. Cooper Robb had 15 (11-14 from the free-throw line) and Glenn Covington had 13 for Scott County. Covington had four steals. Kane Williams led the opposition with 18 points and seven steals.
South Central Bank-Halton Classic (girls)
▪ Consolation game: LaRue County defeated Caverna 56-40 for its first win in the event. Presley Brown led the way with 14 points, nine rebounds, six assists and two blocks. Madison Faulkner scored 19 and had 11 rebounds for Caverna.
▪ Consolation game: Holmes finished 2-1 at Allen County-Scottsville after running away from Madison Southern in the second half, 67-45. Janice Stovall and Laila Johnson combined for 39 points and nine steals (21 and five for Stovall, 17 and four for Johnson). Briana Lanham paced the Eagles with 14 points, nine boards and four assists.
Titan Holiday Classic (girls)
▪ Clark County finished with two straight wins to go 2-2 in the tournament after defeating Waynesville (Ohio) 66-50 in a consolation game. Maaliya Owens led the Cardinals effort with 19 points while Jasmine Flowers and Sydney Anderson chipped in 13 and 10 points, respectively.
Sunshine Shootout (girls)
Elizabethtown dropped its first game of the year, 41-37 to Naples Community School, Fla. The Panthers shot 11-for-41 from the floor. Erin Boley was held to 6-for-19 shooting. She still nearly finished with a double-double, ending with 16 points, nine rebounds and five steals.