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High School Basketball – Boys State Championship – Trinity 50 – Scott Co 40 – 3-10-19

Lexington, KY – Rupp Arena – 3-10-19

Ron Hamblin – Sports View America –  Editor

The top two ranked teams in the State battled for the top prize in the sport of KHSAA basketball.  Trinity Shamrocks out of Louisville, KY enter today’s game against Scott County with an overall record of 29-8.  Trinity is led by Louisville Cardinal commit David Johnson and were expected to compete in today’s game once the brackets were revealed a couple of weeks ago.  Scott County is no stranger to success in the State Tournament as the Cardinals team regularly appears in State Championships and have captured the title twice in the program history during the 1997-1998 and 2006-2007 seasons.  Scott County has been runner up in the tournament four times as well.

 Two heavyweights in the sport each with Division one Talent competing for the Whitaker Bank KHSAA Sweet Sixteen Basketball Championship created an exciting atmosphere and a game that will be remembered for years to come with everyone in attendance.  The game saw several runs and each team had moments where they looked unstoppable destined to win the sports most coveted prize.  The seven to zero run by Scott County to open the first quarter had the Cardinals excited.  In the third Quarter Scott had another unanswered run of eleven straight finishing the Quarter with the lead, and once again looked to be destined to win the big game.  Trinity continued to battle back and never seemed unfazed when they began to trail, countering the Scott County run with several unanswered points of their own.

In the fourth Quarter Trinity began a historic run and the Shamrocks David Johnson and Stan Turnier stars shined bright as they carried the scoring and rebounding load for the Shamrocks.  Scott County had the momentum entering the fourth with above mentioned eleven to zero run leading the Shamrocks 33-29.  Trinity responded with a fifteen to two run and put the game out of reach.  David Johnson was amazing during the quarter scoring six points, grabbing 6 total rebounds, 5 defensive and one offensive rebound.  Johnson’s teammate Stan Turnier come alive in the fourth scoring eleven of his 17 points in the game.  Turnier made two of three from behind the arc and made another field goal on a lay up and went three for the free throw line.  The two stars were too much to overcome from the Scott County Cardinals, as the Cardinals went cold from the field and were held to one and out on the offensive end.  Trinity outscored Trinity 21-7 in the quarter and go on to win the Whitaker Bank KHSAA Sweet 16 Basketball Championship 50-40.

Stats- Trinity Shamrocks

Score 50, 10 points in the first, 12 points in the second, 7 points in the third, and twenty- one in the fourth.

The Shamrocks shot 42.1% for the game from the field, 46.7 % from the 3 Pt line, and 68.8 % from the free throw line.

30 rebounds in total and ten assists in the game.

Player Stats: 

·         Kolton Rice 1 point, 3 assists, playing 30 minutes.

·         David Johnson MVP of the Tournament game high 22 points, 12 rebounds, 2 assists, 5-7 from the three- point line, 4 blocks playing 32 minutes.

·         Kamari Kenemore 1 point, 2 rebounds, 4 assists, 2 steals, playing 24 minutes.

·         Jamil Hardaway 8 points, 6 rebounds, playing 30 minutes.

·         Stan Turnier 17 points, 2-3 from the 3Pt line, 7 rebounds, 2 steals, playing 32 minutes.

·         Ethan Hodge 1 point, 1 assist, playing 12 minutes.

Scott County Stats:

Score 40, 12 points in the first, 10 in the second, 11 in the third, and 7 in the fourth.

The Cardinals shot 32.7% from the field, 20 % from the 3 Pt line, 50 % from the free throw line. 

28 rebounds in total and 8 total assists.

Individual Stats:

·         Bryce Long 6 points, 4 rebounds, 2 assists, playing 25 minutes.

·         Diablo Stewart 10 points, 1 rebound, 2 assists, 3 steals, playing 32 minutes.

·         Glenn Covington 8 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assists, playing 32 minutes.

·         Michael Moreno 12 points, 12 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 block, 1 steal, playing 32 minutes.

·         Lorenzo Williams 4 points, 5 rebounds, 1 steal, playing 26 minutes.

Trinity is the 2018- 2019 Whitaker Bank KHSAA Boys Basketball Champion.  The Shamrocks finish the season with thirty wins and eight loses.  The win today is the second Boys State Championship in program history with the first coming in the 2011- 2012 season.  Scott County finishes the season with thirty wins and eight loses

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