High School Basketball

High school basketball: Region tournament highlights

Derek Willis, a junior forward who has already committed to play at the University of Kentucky, scored 16 points and grabbed 13 rebounds to help Bullitt East rally for a 49-39 victory against Butler in the semifinals of the 6th Region boys' tournament at Bellarmine University.

The Chargers (26-4) fell behind by 14 after the first quarter before recovering to take the lead in the third.

Willis struggled from the field (3-for-15) but was 9-for-9 from the free-throw line. He also had three blocked shots.

Rusty Troutman added 16 points and nine rebounds for Bullitt East. Jalen Palm scored 14 points, including four three-pointers, for the Bears (19-11).

No. 2 Pleasure Ridge Park 61, No. 4 Moore 56 (6th): Cortez Macklin made a layup and a pair of free throws down the stretch to lift PRP (26-6) to a close victory over Moore (28-5) in the semifinals at Bellarmine.

Jeril Taylor led the Panthers with 17 points, nine rebounds and three assists. Max Clemons had 16 points and 10 rebounds.

Boone Co. 54, Newport Central Catholic 49 (9th): Zane McQueary scored 14 points and the Rebels (27-7) won at Northern Kentucky University to become the first boys team to lock up a spot in the Sweet Sixteen.

Girls

No. 3 Perry Central 73, Breathitt Co. 54 (14th): Sophomore forward Kayla Rankin scored 30 points and grabbed 12 rebounds in the championship game for the visiting Lady Commodores (30-2). Kendall Noble, a senior, had 15 points, 10 rebounds and 10 steals.

No. 5 Boone Co. 62, No. 10 Notre Dame 58 (OT): Sydney Moss, the daughter of former NFL star Randy Moss, hit a layup with 1.1 seconds left in overtime for the Lady Rebels (30-3). Moss finished with 27 points and Lydia Nash had 24.

Olivia Voskhul scored 24 for the Pandas (25-6).

Paintsville 52, Pikeville 45 (15th): Shelby Carroll hit her first eight shots and finished with 23 points for the Lady Tigers in the semifinals in the East Kentucky Expo Center at Pikeville.

Magoffin Co. 49, Shelby Valley 46 (15th): Jamie Castle scored 16 points and Madison Reed had 10 points and 10 rebounds for Hornets in the other semifinal at Pikeville.

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