BOYD COUNTY 53, WEBSTER COUNTY 38
The Lady Lions knocked down 10 3-pointers as they gained their first ever Sweet 16 win in seven tries.
Boyd was led by three in double figures, paced by Savannah Wheeler’s 14 points and followed by Payton Shears with 12 and Harley Paynter with 11.
Despite struggling from the field in the contest, going 14-of-46, the 30 points from beyond the arc proved to be the difference maker for the Lady Lions. The Lady Trojans, making their first state tournament appearance since 1998, struggled from the field as well, hitting just 14-of-36 shots and 4-of-15 from 3-point land. Webster County was paced by Jamie Winstead with 12 points followed by Jesscia Winders with 11.
Trailing 10-8 after a quarter of play, the Lady Lions went on a 15-4 run in the second to take a 23-14 lead into half. That lead dwindled down to 32-29 after three before Boyd brought it in the fourth, outscoring Webster 21-9.
Boyd County will take on DuPont Manual, Friday at 8 p.m.
MERCY 85, KNOTT COUNTY CENTRAL 56
The Jaguars put up the most points and claimed the highest margin of victory in the first round with a 29-point thumping of the Lady Patriots.
Sophomore Taziah Jenks poured in 31 points as Mercy was just too much for Knott Central, recording 17 steals and forcing 27 steals in the victory.
The two were headed for a shootout by halftime, with Mercy holding a 46-40 advantage. They’d start to separate in the third but outscoring Knott 21-7 to take a 20-point lead into the fourth.
The Jaguars went 16-of-20 from the free throw line to help seal the deal in the first round victory.
Mercy moves on to face the Ryle/Simon Kenton winner, Friday at 6:30 p.m.
The Lady Patriots were led by Jada Higgins with 13 points. Kamry Thornsberry and Allie O’Hair each added 11.
DUPONT MANUAL 60, SCOTT COUNTY 45
The Lady Crimsons avenged an earlier season loss against the Cardinals by stifling them defensively.
Scott County had knocked off Manual, 76-53 back on January 11, but the Lady Crimsons held the Cardinals in check, holding them to their second lowest point total of the season.
During their 10-game winning streak, most notably Manual has knocked off two of the top five teams in the state in their last two, winning the 7th Region title game over Sacred Heart and now Scott County.
In the win they were led by Jaela Johnson’s 23 points. Nila Blackford was key in the Lady Crimsons outrebounding the Cardinals 44-35 with 11 points and 11 rebounds.
Scott County was paced by Juliette Smith’s 17 points, who ended a 21-game winning streak in the loss.
Manual moves on to face Boyd County, Friday night at 8 p.m.
RYLE VS SIMON KENTON (LATE)
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