The final game of opening night got off to an interesting start as both Spencer County and No.4 Ballard showed up in white uniforms. As the visiting team on the bracket Spencer County had to borrow jerseys from host Fairdale to wear for the game. Once the action got underway it was Ballard who jumped out to a quick 4-0 lead in the opening minute of play. Spencer County rallied to reel off 7 straight points jumping ahead 7-4 on a Sam Conley three-pointer. A steal and basket by Ballard's Isaac Womack put the Bruins back ahead at 8-7. The Bruins never trailed for the remainder of the first half after a 6-0 run gave them ta 16-10 lead at the quarter break. Two minutes into the second quarter the Ballard lead extended to double-digits at 23-12 following a Josh Minkins layup. Spencer County's Jacob Seawright converted an old-fashion three-point play to cap an 11-3 Bears run to pull within 23-26 midway through the quarter. Seawright and Womack exchanged three-pointers before a Ballard 5 point spurt cushioned the Bruins lead at 34-26. Four straight free throws by Spencer County's Lucas Hornback cut the Ballard lead to 36-33 with less than 30 seconds to play. Ballard's Rashad Bishop was assessed a technical foul following a dunk with 2 seconds to play sending Seawright to the free throw line. The Bears connected on both free throws but Seawright missed on a last second attempt to tie the game before the half. It was the Bruins who found themselves on the beneficial end of a 10-1 run pushing their lead to 54-42 midway through the third quarter. The Bears just would give up though as Jackson Cole connected on a three-pointer in the closing minute of the third quarter as part of a 7-2 run to cut the Ballard lead to 61-53. Just as it looked like the Bears may make a final run Ballard pieced together an 8-0 run to extend their lead to a game-high 18 points at 74-56 with three minutes remaining in the game. Jacob Seawright scored nine of the next eleven points for Spencer County as they made one last run to cut the lead to 76-67 with a minute and a half to play. Seawright added four more in the final minute but couldn't get any closer as the Bears fell 71-80 to the fourth ranked Bruins. Spencer County's Jacob Seawright led all scorers with 31 points and Sam Conley added 20 for the Bears. Walter Johnson Jr. led the scoring for Ballard with a 21 point and 11 rebound double-double. Josh Minkins Jr. also added a double-double for the Bruins with 12 points and 13 rebounds.
- Ballard will play Walton-Verona in the quarterfinals Friday at 7:30pm.
- Spencer County will play Madison Central in the consolation bracket Friday at 7:30pm.