Last week sets up Friday night to remember

Published 12:10 pm Tuesday, February 7, 2017

1. Danville High School is the place to be this Friday night. Everything is riding on the outcome of the girls basketball game between the Admirals and Lincoln County. The Ads are 5-0 in the 45th District, having beaten Lincoln 62-58 in their first meeting, which Lincoln is 4-1.

The two teams have kept up their paces since that game, with Danville going 7-1 and the Patriots coming in winners of eight of their last nine.

In their last eight games, the Ads have picked up their 3-point shooting, making 34.2 percent of their 79 attempts; they made just 2-of-14 in the win over Lincoln. Ivy Turner and Alyvia Walker are combining to score nearly 30 points per game, and Zenoviah Walker is holding the opposing team’s best guard in check.

The Pats shot just 31.1 percent from the floor against Danville, but they’ve hit nearly 50 percent since then, and Emma King is putting up well over 20 points per game and Kaitlynn Wilks is averaging nearly a double-double.

But before Lincoln can even think about Danville, the Pats have a tall task tonight when they host Mercer County. That’s quite a week.

2. Don’t look now, but here comes Casey County. With the talent at the top end of their roster, it somewhat defies logic that the Rebels are 9-16 right now. That record should be flip-flopped.

But no matter what happened between Dec. 20 and Jan. 21 when Casey lost 11 of 14 games, the Rebels are on a three-game winning streak, including an impressive win at Southwestern. Even more impressive is all three of those wins have come away from Liberty, a road trip which will reach two more dates with games at Garrard County tonight and Danville on Monday.

These last four games will be interesting for Casey. After the two challenging road matchups, they host Taylor County and former coach Maze Stallworth before closing out the regular season against Lincoln County.

When your roster includes Jake Smith, who should be in consideration for 12th Region Player of the Year, Collin Miller, Breese Hayes and Max Reyes, there shouldn’t be too many matchups the Rebels can’t handle.

3. What are the odds? It’s not unique that the Mercer County boys and girls basketball teams both won Saturday — the Titans have won a combined 38 games this year — but the final scores were interesting, with both schools winning by 85-67 finals.

Emmy Souder scored 28 points, hitting 3-of-3 3-pointers as the team went 12-of-22 from distance, in their win over Campbell County. Meanwhile, Trevon Faulkner went for 29 points and 11 rebounds in the boys win over Grant County.

4. Ads keep rolling. A week after winning their Danville Duals championship for the second straight year, the Danville wrestling team went 3-1 at the Montgomery County Duals on Saturday. The Ads had wins over host Montgomery, Franklin County and Sheldon Clark. Donlevy Harris went 4-0 on the day while Morgan Sallee, Eric Bloh and Jonah Welch all won three matches.

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