Sports Weekly presented by Toyota of Hopkinsville at 5:08 this evening on Newstalk 95.3 FM/1230 AM WHOP. Todd Hamilton’s guests include ESPN.com senior writer Gene Wojciechowski on his new book: The Last Great Game, Duke vs. Kentucky and the 2.1 Seconds that Changed Basketball, Trigg County boys basketball coach Mike Wright and UHA girls basketball coach Taylor Sparks.
High School Basketball
Boys 2nd region All A Classic
University Heights kept its undefeated streak in first round regional play intact with a 54-38 win over Lyon County. The Blazers jumped out to a 21-2 lead after the first period and never looked back. Austin Byrum led the Blazers with 14, while Dashjon Brown added 10 points. UHA is now 9-7 on the season and moves to the semifinals Friday night.
The Blazers will face Trigg County who defeated Dawson Springs 92-52. Webster County defeated Caldwell County 81-35 and Livingston Central edged Crittenden County 53-51.
Elsewhere: Hopkinsville won its 10th consecutive game 74-46 over Lone Oak, Christian County lost at Bowling Green 65-52, Heritage Christian Academy got a game winning shot from Nathan Workman in defeating Majesty 59-57.
Madisonville rolled over Union County 73-38, Logan County over Allen County Scottsville 65-50, Ohio County defeated Muhlenberg County 58-48, Daviess County over Henderson County 62-51, Paducah Tilghman over Madison, IL 58-52, Franklin Simpson over Greenwood 45-41, Warren Central nipped South Warren 47-45 and Warren East defeated Apollo 59-52 also in overtime.
Girls: Hopkinsville defeated Marshall County 60-49, Bowling Green over Christian County 50-43, Ohio County defeated Madisonville 63-47, Allen County Scottsville over Logan County 41-19, Henderson County over Evansville North 67-45, Paducah Tilghman defeated Massac County, IL 56-49, Daviess County over Union County 56-51, Franklin Simpson defeated Greenwood 58-51, Warren Central over South Warren 42-30.
Boys: Ballard Memorial meets Fulton City in the 1st region All A Tournament
Girls: Todd Central plays Glasgow and Russellville meets Monroe County in the 4th region All A tournament.
Freshman Anthony Davis set the school record for blocks in a season and had a career high 27 points as 2nd ranked Kentucky rolled over Arkansas 86-63. The Wildcats won their 10th straight game and extended the nation’s longest home winning streak to 46 games. Alabama is next for Kentucky Saturday, with pre game coverage at 9:30 am on Lite 98.7.
Anthony Hickey, Jr. had a team high 16 points, seven rebounds and six assists as LSU defeated Auburn 65-58 in overtime. The Tigers improved to 12-6 on the season and 2-2 in the SEC.
Tonight’s games: 10th ranked Murray State is at Morehead State in Ohio Valley Conference action, and in the SEC, Tennessee meets Georgia.
Vanderbilt coach Kevin Stallings is calling for Kentucky to have the same SEC scheduling standards as the rest of the teams in the league. According to a story in the Tennessean, Stallings is not bothered by having a one day rest break between a Thursday game at Alabama and a Saturday home game with Mississippi State, but wants to know why Kentucky is not playing a Thursday-Saturday swing for the second straight season. The Wildcats play four games against SEC opponents coming off Thursday games.
Former Western Kentucky basketball coach Ken McDonald says he disagrees with his firing, but wasn’t surprised. McDonald told the Bowling Green Daily News in a story Tuesday he would have done a ton of things differently and says it was a learning experience. McDonald also says he has reached out to a number of people concerning future employment. McDonald was fired January 6th and replaced on an interim basis by assistant Ray Harper.
McDonald also issued a statement to the media via email saying he appreciated the opportunity to be WKU’s coach and says he will hold the school dear and adds he hopes the freshman class can stay together and says if they do, they can be a special group for WKU.
The Nashville Predators saw their five game winning streak end as the New York Rangers got a 3-0 shutout at Madison Square Garden. The Predators are back in action Thursday night at Columbus.