Sports Weekly presented by Toyota of Hopkinsville airs at 5:08 this evening on Newstalk 95.3 FM/1230 AM WHOP. Todd Hamilton’s guests include Christian County Chamber of Commerce president Carter Hendricks with an update on the Hoptown Hoppers baseball team and previews of the 8th district basketball championship games.
High School Basketball
8th district girls: For only the second time in school history, University Heights has advanced to the championship game following a 61-55 win over Christian County.
Dannika Prater led a trio of double figure scorers for the Lady Blazers with 28, Denayia Holmes added 13 and Cache Richardson pitched in 11. Christian County got 20 points from Martessia Williams and 13 from Jamesha Mosley. UHA improved to 22-5 with the win and Christian County closes the season 14-14.
Hopkinsville defeated Fort Campbell 65-36 in the other semifinal game. Christy Soldo led Hopkinsville with 20 points, Haley Cook added 19. Fort Campbell was led in scoring by Jenna Caracillo with 13. Hopkinsville improves to 27-4, while Fort Campbell finishes 4-18 on the season.
5th district girls: Livingston Central defeated Crittenden County 61-32, Lyon County over Trigg County 55-40.
6th district boys: Webster County defeated Union County 52-44.
7th district: Girls—Caldwell County over Dawson Springs 63-48 Boys—Madisonville defeated Dawson Springs 81-24.
13th district: Girls---Russellville defeated Logan County 47-39 Boys—Russellville over Franklin Simpson 55-50.
6th district girls championship at Henderson County: Henderson County meets Webster County.
Top ranked Kentucky had one of its toughest tests of the season, but rallied from a 13 point halftime deficit with a 20-4 second half run to beat Mississippi State 73-64.
Michael Kidd-Gilchrist led five players in double figures with 18, Anthony Davis added 13, Darius Miller had 12 and Terrence Jones and Doron Lamb each had 11. Kentucky is now 27-1 on the season and 13-0 in the SEC and will host Vanderbilt Saturday, with pre game coverage at 9:30 on Lite 98.7.
A reminder, Coach John Calipari’s call in show and Big Blue Insider air beginning at 5 this evening on Lite 98.7.
Tonight’s games: SEC action has LSU at Georgia, Tennessee meets Ole Miss and Vanderbilt meets South Carolina.
Women’s action has Western Kentucky taking on Arkansas State.
Officials with the Franklin American Music City Bowl say last year’s game between Mississippi State and Wake Forest generated a 22 point two million dollar economic impact to Nashville. The Tennessean reports almost 37-thousand fans came to Nashville for the game, which generated over 25-thousand hotel room nights.
The close proximity of the schools also aided in boosting attendance and monetary impact. Last year’s game was the best showing since 2007, when the Kentucky-Florida State game produced a reported 27 point one million dollar impact.
Mike Fisher came up big for the Nashville Predators with a goal and two assists in aiding the Preds to a 3-1 win over Vancouver. The victory was the third for the Predators in four games. Nashville hosts St. Louis tomorrow night at seven, a game you can hear on Newstalk 95.3 FM/1230 AM WHOP.