The playoffs are here, so that means it’s win or go home (except in Kentucky’s district championships).
Several athletes willed their teams to victory with the season on the line last week. Mason County’s Leevi Dunaway and Malkolm Devine each posted huge totals in the 39th District Tournament to claim the Co-Player of the Week honors on the boys’ side, while Emma Taylor was a big part of the Lady Royals’ 39th District championship. The Peebles girls’ basketball team also posted a memorable win to claim the team Performance of the Week.
The Royals opened the week and the 39th District tournament with an 82-61 win over Augusta. Dunaway poured in 38 points and grabbed eight rebounds to lead Mason County, while Devine chipped in with 15 points and two rebounds. Devine, who has provided a spark after joining the Royals’ rotation midway through the season, tossed in a career-high 29 points during the 39th District championship game against Bracken County, which Mason County won, 74-42. The Royals led, 32-22, at the half, before pulling away with the help of 20 second-half points from Devine. Dunaway added 14 points and each grabbed three rebounds in the win.
Taylor led Mason County in two blowout wins for the Lady Royals’ fourth straight 39th District championship. The freshman had 12 points and seven rebounds in a 74-29 win over Augusta in the semifinals and added 16 points and three rebounds in a 71-21 win over Bracken County in the championship game.
The Peebles girls’ basketball team took down Federal Hocking, 54-33, in an OHSAA Division IV Southeast district semifinal game to earn a berth in their first district championship since 1998, according to assistant coach Brett Justice. The team finished as the Division III state-runner up in the 1997-1998 season. Jacey Justice followed a 23 point performance in a 60-41 win over Western in the sectional final on March 17 with 22 points in the district semifinal win a week later. The freshman went 8-of-10 from the field and knocked down both 3-pointers she attempted. She also added six rebounds and two assists. McKinlee Ryan finished with nine points, while Baylee Justice had six and Matti Nichols had five. Peebles will take on No. 1 Notre Dame in the district final on Thursday at Jackson High School. The game is scheduled to begin at 8:15 p.m.