Scott, Adair, South Laurel, Holmes Advance in Boys' Tourney

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) - Scott County showed why it is the favorite to win the state tournament.

Tyler Portwood had 10 points as the Cardinals coasted past Oldham County 59-47 in the first round of the Sweet 16 boys' state basketball tournament on Wednesday.

It was 11th Region champion Scott County's eighth straight victory, ending the season for 8th Region winner Oldham County (23-7), which had won six consecutive games.

Bud Mackey and Matt Walls added nine points each for the Cardinals (31-2), who led by as many as 29 in the second half. Scott County will play Adair County (24-9) in a quarterfinal Friday. Adair County beat Lincoln County 51-41 Wednesday.

In other first-round games, South Laurel beat Louisville Fairdale 48-46, and Covington Holmes defeated Paducah Tilghman 57-48. South Laurel and Holmes will meet in the quarterfinals.

With a 28-point lead heading into the fourth quarter, Scott County head coach Billy Hicks played only one starter, Cam Hundley, during the final eight minutes.

Billy Payne had eight of his 15 points in the fourth quarter for Oldham County, which outscored Scott County 24-8 in the final period, and added 12 rebounds.

Mackey scored six of Scott County's first 10 points, helping the Cardinals to a 10-4 lead it would not relinquish.

Turnovers and bad shots marked a bad second quarter for Oldham County, which made just two field goals and two free throws in the period for six points.

The Colonels didn't score in the second quarter until Matt Moore hit a baseline floater trimming Scott County's lead to 29-11 and committed 16 turnovers in the first half. But the Cardinals pulled away again and led 36-15 at the half.

Chris Lewis had 12 points to lead Adair County.

In the Indians' first trip to the Sweet 16 since 1995, Kalen Kimberland had 11 points and Darren Ballou added 10 points for the 5th Region champions.

It was Adair County's first trip to the Sweet 16 since 1995 and Lincoln County's first appearance since 1980.

Ryan Young led 12th Region winner Lincoln County (24-10) with 17 points.

After scoring the first points of the game when Daniel Ralston made a putback off the glass giving Lincoln County a 2-0 lead, the Patriots never led again.

Adair County (24-9) earned its 12th straight victory after a 12-of-16 free-throw performance in the fourth quarter.

Trailing 33-22, Lincoln County began the fourth quarter with a 7-0 run, capped by consecutive layups by Ryan Young, pulling as close as 33-29. But Adair County, which led by as many as 13 in the second half, quickly regained control of the game with its own 6-1 run.

Adair County led by as many as nine in the first half when Joseph Willis made a layup off the glass putting the Indians ahead, 23-14. Lincoln County's Trent Calhoun hit a floating jumper in the lane before the buzzer sounded, cutting Adair County's lead to 23-16 at halftime.

Trey Smith made four free throws in the final minute as South Laurel beat Fairdale.

Smith led the 13th Region champion Cardinals (29-5) with 21 points while Ty Proffitt added 17 points and seven rebounds for South Laurel, which has now won 19 straight games.

Smith made two go-ahead free throws with 13.8 seconds left to seal the win.

On Fairdale's final possession, guard Byron Board bobbled a pass that was picked up by teammate Jaquan Ransom, who missed a jumper with six-tenths of a second left. Off Ransom's jumper, the rebound was deflected out of bounds by South Laurel, giving the Bulldogs another chance to score.

Ransom caught another pass and tried one more 3-pointer in the corner, but it was blocked by South Laurel forward Jordan Hammonds before the buzzer expired.

Reggie Smith led 6th Region champion Fairdale (24-8) with 18 points and nine rebounds while Ransom had 12 points.

South Laurel started the fourth quarter with an 8-2 run that tied the score at 36. From there the teams exchanged the lead and tied the score several times before the final minute.

Trailing 26-25 in the third quarter, Fairdale's Smith ignited a 9-2 run with a rebound and a putback. Smith then scored four more points on a jumper off the glass and a driving layup, and Ransom made three free throws, giving the Bulldogs a 34-28 advantage to close out the period.

Proffitt scored eight points in the second quarter for a 21-19 halftime lead, while Ransom made three consecutive 3-pointers before the break for the Bulldogs.

Austin Hill's 26 points led Holmes' win over Paducah Tilghman.

Hill scored eight of the team's first 12 points and four of its last seven while Arrez Henderson added 12 points and 10 rebounds for Holmes (24-9), the 9th Region champ.

Issac McClure led 1st Region champion Paducah Tilghman (25-8) with 19 points and 14 rebounds.

Holmes expanded its 28-25 halftime lead by holding the Blue Tornado to just four points in the third quarter on 1-of-17 shooting.

Holmes used 5-of-12 field-goal shooting in the third quarter to outscore Paducah Tilghman by seven for a 39-29 advantage entering the fourth quarter.

The Bulldogs trailed 11-5 in the first quarter before scoring 11 straight points for a 16-11 lead in the second quarter and never trailed again.

Hill's 3-pointer before the buzzer gave Holmes a 12-11 lead after one quarter.

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