The regional review returns, with nightly nuggets from the girls and boys 12th Region Tournaments. Tonight, news and notes from day 1 of the girls regional at Pulaski County:
- Casey County defeated Lincoln County 59-53; Southwestern defeated Burgin 59-28. Casey (24-6) plays Southwestern (24-7) in Friday’s 6 p.m. semifinal.
- Casey won a rematch of was probably the best game in our area this season, avenging its 72-69 double-overtime loss at Lincoln 10 day ago. This time, Lincoln led for most of the first half and by as many as six points before Casey’s Nicole Coffman scored three seconds before halftime to give the Lady Rebels a 22-21 lead. Casey gained, then lost an eight-point lead in the third quarter, then eased ahead again in the fourth, with Lincoln unable to keep pace. Megan Pittman effectively put the game out of reach when she converted a three-point play with just under three minutes left to make it 50-41.
- The most-talked-about moment of the game came after the outcome had become apparent, when Coffman fell and twisted her knee while defending a Lincoln player with about 40 seconds left. It looked bad at the time, but Casey coach Randy Salyers said after the game that he was told it was probably no more than a medial collateral ligament strain. Casey has three days off before its semifinal, giving Coffman valuable recovery time and making it likely that she’ll play against Southwestern.
- Burgin, making its first regional appearance since 2006, played without injured leading scorer Shavon Majors and was overmatched against Southwestern. The Lady Bulldogs did their best to keep pace into the second quarter, when Southwestern cranked up its pressure defense and pulled away to a 26-13 lead. The Lady Warriors forced 18 turnovers and held a commanding edge on the boards, outrebounding Burgin 32-18.
- Danay Fothergill led Southwestern with 18 points, and she was the only girl from either team to score in double figures. Southwestern’s Brittany Combs had nine points, while Brooke Ransdell and Liz Marcinek led Burgin with eight points each. It was the second-lowest point total of the season for Burgin, which scored 27 in a January loss to Monticello and 29 on Thursday when it lost to Mercer County in the 46th District final.
- The first round concludes Tuesday night when Mercer County (20-8) meets Garrard County (15-8) at 6 p.m. and Rockcastle County (29-1) faces Wayne County (16-13) at 7:30 p.m. Mercer defeated Garrard 53-46 on Feb. 15 in Harrodsburg; Rockcastle defeated Wayne 70-59 on Nov. 30 at Monticello and 65-41 on Jan. 18 at Mount Vernon. There is a chance that the games will be delayed, as Mercer teams have trouble getting buses until late afternoon, but tournament officials have said they’ll wait.