LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) - Trey Smith made four free throws in the
final minute as South Laurel held on for a 48-46 victory against
Fairdale in the first round of the Sweet 16 boys' state basketball
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 now has 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 sounded.
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.
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