High School Basketball

Mountain sharpshooter could break state’s single-season record for three-pointers at Tates Creek

Johnson Central head coach Tommy McKenzie looked for a foul call in the in fourth quarter of the Scott Co. vs Johnson Central quarterfinal game of the Boys' Sweet Sixteen Basketball Tournament at Rupp Arena in Lexington, Ky., on March 21, 2014. Scott Co. beat Johnson Central 64-55 and will play Trinity in semifinals. Photo by Pablo Alcala | Staff
Johnson Central head coach Tommy McKenzie looked for a foul call in the in fourth quarter of the Scott Co. vs Johnson Central quarterfinal game of the Boys' Sweet Sixteen Basketball Tournament at Rupp Arena in Lexington, Ky., on March 21, 2014. Scott Co. beat Johnson Central 64-55 and will play Trinity in semifinals. Photo by Pablo Alcala | Staff Lexington Herald-Leader

A few boys’ basketball notes heading into the final weekend of the regular season:

▪  Entering Thursday, only one boys’ or girls’ player had scored 1,000 points this season — Lawrence County’s Tim Dalton, who leads the nation at 37.9 points per game according to MaxPreps’ rankings. He became the 19th Kentucky boy to record 1,000 points in a single season.

Dalton had scored 1,142 points heading into the Bulldogs’ 60th District opener versus Phelps, which is the sixth-highest single season output by any boys’ player and the most in nearly 30 years. Ahead of him are: 1. Kelly Coleman, Wayland (1,734 in 1965); 2. Ervin Stepp, Phelps (1,449 in 1980); 3. Stepp, Phelps (1,275 in 1979); 4. Chris Harrison, Tollesboro (1,182 in 1991); 5.) Coleman, Wayland (1,174 in 1955).

▪  Johnson Central’s Mason Blair, the nation’s fourth-leading scorer on MaxPreps (32.3 ppg), needs to make just one three-pointer at Tates Creek on Friday to break the state’s single-season record for threes made. He matched the record of 145 set by Tollesboro’s Harrison in 1991 by making five threes in a 64-61 win over Ashland Blazer on Saturday, the Golden Eagles’ ninth straight victory. Blair, who averages five makes from long range per game, is 96 points away from a 1,000-point season.

▪  Peyton Broughton, a 3,000-point scorer at North Laurel who’s signed with Eastern Kentucky University, also is knocking on the door of a 1,000-point season. Broughton, who’s averaging 30.9 points, had 865 points entering the Jaguars’ regular-season finale at Knox Central on Friday.

▪  One reason Jake Duby was able to become Sayre’s all-time leading scorer? Free-throw shooting. The senior had connected on 114 of his 126 attempts coming into the week. That’s a 90.5 percent clip, third-highest in the state. Only two other players in the state are making 90 percent of their free throws — Paintsville eighth-grader Mason Moore, who’d went 58-of-64 (90.6 percent) from the stripe, and Madisonville senior Noah Cunningham, who’d connected on 75 of 82 (91.5 percent).

▪  Turns out if you’re at Sayre, it doesn’t hurt to have a Goodman on the roster. Rob Goodman, now the head coach of the boys’ team, was on a Spartans squad that won 20 games in 1989. His son, Robbie Goodman, is a senior on this year’s edition, the first to win 20 games since the 1992-93 team tied the school record of 22 wins set by the program in the mid-’80s. Only four teams in school history have won 20 or more games.

Josh Moore: 859-231-1307, @HLpreps

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