No Virginia Scott — no problem.
The Somerset Lady Jumpers came into the opening round of the Girl’s 47th District Tournament last night knowing that their leading scorer and top scoring threat Virginia Scott would not be available due to concussion-like symptoms.
Taking on always tough Rockcastle County in a win or go home scenario, Erin Walker’s club needed the rest of the troops to step up, and the Lady Jumpers did just that.
Bethany Edwards scored 15 of her team-high 20 points in the first half, while her running mate — Maranda Mills — scored 17 of her 20 points after the intermission.
The Lady Jumpers got contributions from everybody, and withstood a furious fourth quarter rally by Rockcastle County, upsetting the Lady Rockets by a final count of 56-52.
As a result, Walker’s team punched its ticket to the 12th Regional Tournament for the first time since 2003 — the post-season drought is over.
So coach Walker, do you agree that not many folks outside your locker room gave your club almost no chance of winning tonight?
“No, they didn’t, and they didn’t give us much of a chance since the preseason, and that’s why we’ve worked our tails off this year,” stated a very happy coach Walker after last night’s win.
“We wanted to prove to everyone that they should have given us some credit,” added the SHS coach. “Bethany (Edwards) did not want to go out of here without going to a regional tournament, because she had never done it. She did not want to leave here without going to a region, and it showed tonight with the way she played.”
Indeed, it was Edwards that gave Somerset a big-time lift in the opening half of play.
The senior point guard drained a trio of three-point baskets in the first half, leading her club with 15 points at the intermission.
Back to back treys by Edwards gave Somerset its biggest lead at that time — 23-18 — over The Rock late in the first half.
Late in the third period of play, a trey from Erica Ford extended Somerset’s lead over the Lady Rockets at 31-23, but Rockcastle County’s Michaela Hunter tried to will her club back from the dead.
After an Edwards bucket that extended the margin out to 36-29, a Hunter trey and a basket off a steal by the Lady Rocket senior brought Rockcastle to within a basket of Somerset — 36-34 headed into the fourth quarter of play.
Another basket by Edwards early in the fourth quarter gave Somerset its biggest lead of the game — 48-37 — but Rockcastle County would fight back yet again.
And, it was Hunter leading the way for her club.
The senior guard tallied 15 of her game-high 26 points in the second half, and despite a valiant comeback bid — on this night at least — the Lady Jumpers were not going to be denied a trip to a regional tournament for the first time in 10 long years.
“I think Michaela (Hunter) hit one of her three’s from the volleyball line, and Rockcastle County didn’t give up, and they kept fighting us,” pointed out Walker.
“We kept having to settle the girls down there in the fourth quarter,” remarked the Lady Jumper coach. “We just kept reminding them that they had come this far, and not to let Rockcastle County take this game away from them.”
Back to back treys late in the game from Hunter and Kayla Reynolds pulled the Lady Rockets to within three points of Somerset — 51-48 — but Mills would seal the game from the charity stripe, hitting a pair of big-time free throws giving her club a 55-52 lead with only :03.9 left in the contest.
After a steal by Somerset on the ensuing inbounds pass by Rockcastle County, Edwards hit one of two from the free throw line with just :01 left in the game, giving Somerset the hard-fought, 56-52 victory over Rockcastle County.
Let the celebration begin.
With the win over Rockcastle County, the Lady Jumpers advanced to the championship game of the tournament, which will tip off on Saturday evening at The Briar Patch at 7 p.m. against Casey County.
The Lady Rebels won last night’s opening game, with a resounding 52-27 win over Pulaski County.
Walker says she likes her club’s chances of doing the unthinkable — winning the 47th District title.
“I really like our chances against Casey County, because I think we match up very well with them,” pointed out the Somerset coach.
“They are very fundamentally sound both offensively and defensively, so we do have our work cut out for us,” Walker added. “We’re going to have to come out ready to play on Saturday, but we can do it.”
With the win last night, the Lady Jumpers advanced to next week’s 12th Regional Tournament for the first time since the 2002-’03 season when Judie Mason was at the helm of the Somerset program.
Thanks to the Somerset boy’s victory over Rockcastle County on Wednesday night — both the girl’s and boy’s from Somerset have advanced to their respective regional tournaments for the first time in the same year since all the way back in the 1999-’00 season.
“I think with what our boy’s and girl’s teams have done this year with first-year head coaches leading both programs, it only signifies how good both of these hires were, when we hired coaches (Jeff) Cothron and (Erin) Walker,” stated SHS athletic director Bob Tucker after last night’s contest.
“They have each done a super job with their teams this year, and I couldn’t be any prouder than I am tonight with how strong both of our programs are right now,” Tucker added.
Tonight, the Boy’s 47th District Tournament championship will tip off at 7 p.m., as the homestanding Briar Jumpers will face arch-rival Pulaski County for the third time this season.
Somerset and Pulaski County split their two regular season games this year, each winning on their home court.
Both teams will advance to next week’s 12th Regional Tournament, which gets underway next Monday night at Lincoln County High School.
Tip off for tonight’s game is set for 7 p.m.
