High School Basketball

Republic Bank Classic highlights: Pulaski County hits 10 three-pointers in win

Pulaski County's Taylor Gover (10) passed the ball under  pressure. Gover led all Maroons scorers with 24 points.
Pulaski County's Taylor Gover (10) passed the ball under pressure. Gover led all Maroons scorers with 24 points.

Pulaski County had its long-range radar locked in and shot down North Oldham 62-46 in the opening round of the Republic Bank Holiday Classic on Monday afternoon at Lexington Catholic.

Taylor Gover and Matt Smith combined to hit eight of 13 three-pointers, and the Maroons were 10-for-17 overall, in the easy victory.

"One of our strengths is shooting the basketball," Coach Al Gover said. "Today we got some good kicks and good looks, and were able to knock down shots."

Taylor Gover, the coach's nephew, led Pulaski County with 24 points. He was 4-for-6 on threes and 10-for-14 on free throws.

Smith was 4-for-7 on threes and had 12 points. Kody Johnson and Tyler Goins each had 11 points and eight rebounds.

The Maroons were missing starting post player Spencer Laign (ankle injury), but Cody Wesley was a capable replacement defensively.

Al Gover thinks Pulaski County has the makings of a 12th Region contender.

"We've got some room to grow, some areas to shore up, but the good thing about this bunch is they work hard, practice hard and play hard."

North Oldham's shaky play included 20 turnovers and 42 percent shooting. David Levitch led the Mustangs with 16 points. Devon Rowan, a 6-8 senior, had six points and 13 rebounds.

Louisville Trinity 73, North Hardin 43: The No. 1 Shamrocks looked like the favorite to win this tournament for the third time as they routed North Hardin.

Trinity used a 21-2 run to help build a 42-22 halftime lead, and it cruised from there to improve its record to 6-0 against Kentucky opponents.

None of the Shamrocks' starters played more than 14 of the 32 minutes.

James Quick had 15 points off the bench. Nathan Dieudonne had 14 points and five rebounds. Darryl Hicks had 10 points and six steals.

Trinity's defense did a big number on North Hardin, forcing 25 turnovers and converting them into 35 points. The Rocks had only seven turnovers.

Adam Hendrix had 27 points and five rebounds to lead North Hardin, which is missing injured senior point guard Jermaine Ruttley.

St. Xavier 60, Lafayette 49: The Tigers, who beat Henry Clay earlier this month, made it 2-0 against Lexington public schools by rolling Lafayette.

St. Xavier didn't shoot well (39 percent) but its defense forced the Generals into 21 turnovers and converted them into 27 points.

Robert Shaw and Alex Jones had 14 points apiece for the Tigers. Chris Mitchell added 10 points and five rebounds.

Charles Sweat-Washington came off the bench to get 13 points for Lafayette. Tranard Chester had 12 points. Jackson Davis, a 6-8 sophomore for the Generals, was limited to three points and five rebounds.

Simon Kenton 58, Fayette, Ga. 53: Fayette, Ga., brought an 8-0 record to town, and looked like it would stay unbeaten when it led Simon Kenton 45-36 to start the fourth quarter.

But the Pioneers rallied, outscoring Fayette 22-8 to pull out the victory.

Cody Chambers led Simon Kenton with 17 points. Ryan Mullen and Cody Monson had 12 points apiece.

Brandon Grant's 19 points led Fayette, which is coached by former Woodford County and Transylvania star Andre Flynn. It made it to the semifinals in this tournament last year.

Bardstown 78, Houston, Tenn. 65: Jordan Brewer had 19 points, including five three-pointers, and Anthony Myrks had 16 points, nine assists and six rebounds to lead defending 5th Region champ Bardstown.

The Tigers built a big lead early, and stretched it to 27 points before Houston finished strong. The visitors from Texas scored 35 points in the fourth quarter, more than they managed in the first three quarters combined.

NORTH OLDHAM (8-4) Rowan 6, Levitch 16, Kozak 2, Clark 9, Shams 5, Yates 3, Burton 2, Cundiff 2, Judd 1.

PULASKI CO. (6-5) Gover 24, Smith 12, Johnson 11, Goins 11, Blake 4.

North Oldham 10 11 16 9—46

Pulaski Co. 14 20 17 11—62

Louisville TRINITY (7-2) Dieudonne 14, Saxton 0, Foster 8, HIcks 10, Rice 9, Quick 15, Hepler 2, Perito 2, Strothman 5, Ivory 2, Page 2, Allen-Kawa 4.

NORTH HARDIN (2-7) Hendrix 27, Martin 5, Brown 4, Landry 2, Nelson 4, Lewis 1.

Lou. Trinity 20 22 20 11—73

North Hardin 1 0 12 10 11—43

ST. XAVIER (8-3) Shaw 14, Jones 14, Glassford 4, Walker 4, Kiesler 8, Smith 2, Mitchell 10, Clemons 4.

LAFAYETTE (2-7) Trisko 9, Davis 3, Chester 12, Sweat-Washington 13, Owsley 3, Blakely 2, Jeter 1, Wright 4, Burlingham 2.

St. Xavier 11 13 19 17—60

Lafayette 14 7 13 15—49

FAYETTE, GA. (8-1) Thompson 3, Taylor 8, Sanford 12, Anachebe 5, Grant 19, Johnson 6.

SIMON KENTON (8-2) Monson 12, Chambers 17, Mullen 12, Ayers 5, Barnes 3, Sampson 4, Bowling 5.

Fayette, Ga. 17 14 14 8—53

Simon Kenton 12 14 10 22—58

HOUSTON, TENN. (6-5) Collins 20, Johnson 6, Davis 14, Perry 1, Lewis 10, Tipsod 1, McCrary 5, SoBolen 4, Greer 3, Nicholson 1.

BARDSTOWN (5-3) Myrks 16, Brewer 19, Ramos 12, Grundy 11, Hubbard 7, Starks 2, Cosby 7, Yocum 2, Schooling 2.

Houston, Tenn. 8 9 13 35—65

Bardstown 20 13 16 29—78

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