High School Basketball
2nd region girls at Christian County: University Heights saw its season come to an end as the Lady Blazers lost to Livingston Central 66-58. Dannika Prater led UHA with 25 points and Denayia Holmes added 17 as the Lady Blazers end the season 22-7. Livingston Central improves to 22-10 with the win and moves to the semi finals Friday night.
Webster County moves to the semi finals following a 62-41 win over Caldwell County. The Lady Trojans improve to 18-12 on the season, while Caldwell County finishes 16-13.
4th region at WKU: Todd Central defeated Metcalfe County 51-29 to improve to 23-7 on the season. Ariel Johnson led the Lady Rebels with 22 points and Claire Hart had a double-double of 13 points and 13 rebounds. Glasgow defeated Greenwood in the other first round game 53-39.
1st region at Murray State: Lone Oak over Graves County 50-40 and Marshall County defeated Hickman County 84-25.
3rd region at Owensboro Sportscenter: Grayson County over Owensboro Catholic 60-43 and Hancock County edged Ohio County 60-56.
2nd region: Hopkinsville plays Madisonville for the third time this season. The Lady Tigers have won both regular season meetings and bring a 28-4 record into the game, while the Lady Maroons are 11-21. Tip off at 6, with the Heritage Bank pre game show at 5:45 on Newstalk 95.3 FM/1230 AM WHOP and whopam.com.
Tonight’s second game has Henderson County 24-3 on the season meeting Lyon County who is 15-16, with tonight’s winners to play in the second semifinal game Friday night.
4th region: Bowling Green meets Russellville, while Russell County goes against Monroe County.
1st region: Carlisle County meets Murray and Paducah Tilghman plays Ballard Memorial.
3rd region: Meade County meets Daviess County and Muhlenberg County goes against Edmonson County.
Tonight’s game: In the SEC—Vanderbilt meets 13th ranked Florida.
Kentucky freshman Michael Kidd-Gilchrist has caused quite a media stir after telling reporters following Saturday’s win over Vanderbilt he plans to stay in school after this year. The Courier Journal reports some NBA draft experts have Kidd-Gilchrist as high as the third pick in the first round if he comes out after this season. Most draft experts are impressed with Kidd-Gilchrist’s play except for one area, lack of a perimeter game.
Coach John Calipari says Kidd-Gilchrist has to convince him why he would want to stay another year at Kentucky.
By the way, Kidd-Gilchrist and fellow freshman Anthony Davis swept the SEC player and freshman of the week honors this week for the second time this season.
Kentucky remained number one in this week’s ESPN/USA Today coaches poll and the Associated Press polls. Murray State moved to ninth in the ESPN poll, 12th in the AP poll, with Louisville 18th in the ESPN poll and 19th in the AP poll.
Western Kentucky University is pondering the future of its women’s basketball program. The Bowling Green Daily News reported Monday, athletics director Ross Bjork will make a complete evaluation of the program following the season. The story stated Bjork stopped short of commenting on coach Mary Taylor Cowles’s future.
The Lady Toppers have lost 20 games for the first time in the program’s history and have a losing record at home this season. Western faces Louisiana-Monroe in the first round of the women’s Sun Belt Conference tournament Saturday in Hot Springs, Arkansas.
The Courier Journal reports University of Kentucky linebacker Ridge Wilson was dismissed from the team Monday following his weekend arrest in Louisville on drug charges. A UK spokesman says coach Joker Phillips would have no further comment other than to confirm Wilson had been dismissed from the team.
Meanwhile, the Wildcats have hired a new wide receivers coach. Veteran assistant coach Pat Washington has been hired to replace Tee Martin, who recently left to go work at Southern California. Washington has coached at several schools, most recently at Southern Mississippi. His other stops include Tennessee and Mississippi State.
The Nashville Predators held off the Los Angeles Kings 2-1 Monday night at Bridgestone Arena. The Predators play at the Carolina Hurricanes this evening.
The Predators were also busy on the final day of the NHL trade deadline, acquiring forward Andrei Kostitsyn from Montreal and Paul Gaustad from Buffalo.
The Hoptown Hoppers are continuing to prepare for their first season in the Ohio Valley League. Christian County Chamber of Commerce president Carter Hendricks says the team is looking for families to host this year’s players. Hendricks adds those who host players will be given season passes to attend the Hoppers home games. If you need more information, you can contact Hendricks at 348-6226.
Hendricks also says there is the possibility of two more former local high school players joining the team. Former UHA player Matt McGowan will be playing for the Hoppers this season.