Girls Sweet 16
The Hopkinsville Lady Tigers won their first ever game in the Houchens Industries/KHSAA Girls Sweet 16 in defeating 1st region winner Marshall County 56-52.
Hoptown was led by Christy Soldo’s 24 points, with Haley Cook adding 12 for the 32-4 Lady Tigers. Marshall County was led by Mariah McKenty’s 15 points in finishing 27-9.
Hopkinsville is in the quarterfinal round this evening against second ranked Marion County of the 5th region, who defeated Walton Verona 58-49. The Lady Knights will also bring a 32-4 record into tonight’s game which tips at 6:30, with the Heritage Bank pre game show at 6:10 on Newstalk 95.3 FM/1230 AM WHOP and whopam.com.
In the Thursday evening games: Magoffin County defeated Ashland Blazer 63-59 and Lincoln County beat Clay County 56-50 in the second overtime game of the tournament. Magoffin County and Lincoln County will play in the evening’s second quarterfinal game.
This afternoon’s quarterfinal games will have Butler meeting Dunbar at noon, with Manual and Montgomery County to play in the second game.
High School Baseball
Hopkinsville’s season opening game with Henderson County was rained out Thursday and today’s game with Madisonville has been postponed because of the Girls Sweet 16 game this evening. It will be rescheduled for a later date.
Elsewhere on the baseball schedule today: Russellville travels to Greenwood.
Top seeded Kentucky will face LSU in its first game of the SEC Tournament at noon today in New Orleans. The Tigers defeated Arkansas 70-54 in first round action Thursday. Former Christian County standout Anthony Hickey scored seven points, had seven assists and grabbed three rebounds in the win. Pre game coverage for UK-LSU is at 10:30 this morning on Lite 98.7.
Other games in the SEC Tournament Thursday: Alabama defeated South Carolina 63-57 and will face Florida today, Ole Miss over Auburn 68-54, with the Rebels meeting Tennessee this evening and Georgia over Mississippi State 71-61, with the Bulldogs to face Vanderbilt this evening.
The Louisville Cardinals forced ninth ranked Marquette into a season high 26 turnovers in a 84-71 in the quarterfinals of the Big East tournament in New York. Kyle Kuric scored 20 points for the Cards, followed by Peyton Siva’s 18 and Chane Behanan pitched in 12. The Cardinals face 23rd ranked Notre Dame in semifinal action this evening.
Western Kentucky University relieved Lady Topper coach Mary Taylor Cowles of her duties on Thursday. Athletics director Ross Bjork in a statement thanked Cowles for her 10 years of service as head coach and for her 21 year association with Lady Topper basketball. Cowles was 199-119 in her 10 seasons as head coach.
Western had 21 losses this season, the most ever for a Lady Topper team and finished without a winning record at home for the first time in 32 seasons. Bjork also said moving forward, the school must restore confidence, public support and energy into the women’s program. The search for Cowles’ replacement will begin immediately.
Murray State fans are invited to come to the CFSB Center to watch the NCAA bound Racers in a scrimmage Saturday. The team will scrimmage from 11:45-12:30 and then sign autographs for fans. Fans are also invited to the Racer Dance Party, which begins at 3 Sunday afternoon at the CFSB Center.
Austin Peay puts a four game winning streak on the line this weekend in hosting the Riverview Inn Classic, meeting Northern Illinois, Dayton and Arkansas State in the round robin event. The Governors first meet Northern Illinois at 5 this afternoon.
Murray State’s baseball team opens a weekend series with Purdue at Reagan Field this afternoon, with first pitch at 2 pm.
Western Kentucky plays its final non conference series this weekend hosting Western Illinois. The opener is tonight at 6 at Nick Denes Field. Former Hopkinsville High hurler Justin Hageman will start game two of the series tomorrow afternoon at 1 pm.
Kentucky led by former Christian County standout and SEC freshman of the week Griffin Joiner opens SEC play this weekend hosting Alabama. The first game of the series is this evening.
Murray State plays at Tennessee State in Ohio Valley Conference action Saturday, while Austin Peay hosts Tennessee Tech in a doubleheader Saturday afternoon.
The Nashville Predators defeated the Colorado Avalanche 4-2 Thursday night at Bridgestone Arena. The Predators are back in action tomorrow night, hosting the Detroit Red Wings at 7, a game you can hear on Newstalk 95.3 FM/1230 AM WHOP.
Nashville’s Brandt Snedeker fired a three over par 75 at the first round of the WGC-Cadillac Championship Thursday in Miami. Adam Scott and Jason Dufner share the lead at six under 66.