High School Basketball results from Thursday
Boys: Hopkinsville trailed Paducah Tilghman by six at halftime, then went on a 20-0 run to defeat the Blue Tornado 78-66 at the Paducah Tilghman Christmas Classic. Jordan Majors led the Tigers with 20 points. In all, five Tigers were in double figure scoring. Hopkinsville is now 9-1 on the season.
Elsewhere: University Heights lost to Oakland, TN 47-38 at the Apollo-Kentucky 811 Holiday Classic, Trigg County won two games at the Kentucky Machine and Engineering Christmas Classic—defeating Todd Central 74-58 and Crittenden County 62-42. Murray High edged Stewart County, TN 52-51.
Marshall County defeated Madisonville 75-56 and Warren Central beat Union County 93-55 at the Hancock Bank/Brand 40 Classic, Graves County over Russellville 59-43 at the Hardee’s Classic, Franklin Simpson defeated Webster County 56-51 at the Rafferty’s Holiday Classic.
Girls: Christian County lost to Monroe County 74-37 at the Republic Bank Holiday Classic, Trigg County defeated Dawson Springs 62-55 and Hickman County 57-52 at the Kentucky Machine and Engineering Classic, where Caldwell County lost to Heath 48-43. Dawson Springs lost to Heath 50-43.
Madisonville lost to Bourbon County 34-33 and defeated Warren Central 42-38 at the Hancock Bank/Brand 40 Classic, Calloway County over Lexington, TN 53-49 at the Heritage Bank Hardwood Classic, Todd Central defeated Wayne County 58-39 and lost to Henderson County 60-41 at the Mustang Christmas Classic, where Muhlenberg County edged Ohio County 53-51 and Henderson County won over Harlan 42-39.
Boys: At the Kentucky Machine and Engineering Classic—Trigg County meets Stewart County, TN, Todd Central plays two games against Stewart County, TN and Crittenden County, Murray faces Crittenden County.
Warren Central meets Marshall County and Madisonville plays Union County at the Hancock Bank/Brand 40 Classic, Russellville plays Warren East at the Hardee’s Classic.
Girls: Christian County meets Meade County at the Republic Bank Holiday Classic, at the Kentucky Machine and Engineering Classic—Trigg County meets Heath, Caldwell County plays Hickman County and Dawson Springs faces Hickman County.
3rd ranked Kentucky improved to 11-1 on the season with an 87-63 win over Loyola-MD Thursday at Rupp Arena. Freshman Kyle Wiltjer led Kentucky with 24 points off the bench on 7-11 shooting. Fellow freshman Anthony Davis had his fifth double-double of the season with 15 points and 11 rebounds. A third rookie—Michael Kidd-Gilchrist added 15 and senior Darius Miller pitched in 13. Kentucky returns to action next Wednesday hosting Lamar, with pre game coverage at 6 on Lite 98.7.
LSU defeated North Texas 67-58. Anthony Hickey, Jr. did not score, but had four steals in 22 minutes of play.
Tonight’s games: In state rivals Louisville and Western Kentucky meet at the KFC Yum Center. It will be the ninth time in five years that former high school stars George Fant—now of Western and formerly of Warren Central and Chane Behanan—now of Louisville, formerly of Bowling Green High will meet on the hardwood.
Former Christian County standout Donovan Kates and the Manhattan Jespers meet George Mason, Tennessee takes on East Tennessee.
The Memphis Commercial Appeal reports Jarnell Stokes from Southwind High School has completed his course work for his senior year and is planning to enroll at the University of Tennessee next month. Stokes chose Tennessee over SEC schools Arkansas, Kentucky, Florida and Memphis. If he is declared eligible by the NCAA, he will be able to play for the Vols immediately. Stokes was the 11th ranked prospect in the nation.
University of Kentucky coach Joker Phillips announced Thursday the signing of junior college free safety Kory Brown. Brown comes to Lexington from East Central Community College in Mississippi. Brown was a two year player for East Central and was redshirted this year because of a knee injury. He will enroll in classes at UK in January and participate in spring practice.
Members of the Louisville Cardinals say their game against North Carolina in the Belk Bowl next Tuesday in Charlotte is a trip all about business. Coach Charlie Strong says the players focus has been bolstered by those who played on the team which won the Beef O Brady’s bowl last year.
The Tennessee Titans play the Jacksonville Jaguars at noon tomorrow at LP Field. It’s a must win for the Titans who are fighting for a playoff spot.
Newstalk 95.3 FM/1230 AM WHOP will have a doubleheader of games tomorrow, with Miami and New England airing at 11:30, with San Francisco and Seattle on the air at 3 pm.
The Nashville Predators rallied from a 4-1 deficit at the end of the first period and defeated the Columbus Blue Jackets 6-5 at Bridgestone Arena. Martin Erat had the late game heroics for the Preds, who are in action this evening against the Dallas Stars, with coverage at 7:30 on Newstalk 95.3 FM/1230 AM WHOP.