High School Basketball

Lexington Catholic turns back Pulaski County with Floyd's buzzer-beating three

Lexington Catholic's Craig Floyd (35) shot the game-winning, three-pointer against Kody Johnson and Pulaski County. LexCath hit 10 of 25 threes as a team, while the Maroons were 10-for-22.
Lexington Catholic's Craig Floyd (35) shot the game-winning, three-pointer against Kody Johnson and Pulaski County. LexCath hit 10 of 25 threes as a team, while the Maroons were 10-for-22. HERALD-LEADER

In a game that featured terrific long-range shooting by both teams, Lexington Catholic's Craig Floyd hit the three-pointer that mattered most.

Floyd's three from just left of the top of the key beat the buzzer and Pulaski County 63-60 in the quarterfinals of the Republic Bank Holiday Classic Wednesday night.

"Right when I got (the ball), I saw there were three seconds left so I let it fly," Floyd said. "It looked straight on, and it went in."

Floyd's shot negated a spirited rally by Pulaski County. The Maroons trailed 57-44 with five minutes left, but Taylor Gover hit three threes and Kody Johnson hit one to fuel a furious rally.

Pulaski County tied it at 60 when Tyler Goins muscled in a layup with six seconds left.

But that was enough time for Lexington Catholic to salvage victory. Bryan Woomer brought the ball up the left sideline, threw to Jack Whitman in the left corner. Whitman then passed off to Floyd, who drilled the game-winner.

"The three-pointer is a great equalizer, and it worked for both teams tonight," Knights Coach Brandon Salsman said. "Pulaski County has two of the best we've played against. You've got to guard them almost at 30 feet."

The Maroons were 10-for-22 on threes. Gover was 4-for-7 and had 13 points. Johnson led Pulaski County with 21 points and 11 rebounds. Goins had 14 points and 10 rebounds.

Lexington Catholic hit 10 of 25 threes, including six by Dillon Avare in the first half that sparked the Knights to a 37-25 lead.

Whitman, a 6-foot-9 junior, had 21 points and 10 rebounds. Avare finished with 18 points, and Floyd added 15 points and six rebounds.

Pulaski County Coach Al Gover credited Floyd for "hitting a big shot at the end. That's just the way it goes sometimes.

"But we showed we can be in a game with anybody if we keep our heads up. Boy, we fought hard to come back tonight."

Bardstown 63, St. Xavier 55: Jordan Brewer scored 20 of his 25 points in the second half to lead Bardstown into the semifinals.

Bardstown had a productive afternoon at the foul line, making 22 of 24 free throws. Brewer hit 12 of 14.

Devonte Grundy had 17 points for the winners, and point guard Anthony Myrks contributed eight points, seven assists and six steals.

Bardstown led most of the way, by as many as 17 points in the first half, but it got a scare in the closing minute.St. X trimmed a 60-48 deficit to 60-55 with 16 seconds left and had the ball, but it missed a pair of contested threes.

St. X post man Brock Kiesler had 14 points and 13 rebounds. Nathan Smith had 11 points, all on free throws.

Trinity 60, Lakota West, Ohio 47: The No. 1 Shamrocks reached the semifinals of this event for the fourth time in seven appearances, and they're looking for another title to go with the ones they won in 2004 and 2009.

Trinity's defense locked down Lakota West in the first half, holding the Cincinnati-area team to 15 percent shooting (4-for-26). That enabled the Rocks to lead 26-11 at the break and they weren't seriously threatened the rest of the night. Their biggest margin was 22 (37-15).

Lakota West made a late run and cut the deficit to nine, but the Firebirds' rally ended there.

Darryl Hicks had 10 of Trinity's last 13 points and finished with 21 points, 10 rebounds, three assists and two steals. Nathan Dieudonne had 14 points, eight rebounds and four assists. James Quick added 12 points and seven rebounds off the bench.

Lakota West, which shot 29 percent for the game, was led by Monty Boykins' 13 points and nine rebounds.

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