High School Basketball

Anderson wins on half-court shot

Senior C.J. Penny nailed a three-pointer from half court at the buzzer Tuesday night to lift Anderson County to a 52-49 victory over Shelby County in the 8th Region finals at Henry County.

Anderson County (24-5) rallied from a four-point deficit with three minutes left to tie the game, and Shelby County (16-15) held the ball for a final shot.

Anderson County fouled with 4.1 seconds left, and Shelby County missed both free throws, its 10th and 11th misses from the line in the game.

Anderson rebounded and Penny, a 6-foot-5 guard, made his shot from half court.

Penny and teammate Jacob Russell each scored 18 points for Anderson and Landon Jenkins had 12.

Donovan Johnson led Shelby County with 16 points.

Hazard 51, Perry Central 48 (OT): Josh Whitaker put Hazard ahead to stay with a three-pointer early in overtime, and the Bulldogs held on to beat Perry Central for the second consecutive year in the 14th Region finals.

The teams had split two previous games this season.

Perry Central senior center Klay Maggard hit two free throws with six seconds left to send the game to overtime, but after Whitaker's three, Hazard (26-8) took control.

Senior guard Josh Kidd came off the Hazard bench to lead his team with 13 points. He was the only Bulldog in double figures.

Maggard and Jordan Amis each scored 17 points for Perry County Central (25-6).

Adair Co. 82, North Hardin 76 (2OT): North Hardin made layups to send the game to overtime and double overtime, but Adair County outscored the Trojans 14-8 in the second extra period to win the 5th Region championship at Marion County.

The Indians went 8-for-8 from the free-throw line in the second overtime.

Adair County's Corey Helm, a senior guard, hit five three-pointers, including three in the fourth quarter. He led the Indians (26-7) with 26 points. Nick Fudge, another senior, helped out with 10 points and 11 assists.

James Berry, a junior forward, hit seven three-pointers and scored 23 points for North Hardin (22-10).

Holmes 32, Boone Co. 29: Elijah Pittman and tournament MVP Ricardo Johnson scored 13 points each, leading Holmes to the 9th Region title at the Bank of Kentucky Center in Highland Heights.

The Bulldogs avenged a 45-38 loss at Boone on Feb. 10.

Andrew Brown led the Rebels with eight points.

Holmes led 23-20 through three quarters, then got baskets from Johnson and Brandon Housley in the first minute of the fourth quarter for the biggest lead of the game, 27-20.

Boone scored eight of the next nine points, though, tying at 28-all when Steven McFarland hit a jumper with 2:45 left.

Johnson put the Bulldogs ahead to stay, 30-29, when he hit from the left elbow with 2:22 left.

Pittman, who led Holmes with eight rebounds, hit both halves of a one-and-one with 6.5 seconds left.

Boone missed its last six field-goal attempts, including a last-chance three-pointer by Mikey Gabbard.

Neither team made a three-pointer. Holmes went 0-for-9, Boone 0-for-2.

Elliott County 83, Lewis County 61: Ethan Faulkner had a triple-double — 17 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists — in Elliott County's 16th Region finals victory at Morehead.

Jonathon Ferguson had 19 points and 10 rebounds, and Evan Faulkner and Timmy Knipp each scored 15 for Elliott County (30-2). Knipp also had five blocked shots.

Elliott County outscored Lewis County 22-7 in the second quarter to take a 41-21 lead at halftime.

Lewis County (18-16) got a strong performance from Chris Thompson. He had 28 points, including four three-pointers, to go with 18 rebounds and six assists.

Bowling Green 54, Franklin-Simpson 47: Tevin Barksdale led a balanced Bowling Green attack with 13 points, and the Purples pulled away in the fourth quarter to grab the 4th Region tournament title at Diddle Arena in Bowling Green.

Daurion Ray added 11 points, nine rebounds, three assists and three steals for Bowling Green (26-6). Charlie Williams had 10 points.

Franklin-Simpson (24-9) outrebounded the Purples 39-29 but lost the turnover battle 14-6.

Terry Bryant scored a game-high 22 points and had six rebounds to lead the Wildcats.

Corbin 71, South Laurel 35: Issac Wilson and Josh Smith scored 18 points apiece, and Corbin (29-3) routed South Laurel (23-9) in the 13th Region finals at Bell County.

Josh Crawford added 16 points for the Redhounds.

Corbin and South Laurel were matched up in the 50th District finals and the result was a lot closer, 66-58.

Christian Co. 95, Henderson Co. 82: A pair of seniors hit the 20-point mark and Christian County got its second win of the season against Henderson County, this time in the 2nd Region finals at Hopkinsville.

Corey Wilford scored 23 points for Christian County (21-6). Daquan Murden had 20.

Kevontae Hairlson had a game-high 26 points for Henderson County (24-6). Brock Stone had 21.

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