Thursday, March 22, 2001

Kentucky Sweet Sixteen roundup

Allen County-Scottsville breaks thorugh

AP Sports Writer

        BOWLING GREEN, Ky. — It's been 22 years since Allen County-Scottsville won a game in the girls state basketball tournament. As coach Garry DeWitt sees it, there's no reason the Region 4 champion Lady Patriots (26-6) can't keep it going.

        “What a great win for our program,” DeWitt said following his squad's 61-43 first-round victory Wednesday over Johnson Central. “I'm so happy for these girls and this community that we could finally win one in the state tournament.

        “Now that we've got the first one taken care of, we can focus on going even further.”

        Allen County, which last won a state tournament game in 1979, advanced to take on Region 7 champion Manual (25-6), a 75-51 winner over Bishop Brossart, in Friday's quarterfinals.

        Friday's other early quarterfinal game will pit Region 3 champion Muhlenberg North (31-3), a 61-53 winner over Scott County, against Region 5 champion Hart County (25-9), a 51-39 winner over defending state champion West Carter.

        Thursday's first-round games include Region 6 champion Presentation (25-6) vs. Region 13 champion Jackson County (33-1); Region 11 champion Lexington Catholic (28-4) vs. Region 1 champion Marshall County (25-5); Region 12 champion Lincoln County (27-5) vs. Region 2 champion Henderson County (24-8); and Region 14 champion Perry County Central (28-3) vs. Region 9 champion Highlands (23-8).

        Stacy Felchner scored 26 points and Erin Brown had 11 for Allen County, which fell to Hart County and Assumption in first-round games the past two seasons.

        The Lady Patriots scored the first 10 points of the second half to go up 42-32 and were not challenged the rest of the way. Allen County led 48-36 after three quarters and by as many as 19, 55-36, midway through the final period.

        Emma Burke made 4-of-5 3-pointers and finished with 15 points to lead Region 15 champion Johnson Central (30-4), which has lost in the first round in each of its five state tournament appearances.

        Allen County shot 58 percent while holding Johnson Central to only 29 percent. The Lady Patriots also outrebounded the Lady Eagles 33-22, forced 13 turnovers and allowed only 11 second-half points.

        Jade Perry scored 18 points and 12 rebounds, and Holly Mills had 17 points in Muhlenberg North's come-from-behind victory over Region 8 champion Scott County (25-6).

        Both teams shot just under 40 percent, but Muhlenberg North outrebounded Scott County 39-35 and made 18-of-28 free throws while the Lady Cardinals made only 7-of-9.

        Down 29-26 early in the third quarter, a 10-2 run put Muhlenberg North on top for the first time, 36-31, with 2:50 remaining. Following back-to-back putbacks by Erin Brown, a 10-2 run put the Stars up 46-37 entering the final period.

        “They did a great job defending us and really made us play hard,” Muhlenberg North coach Mike Harper said. “They had a great game plan, but thankfully we got it going a little bit in the third quarter.”

        Brown scored Scott County's first nine points of the quarter to pull the Lady Cardinals within 49-46 with 4:20 to play. But a 9-2 Muhlenberg North run over the next two minutes put the game out of reach for good.

        Brown scored 24 points and grabbed 13 rebounds, and Stacey Tackett had 11 points to lead the Lady Cardinals, the 1995 state champions.

        Stephanie Isaacs scored 17 points and grabbed 12 rebounds in Hart County's victory over West Carter.

        Laura Shelton had 12 points and Krystal Gardner added 10 points and 15 rebounds for the Lady Raiders, who avenged last year's loss to the Comets in the state quarterfinals.

        Hart County shot 40 percent and held West Carter, who made nearly 48 percent of its shots coming into the game, to only 26 percent. The Lady Raiders also outrebounded the Comets 45-32 and forced 10 turnovers.

        “Good defense is hard to beat,” Hart County coach Tommy Adams said. “We did some business out there tonight on the defensive end.”

        Megen Gearhart scored 13 points and Kayla Jones added 10 points and 11 rebounds to lead Region 16 champion West Carter (25-4), who beat Shelby County in last year's title game.

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