High School Basketball

Knights step up pace, advance to semifinals

Lexington Catholic wanted to get it and go, but Grayson County wanted to take it slow in the quarterfinals of the Republic Bank Holiday Classic.

After a snail-paced first quarter, Lexington Catholic's speed-up strategy won out, and it rolled to a 58-43 home-court victory.

The Knights, two-time defending champs of their own tournament, advanced to face McCreary Central in Tuesday's semifinals.

"We were able to get a couple of runs and make Grayson County play a little faster," Lexington Catholic Coach Brandon Salsman said. "We got them out of their comfort level, and that was the key."

The Knights went on a 21-5 blitz to break it open midway through the first half. Their biggest lead of the night was 39-16 early in the third quarter.

Taylor Martin, a 6-foot-4 junior, led the winners with 16 points, five rebounds and three assists. Scott Scheutte, a 6-3 junior, had 12 points.

Sophomore Jaylen Beckham added eight points, nine rebounds and five assists.

Grayson County was led by Hunter Gary's 14 points.

Louisville Trinity 56, Highlands 44: After winning the King of the Bluegrass last week, Trinity's momentum has carried it into Tuesday's Holiday Classic semifinals.

The Shamrocks weren't at their best, but they were good enough to grind out a win over Highlands. Taylor Epley hit four of six three-pointers and had 14 points to pace Trinity. Josh Sewell added 12 points. Charles Foster, a 6-foot sophomore guard, had 11 points and 11 rebounds.

Highlands was within striking distance midway through the fourth quarter, but the Bluebirds crashed after that. They were whistled for an intentional foul, and Trinity got four points out of it — two free throws by Foster and a layup by Daniel Corbett — to make it an 11-point spread.

The Bluebirds were led by Jack Stewart's 13 points and six rebounds.

McCreary Central 55, Seneca 50: The Raiders notched their biggest win of the season, handing Seneca only its second loss. The Redhawks were coming off a runner-up finish to Trinity in the King of the Bluegrass last week.

Seneca got off to a hot start, building leads of 9-0 and 15-3. But McCreary Central kept its poise and rallied to within 24-21 at halftime.

The Raiders edged ahead a couple of times in the third quarter, then went ahead to stay after a 12-0 run midway through the fourth quarter.

Jacob Dixon's 17 points led the winners. Aaron Watts contributed 16 points, nine rebounds and four assists. Zack Roark chipped in with 11 points and nine rebounds.

Seneca was led by Aaron Nance's 19 points and six rebounds.

Quarterfinals

GRAYSON CO. (6-5) Johnston 7, Gary 14, Meredith 3, Tinsley 2, Clemons 9, Saltsman 7, Thomas 1.

LEXINGTON CATHOLIC (8-2) Martin 16, S. Beckham 9, J. Beckham 8, Schuette 12, Peurach 7, Conrad 6.

Grayson Co. 7 9 12 15—58

Lexington Catholic 11 24 13 10—43

HIGHLANDS (5-4) Watson 5, Stewart 13, Dill 4, Smith-Keller 6, Kowolonek 7, Lother 4, Grote 3, Gordon 2.

Louisville TRINITY (8-2) Sewell 12, Epley 14, Corbett 3, Foster 11, Perito 2, Diedudonne 2, Armstrong 6, Kupper 6.

Highlands 8 12 15 9—44

Louisville Trinity 9 14 15 18—56

SENECA (9-2) Nance 19, McElwain 2, Shaw 6, Fluellen 2, Alexander 4, Jacobs 8, Harris 9.

MCCREARY CENTRAL (9-3) Watts 16, Dixon 17, Roark 11, Privett 6, Wright 5.

Seneca 13 11 11 15—50

McCreary 3 18 17 17—55

Consolation games

SCOTT (4-5) Haynes 5, Smith 6, Niederegger 14, O'Connor 8, Stivers 3, Jones 10, Roberts 2.

HAZARD (5-3) Back 8, Combs 8, Olinger 7, Whitaker 10, Fugate 12, Miller 2, Meehan 4, Spencer 2.

Scott 10 9 12 17—48

Hazard 8 16 14 15—53

ST. XAVIER (6-5) Lohr 13, Goral 10, Ising 9, Just 2, Spalding 5, Raque 2, Butcher 7, Ratterman 4, Lilly 7, Pendergast 3, Rizenbergs 8.

MERCER CO. (7-5) McRay 5, Lee 9, T. Compton 4, Cinnamon 5, Mayes 4, Banks 2, Honchel 3, L. Compton 7. J. Taylor 14, N. Taylor 1.

St. Xavier 21 20 17 12—70

Mercer Co. 17 17 11 9—54

BOONE CO. (8-2) Popp 11, Gabbard 7, Brown 11, Downs 4, Schulze 2, Montgomery 1, Cotton 10, Earls 6, McQueary 4, Lay 6.

MUHLENBERG CO. (8-5) T. Warford 5, Broady 2, Hawkins 3, Civils 8, G. Warford 5, Carver 3, Gregory 2, Farley 6, Johnson 3, Gabbard 4.

Boone County 18 12 17 15—62

Muhlenberg County 7 4 17 13—41

WEST JESSAMINE (7-4) Sherrow 19, Polson 13, Mefford 6, Bartholomew 7, Moberly 1, Elliott 6, Donaldson , Pohl 5, Dunn 6.

PERRY CENTRAL (7-2) Amis 11, Martin 12, Mullins 15, Salyers 9, Cornett 2, Noble 13.

West Jessamine 18 16 8 13 10—65

Perry Central 12 15 14 14 7—62

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