High School Basketball

Kentucky Bank Shootout: Montgomery Co., LCA and Clark Co. win

PARIS—Montgomery County had a fun 20 hours this weekend as it stayed unbeaten under new boys' basketball coach Tony Wise.

On Friday night, Jake Handshoe's last-second basket gave the Indians a 58-56 victory over 10th Region rival Clark County.

On Saturday afternoon, Omar Prewitt's 24 points, 12 rebounds and five assists led Montgomery County past Ashland Blazer 80-71 in the Kentucky Bank Shootout at Bourbon County.

"If you'd told me we'd be 5-0 and beat Clark County and Ashland, it would've been beyond my wildest dreams. So we're thrilled," said Wise, who wasn't hired until August to succeed Keith Griesser.

Prewitt had plenty of help in beating Ashland Blazer. Brandon Fruth hit 12 of 21 free throws and had 18 points. Handshoe and Austin Crisp had 12 points apiece. Darius Jones got 10 points off the bench.

Montgomery County built a 23-point lead early in the second half before the Tomcats battled back to within seven down the stretch. The Indians made it tough on themselves with spotty free-throw shooting (23 of 39).

Prewitt, a 6-foot-6 junior and son of former UK star Lea Wise-Prewitt, said there was an adjustment period to a new coach who puts more emphasis on conditioning.

"It's been different, but I think we're in better shape," he said. "Coach Wise likes to push it a lot more so it's a different offense, too, but I like the way we're playing."

Ashland Blazer, which lost for the first time in four games this season, was without one of its best players, Cody Withrow. A standout receiver in football, he was in Louisville getting ready for Sunday's Best of the Bluegrass all-star game.

Coach Buddy Biggs said Withrow's absence wasn't an excuse for losing.

"I don't care who we have, we came here wanting to win and expecting to win," he said. "But we've gotta stick the ball in the basket. We shot terribly (35 percent)."

Logan Salow's 22 points led Ashland Blazer. Corey Gregg, a 6-5 senior, had 20 points and 11 rebounds.

Lexington Christian 88, Paris 45: Tyler Harville was 6-for-7 on three-pointers and had 25 points and seven assists to lead LCA to its biggest scoring output in two years.

Harville had three threes in the first quarter to spark the Eagles to a 27-6 lead as they rolled past Paris. Jon Lannertone had eight points and eight rebounds for LCA. Taylor Barnette, who has signed with Central Florida, had seven points, seven assists and four steals.

The Eagles hadn't scored so many points since they beat Danville 94-65 in this same event in 2009.

Paris was led by Cameron Downey and Jamal Washington with 10 points apiece.

Clark County 74, Manual 64: Clark County graduated most of the big contributors off last year's Sweet Sixteen team, but the retooled Cardinals still look like they could be region contenders again.

Bopper Stenzel, a 6-foot-1 senior whose brother Robbie starred last year and is now at EKU, hit 11 of 13 free throws and had 30 points against Manual. Adam Fatkin, a 6-foot-6 senior, had 21 points. Charlie Rogers, whose brother Corey was a standout last year and went went to Middle Tennessee to play football, added 17.

ASHLAND BLAZER (3-1)Gregg 20, Salow 22, Friley 2, Hart 11, Whetsel 11, Bush 5.

MONTGOMERY COUNTY (5-0)Prewitt 24, Crisp 12, Handshoe 12, Fruth 18, Jones 10, Hall 2, Kelly2.

Ashland Blazer 17 10 18 26—71

Montgomery Co. 18 21 18 23—80

LEXINGTON CHRISTIAN (2-2)Harville 25, Barnette 7, Lannertone 8, Branham 7, Nicodem 5, Kossick 6, Young 4, Blair 4, Rose 7, Asberry 5, Martin 4, Kalinowski 4, Nighbert 2.

PARIS (3-3)Baker 7, Oliver 3, Alamilla 6, Downey 10, Clark 5, Pierce 4, Washington 10.

LCA 27 26 16 19—88

Paris 6 13 10 16—45

MANUAL (5-1)Repishti 10, Bond 11, Wells 5, Gray 10, Q. Thompson 11, M. Thompson 6, Tillman 11.

CLARK COUNTY (3-2)Stenzel 30, Fatkin 21, Rogers 17, Roberts 3, VanCleve 3.

Manual 16 11 17 20—64

Clark Co. 16 17 17 24—74

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