Rockcastle reaches girls semis
A 12th Region team has reached the semifinals of the Girls Sweet Sixteen for the second consecutive year as Rockcastle County reached the final four with a 56-45 victory over George Rogers Clark in a quarterfinal tonight in Bowling Green. (Click these links for the box score and play-by-play.)
Rockcastle (29-4) plays at 12:30 p.m. Saturday against Scott County (25-6), which beat Boone County 67-66 in overtime in its quarterfinal. The winner advances to the 9 p.m. championship game against Mercy or Rowan County.
Jackie Alexander led the Lady Rockets in scoring with 23 points. She was 9 for 12 from the field, including 3 for 4 from the field, and had eight rebounds to help her team outrebound Clark 39-20 after it outrebounded Murray 39-19 in its first-round win Thursday. Sara Hammond added 11 points, nine rebounds and seven blocked shots.
The game was tied at 28-all at halftime, and Rockcastle still led by just one point with 5:36 to play before finishing the game with a 12-2 run as Clark never got another field goal, missing its final seven shots with three turnovers. The Lady Cardinals were 2 for 11 in the fourth quarter and 6 for 24 in the second half after going 10 for 20 in the first half.
Rockcastle was 0-5 at the state tournament before this season but is now following in the footsteps of 47th District rival Casey County, which won two tourney games last year before losing to eventual champion Iroquois in the semifinals.