RC — 11 10 13 18 — 52
SHS — 13 12 11 20 — 56
ROCKCASTLE CO. — Hunter 26, Eversole 11, Reynolds 7, Coguer 4, Miller 4.
SOMERSET — Edwards 20, Mills 20, Brooks 6, Ford 6, Bigelow 4.
Lady Jumpers advance to 12th Region Tournament for first time in 10 years
No Virginia Scott — no problem.
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Eight is Great!
During last night’s 48th District Softball Championship game, Southwestern had a sign on their dugout wall that read “The third time’s the charm.”
That statement held true for Jim Woodall and the Lady Warriors, as the they defeated McCreary Central when it mattered most, which was in last night’s title game at Wayne County High School.
After falling to the Lady Raiders of McCreary Central twice in their pair of regular season match-ups, Southwestern, with a 12-7 victory last night, tallied their eighth district championship in a row.
Somerset downs Pulaski to claim title
For the last four years Somerset High School and Pulaski County High School have battled it out for the 47th District baseball championship . Counting Tuesday night, three out of the four years the Briar Jumpers have brought back the gold. Somerset defeated the Maroons 7-4.
Of their 7 runs scored, the Briar Jumpers tallied 5 of those runs off homers. Somerset freshman Logan Ramsey hit a three-run homer in the first inning and sophomore Chandler Purcell hit a two-run homer in the sixth inning.
Warriors blast past Wayne Co., 14-9
When Southwestern is hitting the ball solid, they are a very dangerous baseball team.
Wayne County received a first-hand look at just how much damage the Southwestern bats can do on Tuesday evening at Warrior Stadium, as the homestanding Warriors tallied 14 runs on 16 hits in a 14-9 victory over the Cardinals in the 48th District Baseball Championship game.
Lorman, Henderlight keep Pulaski alive
Facing a four-run deficit and down to their last three outs, elimination looked inevitable for the Pulaski County High School baseball team on Monday night in the opening round of the 47th District Baseball Tournament at Charlie Taylor Field.
But a Pulaski last-inning rally capped off by a Henry Lorman bases-loaded clearing double off the left field wall and a Chris Henderlight walk-off RBI base hit propelled the Maroons to a 7-6 comeback win over Rockcastle County High School.
Warriors down Monticello, 11-1
It takes five wins to make it to the Forcht Bank/KHSAA Baseball State Tournament.
The Southwestern Warriors are one-fifth of the way there now, as they took down Monticello in the first round of the 48th District Baseball Tournament on Monday night at Warrior Stadium. With the five-inning, 11-1 victory over the Trojans, the Warriors advanced to the championship game and next week’s regional tournament.
Alex Eaton’s ball club did exactly what they needed to do to make it back to the regional tournament once again. The third-year Southwestern coach is hoping that his squad can come away with the program’s first regional title since 2004.
Lady Warriors advance to finals; looking for 8th straight district title
So far in the 2013 high school softball season, McCreary Central has had their way with Southwestern in their two regular season match-ups.
The Southwestern Lady Warriors will get a chance to get a little revenge against McCreary Central, as the two teams will meet up in the 48th District Softball Championship.
Somerset cruises to 15-1 win over Rebels
After a slow start in the first two innings, the Briar Jumpers put it all together with a 10-run third inning en route to a 15-1 (5 inning) win over Casey County High School in the first round of the 47th District Baseball Tournament at Charlie Taylor Field.
The Rebels scored in their very first at-bats, and the Jumpers countered with a three runs of their own in the bottom half of the first after Jumpers’ junior Charlie Dishman blasted a three-run homer to left field to plate Jacob Pelston and Addison Thompson.
Mills, Cheuvront, Goldson win state titles
Local track and field athletes turned in one of the all-time best efforts at the state level in Saturday’s Class A and Class AAA Kentucky High School Athletic Association State Track and Field Championships at the University of Louisville’s Owsley Frazier Cardinal Park.
Somerset High School garnered two state crowns in the Class A state meet, as junior Cam Cheuvront won the 100-meter dash and sophomore Maranda Mills won her second consecutive triple jump state crown.
Later in the day in the Class AAA state meet, Pulaski County High School junior Jimmy Goldson ran away with the 800-meter state title.
Sammy Jo Bullock places 7th in nation
Shopville Elementary fifth-grader Sammy Jo Bullock fired a 284 in the National Archery in Schools National Championships to place seventh in the girls elementary division. Bullock, who peirced the center circle 16 times, was third n the nation among her fellow fifth-graders.
Pulaski downs Corbin on Senior Night
On Tuesday afternoon at PC Field, the Pulaski County Maroon baseball team bid farewell to Taylor Gover, Eric Jones, Dustin Vaught, Henry Lorman, Tyler Wesley, and Tyler Hail on senior night before Danny Masten’s club took on a Corbin team that had earned a shutout victory over PC earlier in the year.
On Tuesday however, it was the Maroons that would not be denied on senior night, and it was those seniors that lead the way for Masten and company.
Taylor Gover notched two doubles and drove in a career-best six RBI in the game, while fellow senior Henry Lorman hit the first homerun of his varsity career and drove in three more runs.
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