BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (AP) - Lauren Bowling scored 17 points as
Boone County never trailed and beat Rowan County 39-26 in the first
round of the girls' Kentucky Sweet 16 state basketball tournament
Boone County (25-6) used a 10-2 run to take an early lead and
held Rowan County (26-4) to four field goals in the first half and
seven for the game. Rowan County shot just 7-for-42 from the field
(16.7 percent), compared with Boone County's 15-for-43 shooting
"We knew we had to keep them off the boards," Boone County
head coach Nell Fookes said. "We had to limit their second-chance
opportunities and keep them from getting energized on their press,
and I thought for the most part of the game, I think we did that."
The 9th Region champion Lady Rebels will play in Friday's
quarterfinals against Elizabethtown, a 56-50 first-round winner
over Lexington Christian earlier Thursday.
Boone County led 22-14 at halftime.
The Lady Rebels collapsed on 16th Region champion Rowan County
(26-4) on penetration attempts and forced the Lady Vikings to shoot
"Coach just said that we had to outhustle them and be tougher
than them in all aspects of the game," Bowling said. "And I think
our whole team did that really well."
Joscelyn Davis added 10 points for Boone County. Caitlin Martin
led Rowan County with 11 points.
The Lady Vikings failed in attempts to use a full-court press in
the fourth-quarter, leading to Boone County runouts for layups.
Boone County dominated the boards, outrebounding Rowan County
42-26. That stat was indicative in points in the paint, where they
outscored the Lady Vikings 24-8.