Tuesday, December 21, 2021

2021 All-Tournament Team

2021 Bob White Most Valuable Player
Reed Sheppard - North Laurel


2021 All-Tournament Team
Cameron McClain - Trinity
Jerone Morton - George Rogers Clark
Brice Sensabaugh - Lake Highland
Travis Perry - Lyon County
Ethan Sellars - Ashland Blazer
Colin Porter - Ashland Blazer
Noah Clowney - Dorman
Jordyn Surratt - Dorman
Dalton Hicks - Fairdale
Jacob Tucker - Fairdale
Kaleb Glenn - Male
Mitchell Rylee - Covington Catholic
Evan Ipsaro - Covington Catholic
Ryan Davidson - North Laurel


Covington Catholic 79, North Laurel 67 -- FINAL

The 2021 King of the Bluegrass Championship lived up to all the hype as top 10 opponent Covington Catholic and North Laurel battled it out for 32 minutes. It was a strong shooting second half and depth that eventually helped Covington Catholic pull out the 79-67 victory to claim their first ever King of the Bluegrass Championship. The opening quarter saw the two teams exchange the lead seven times. Covington Catholic ended the quarter with three straight three-point baskets to take a 16-14 lead at the quarter break. The Colonels lead grew to as many as four points early in the quarter. Reed Sheppard pulled North Laurel back within 23-24 with a three-pointer three minutes into the second quarter. Evan Ipsaro scored the last eight points of the half for the Colonels who used an 9-2 run to push their lead to eight points where it stood at the half 37-29.

A 5-0 run to open the second half got the Jaguars right back into the game cutting the lead to 37-34. Covington Catholic countered with their own 8-3 run to go back ahead by eight points. Six straight points by Sheppard kept the hopes alive for North Laurel as they got as close as 45-43 with 3:35 remaining in the third quarter. The Colonels quickly dashed their hopes of a comeback as Brady Hussey buried a pair of three-pointers to go ahead 53-43. A three-pointer by North Laurel's Brody Brock on the opening possession of the fourth quarter pulled the Jaguars back within four points at 55-51. Covington Catholic held them off Hussey scoring seven big points down the stretch to propel the Colonels lead to the final margin of 12 points at 79-67. Covington Catholic's defensive effort forced 11 North Laurel turnovers and held the Jaguars to 50% shooting. The Colonels outrebounded the Jaguars 32-24 and the Covington Catholic bench outscored the Jaguars bench 16-0. 

Evan Ipsaro led all scorers with 34 points to lead the Colonels. Covington Catholic got 19 points and 10 rebounds from Mitchell Rylee and 13 points from Brady Hussey. Bob White Most Valuable Player selection Reed Sheppard led North Laurel with a triple-double with 25 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists. Ryan Davidson added 25 points for the Jaguars.

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RESULTS

3rd Place Final

Male def. Dorman (SC) 70-52
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5th Place Final

 George Rogers Clark def. Ashland Blazer 89-53
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Consolation Final

 Lake Highland (FL) def. Trinity 80-78 (2OT)
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Monday, December 20, 2021

Schedule of Play -- Tuesday, December 21st

Here is a look at Tuesday's matchups in the final day of action of the 2021 Gardner Law King of the Bluegrass.

Consolation Final
3:00pm - Trinity vs. Lake Highland (FL)

5th Place Final
4:30pm - Ashland Blazer vs. George Rogers Clark

3rd Place Final 
6:00pm - Male vs. Dorman (SC)

Championship
7:30pm - Covington Catholic vs. North Laurel

Here is a look at the updated bracket after three rounds of play.


North Laurel 74, Dorman (SC) 66

6th ranked North Laurel connected on 14 three-point baskets to propel them past Dorman (SC) 74-66 and send the Jaguars to the first ever KOB Championship game. The two teams set the pace in the opening quarter connecting on six three-point field goals as they exchanged the lead five times. North Laurel converted 3 Dorman turnovers into 5 points to help propel them on an 11-2 run in the final half of the quarter. The Jaguars lead grew to as many as 12 points early in the second quarter following a pair of three-pointers by Reed Sheppard. Dorman would end the half on a 10-3 run to go to the locker room trailing 22-27. A pair of free throws by Jordan Miller would tie the game at 31-31 midway through the third quarter. Dorman would take the lead on their next possession. They would exchange the lead a pair of times throughout the end of the quarter with Noah Clowney's basket in the closing seconds of the quarter putting Dorman back ahead 42-40. Sheppard's three pointer one minute into the fourth quarter, one of five early Jaguar three-pointers in the quarter, would give North Laurel the lead for good at 46-44. A pair of free throws by Jordyn Surratt would pull Dorman back within a point at 52-51 but they could never take back the lead. The Jaguars outscored Dorman 18-7 over the next four minutes to extend their lead to as many as 12 points with a minute to play in the game. A pair of three-point baskets by Christian Andrews and Jordan Miller gave the Cavaliers hope cutting the lead to 64-70 in the final minute but time ran out on Dorman's comeback and the Jaguars advanced. North Laurel outscored Dorman 42-21 from three-point range while shooting 47% from long distance.

