High School Basketball

Scott Co., Lafayette advance to region finals

RICHMOND — Scott County and Lafayette have had plenty of motivation this season, which helps explain why they will hook up in the boys' 11th Region championship game Tuesday night.

No. 1 Scott County earned a spot in the finals by beating No. 8 Tates Creek 69-58 on Saturday afternoon in McBrayer Arena.

The Cardinals remember their heart-breaking 68-67 loss to Lexington Catholic in the region finals last March.

"That game's been the best motivation for us all year," Scott County senior Chad Jackson said. "It's given us a second burst of energy when we've needed it."

No. 23 Lafayette, which passed its semifinal test with a 66-53 win over Henry Clay, has its own memories of last year's region.

"We remember we had a one-point lead on Scott County with about five minutes to go in the semifinals," said Generals Coach Greg Coldiron.

"It's been our goal all year long to get back here and win a regional championship."

Scott County 69, Tates Creek 58: The Cards' defense and the overall play of Jackson did in Tates Creek.

Scott County had 15 steals, and they seemed to come in bunches at critical times.

"We all talk about Scott County's offensive talent, but a real credit is their intensity on defense," Tates Creek Coach Wayne Breeden said. "They're so long and athletic, they're able to show a passing lane and then take it away.

"They scored so many points (25) off turnovers (19)that they established a margin we weren't able to overcome."

Jackson was the guy who kept Scott County in gear. The 6-foot-4 senior guard hit nine of 11 shots, scored 24 points, and have five rebounds, five steals and three assists.

"When Chad brings it, he's a heck of a player," Coach Billy Hicks said.

Scott County built a 28-15 lead midway through the second quarter before the Commodores went on an 11-0 run. They were within 34-29 at halftime.

The Cards stretched the lead back to 10 in the second half, but Tates Creek sliced it in half with four minutes left.

But Scott County pulled away with a 9-2 flurry that included six points by Ge-Lawn Guyn, who finished with 14 points and five rebounds.

Hicks thought his team's depth was a factor, especially since Tates Creek's 6-5 center Ezra Garner played only four minutes because of sickness.

Tates Creek did a good job limiting Dakotah Euton to eight points and four rebounds. He came into the game averaging 16 and 10.

The Commodores were led by junior mainstays Marcellus Barksdale (19 points, nine rebounds), Ryan Fucci (15 points), and 6-5 senior Miles Potter (nine points, six rebounds).

"I'm proud of the way we competed, and the way we learned how to win this season," Breeden said.

Lafayette 66, Henry Clay 53: Domonique Hagans led the Generals with 20 points and nine rebounds.

"He plays with a lot of emotion, he set the tone for us today," Coldiron said.

"But it seemed like every other play somebody else stepped up and did something good for us. We got a great effort from everybody, and we needed it."

The Generals led wire-to-wire, but they had trouble shaking off Henry Clay.

The Blue Devils, led by Wes Kimball and Daniel Kiesling, rallied to within 53-49 with 3:40 left.

But Lafayette responded with an 11-0 run to seal its first trip to the region finals since it won the title in 2004.

"Coach told us to play defense, and the points would come," Hagans said. "That's what we did."

Henry Clay had too many turnovers and missed free throws down the stretch.

"We just got beat by a team that played better than us today," Devils Coach Daniel Brown said. "They looked a little more hungry than us from the get-go."

Hagans reflected that hunger with his aggressive play.

"He can take over a game on both ends of the court," Brown said.

Hagans got good support from Mike Walker (10 points, six rebounds), eighth-grader Jackson Davis (10 points) and Dee Yarbrough (six points, four rebounds, four assists, four steals).

Kimball, a sophomore point guard, had 19 points and five assists for Henry Clay. Kiesling, a junior big man, had 10 points and five rebounds, and junior Trae Stewart had nine points and four rebounds.

"We're making gradual improvement," Brown said. "We've got a lot of guys returning next year, so it'll be our goal to get back here and have a better outcome."

TATES CREEK (21-7) Barksdale 5-13 8-12 19, Fucci 6-10 2-2 15, Gibson 1-8 3-3 5, Potter 4-7 1-3 9, Daugherty 2-3 0-0 4, Ingram 1-1 0-1 2, Bradley 1-1 0-0 2, Garner 1-2 0-0 2. Totals 21-45 14-21 58.

SCOTT COUNTY (26-6) Jackson 9-11 6-11 24, Euton 2-8 2-2 8, Flannery 3-5 0-0 6, Guyn 5-12 3-5 14, Manning 3-4 0-1 6, Shotwell 2-4 0-0 5, Schu 1-1 2-2 4, Ivey 1-2 0-0 2. Totals 27-47 13-21 69.

Tates Creek 13 16 11 18—58

Scott County 13 21 14 21—69

HENRY CLAY (16-17) Kimball 7-11 2-3 19, Kiesling 5-9 0-0 10, Stewart 4-6 1-3 9, Nichols 0-1 2-2 2, Johnson 2-10 0-2 5, Prewitt 3-4 1-2 8. Totals 21-41 6-12 53.

LAFAYETTE (22-6) Hagans 8-11 4-4 20, Napier 2-4 2-2 8, Yarbrough 3-4 0-0 6, Walker 4-9 2-2 10, Davis 5-8 0-0 10, Shaw 1-3 3-3 4, Trisko 0-1 0-0 0, Burton 2-6 4-5 8. Totals 25-46 14-15 66.

Henry Clay 6 19 14 14—53

Lafayette 13 20 16 17—66