Scott senior Brenton Hughes tries to get past Silver Grove junior Randy Kuntz.
In the last eight months, most varsity teams at Scott High School have seen unprecedented postseason success and raised school spirit to new levels in Taylor Mill.
One program that has been used to district titles and beyond in recent years was looking to use the school’s recent momentum to get back to those levels after a rare misstep in 2014. The boys basketball team kept its hopes alive for postseason glory after routing Silver Grove 66-28 in a 37th District semifinal Wednesday night at Campbell County Middle School. The Eagles advanced to Friday’s championship game against Campbell County, which beat Bishop Brossart 66-44.
The basketball team, with a few key players from last fall’s state runner-up soccer team, are looking to keep the trend going.
“It all started with the regional baseball tournament (last spring),” said Scott head coach Brad Carr. “It’s the kids who are in the building right now. They expect to be good. Sometimes you just have that expectation and you can do great things.”
Scott had reached the 37th District final in the first eight years of the current KHSAA alignment before being ousted in the semifinal round last season.
“It was disappointing,” Carr said. “It was the first time in our history that we hadn’t been to the (10th) regional tournament so it was very disappointing and left a bitter taste in my mouth. It kind of rejuvenated me as a coach and I had kind of took some things for granted. We went back to the drawing board and figured out some things and the kids have bought in.”
After drawing the top seed following a 4-0 sweep of its district foes this season, the Eagles took care of business against the underdog Big Trains. After a slow first two minutes, Carr called time out and the Eagles continued from there to an 18-4 advantage after one quarter, then led 41-12 at halftime. Guard Jake Ohmer scored 18 of his 23 points in the first half, and the Eagles limited SG to only three field goals in the first half.
“We started off really slow the first couple of minutes,” Ohmer said. “We called a time out. He yelled at us a little bit and got us going.”
Carr was happy with the way the team responded.
“Our whole game plan was to be aggressive right from the tip,” Carr said.
Scott had defeated Campbell County, the defending 10th Region champions, 77-68 in a regular-season game at the Bank of Kentucky Center. Campbell did not have 6-foot-8 junior center Matt Wilson for that game.
“We’re happy to be back in it,” Carr said. “Either team that wins, it’s going to be a dogfight as it always is in the 37th District. We just have to work on what we do well. We have a great group of kids. We’ve had some kids emerge and found some good defensive players. They’re undersized but they play well together.”
Silver Grove, which has roughly 24 male students in its school system, finished 15-14. The Big Trains remarkably had four of their players reach the 1,000-point career milestone in a 15-game span starting Jan. 14, when senior Christian Pollitt started the journey. Senior forward Billy Miller reached the mark in SG’s quarterfinal win over Calvary Christian on Monday, while senior guard Anthony Turcios and junior guard Randy Kuntz also arrived there in recent weeks. Turcios missed tonight’s game with an injury.
Silver Grove (15-14): B. Miller 1 4 6, Pollitt 2 0 5, Kuntz, 3 4 10, Taylor 0 2 2, J. Miller 0 1 1, Spurgeon 2 0 4. Totals 8 11 28.
Scott (15-12): Allen 2 0 4, Duimlao 3 0 6, Flynn 1 0 2, Hughes 4 0 8, Jolley 1 0 2, Perrin 4 0 8, Ohmer 8 4 23, Schneider 1 0 2, Seay 1 2 5, Trame 2 0 4, Witherspoon 2 0 4. Totals 29 6 68.
Halftime, Scott 41-12. 3-pointers: SG 1 (Pollitt), Scott 4 (Ohmer 3, Seay).