The 12th Region boys and girls basketball champions and their fans will have to be ready for an early tip-off at their respective Sweet Sixteen tournaments after today’s tournament draw placed both 12th Region representatives in the first game of their respective sessions. And they’ll have to prepare for some tough competition to boot.
The 12th Region boys champion will play the 11th Region winner in the opening game of the Boys Sweet Sixteen at noon March 6 in Lexington. The 12th Region girls champion will play the 3rd Region winner at 1 p.m. March 14 in Bowling Green.
For the boys, that means a first-round matchup against the survivor of the always-difficult greater Lexington region. For the girls, it could mean a game against Owensboro Catholic and Miss Basketball candidate Rebecca Greenwell.
- 12th Region boys: 1. Pulaski County; 2. Southwestern; 3. West Jessamine; 4. Wayne County; 5. Lincoln County.
- 11th Region boys: 1. Henry Clay; 2. Madison Central; 3. Scott County; 4. Lafayette; 5. Bryan Station.
- 12th Region girls: 1. Lincoln County; 2. Southwestern; 3. Danville; 4. Mercer County; 5. Rockcastle County.
- 3rd Region girls: 1. Owensboro Catholic; 2. Muhlenberg County; 3. Ohio County; 4. Meade County; 5. Owensboro.
The Kentucky School for the Deaf girls will host the biggest annual event on their schedule, the 36th annual Mason-Dixon Tournament, this week at Thomas Hall.
The tournament, which begins Thursday and continues through Saturday, brings together 11 schools for the deaf from Southern states. Those 11 schools rotate as hosts, meaning this is the first time since 2002 that KSD has hosted the girls MDT.
There will be 17 games over three days, culminating with the championship game at 8 p.m. Saturday. Thanks to consolation rounds, each team is guaranteed at least two games. There are also social events for the players, as well as for their parents, coaches and alumni.
KSD has won the tournament five times, winning annually from 1990-93 and once more in 1995, but the Colonels don’t figure to be a contender for the championship this year. At 0-16, they are one of two winless teams in the field and are seeded last in the field. They’ll play their first-round game at 8:45 a.m. Thursday against sixth-seeded Tennessee School for the Deaf, then play again either Thursday afternoon (if they win) or Friday morning (if they lose).
Tickets are $7 per session, with passes available for all three days, Friday and Saturday or just Saturday at discounted prices.
At the same time, the KSD boys will be playing in the the boys MDT in Staunton, Va. They are 5-11 and seeded fourth, which gives them a first-round bye. They’ll also play TSD, the No. 5 seed, in a quarterfinal at 2:15 p.m. Thursday.
The girls and boys tournament websites offer a wealth of information on each event, from full event schedules, updated brackets and team rosters to directions and ticket details and links to live streaming from the two sites.
The Danville girls will make their first appearance in the All “A” Classic in five years when they play Gallatin County at 6:30 p.m. today in Frankfort.
The 6:30 p.m. game follows a game between Leslie County and Louisville Holy Cross and precedes two other games. Tickets for the four-game session are $10 at the door.
You can also follow the game from afar online with this link to the live audio broadcast of all tournament games. In addition, The All “A” home page also has an updated tournament bracket and will post box scores shortly after games are completed.
Danville (11-6) brings a three-game winning streak into its 6:30 p.m. game, with wins over Garrard County, Monticello and Somerset, the last two in its All “A” regional. Prior to that, the Lady Admirals lost four straight to Mercer, Lincoln, Woodford and Boyle counties.
Gallatin (17-2) has won 11 consecutive games since a Dec. 21 loss to Madison Central. The Lady Wildcats defeated Carroll County, Trimble County and Williamstown in their All “A” regional and have beaten Oldham County and Holmes since. Their ledger includes one win over a 12th Region team, a 74-50 victory over Pulaski County.
Danville is making its fourth trip to the All “A.” The Lady Admirals’ only win in four previous trips was in 2011, when they rallied from 20 points down to defeat Walton-Verona and advance to teh quarterfinals. Here’s their tournament history:
- 2004: lost to Louisville Holy Cross 62-46.
- 2006: lost to Trimble County 55-43.
- 2008: lost to Middlesboro 54-49.
- 2011: def. Walton-Verona 55-54; lost to Newport Central Catholic 67-47.
Gallatin is in the tournament for the first time since 2009, when it reached the quarterfinals.
Visit amnews.com late this evening for a report on tonight’s game.
