LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) - Even this Cinderella didnt think the shoe
After West Jessamine continued its surprise run in the state
tournament Friday, surviving a late Grayson County rally to win
72-67, star point guard Jarrod Polson was in disbelief.
"If you would have told me wed be in the final four at the
start of this season, I would have been shocked," Polson said.
Polson, double-teamed throughout the afternoon, scored 22 points
to lead the Colts in the first quarterfinals game of the Boys
Sweet Sixteen State Basketball Tournament at Rupp Arena.
West Jessamine (28-8), playing in its first state tournament,
shot 56 percent and held off a furious comeback that saw the
Cougars knock down seven fourth-quarter 3-pointers to advance. It
was each teams first quarterfinals appearance.
Both teams hammered away at each other early, exchanging three
lead changes, before the Colts took a 26-21 halftime lead. West
Jessamine bolted out to a nine-point lead in the second half and
the Cougars cut the lead to as close as three in scoring 33
"That might have been the longest four minutes of my life (in
the fourth quarter)," said West Jessamine coach Robert Hammonds.
"We knew they were great shooters, but they were definitely
knocking them down."
The Colts sealed the game, hitting 26 of 36 free throws.
Grayson County (26-7) struggled to match the West Jessamine
tempo, shooting just 40 percent from the field. Junior Guard Travis
Johnston scored 26 points.