Scott County Puts Indians Title Dreams Down, 68-53

By: James Brandenburg Email
By: James Brandenburg Email

Scott County entered the 2007 National City/KHSAA Boys Sweet 16 this week as the unquestioned favorite, having been ranked No. 1 all season and holding a 26-0 record against Kentucky competition.

Through two rounds, the Cardinals have done nothing to dissuade their supporters.

Scott County held a 12-point lead at halftime, then withstood two Adair County runs to advance to Saturday's tournament semifinals with a 68-53 win.

Matt Walls led all scorers with 26 points for the Cardinals (32-2), who survived despite a second straight subpar performance from junior Bud Mackey. He finished just two-for-eight from the field and scored just seven points.

Chris Lewis led the Indians with 16 points, while Darren Ballou had 14 points and seven rebounds.

The Cardinals' lead was never seriously challenged after one quarter of play, but it wasn't for lack of effort by Adair County.

The Indians (24-10), looking for their first trip to the semifinals in 52 years, opened the second half on an 8-2 run to cut their deficit to six. Scott County immediately followed, though, with an 11-3 run of their own to push the lead back to 14.

Scott County never relinquished the lead after a three-point play by Walls midway through the first quarter, leading 10-6 after one.

The Cardinals now move on to the semifinal round, where they play Holmes. The Bulldogs advanced to Saturday's play with a 55-49 win Friday over South Laurel.

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