Advance tickets for the Danville girls’ first-round game in the All “A” Classic will go on sale Tuesday morning at the school office. Tickets will be sold to the players’ immediate family members from 8-9 a.m. and to the general public beginning at 9 a.m.
Advance tickets are $8; tickets sold at the arena will cost $10.
Danville plays Gallatin County at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at Frankfort Convention Center. The winner will play a quarterfinal game at 11:30 a.m. Friday against Leslie County or Louisville Holy Cross.
Four Advocate-area basketball teams will be part of the nine-game Coaches vs. Cancer Showcase on Saturday at East Jessamine.
There are five girls games, including games involving Garrard County and Lincoln County, followed by three boys games, including games featuring Boyle County and Lincoln.
Coaches vs. Cancer Showcase
At East Jessamine
Grant County vs. Garrard County, 10 a.m.
Madison Southern vs. Russell County, 11:30 a.m.
Moore vs. Letcher County Central, 1 p.m.
Boone County vs. Lincoln County, 2:30 p.m.
East Jessamine vs. Taylor County, 4 p.m.
Bullitt Central vs. East Jessamine, 5:30 p.m.
Madison Southern vs. Boyle County, 7 p.m.
Woodford County vs. Lincoln County, 8:30 p.m.
(CORRECTION: The drawing is next Friday, Jan. 25.)
Pairings for the boys and girls state basketball tournaments will be drawn during the live draw show at 1 p.m.
Friday Jan. 25. The show will air on CWKYT (Ch. 27.2 or Time Warner ch. 99) and online at www.khsaa.tv.
The Boys Sweet Sixteen is March 6-10 in Lexington; the Girls Sweet Sixteen is March 13-16 in Bowling Green.
Tonight’s girls and boys first-round doubleheader in the 12th Region All “A” Classic between Danville and Monticello have been postponed due to the threat of winter weather.
The games have been rescheduled for the same times Wednesday (girls at 6 p.m., boys at 8 p.m.) at Burgin.
The winners will advance to play the Somerset girls and boys in the finals Friday. The finals will now be played at Somerset because both Somerset teams defeated host Burgin in Monday’s first-round games.
The Danville boys and Somerset girls will be defending their titles in the 12th Region All “A” Classic this week.
Burgin will host the tournament, which will be played as a series of girls-boys doubleheaders Monday, Tuesday and Friday. If the Burgin boys and girls lose their first-round games, Friday’s finals will move to Somerset.
Burgin, Danville, Monticello and Somerset are playing for berths in the statewide All “A” Classic, which will be played Jan. 23-27 in Frankfort. The 12th Region girls champion will play a first-round game against 8th Region representative Gallatin County in the at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 23; the 12th Region boys winner will play the 9th Region representative at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 24.
Here is the regional schedule:
12th Region All “A” Classic
Monday, Jan. 14
Somerset (12-5) vs. Burgin (5-9), 8 p.m.
Tuesday, Jan. 15
Monticello (1-15) vs. Danville (5-11), 8 p.m.
At Burgin or Somerset
Friday, Jan. 18
Semifinal winners, 8 p.m.
Monday, Jan. 14
Somerset (7-11) vs. Burgin (11-8), 6 p.m.
Tuesday, Jan. 15
Monticello (3-16) vs. Danville (9-6), 6 p.m.
At Burgin or Somerset
Friday, Jan. 18
Semifinal winners, 6 p.m.
Cassidy Martin of the Mercer County girls is ranked fourth in the state in scoring (24.6 points per game) and seventh in free-throw percentage (.851).
Emily Fox of the Lincoln County girls (tied for ninth in 3-point goals per game) and Adam Turner of the Kentucky School for the Deaf boys (11th in rebounding) are also among the individual leaders. The Burgin, Danville, Lincoln and Mercer girls appear in the team rankings.
The rankings will be updated weekly through the end of the regular season.
Garrett Caudill of Garrard County and Michael Jones of Danville will play in the National Guard Border Bowl all-star game Saturday in Williamsburg.
The two are among 53 players on the roster for the Kentucky all-stars, who will play against a team of stars from Tennessee in the sixth annual Border Bowl at noon Saturday at Cumberlands’ James H. Taylor II Stadium.
The Kentucky squad will be coached by Tom Larkey of Harlan County. Complete rosters and other information about the game can be found on its website.
Tennessee has won four of the first five games in the all-star series.