Reed Sheppard led all scorers with 34 points while adding 6 assists and 9 steals for the Jaguars. Central Bank Player of the Game Clay Sizemore added 16 points for North Laurel. Christian Andrews and Jordan Miller led Dorman in scoring with 16 point each.

North Laurel will play Covington Catholic on Tuesday at 7:30pm in the 2021 Gardner Law King of the Bluegrass Championship. Dorman will play Male for 3rd place at 6:00pm Tuesday.

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Covington Catholic 68, Male 56

A strong defensive effort by No. 3 Covington Catholic helped the Colonels roll past No. 2 Male 68-56 to advance to their first KOB Championships appearance. A fast-paced first quarter saw the two teams battle back-and-forth with Male taking an early 5-0 lead before they exchanged the lead three different times. Chandler Starks would finish with 9 first quarter points to help the Colonels take a 17-13 lead at the quarter break. The Colonels opened the second quarter with three straight three-point baskets to extend their lead to 26-16. The Colonels lead grew to as many as 12 points midway through the quarter before a 8-0 run by Male to end the half cut the Covington Catholic lead to 26-30. Male would get as close as two points on their first two possessions of the second half but never got any closer. A 9-2 spurt by the Colonels put them firmly back in control at 41-32. Max Gainey's three-pointer with 1:30 remaining in the third quarter pulled Male back within 4 points but the Colonels then went on a 9-1 run to open the fourth quarter and then Bulldogs never got closer than eight points for the remainder of the game. Covington Catholic held Male to just 41% shooting from the field and forced 12 Bulldog turnovers in the game. 

Central Bank Player of the game Evan Ipsaro led all scorers with 17 points and added 5 rebounds and 5 assists for the Colonels. Chandler Starks added 13 points and Mitchell Rylee recorded a double-double with 13 points and 11 rebounds for Covington Catholic. Kaleb Glenn led the way for Male with 12 points and 7 rebounds. Jack Edelen added 11 points for the Bulldogs. 

Covington Catholic advance to their first KOB Championship on Tuesday night at 7:30pm to play the winner of North Laurel vs. Dorman (SC). Male will play the loser of North Laurel vs. Dorman in the 3rd place game at 6:00pm Tuesday. 

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Consolation Bracket Results

5th Place Semifinals

 George Rogers Clark def. North Oldham 74-65
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Ashland Blazer def. Fairdale 101-84
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Consolation Bracket

Ensworth (TN) def. Paul Dunbar 74-60
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Belfry def. Marion County 65-59
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Trinity def. Lyon County 77-73
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Lake Highland (FL) def. Eastern 77-54
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Individual Stat Leaders - Round 2

2021 Gardner Law King of the Bluegrass
Tournament Leaders (Individual Averages/Game)

 

Scoring

G

Avg

1

PERRY, Travis  

LYON 

2

32.5

2

SHEPPARD, Reed  

NL 

2

30.0

3

SHOULDERS, Jackson  

LYON 

2

28.0

4

SENSABAUGH, Brice  

LH 

2

27.5

5

CLARK, De’Mahjae  

BEL 

2

26.0

6

MORTON, Jerone  

GRC 

2

25.0

7

IPSARO, Evan  

CC 

2

24.0

8

SELLARS, Ethan  

ASH 

2

24.0

9

GLENN, Kaleb  

MALE 

2

22.5

10

EDELEN, Jack  

MALE 

2

22.5

Sunday, December 19, 2021

Schedule of Play -- Monday, December 20th

Here is a look at Monday's matchups as all 16 teams will be in action with 8 games in two gyms.

West Gym - Consolation Bracket
4:30pm - #20 North Oldham vs. #4 George Rogers Clark
6:00pm - Fairdale vs. #5 Ashland Blazer

West Gym - Semifinals
7:30pm - #3 Covington Catholic vs. #2 Male
9:00pm - North Laurel vs. Dorman (SC)

East Gym - Consolation Bracket
4:30pm - #8 Paul Dunbar vs. Ensworth (TN)
6:00pm - Marion County vs. Belfry
7:30pm - Trinity vs. #25 Lyon County
9:00pm - Eastern vs. Lake Highland (FL)

Here is a look at the updated bracket after two rounds of play.



Consolation Bracket Results

 Lake Highland Prep (FL) def. Ensworth (TN) 76-68
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Trinity def. Marion County 73-38
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Eastern def. Paul Dunbar 56-50
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Lyon County def. Belfry 92-79
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