Clark County's boys managed to get past underdog St. Patrick in Saturday's 10th Region opener, but the 58-47 victory didn't come quite as easy as the No. 16 Cards might have thought coming in.
Clark County is the second-rated team in the region and was a 35-point favorite over the Saints according to Dave Cantrall's Rating the State.
The Cards came out playing the role of the heavy favorite by outscoring St. Patrick 20-9 in the first quarter. But that's as far away as they would get until the end. The Saints fought back and trailed just 40-34 going into the fourth quarter, where Clark County finally pulled away.
Sophomore guard Robbie Stenzel scored 16 points for the Cards. Senior Robert Hatton had 11 points, Corey Rogers chipped in with 10 and Vinny Zollo had nine points while struggling with foul trouble the entire game.
Clark County will face Scott in Sunday's semifinals at Northern Kentucky University.
No. 11 Mason Co. 58, Bishop Brossart 35 (10th): Russ Middleton scored 14 points to lead a balanced attack and help the Royals move on to the region semifinals.
Treg Setty chipped in with 11 points for Mason County, which had 12 players in the scoring column.
The Royals will play Montgomery County in Sunday's semifinals.
No. 4 Shelby Valley 75, Johnson Central 57 (15th): Junior guard Elisha Justice scored 20 points and the Wildcats overcame a rocky first half to beat Johnson Central and advance to the region finals.
Shelby Valley, heavy favorites to win the region, trailed 27-26 at halftime before scoring 49 points in the second half.
The Wildcats will face Lawrence County in Monday's finals at Pikeville. Shelby Valley defeated the Bulldogs 77-56 on Feb. 10.
Bowling Green 64, Cumberland County 63, 3OT (4th): Tevin Barksdale scored 19 points and the Purples had to fight off Cumberland County's upset attempt in the first round of the region tournament at Western Kentucky's Diddle Arena.
Bowling Green, the second-rated team in the region, needed three overtimes to defeat the Panthers, which were rated No. 7 in the region.
Cameron Stalcup, who led Cumberland County with 18 points, hit a three-pointer with three seconds left in the second overtime to force the third extra period. The shot was Stalcup's only attempt from three-point range.
The Panthers led 61-59 late in the final overtime before Jeb Richardson and Charlie Williams made layups to put the Purples ahead 63-61 with 1:00 left. The Panthers tied it 16 seconds later but Barksdale made a free throw with four seconds left to set the final score.
Bowling Green's win overshadowed a huge game from Shaun Wheat, who had 16 points and 27 rebounds.
No. 1 Elizabethtown 51, No. 12 Marion County 46 (5th): Senior center Alex Jones had 23 points and 13 rebounds to help the top-ranked Panthers escape a tough 5th Region and move on to the Sweet Sixteen. Before beating the Lady Knights, E-town had to knock off No. 3 Nelson County, the tournament host, in the semifinals. The Panthers have another tough test in the first round of the state tournament with a game against No. 2 Lexington Christian on Thursday.