High School Basketball
Boys 2nd region semifinals: Hopkinsville advanced to the championship game with a 66-54 win over Henderson County. The Tigers had a quartet of players score in double digits, led by Jordan Majors with 16, Robert Bell added 14 and Tre Edwards and Jaqualis Matlock had 12 each. Henderson County was led by Rick Armstead’s 15 points. Hopkinsville is 31-2 on the season, while Henderson County finishes 18-15.
Christian County saw its season come to an end as the Colonels lost to Madisonville 70-56. CJ Cotton led Christian County and all scorers with 25 points, followed by Korey Mosley with 12. Madisonville had three players in double figures led by Jawan Combs with 19, Daylyn Jones added 16 and Cameron Tandy pitched in 13. Christian County finishes the season 9-22, while Madisonville improves to 23-8.
4th region semifinals: Bowling Green defeated Russell County 66-56 and Warren Central defeated Glasgow 72-66 in overtime.
1st region semifinals: Marshall County defeated Fulton City 49-30 and Paducah Tilghman drilled St. Mary 70-56.
3rd region final: Apollo punched its ticket to Rupp Arena with a 64-62 win over Muhlenberg County.
2nd region final: Hopkinsville meets Madisonville at 7 in Maroon Gym, with the Heritage Bank pre game show at 6:45 on Newstalk 95.3 FM/1230 AM WHOP.
4th region final: Bowling Green meets Warren Central in EA Diddle Arena.
1st region final: Marshall County goes against Paducah Tilghman at the CFSB Center.
Western Kentucky has played its way into the championship game of the Sun Belt Conference tournament with a 67-63 win over Denver. Freshman George Fant led the Hilltoppers with 19 points, followed by Khalil McDonald off the bench with 14. The Hilltoppers—who have won five games in a row face North Texas at 6 this evening.
Kentucky stays number one in both the ESPN/USA Today coaches poll and the Associated Press poll, while Louisville drops out of both polls this week. Murray State is ranked 10th in the ESPN poll and 11th in the AP poll.
Kentucky’s Anthony Davis was named the SEC freshman of the week Monday. Davis averaged 15 and a half points, ten rebounds and four blocks in wins last week over Georgia and Florida. It’s the sixth time Davis has won the award this season.
Meanwhile, Tennessee freshman Jarnell Stokes was named the SEC player of the week. Stokes shot 76 percent from the field and averaged 14 and a half points, 10 and a half rebounds and three blocks in wins last week over LSU and Vanderbilt.
University of Kentucky freshman and former Christian County standout Griffin Joiner has been named the SEC freshman of the week. Joiner hit .571 enroute to All Tournament team honors in the Ragin Cajun Invitational hosted by Louisiana Lafayette. Joiner went 8-14 in the tournament and had three hits in one game. Joiner is the first Wildcat to receive SEC freshman of the week honors since 2009.
The Tennessean reports the Tennessee Titans have used the franchise tag on safety Michael Griffin. This means the team and cornerback Courtland Finnegan will part ways. Finnegan says he was told by the Titans there would be no contract before March 13th, the day he becomes a free agent. Finnegan spent six seasons with the Titans and was one of the team’s most popular players.
The Nashville Predators look to extend a streak started in early January, having not lost a game in regulation on home ice. The Predators open a three game home stand with the Los Angeles Kings tonight at 7 in Bridgestone Arena.