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12th Region Tournament pairings

The two boys teams and two girls teams that are widely considered the co-favorites in their respective 12th Region Tournaments drew into opposite brackets when the pairings for the two tourneys were drawn today.

West Jessamine and McCreary Central are on opposite sides of the boys tournament — although both got tough draws — while Lincoln County and Rockcastle County are in opposite brackets of the girls tournament.

The West Jessamine boys will play Wayne County in the first game of their tournament Wednesday at Pulaski County. One night later, McCreary will face Mercer County, the only team in the region to beat both McCreary and West Jessamine in the regular season.

As for the other Advocate-area teams in the boys field, Boyle County and Casey County will face off Wednesday in a rematch of a game from the final week of the regular season that Boyle won by 30 points. And Danville will play host Pulaski on Thursday.

In the girls tournament, host Lincoln will play defending regional champion Casey on Monday, 10 days after Lincoln won their regular-season meeting by just one point. Rockcastle will face Garrard County on Tuesday.

Mercer County, the only other Advocate-area team in the field, will play Monticello on Tuesday.

12th Region Tournaments

BOYS

At Pulaski County

First Round

Wednesday, March 3

West Jessamine (23-7) vs. Wayne County (19-11), 6 p.m.

Boyle County (18-8) vs. Casey County (8-22), 8 p.m.

Thursday, March 4

Pulaski County (12-17) vs. Danville (12-15), 6 p.m.

McCreary Central (24-6) vs. Mercer County (20-9), 8 p.m.

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Monday, March 8

Semifinals

West Jessamine-Wayne County winner vs. Boyle County-Casey County winner, 6 p.m.

Pulaski County-Danville winner vs. McCreary Central-Mercer County winner, 8 p.m.

Tuesday, March 9

Championship

Semifinal winners, 7 p.m.

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GIRLS

At Lincoln County

First Round

Monday, March 1

Southwestern (19-9) vs. East Jessamine (12-15), 6 p.m.

Lincoln County (22-4) vs. Casey County (17-12), 7:45 p.m.

Tuesday, March 2

Rockcastle County (24-4) vs. Garrard County (19-6), 6 p.m.

Mercer County (20-9) vs. Monticello (17-12), 7:45 p.m.

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Friday, March 5

Semifinals

Southwestern-East Jessamine winner vs. Lincoln County-Casey County winner, 6 p.m.

Rockcastle County-Garrard County winner vs. Mercer County-Monticello winner, 7:45 p.m.

Saturday, March 6

Championship

Semifinal winners, 7:30 p.m.

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Regional seeds

With district tournament play complete from top to bottom in the 12th Region, we now know which teams will have the advantage and which will have the tougher draws when the regional tournament pairings are put together Saturday.

For those who don’t know, here’s a crash course in how the regional tourneys are put together. There are eight teams in each tournament, four teams that won their districts and four runners-up. Each district champion will be paired against a runner-up from one of the other three districts in the first round. Teams from the same district are always in opposite brackets, meaning they can’t possibly meet before the finals.

The drawing for the girls tournament will be Saturday morning at Lincoln County, which will host that tournament beginning Monday. The boys drawing is Saturday afternoon at Pulaski County, where the boys tourney will begin Wednesday.

Here’s are the qualifiers, with the district champion listed first followed by the runner-up on each line:

Boys

  • 45th District: Boyle County (18-8), Danville (12-15)
  • 46th District: West Jessamine (23-7), Mercer County (20-9)
  • 47th District: Pulaski County (12-17), Casey County (8-22)
  • 48th District: McCreary Central (24-6), Wayne County (19-11)

Girls

  • 45th District: Lincoln County (22-4), Garrard County (19-6)
  • 46th District: Mercer County (20-9), East Jessamine (12-15)
  • 47th District: Rockcastle County (24-4), Casey County (17-12)
  • 48th District: Southwestern (19-9), Monticello (17-12)
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A double-draw day

With all of the district tournaments within the 12th Region scheduled to be concluded by Friday, the schools that will host the 12th Region Tournaments have made the logical decision to hold the drawings for both the boys and girls tournaments on Saturday for the first time.

The regional scheduled to begin play first has held its drawing on Saturday for several years, but in the past we’ve always had to wait until Sunday for one of them. There’s no reason to wait this year, because there are no games Saturday night, so the pairings for both tournaments will be drawn within a span of about three hours Saturday.

The girls draw will be held at Lincoln County on Saturday morning, followed by the boys draw at Pulaski County in the early afternoon.

