High School Basketball

Male, Catholic, Scott all advance

Central Kentucky has been a home-away-from-home for Louisville Male's boys' basketball team so far this season, and the Bulldogs have enjoyed themselves for the most part.

Male beat West Jessamine 77-62 in the Republic Bank Holiday Classic at Lexington Catholic Saturday night, its sixth game in this area in the last three weeks.

Coach Tom Crews' team earlier lost at Clark County and went 3-1 in a pre-Christmas tournament at Bryan Station. Male's team bus will head back to Lexington on Monday for the Holiday Classic quarterfinals.

The Bulldogs, No. 25 in the state in the pre-season ratings, broke away from No. 15 West Jessamine for good in the third quarter. They went on a 15-6 run to turn a six-point lead into a 56-41 cushion. They eventually stretched the margin to 24 points.

Tony Horne led Male's quick-strike offense with a deadly mid-range jumper and aggressive board work. He had 19 points, 10 rebounds, four assists and three steals.

D'Carlo Hayes (16 points), Kevin Glenn (13) and James Pillischafske (11) provided support.

Jarrod Polson was West Jessamine's play-maker. The 6-foot-2 senior had 11 points (including nine in the first five minutes), 10 assists and five rebounds.

Kyle Mefford hit four three-pointers and had 14 points for the Colts. David Elliott had 12 points and eight rebounds.

West Jessamine, a Sweet Sixteen semifinalist last season, had a five-game winning streak snapped.

Lexington Catholic 72, Prestonsburg 45: The two-time defending champion Knights went on a 21-2 run midway through the first half and rolled to an easy victory.

Prestonsburg trailed 40-18 at halftime after making 20 turnovers in the first 16 minutes.

The Beckham brothers — Jaylen and Seth — led Lexington Catholic. Jaylen, a sophomore, had 13 points, four rebounds and four steals. Seth, a junior, had 10 points and four assists.

Michael Burchett, a star quarterback in football and a member of the Class of the Commonwealth, led Prestonsburg with 19 points and six rebounds.

Covington Scott 59, Clinton County 55: The closing seconds were scary for Scott, but it managed to hold on. The Eagles led 56-54 when they missed a pair of free throws with 27 seconds left, but Clinton County couldn't take advantage.

Sawyer Stalcup, who had hit a three-pointer from the right corner to make it a two-point game, misfired from the same spot with 18 seconds left. The Bulldogs got the rebound, but Will Parrish missed a three from the left wing.

Scott's Cameron Haynes hit a pair of foul shots with 12 seconds left to all but seal it.

Kellen Smith's 15 points and 11 assists led the winners. Jake Niederegger had 13 points, and Keylo Jones added 12 points and six rebounds.

Clinton County point guard Storm Burchett had 17 points, five rebounds and five assists. Brandon Durham had 16 points and five rebounds.

Seneca 83, Boone County 66: Fresh off a second-place finish in the King of the Bluegrass tournament last week, unrated Seneca sped by the No. 12 Rebels.

The Redhawks, who trailed 28-27 at halftime, used their swarming defense to take control in the second half.

Boone County fell apart against Seneca's full-court pressure, making 15 turnovers and getting outscored 32-12 in the third quarter.

Jordan Jacobs led the winners with 17 points and Martez Harris had 16. Walter Alexander added 13 points, seven rebounds, four steals and three assists. Michael Fluellen had six steals for the Redhawks.

Seneca wound up scoring 29 points off 27 Boone County turnovers.

Ronald Cotton had 14 points and Andy Earls 13 to lead the Rebels.

St. Xavier 78, Hopkins Central 45: The Tigers had no trouble against Hopkins Central as it built a 21-point halftime lead and cruised to victory.

Patrick Butcher's 13 points led a balanced St. X attack, which had eight players with at least five points. Daniel Croft, a 6-9 senior, had 10 points for Hopkins Central.

Male 77, West Jessamine 62

MALE (5-4) — Horne 19, Hayes 16, Glenn 13, Duncan 8, Way 2, Logan 2, Pillischafske 11, Moore 6.

WEST JESSAMINE (5-4) — Polson 11, Elliott 12, Mefford 14, Bartholomew 6, Moberly 3, Donaldson 6, Sherrow 6, Pohl 4.

Male 17 19 21 20—77

West Jessamine 18 7 18 19—62

Lexington Catholic 72, Prestonsburg 45

PRESTONSBURG (0-8) — Burchett 19, J. Blackburn 2, Tincher 6, Key 1, Robinson 1, W. Blackburn 6, Carter 3, Williams 7.

LEXINGTON CATHOLIC (7-1) — S. Beckham 10, Martin 6, J. Beckham 13, Peurach 4, Schuette 8, Keller 4, Talbott 5, Conrad 3, Floyd 4, Porter 5, Vissing 2, Woomer 8,

Prestonsburg 11 7 19 8—45

Lexington Catholic 21 19 20 12—72

Covington Scott 59, Clinton County 55

SCOTT (4-3) — Haynes 8, Smith 15, Niederegger 13, O'Connor 10, Jones 12, Silvers 1.

CLINTON COUNTY (6-5) — Burchett 17, Dyer 11, Durham 16, Asher 2, Maupin 1, Stearns 2, Stalcup 3, Parrish 3.

Scott 14 9 15 21—59

Clinton County 10 15 8 22—55

Seneca 83, Boone County 66

BOONE COUNTY (6-2) — Gabbard 13, Montgomery 10, Earls 13, Cotton 14, Popp 4, Crickmer 2, McQueary 4, Lay 2, Brown 4.

SENECA (8-1) — McElwain 6, Shaw 14, Nance 7, Fluellen 6, Alexander 13, Jacobs 17, Harris 16, Hearn 4.

Boone County 18 10 12 26—66

Seneca 13 14 32 24—83

St. Xavier 78, Hopkins Central 45:

HOPKINS CENTRAL (4-5) — Caldwell 8, Hughes 1, Cook 4, Baxter 8, Almon 2, Tandy 5, Croft 10, Todd 5, Truckey 3.

ST. XAVIER (5-4) — Rizenbergs 11, Lohr 12, Lilly 2, Goral 5, Spalding 9, Isling 8, Neal 2, Just 7, Gray 5, Ratterman 4, Butcher 13.

Hopkins Central 14 12 11 8—45

St. Xavier 28 19 18 13—78

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