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Scott, Campbell County Advance to 10th Region Semifinals

Scott High School’s mental toughness was put to the test in the first round of the 10th Region tournament, as they tried to rebound from the 70-26 thrashing they took at the hands of Campbell County in the 37th District Championship. Scott answered the bell, however, with a convincing 70-49 win over the champions of the 40th District, Paris High School.

Paris faced an early 12-4 deficit in their first regional tournament appearance since the 2002-2003 season. Scott cashed in on three early three-pointers as a result of crisp ball movement on offense.

Paris cut the lead to 15-10 by the 1:30 mark of the first quarter, but on the next defensive possession, junior forward and leading scorer Koebe Garrard was whistled for his second foul. Garrard is the offensive catalyst for the Greyhounds and his absence was felt on both ends of the floor.

Paris attempted to force the issue on offense, resulting in several second quarter turnovers, especially when trying to feed the ball into the post. By the time Garrard checked back into the game at the 4:30 mark of the second quarter, Scott’s lead had grown to 23-10.

Garrard picked up his first points of the night at the foul line at the 4:20 mark, but was whistled for an offensive foul less than a minute later. Scott held a 29-16 lead at halftime. The Eagles held Paris to just 25% shooting from the field in the first half.

In the second half, Scott’s deep bench wore down the Greyhounds physically, and the Eagles’ lead ballooned to 44-20 by the 2:30 mark of the third quarter. Scott routinely scored easy baskets off of set pieces on offense and put themselves in good position to take charges on the defensive end.

Scott led 68-40 by the time their starters were subbed out with three minutes remaining in the game. Paris continued to battle and hit a few shots down the stretch, but it wasn’t enough to overcome the large deficit.

Jake Ohmer led Scott offensively with 25 points, followed by Blake Schneider with 21. Ohmer’s second three-pointer of the night brought his career scoring tally over the 1,000-point mark. Scott’s sharp-shooting sophomore has a very bright future ahead of him. Ohmer poured in a school-record 51 points in a win over Stewart’s Creek (TN) back in December.

Scott was able to limit their turnovers on offense, which limited Paris’ opportunities in the open court.

“We wanted to value the basketball, and wanted any turnovers we had to be dead-ball turnovers, so [Paris] couldn’t get out and run,” said Scott head coach Brad Carr. “Offensively, we wanted to be patient. We like to run, too, but we didn’t want this game to turn into a shootout. We wanted to make them grind.”

Scott advances the regional semi-finals Monday night, where they will play Harrison County, who upset 10th Region favorite Mason County on their home floor in the opening round. Scott and Harrison County are set to tip off at 7:30 p.m.

Campbell County 71, Bourbon County 48

In the opening game of 10th Region tournament in Maysville, Campbell County breezed past the 40th District runner-up Bourbon County, 71-48. The win improves Campbell County’s season record to 23-9 on the season, while the loss drops Bourbon County’s final season record to 9-20.

Bourbon County was the surprise participant in the 10th Region tournament, having upended district favorite Montgomery County in the first round of the 40th District tournament. They drew the tall task of attempting to dethrone the defending 10th Region champion Campbell County Camels in the first round.

The shooting was cold for both teams early in the first quarter, as nearly four minutes of game time passed before anyone got on the board.

Bourbon County utilized a 2-3 zone on defense for the majority of the first half, extending it beyond the three-point line at times. Campbell County settled for jump shots early, but after a cold shooting start, Campbell County senior guard Deondre Jackson attacked the zone on two consecutive offensive trips late in the first quarter.

On the first drive, Jackson dished to backcourt mate Blake Losey for a layup, and on the second, lofted in a floater from the paint. Campbell County led 13-4 at the end of the first quarter. 

The Camels aggressively denied Bourbon County’s wing players on defense and relentlessly pressured the ball-handler, which kept the Colonels from getting into any semblance of an offensive rhythm throughout the first half.

Campbell County’s stingy man-to-man defense led to turnovers and easy transition buckets on offense, which is where the Camels thrive. Campbell County took a 32-13 into the locker room at halftime, with senior guard Blake Losey leading all first-half scorers with 12 points.

Losey relished the task of guarding Bourbon County’s leading scorer, Landon Sexton, holding him scoreless in the first half. Campbell County managed 11 more shot attempts than the Colonels in the first half.

Bourbon County was noticeably more aggressive in the early portion of the second half, cutting the lead to 42-25 with 2:00 remaining in the third quarter, when Sexton picked up his first points of the night at the free throw line. That was as small as the Camels’ lead would shrink, however, as Campbell County outscored the Colonels 29-23 the rest of the way for a final of 71-48.

After the slow start offensively, Campbell County did an excellent job of attacking Bourbon County’s 2-3 zone and hitting their big men when they flashed to the high post.

“There’s been quite a bit of zone played against us this year. Plus, with all of these snow days, we’ve had a lot of time to work on zone offense,” said Campbell County head coach Aric Russell. “We know where we want the ball to go on offense, and we know whose hands we want it in.”

Blake Losey led all scorers with 18 points, and junior center Matt Wilson chipped in 11 points and eight rebounds for the Camels. Bourbon County’s sixth man Michael Baker paced the Colonels’ offense with 14 points.

Campbell County advances to take on 38th District champion Pendleton County in the 10th Region semifinals at 6:00 p.m. on Monday night. 

- Story and photo by Alex Valentine, RCN contributor