Boys Sweet 16 Tournament: Semifinals Highlights

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Updated: 3/23 12:11 am
Scott County 62, Trinity 56: Trent Gilbert scored 36 points and hit a clutch 3-pointer with one minute remaining to lift Scott County to a 62-56 win over Louisville Trinity in the semifinals of the Kentucky boys Sweet 16 state basketball tournament Saturday night at Rupp Arena.
 
      The Cardinals (35-3), the 11th Region champion, advanced to the finals and will play Covington Catholic on Sunday. Scott County lost to Trinity 71-53 in the 2012 state finals and won the state title in 2007.
 
      Gilbert, who scored 10 of his team's first 14 points, made 10 of 19 field goals, including six of Scott County's eight 3-pointers. Gilbert drained eight straight free throws in the final 35 seconds to seal the win. He was 10-of-10 from the line.
 
      Jax Lavitch made six 3-pointers and led the Shamrocks (31-6), who won the 7th Region title, with 21 points. Raymond Spalding and Michael Stafford followed with 11 points each.

Covington Catholic 81, Bowling Green 68: Cole VonHandorf scored 22 points to lead Covington Catholic to an 81-68 victory over Bowling Green in the semifinals of the Kentucky boys Sweet 16 state basketball tournament Saturday night at Rupp Arena.
 
      The 9th Region champion Colonels (32-2) outscored the Purples 11-0 to close out the first quarter and led by 23 in the second quarter. Covington Catholic held off a late surge by Bowling Green in the fourth quarter to advance to the state finals for the first time since 1967.
 
      The Colonels will play Scott County in the finale Sunday. The Cardinals (35-3) defeated Louisville Trinity 62-56 in the other semifinal.
 
      Nick Ruthsatz and Ben Heppler followed Vonhandorf with 17 points each.
 
      Bowling Green (29-7), the Region 4 winner, got 31 points from Kentucky Mr. Football Nacarius Fant. Joseph Ayers followed with 14 and Tucker Sine added 13.


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