Marquee matchups: District races heading to midway point

Published 10:27 pm Wednesday, January 11, 2017

BOYLE COUNTY (7-9) AT LINCOLN COUNTY (10-5)

Girls basketball, 6 p.m. Friday

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

Last meeting: Lincoln County, 56-47 (Jan. 29)

BOYLE COUNTY REBELS

The Rebels have lost back-to-back games — to Anderson County and Danville — by a total of seven points. … Emmie Harris averaged 18.5 points while shooting 11-of-21 from the floor in those games. … Danielle Roney added 12 points and 6.5 rebounds. … Harris was honored after the Danville game as the Kentucky winner of the Wendy’s High School Heisman.

LINCOLN COUNTY PATRIOTS

Lincoln is 2-1 since the holidays, with wins over Anderson County and Marion County. … During those games, Kaitlynn Wilks has averaged 14.7 points and 7.7 rebounds, shooting 70.4 percent from the floor, and Emma King is putting up 17 points and five boards.

Crunch time: This is the first of three straight home games for Lincoln, followed up with matchups against Garrard County on Tuesday and East Jessamine next Thursday. … Boyle has put together four straight seasons with winning records.

BOYLE COUNTY (8-8) AT LINCOLN COUNTY (11-6)

Boys basketball, 7:30 p.m. Friday

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

Last meeting: Lincoln County, 52-49 (Feb. 26)

BOYLE COUNTY REBELS

The Rebels have been led in their winning streak by Bryce Slone (17.6 ppg, 6.8 rpg, 37 percent 3-point shooting), Reese Smith (16.4 ppg) and Jason Alexander (14.4 ppg, 4 rpg). … The Rebels have outscored their last five opponents by an average of 13 points.

LINCOLN COUNTY PATRIOTS

Lincoln guard Noah Young leads the area with 23.8 points per game, hitting 53 percent from the floor and 51 percent from 3-point range. … Young averaged 20.3 points in three wins over Boyle last year.

Crunch time: Last year’s three meetings were decided by a total of eight points. … Lincoln coach Jeff Jackson is four wins away from 250 during his 14 seasons at Lincoln. The Pats have averaged 19 wins per season under Jackson.

GARRARD COUNTY (8-5) AT DANVILLE (9-6)

Girls basketball, 6 p.m. Friday

Last five games: Garrard County 3-2; Danville 5-0

Last meeting: Danville, 43-36 (Feb. 2)

GARRARD COUNTY GOLDEN LIONS

Senior guard Maddy Day has scored 39 points in the last two games, including 23 in a 44-39 win at Woodford County. … On the season, three players average double figure points, led by Day’s 15.0 ppg. Sam Adams adds 12.2 ppg and Sis Logan throws in 10.9. … Logan and Neek Hocker each pull down more than eight boards per game.

DANVILLE ADMIRALS

Over the Ads six game winning streak, Ivy Turner is putting up 23.3 points and 6.2 rebounds, hitting 49 percent from the floor and 74 percent from the free throw line. … After this, the Ads play Burgin on Tuesday in the 12th Region All-A tournament.

Crunch time: The Lions haven’t won a regular season district game since beating Boyle County 71-52 on Jan. 21, 2013. … This is the third straight 45th District game for the Ads. They’ve beaten Lincoln County and Boyle County.

GARRARD COUNTY (3-11) AT DANVILLE (4-11)

Boys basketball, 7:30 p.m. Friday

Last five games: Garrard County 1-4; Danville 0-5

Last meeting: Danville, 65-46 (Feb. 2)

GARRARD COUNTY GOLDEN LIONS

No one on the Lions roster is averaging double figure points, but three players are all around 9 ppg — Trevor Jones, Parker Dailey and Braden Sebastian. … The Lions are getting outscored by 16.5 points in their four-game losing streak.

DANVILLE ADMIRALS

Jared Southerland leads the Ads with 18.3 ppg, hitting nearly 74 percent from the free throw line. … Ten players have appeared in at least nine games for Danville. … Zach Thornton has scored 40 points in the last three games (13.3 ppg).

Crunch time: This is Danville’s second five-game losing streak this season, the first coming at the beginning of the season. … Garrard is in the middle of a six-game road swing. The Lions don’t return home until Jan. 23 against GRC.

WEST JESSAMINE (12-3) AT MERCER COUNTY (11-4)

Girls basketball, 6 p.m. Friday

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

Last meeting: Mercer County, 79-23 (Jan. 1, 2016)

WEST JESSAMINE COLTS

Anna Rexford averages a double-double for the Colts with 10.4 ppg and 10.1 rpg. … Faith Osborne leads the team with 14.7 ppg. … Seven players average at least four points for West. … Nine players have appeared in 10 games or more.

MERCER COUNTY TITANS

Seygan Robins leads the Titans with 14.9 ppg, shooting 47.1 percent from the floor and 39 percent from 3-point distance. … Lyric Houston adds 10.5 ppg and 5.1 rpg and Emmy Souder 8.9 ppg and 5.2 rpg. … Five players scored in double figures in last year’s win, led by Houston’s 15.

Crunch time: The Titans have won 61 straight games against district opponents, dating back to Feb. 2008. … West has never beaten Mercer as members of the same district.

WAYNE COUNTY (9-7) AT MERCER COUNTY (11-4)

Boys basketball, 7:30 p.m. Friday

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

Last meeting: Mercer County, 76-66 (Jan. 15)

WAYNE COUNTY CARDINALS

The Cardinals have gone 7-3 in their last 10 games. … Jakson Baker leads the team with 17.0 ppg, with Aubrey Weaver (14.9 ppg) and Logan Brett (13.7) also reaching double figures. … The Cardinals shoot 75.2 percent from the free throw line.

MERCER COUNTY TITANS

Titans junior Trevon Faulkner is second in the area with 21.1 points per game. … The Titans have outscored their opponents by 12.2 points per game. … Faulkner had 20 points and 10 rebounds in last year’s matchup.

Crunch time: Mercer has won 24 of its last 25 games against 12th Region opponents. … Wayne’s Baker has 715 points for his career. He could break the 1,000-point mark in the postseason.

Other games of note — Casey County at Boyle County, boys basketball, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday; Burgin at Danville, 12th Region All-A tournament, Tuesday
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