As for the playing dates, the girls first round will be played Monday and Tuesday at Lincoln, with the semifinals March 5 and the championship March 6. The boys will play first-round games March 3 and 4 at Pulaski, with the semifinals March 8 and the finals March 9.

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Mid-district week

If your team hasn’t gotten a spot in the 12th Region Tournament by now, it’s not going to get one.

The eight-team fields have been filled for both the boys and girls regionals after three days of district play, with all of the top contenders and a handful of surprise teams surviving the elimination round of this week’s district tournaments.

For the second straight year, the biggest surprise is the Casey County boys, who once again earned a regional berth after failing to reach double digits in wins during the regular season. This time, the Rebels, who were seeded fourth in the 47th District Tournament, knocked off top-seeded Rockcastle County — the only team in the district with a winning record — after losing their two regular-season meetings by 19 and 25 points.

So while Casey has only 17 wins over the last two seasons, it also will be one of five teams returning to this year’s boys regional after playing in last year’s tourney. Six teams, meanwhile, will return to the girls regional from last year’s field.

Two other boys teams got in by beating a team that they had lost to twice in the regular season: Danville over Lincoln County in the 45th and Wayne County over Southwestern in the 48th. On the girls side, Southwestern did the same thing against Wayne in the 48th, meaning the Wayne girls will miss the regional for the first time since the 1990s.

Here’s the full list of qualifiers for next week’s 12th Region Tournaments:

Boys

  • 45th District: Boyle County (17-8), Danville (12-14)
  • 46th District: Mercer County (20-8), West Jessamine (22-7)
  • 47th District: Casey County (8-21), Pulaski County (11-17)
  • 48th District: McCreary Central (23-6), Wayne County (19-10)

Girls

  • 45th District: Garrard County (19-5), Lincoln County (21-4)
  • 46th District: East Jessamine (12-14), Mercer County (19-9)
  • 47th District: Casey County (17-11), Rockcastle County (23-4)
  • 48th District: Monticello (17-11), Southwestern (18-9)

The repeat teams are these: Casey, Danville, McCreary, Wayne  and West Jessamine in the boys field; Casey, East Jessamine, Lincoln, Mercer, Rockcastle and Southwestern in the girls field.

Three girls district finals will be played tonight (weather permitting, apparently), with trophies going out in the 46th, 47th and 48th Districts. All four boys finals are Friday, along with the girls final in the 45th, where there is once again a girls-boys championship doubleheader.

The girls regional begins Monday at Lincoln County; the boys regional begins Wednesday at Pulaski County.

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Two by two

The Lincoln County girls, the McCreary Central boys, the Rockcastle County girls, the West Jessamine boys.

This season’s 12th Region basketball champions should be found in the above sentence, as both the boys and girls championship chases appear to be two-team races as the postseason begins tonight.

There are other teams waiting on the fringes, as there always are, but I’ll be surprised if any of them can get past the top two in their respective fields to carry off the regional championship trophies March 6 at Lincoln County (girls) and March 9 at Pulaski County (boys).

The Lincoln and Rockcastle girls and the McCreary and West Jessamine boys have stood out since the start of the season, and they enter the postseason with the best records in the region. On the boys side, McCreary is 22-6 and West Jessamine is 21-7, followed by Mercer County at 19-8. On the girls side, Rockcastle is 22-4 and Lincoln is 20-4, followed by Garrard County at 18-5.

I’ll stand by my preseason predictions, Lincoln in the girls regional and McCreary in the boys regional. Both are senior-dominated teams that have been knocking at the door, and both have played well through most of the season. I won’t be surprised, however, if Rockcastle and/or West Jessamine come out on top.

As for the rest of the pack, there is a handful of teams in each pool capable of making a deep run that could include taking out one of the top two teams. But getting three regional wins against increasingly tough opponents is another matter.

So I’ll take the McCreary boys and the Lincoln girls to win it all, and these teams to fill out the regional fields next week:

Boys

  • 45th District: 1. Boyle County; 2. Lincoln County.
  • 46th District: 1. West Jessamine; 2. Mercer County.
  • 47th District: 1. Rockcastle County; 2. Pulaski County.
  • 48th District: 1. McCreary Central; 2. Wayne County

Girls

  • 45th District: 1. Lincoln County; 2. Garrard County.
  • 46th District: 1. Mercer County; 2. East Jessamine.
  • 47th District: 1. Rockcastle County; 2. Casey County.
  • 48th District: 1. Southwestern; 2. Monticello.
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2 Boyle players picked for all-star game

Grant Aumiller and Rees MacShara of Boyle County have been selected to play in the East vs. West All-Star Football Game.

