District schedule begins as new year gets started

Published 9:12 am Thursday, January 5, 2017

Mercer County (11-4) at Burgin (3-6)

Boys basketball, 7:30 p.m. Thursday

Last five games: Mercer County 4-1; Burgin 3-2

Last meeting: Mercer County, 84-41 (Feb. 23)

MERCER COUNTY TITANS

Junior Trevon Faulkner averages nearly 22 points per game. … The Titans have won nine of their games by double figures. … They’ve won seven of their last eight games, dating back to the start of their Clash of the TItans tournament on Dec. 17.

BURGIN BULLDOGS

After starting the season with six straight losses, the Bulldogs have won three straight games. … Their wins have come by a total of 42 points, including an 80-53 win over Silver Grove. … This is the first of three games in three days, with a home game against Piarist School on Friday before traveling to Fort Knox on Saturday.

Crunch time: The Titans are 5-1 against 12th Region opponents this year. … This is Burgin’s first game against a 12th Region opponent this season. … Twelve players have played in at least 12 games for Mercer.

Boyle County (6-7) at Garrard County (7-4)

Girls basketball, 6 p.m. Friday

Last five games: Boyle County 2-3; Garrard County 3-2

Last meeting: Boyle County, 53-49 (Feb. 10)

BOYLE COUNTY REBELS

Senior Emmie Harris averages 26.5 points and 3.7 rebounds. … Danielle Roney leads the team with 9.2 rebounds per game, adding 9.0 points. … In back-to-back wins over Lexington Christian and Lexington Catholic, Harris put up 54 points. … Harris scored 46 points on 63 percent shooting in two games against the Lions last season.

GARRARD COUNTY GOLDEN LIONS

In their last game, a win over South Laurel, Neek Hocker and Sis Logan each had double-doubles. Logan had 22 points and 10 rebounds while Hocker added 18 and 10. … Maddy Day, Sam Adams and Hocker all average double figure points while Logan comes in at 9.8 ppg.

Crunch time: The Rebels have won seven straight in the series by nearly 18 points per game. … Harris is averaging 20.7 points per game over the last three seasons.

Boyle County (6-8) at Garrard County (3-9)

Boys basketball, 7:30 p.m. Friday

Last five games: Boyle County 2-3; Garrard County 1-4

Last meeting: Garrard County, 65-60 (Feb. 11)

BOYLE COUNTY REBELS

The Rebels are shooting nearly 33 percent from 3-point range. Bryce Slone is hitting at a 40-percent clip (38-of-94). … Slone leads the team with 20.6 points per game. … They’re hitting 71 percent from the free throw line.

GARRARD COUNTY GOLDEN LIONS

In their three wins, Trevor Jones is averaging 11.7 points while hitting 73 percent from the free throw line, and Parker Dailey adds 10 points and three boards. … Three players average at least nine points per game — Jones, Dailey and Braden Sebastian.

Crunch time: Garrard is 0-4 against region opponents this year. … This is the last home game before the Lions play six straight on the road.

Danville (7-6) at Lincoln County (9-4)

Girls basketball, 6 p.m. Friday

Last five games: Danville 4-1; Lincoln County 4-1

Last meeting: Lincoln County, 68-64 (Feb. 26)

DANVILLE ADMIRALS

The Ads are on a four-game winning streak. Guard Ivy Turner is averaging 26 points and six boards during the streak, hitting 30-of-60 from the field. … For the season, Turner is putting up over 23 points per game, and teammate Alyvia Walker adds 16.0 ppg.

LINCOLN COUNTY PATRIOTS

Patriots post player Kaitlynn Wilks is averaging a double-double. … Emma King averaged over 21 points per game in three meetings with Danville last year. … The Patriots are 3-1 in their last four games, outscoring opponents by nearly 24 points per game.

Crunch time: In three games against Lincoln last year, Alyvia Walker averaged 23 ppg while Ivy Turner added 20 ppg. … The Patriots have won two straight 45th District titles. Danville was the last team to win a district title other than Lincoln.

Danville (4-9) at Lincoln County (10-4)

Boys basketball, 7:30 p.m. Friday

Last five games: Danville 1-4; Lincoln County 3-2

Last meeting: Lincoln County, 64-43 (Feb. 12)

DANVILLE ADMIRALS

Jared Southerland and DeShaud St. Martin each average double figure points. … The Ads have gone 1-4 since winning the Garrard County Holiday Tournament with three straight wins.

LINCOLN COUNTY PATRIOTS

Three players average double figure points for the Patriots — Noah Young (23.9 ppg), Devin Alcorn (14.1) and Chase Phillips (10.9). … The Pats are hitting 51.1 percent from the field. … Young, Alcorn and Tanner McAninch have combined to hit 88-of-193 from 3-point range (46 percent).

Crunch time: The Ads haven’t played at home since Dec. 16. Their next home game is Jan. 13. … Tanner McAninch had 23 points and hit 7-of-10 3-pointers in a win over Montgomery County.

Mercer County (10-3) at Butler (12-1)

Girls basketball, 6 p.m. Saturday

Last five games: Mercer County 4-1; Butler 5-0

Last meeting: Butler, 63-51 (Jan. 30)

MERCER COUNTY TITANS

In two meetings with the Bearettes last year, Seygan Robins had 47 points, making 9-of-17 from 3-point distance. … The Titans have won two straight games by a total of 52 points. … The Titans went 5-2 in two national tournaments in December.

BUTLER BEARETTES

Butler senior win Jaelynn Penn has signed with Indiana. She’s averaging 15.9 points, hitting nearly 60 percent from the field, along with 6.2 rebounds. … Butler is the defending state champion. Penn averaged 16.8 points and 9.3 boards, making 64 percent from the floor, during the four games.

Crunch time: Both schools have won 98 games over the last four seasons. … The Titans play three of their next four games at home after traveling to Butler.

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