High School Basketball

Knights top Henry Clay in 11th

RICHMOND — What began as a walk in the park for Lexington Catholic turned into a crawl through a minefield in the boys' 11th Region basketball tournament Thursday night.

The Knights looked like they were going to breeze past Henry Clay when they built a 16-point lead in the first half, and reconstructed it to 18 midway through the third quarter.

But the Blue Devils fought back, even without senior star Prince Stewart, who went out with an ankle injury midway through the first half.

Led by the hot shooting of Brandon Wilder, who had all of his 15 points in the second half, Henry Clay went on a 22-5 run that cut the Knights' lead to one point with 3:50 left.

The Devils were within one three more times, but the Knights escaped with a 65-62 victory.

Ryan Patton hit a three-pointer with 18 seconds left to bring the Devils within 63-62.

After Vee Sanford's two free throws made it a three-point lead, Henry Clay had two chances to tie but missed a pair of three-pointers.

"All the credit goes to Henry Clay," Lexington Catholic Coach Brandon Salsman said. "They did a great job, and (Wilder) was unreal.

"But I'm proud of my team, too, for making plays when they had to."

The No. 12 Knights (23-7) advance to play Madison Central (19-11) in Saturday's semifinals. The Indians beat Western Hills 70-52 in Thursday's first game.

No. 1 Scott County (27-3) will face Lafayette (11-18) in Saturday's other semifinal.

If not for Taylor Botkin, Lexington Catholic's season would be over. The 6-3 senior point guard had one of the best games of his career. He had 22 points, nine rebounds and three steals.

"He knew his career was hanging in the balance, and he came through with a great game," Salsman said.

Henry Clay's defense limited Sanford to 12 points. Taylor Martin also had 12 for the winners.

Henry Clay, playing Lexington Catholic for the first time since it upset the Knights in the 2003 region semifinals, was led by 6-3 senior T.J. Barnes, who muscled his way to 18 points and 13 rebounds. Freshman Wes Kimball had 11 points, and Trey Stewart added seven.

Prince Stewart, who was averaging 22 points, had five when he left the game early in the second quarter.

Devils Coach Daniel Brown consoled his players in the locker room, telling them they "showed what kind of heart" they had after their leader went down.

Brown said later that the comeback didn't surprise him. "I knew this team had that kind of character, that Henry Clay pride."

Madison Central 70, Western Hills 52: Madison Central's defense set the tone in Thursday night's opener.

The Indians led 38-19 at the half after limiting the Wolverines to 26 percent shooting, forcing 15 turnovers and converting them into 19 points.

Madison Central Coach Allen Feldhaus Jr. rested his starters throughout the game. The Indians' biggest lead was 25 points (52-27) midway through the third quarter.

Brenton Covington, a 6-foot sophomore, led the winners with 19 points. He had a perfect shooting night, including 8-for-8 from the field.

Terry Jarvis was 3-for-3 on three-pointers and had 17 points. As a team the Indians hit eight of 14 threes.

"When we shoot well from the outside, and this is the best we've shot all year, it gives us a chance," Feldhaus said. "As little as we are, we have to hit the perimeter jump shots."

Lex. Catholic 65, Henry Clay 62

HENRY CLAY (17-15) — P. Stewart 2-8 0-0 5, Barnes 8-11 2-4 18, T. Stewart 2-4 3-6 7, Johnson 0-3 0-0 0, Kiesling 0-1 0-0 0, Wilder 6-9 0-1 15, Nichols 1-9 1-2 3, Kimball 5-9 0-0 11, Patton 1-1 0-0 3. Totals 25-55 6-13 62.

LEXINGTON CATHOLIC (23-7) — Sanford 3-7 6-9 12, Martin 4-5 2-3 12, Botkin 6-8 7-9 22, Peurach 3-3 1-4 7, Schuette 2-4 0-2 6, Beckham 2-6 0-2 4, Conrad 1-2 0-0 2, Talbott 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 21-36 16-29 65.

Henry Clay 10 14 17 21—62

Lexington Catholic 24 8 18 15—65

madison central 70, western hills 52

WESTERN HILLS (13-13) — Satterwhite 2-6 3-4 7, Riddle 4-12 13-14 21, McGaughey 4-11 0-0 8, Wise 4-8 4-5 12, Lee 1-3 2-2 4, Weber 0-1 0-0 0, Clark 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 15-42 22-25 52.

MADISON CENTRAL (19-11) — Covington 8-8 2-2 19, Jenkins 2-8 2-4 6, Mays 1-5 2-2 4, Simpson 1-4 4-6 6, Clay 4-10 0-0 11, Jarvis 6-7 2-2 17, Minter 2-4 2-2 7, Pyatt 0-1 0-0 0, Smith 0-2 0-0 0, Ford 0-1 0-0 0, Guerra 0-2 0-0 0, Hawkins 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 24-53 14-18 70.

Western Hills 8 11 17 16—52

Scott County 16 22 17 15—70

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