Shelby Valley Falls to Elliott County, 68-55

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) - Jonathan Ferguson scored 28 points to lead
Elliott County to a 68-55 win over Shelby Valley in the first round
of the Sweet 16 boys' state basketball tournament Thursday night.

Ferguson was 16-of-18 from the free-throw line and hit two
3-pointers for the Lions (25-6), the 16th Region champion. The team
is making its first Sweet 16 appearance and will play the winner of
Thursday night's June Buchanan-Warren Central first-round game in a
quarterfinal on Friday.

Shelby Valley, the 15th Region winner, was led by Jacob Bryant
with 18 points on 9-of-12 field-goal shooting.

The Wildcats (28-5) pulled ahead at the start, leading 18-10
after the first period, and led by as many as nine points, 19-10,
with 6:59 left in the first half before Elliott County started to
catch up and finally pulled ahead 27-26 with 1:23 left in the half.

The Lions took off from there, building a 41-34 lead after three
quarters and then going ahead 68-52 with 27 seconds left in the
game on a putback by Dustin Gilliam.

Jeremy Jackson hit a 3-pointer six seconds later for the final
margin.

Ethan Faulkner had 12 points and 11 rebounds for Elliott County.
Jonah Justice added 12 points for Shelby Valley.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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