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Girls Basketball: Holmes, Campbell Advance in State Tournament

The Campbell County Camels took advantage of the home crowd, playing 15 minutes up U.S. 27 and defeating the Trimble County Raiders 48-33 on Wednesday night at BB&T Arena at Northern Kentucky University in the first state tournament win in school history.

The game began close, as the score after the first quarter was 13-10 in favor of the Camels.

The Camels began putting points on the board and effectively the game away as they outscored the Raiders 17-12 in the second quarter to take a 30-23 halftime lead.

Campbell County’s Taylor Jolly had 10 of her 17 points in the first half, while Mackenzie Schwarber was only three points and two rebounds away from a double-double at halftime.

Not many shots were hit in the third quarter, as both teams went on slumps of five minutes or more without scoring a point. Trimble County did not make a shot in the last five minutes of the third quarter.

The fourth quarter was much of the same, with both teams combining for 14 points in the final frame. Trimble County’s numerous second half turnovers gave the Camels ample opportunities to score, and ultimately, sealing the victory for Campbell County.

Jolly led Campbell County in scoring with 17 points and was a perfect 6-for-6 from the free-throw line. Mackenzie Schwarber tallied another double-double for the season, finishing the game with 13 points and 14 rebounds.

“At the end, we picked up and as we saw the game come to an end, we knew that would not be our last game,” Schwarber said. “We all had to step up.”

Trimble County was led in scoring by Shelbe Black, who scored 12 points for the Lady Raiders. No other Trimble County player had more than six points.

Campbell County will face Franklin County on Friday afternoon at 12:00 p.m. at BB&T Arena at Northern Kentucky University in the KHSAA Sweet 16 quarterfinals.

In the nightcap of the first day of the St. Elizabeth Healthcare/KHSAA Girls Basketball Sweet 16, the Holmes Bulldogs defeated the Russell Red Devils, 49-35.

“I can’t ask more from these kids, they did what they were supposed to do,” Holmes Head Coach Tony Perkins said. “They do a good job in the classroom and in the community and we want to come out and do well and do the best we can.”

Holmes got started early, getting out to an 11-2 lead early in the first quarter behind sharp shooting from multiple players. Russell struggled to find the basket and the Lady Bulldogs barreled through the defense to get out front early.

There was a scoring lull in the second quarter, as both teams were unable to find a rhythm on offense, but Holmes barely outscored Russell 7-4 in the second quarter.

Holmes came out firing after halftime, starting the third quarter on a 7-0 run. However, after a much-needed timeout, Russell went on a 10-2 run of its own, getting to within nine at one point.

Despite the momentum going into the third quarter, the Holmes defense proved to be too much for Russell, securing Holmes a berth into the Elite Eight for the first time in 14 years.

Holmes led for the entire game and at one point led by 18 points in the third quarter, right before Russell’s 10-2 run.

Holmes was led in scoring by Jynea Harris, who scored 18 points and was 6-for-14 from the field, while Maurissa Brown had 10 points in down in the paint for the Lady Bulldogs, going 5-for-7 from the field.

The Lady Bulldogs, now 29-4, will face Mercer County on Friday afternoon at 1:30 p.m at BB&T Arena at Northern Kentucky University. The game directly follows the Campbell County/Franklin County game.

Written by Clayton Castle, RCN contributor