The two Rebels were named to the East team for the game, which was established last year as a replacement for the Kentucky-Tennessee game that was discontinued after 2008. They will be coached by Jim Black of Whitley County, while Shawn Berner of Fort Campbell will coach the West squad. (See the full rosters here.)

The game will be played June 18 in Bowling Green.

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District tournament schedules

If the snowplows can get the parking lots cleared, district tournaments will tip off Feb. 22 — just one week from tonight — across Kentucky. Games involving the eight Advocate-area teams will be at Danville (45th District), East Jessamine (46th) and Casey County (47th), and the schedules are set for those tourneys.

The most intriguing elimination game involving an area team has to be the Casey girls’ game against Somerset in the 47th. Losing the No. 1 seed to rival Rockcastle County was costly for defending regional champ Casey, which lost one of its two regular-season meetings with Somerset. And the Lincoln County boys face a tougher road to the regional after losing a coin toss to Boyle County for the No. 1 seed in the 45th; they’ll play Danville in their semifinal.

The winners and runners-up from those districts and the 48th District will advance to the 12th Region Tournaments. The girls regional will be played March 1-2 and 5-6 at Lincoln County; the boys regional is March 3-4 and 8-9 at Pulaski County.

Here are the local district schedules, with seeds in parentheses:

BOYS

45th District

At Danville

Monday, Feb. 22: Kentucky School for the Deaf (5) vs. Garrard County (4), 6 p.m.

Wednesday, Feb. 24: KSD-Garrard County winner vs. Boyle County (1), 6 p.m.; Danville (3) vs. Lincoln County (2), 7;45 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 26: Championship, 7:45 p.m.

46th District

At East Jessamine

Tuesday, Feb. 23: East Jessamine (3) vs. West Jessamine (2), 6 p.m.; Burgin (4) vs. Mercer County (1), 7:45 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 26: Championship, 7 p.m.

47th District

At Casey County

Tuesday, Feb. 23: Casey County (4) vs. Rockcastle County (1), 6:30 p.m.; Somerset (3) vs. Pulaski County (2), 8 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 26: Championship, 7 p.m.

GIRLS

45th District

At Danville

Tuesday, Feb. 23: Danville (4) vs. Lincoln County (1), 6 p.m.; Boyle County (3) vs. Garrard County (2), 7:45 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 26: Championship, 6 p.m.

46th District

At East Jessamine

Monday, Feb. 22: West Jessamine (3) vs. East Jessamine (2), 6 p.m.; Burgin (4) vs. Mercer County (1), 7:45 p.m.

Thursday, Feb. 25: Championship, 7 p.m.

47th District

At Casey County

Monday, Feb. 22: Pulaski County (4) vs. Rockcastle County (1), 6:30 p.m.; Somerset (3) vs. Casey County (2), 8 p.m.

Thursday, Feb. 25: Championship, 7 p.m.

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Basketball postponements, Tuesday 2/9

Another winter storm, another day of shuffling the high school basketball schedule. Here are the announcements we have:

  • Boyle County at Mercer County boys and girls: Postponed, rescheduled for Thursday.
  • Kentucky School for the Deaf at Portland Christian boys and girls: Canceled.
  • Lincoln County at Southwestern boys: Canceled.
  • Danville at Bardstown girls: Canceled.
  • Garrard County at Lincoln County girls: Will be played, starting time moved up to 6 p.m.
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South Laurel-Casey girls game moved up

The Casey County girls home game against South Laurel has been moved up one day to Friday.

The game, which was originally scheduled for Saturday night, was moved to allow South Laurel to reschedule a postponed district game. The starting time remains the same, 7:30 p.m.

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Three games that were postponed last month due to winter weather will be made up Monday: Pulaski County at Lincoln County boys, Model at Burgin girls and Boyle County at Frankfort girls.

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Danville’s Taylor makes All ‘A’ all-tourney team

Jacody Taylor of Danville was named to the 12-man all-tournament team at the All “A” Classic.

Taylor, a junior guard, had 49 points in the Admirals’ two games in Richmond, including 28 points in their first-round win over Williamsburg. He was the team’s leading scorer in that game and in their loss to eventual champion Shelby Valley.

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It’s good to hear that the All “A” Classic will remain in Richmond for at least the next three years, as the tournament chairman announced Sunday.

For selfish reasons, it’s an easy trip to watch local teams play there. (Not so much Friday night, but most of the time.) But it’s also a good venue for this tournament, and Eastern Kentucky University and Richmond have been excellent hosts right from the start.

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