High School Basketball

High school basketball highlights, Dec. 23

Boys

iHigh Fayette County Invitational

■ Selfless Paul Dunbar racked up 21 assists on its way to an 80-47 drubbing of Paris in a consolation matchup at Henry Clay. Bulldogs junior guard Mike Smith led all scorers with 24 points, while Paris' Cameron Downey, a sophomore guard, put in 23.

Fleming County squeaked past Male 65-64 in a consolation matchup at Henry Clay. Only three players scored for the Panthers: Darrion Burns with 26 points, Troy Steward with 26 and Travis Taylor with 13. Male's Zach Moran, a senior forward, shot 5-for-9 behind the three-point line and had 31 points and 14 rebounds for the double-double.

Bryan Station got plenty of help from its bench as the Defenders beat Pikeville 63-42 in the consolation bracket. Ten players scored for Station, led by Larry Morton with 17 points. Panthers starter Will Branham scored 15 for Pikeville, which got only two points from subs.

Lafayette edged Tates Creek 57-53 to take seventh place at Bryan Station. The Commodores' Darius Gibson, a senior guard, led all scorers with 25 points on 3-for-7 shooting from three-point range. Jackson Davis led the Generals with 22 points.

Fern Creek's Jermaine Lee had 16 points and 11 rebounds to lead the Tigers over Muhlenberg County 62-58 at Bryan Station

Elsewhere

■ Tryston Ford set a school scoring record with a career-high 41 points to lead Danville past Southern, 69-66, in the Whitaker Bank 12th Region Showcase.

■ A dominant Lexington Catholic (8-1) defeated East Jessamine (9-2) 85-63 in the KFC Holiday Classic at McCreary Central. Junior forward Jack Whitman had 37 points and 10 rebounds for the Knights, while senior Craig Floyd added 26 points.

Clark County outscored Lexington Christian 14-7 in the fourth quarter for a 44-40 win at Mercer County. The Cards were led in scoring by Adam Fatkin with 17, and Bopper Stenzel added 12 points and 10 rebounds. Taylor Barnette scored 13 points for LCA.

Trigg County got a strong performance from Deonquez Nance in its 74-58 win over Todd. County Central. The junior guard led the Wildcats (9-1) with 22 points while also posting six rebounds, four assists, two steals and two blocks. Jalyn Henry scored a team-high 16 points for the Rebels (3-6).

■ Senior guard Johnathan Barger scored 29 points as Knox Central defeated West Jessamine 71-65 in the Capitol City Classic at Frankfort. Barger also had six rebounds and two blocked shots.

Girls

iHigh Fayette County Invitational

■ Thirty turnovers crippled Harrison County as it lost to Henry Clay 56-40 at Paul Dunbar. The Lady Devils posted 21 steals to the Fillies' six. Henry Clay was led in scoring by Sydney Dunham with 11. Cici Evans added six steals while Destiny Carter had five.

■ The Glasgow Lady Scotties took advantage of their opponent's poor free-throw shooting to defeat Bryan Station 45-36 at Tates Creek. The Lady Defenders shot only 57.1 percent from the foul line. Haley Perkins led Glasgow with 14 points, while Bryan Station junior Serena Sandusky was the only Defender in double digits with 19 points.

Tates Creek defeated city rival Lafayette 43-33 at Paul Dunbar to take fifth place. Each team had only one player in double figures — Peyton Hisel with 18 for the Commodores and Ken'yale Demus with 12 for the Lady Generals.

Pikeville fell to Russell 50-47 at Paul Dunbar, despite outrebounding the Lady Devils 59 to 32. Sophomore forward Hope Parsley scored 15 points and grabbed 11 rebounds for Russell, while Lindsey Isner posted a double-double for Pikeville with 10 points and 11 rebounds.

Elsewhere

■ Two of the Lady Commodores posted double-doubles as Perry County Central powered past Jefferson Co. (Tenn.) 70-43 in the Smoky Mountain Classic at Gatlinburg, Tenn. Kendall Noble led Perry Co. Central with 22 points and 10 rebounds. The senior guard also added eight assists and seven steals. Sophomore forward Taylor Rankin wasn't far behind with 19 points and 10 rebounds of her own.

■ A 29-point performance by forward Aareon Smith couldn't lift Butler over Lexington Catholic in the Republic Bank Holiday Classic, as the Lady Knights won 65-54. Smith also had 13 rebounds. Lexington Catholic got a similarly impressive performance from senior forward Alex Botkin, who posted 24 points and 11 rebounds.

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