BOWLING GREEN — Montgomery County led wire-to-wire in a 60-43 rout of Muhlenberg County in Wednesday's first round of the Houchens Industries/KHSAA Girls' State Basketball Tournament in E.A. Diddle Arena.
The Indians (29-6), who bolted to a 12-point lead in the first quarter, will meet top-ranked Manual in Friday's quarterfinals.
Macie Spence propelled Montgomery, scoring the Indians' first six points and eight of the first 10 en route to 18 total. Erica Rogers had 12 points, Olivia Colliver scored 11 and Destiny Taul had nine points and 12 rebounds.
Aliah Fuller hit four three-pointers and led Muhlenberg (21-11) with 16 points.
Manual 50, Perry County Central 41: Leasia Wright scored 18 points and went a perfect 11-for-11 from the foul line in leading Manual, No.1 in the state in Dave Cantrall's Rating the State.
The Lady Crimsons (34-2) beat a Lady Commodores squad that, as one of six schools to win 30 games coming into the state tournament, was considered a major roadblock. Perry County Central was ranked seventh in the state.
Manual got in front of Perry County Central 24-12 while forcing the Lady Commodores (30-3) into 14 turnovers and 4-of-23 shooting from the field.
Perry County Central clawed back, thanks to double-double performances from Kayla Rankin (18 points, 13 rebounds) and Kendall Noble (10 points, 11 rebounds), but the Lady Commodores never came closer than two points in the second half.
Butler 54, Glasgow 49: Cora Moore scored 12 points and Danielle Lawrence added 10 as Butler overcame an 11-point first-half deficit and 33 turnovers to beat Glasgow.
Glasgow (28-5), the 4th Region winner, came into its first state tournament appearance on a seven-game winning streak but committed 27 turnovers, converted on only two of 12 three-point attempts and went 12-for-23 (52 percent) from the free-throw line.
The Bearettes trailed 15-4 but went ahead 17-16 on Brooke Pearson's bucket. The Lady Scotties pulled to 48-47 on a three-pointer by Kelsey Greer with 47.1 seconds left in the game but couldn't get the lead.
Butler connected on six of eight free throws in the final minute to preserve the lead.
Day off for Dunbar
Dunbar gets a day off before taking on Butler in Friday's quarterfinals. Both teams can play at a fast pace.
"We're going to try to make all five kids handle it. ... We can pressure all five positions at times," Dunbar Coach Sarah Van Horn said. "Running is what we like to do. So if they want to run with us, they can jump on the bandwagon. If we can make layups and free throws, we're going to be in the ball game every time."
Dunbar's Jordin Fender, listed at 5-2 but claiming to be a bit taller, often was guarding 5-11 Sydney Moss during the opening round.
"As big as she is and as strong as she is, I had to step up," Fender said. "I was a little scared at first. I'm a little-bitty 5-4 guard and weigh a buck-nickel (105). Barely."
Sweet Sixteen to remain in Bowling Green
Western Kentucky University will continue hosting the girls' state basketball tournament through at least 2015.
The Kentucky High School Athletic Association announced Wednesday that it was keeping the tournament in Bowling Green for the next three seasons after Houchens Industries extended its sponsorship of the event that's been played at WKU's E.A. Diddle Arena since 2001.
The tournament attracted a record 43,679 fans in 2011, including a record 5,122 for Rockcastle County's overtime win against Manual for the state title.