BOWLING GREEN — As the final seconds ticked away during Sheldon Clark's 74-59 win over Boyd County, Robin Newsome couldn't help but get a little emotional.
As a star player at Sheldon Clark from 1975-78, who led the state in scoring as a senior, Newsome led the Cardinals to four straight Sweet Sixteens only to get eliminated in the first round each time.
She then served as the head coach at Sheldon Clark and made three more trips to the Sweet Sixteen without a victory.
Newsome, now the athletics director at Sheldon Clark, was on the sidelines as an assistant coach Thursday as her daughter, Katelyn, scored a game-high 23 points to lead the Cards to a victory over Boyd County for the school's first-ever state win.
"I was just speechless," Newsome said. "I've been trying to do this all my life. It was great to be there to not only see it, but have your daughter be a part of it. I'm so proud of all the girls. It's a big moment for Sheldon Clark basketball."
Katelyn Newsome said she knew it was a big deal to her mom.
"It's something that she's talked about for a long time," the younger Newsome said.
Robin Newsome said she has tried not to put too much pressure on her daughter.
"She was raised in the gym, and the Sweet Sixteen was something I've talked about ever since she was a little gym rat," Newsome said. "But I've tried to back away lately and give her some space."
The younger Newsome's big game on the Sweet Sixteen stage could move her up the list among the state's top juniors. Newsome's mother hesitated to compare her daughter's skills with hers back in the day.
"She's got her own game," she said. "She can shoot it like I could. The difference is there's so much more competition nowadays with all the camps and stuff."
There's another Newsome on the horizon, as her youngest daughter, "Boo," is a rising sixth-grader.
Up to the challenge
A matchup worthy of a championship game will be played in Friday's quarterfinals when top-ranked Manual meets No. 3 Bowling Green.
The Crimsons handed the Purples their only loss of the season, 71-53, on Dec. 22 in the Republic Bank Classic at Lexington Catholic.
Since that game, Bowling Green (25-1) has won 17 straight and has often imagined getting another shot at Manual (31-4).
"I'd really love to get back at them," senior guard Alexis Lawrence said.
Her coach agreed.
"It would be a good thing to play them again because they're the only team that's beaten us," LaVonda Johnson said. "Our girls are up to the challenge. I'd love the challenge personally as a coach."
Manual's coaches and players said they're happy to take on all comers.
"If I wasn't us, I'd want to play us, too," Coach Stacy Pendleton said. "I want to play who everyone considers the best. ... It shows (Bowling Green's) competitive nature. They're good and we're up to the challenge."
A heave and a jolt
Calloway County got a big boost when Karlee Wilson hit a halfcourt shot at the halftime buzzer to pull the Lakers within three points.
"That really gave us a jolt of confidence at halftime," Coach Scott Sivills said.
Wilson said she wasn't expecting her heave to go in.
"Honestly, I thought it was going to be an air ball," she said of her only field goal of the game. "It was crazy. I think it calmed us down at halftime, and I think that was a big reason we were able to come back."