Girls: Campbell Takes 10th, SK Falls in 8th; Holmes Faces Ryle for 9th
When the Kentucky Girls Basketball Sweet Sixteen takes place at BB&T Arena next week, Northern Kentucky will have two teams in the field.
Campbell County claimed the 10th Region on Saturday, defeating Scott, 62-45.
The Camels, 23-9, hosted the 10th Region tournament and head to the state tournament for the first time since 2003. The Eagles finish their season at 20-12.
Northern Kentucky had a shot to send another team from the 8th Region, but Simon Kenton fell to Trimble County, 62-54. The Pioneers dominated this season and have the best record in the region at 24-5, but that's where the season ends. Trimble, 23-7, was ranked third in the region, behind SK and Walton-Verona. Trimble ousted the Bearcats on Friday in the semifinals.
Meanwhile, the 9th Region is still up for grabs and will be decided on Sunday afternoon when Ryle takes on Holmes, in a match-up of the two best teams in the region.
Despite being down by as much as eight points in the second half, the Ryle Raiders (23-6) mounted a comeback in the third quarter to defeat the Highlands Bluebirds 54-51 in the semifinals of the 9th Region tournament at BB&T Arena on the campus of Northern Kentucky University on Saturday afternoon.
After only being down by one point at halftime, a Highlands 8-2 run to begin the second half saw Ryle down by eight points halfway through the third quarter.
A free throw by Maddie Scherr began what turned out to be an 11-0 run for the Lady Raiders, which gave Ryle the 37-34 lead after the third quarter. Scherr had five of the 11 points during the run.
Despite having to play catch-up in the second half, Ryle led for nearly the entire first half until Highlands’ Haley Coffey hit a buzzer-beater jump shot to put Highlands up by one, 23-22, at halftime.
Mallory Schwartz led all Ryle scorers with 14 points, while Scherr added 13 and Carly Lange had 12 points of her own.
McKenzie Leigh led Highlands with 15 points, Zoei Barth added 12, and Brianna Adler contributed 11 points.
Highlands' season ends at 22-10.
In the afternoon cap to the semifinals round, the Holmes Bulldogs (26-4) had no problem dispatching the Conner Cougars (22-11) in a 64-32 rout.
Holmes’ Jynea Harris led all scorers with 23 points, while Tyrah Englemon added 18 points for the Lady Bulldogs.
Holmes got out to a big lead to begin the game, scoring 18 and only allowing one after the first quarter. Harris scored seven of her 23 points in the first quarter.
The Lady Bulldogs only extended their lead in the second quarter behind strong shooting from Englemon and Harris, who combined for 12 of Holmes’ 21 points in the second quarter.
After Englemon and Harris once again dominated coming out of the halftime locker room, Holmes Head Coach Tony Perkins took out the two players to allow for bench players to play in the final quarter. The score after three quarters was 59-21.
Ryle and Holmes will face each other in the 9th Regional Final on Sunday night at 6:00 p.m. at BB&T Arena. Holmes won the only matchup against the Lady Raiders this season, winning 41-37 on Dec. 11 at Holmes.
-Clayton Castle at BB&T; Additional info compiled by staff
Photo: Holmes takes on Ryle in December (Brian Frey/RCN file)