By Nathan Hutchinson
Register Sports Editor
In their win over Lexington Catholic on Thursday in the opening round of the 11th Region Tournament, the Cardinals hit eight three-pointers.
On Saturday in the semifinals against Madison Central, they hit six three-pointers in the first quarter.
Sparked by that good early shooting from the outside, the Cardinals rolled past the Indians, 79-55, and into the championship game.
Scott County (30-3) scored the first 14 points of the game and the Indians simply could never recover. Central trailed 26-12 after the first quarter and was down 44-22 at halftime.
In the second half, the Indians never got any closer than 17 points.
Sophomore point guard Cameron Thomas led Central with 20 points. Senior DeMarcus George had 15 rebounds and three points, while Sam Jones and Kirk Humphrey had 10 points each.
“They are good,” Central coach Allen Feldhaus said of Scott County. “And defensively they are really good too. We really struggled to score.”
Scott County was 8-of-18 from three-point range. Trent Gilbert, a senior, was 4-of-8 from long range and had a game-high 30 points.
“He’s just a prime example of a great high school basketball player,” Feldhaus said of Gilbert. “He’s worked his butt off to get stronger and you can just tell that he lives in the game.”
Hines Jones did not score against Lexington Catholic, but was in the starting line-up against Central. He hit two three-pointers in the first quarter and finished with 10 points.
The Indians were in the semifinals of the 11th Region Tournament for the fourth-straight year. And after graduating the entire starting lineup from last year’s Sweet 16 championship team, Central still won 22 games and a won 19th-straight 44th District Tournament title.
“We’ve got a lot of these guys back, so hopefully we can learn for this,” Feldhaus said.
Isaiah Johnson had six points, Coty Alexander had three points, John Williams had two points and Terique Miller had one point.
Scott County will face Henry Clay in Tuesday’s 11th Region title game. The Blue Devils defeated Woodford County, 71-45, Saturday in Frankfort.