Bardstown held Elizabethtown’s Nic McDonald to two points and beat the Panthers 61-44 Tuesday night in the championship game of the boys’ Fifth Region Tournament at Marion County.
The Tigers (26-6) won their first regional title since 2011.
McDonald, who had scored 48 points in E’town’s two previous games, managed only two free throws and was 0 for 7 from the field.
Tavon Johnson with 16 points and Keanu Young with 14 led Bardstown. JaVon Cotton had 15 points for the Panthers (23-9), ranked 15th in The Courier-Journal’s Litkenhous Ratings.
at Frankfort Convention Center
: Despite a combined 52 points from Jeremiah Tisdale and Jordan Green, the Blue Devils (19-14) still fell short, with the Cardinals (32-3) winning the 11th Region Championship at the Frankfort Convention Center.* Scott County 70, Henry Clay 64
Three players scored in double figures for Scott County, led by Trent Gilbert’s 24 points and eight rebounds. Hines Jones had 16 and Tony Martini had a double-double with 10 points and 11 rebounds. Gilbert also connected on 14 of his 15 free throws.
Scott County, the No. 3-ranked team in the Litratings, connected on 20 of 23 from the charity stripe, while No. 19 Henry Clay converted just 15 of 26.
Scott County advances to the Sweet 16 at Rupp Arena, where it will play Fleming County.
at Pulaski County
: Peyton Woods and Trey Blevins each scored 22 points to lead the No. 6 Cardinals (31-1) to their second straight 12th Region title at Pulaski County.* Wayne County 78, Southwestern 74
Corey Stearns added 17 points and Jason Perkins 14 for the winners, whose only loss this season came on Feb. 9 at Montgomery County.
Justin Edwards scored 21 points for Southwestern (25-6)
at EKU Expo Center
: Behind the senior leadership of Slade McPeek and Shane Hall, the Golden Eagles (25-6) took down the Wildcats (20-11) in the 15th Region Final at the EKU Expo Center.* Johnson Central 81, Shelby Valley 56
McPeek, voted Tournament MVP, was 10 of 12 from the floor for 22 points. Hall, a Marshall commit, had a game-high 24 points and seven blocks.
Hunter Swindall paced Shelby Valley with 17 points.
This is Johnson Central’s third consecutive region championship. Johnson Central will play Campbell County in the Sweet 16.