Pioneers romp in 'A' Classic opener with shooting

Boyle, Mercer win

January 28, 2004

Harrodsburg opened up the 12th Region All "A" Classic by drubbing winless Monticello 66-33 Tuesday at Monticello.

The Pioneers will face host Danville in the semifinals tonight at 8:15.

Harrodsburg (7-10), which is shooting 38 percent on the year, hit 57 percent of its shots against the Trojans (0-16). The Pioneers connected on 28 of 49 attempts and also had 17 assists and 25 steals.

Mark Dunn led Harrodsburg with 16 points and also had six rebounds, four assists and four steals. Justin Doolin scored 14 and had a team-high seven rebounds.

Mariqus Brown had a solid all-around game with nine points on 4-for-5 shooting, six rebounds, six steals and five assists.

"The game was a little sloppy in the first half," Harrodsburg coach Spencer Tatum said. "We played much better in the second half. We played with much more intensity on the defensive end, we got some easy baskets and we played well down the stretch."


HARRODSBURG (7-10) - Seth Leeds 2, Shane Webb 9, Jared Holt 2, Curry Haven 4, Mariqus Brown 9, Mark Dunn 16, Travis White 7, Adam Gray 3, Justin Doolin 14.

MONTICELLO (0-16) - Justin Branscum 8, Luke Bristow 7, Billy Inman 2, Phillip Inman 1, Mitchell Lair 7, Zeb Daniels 2, Sam Jenkins 4, Luke Burton 2.

Boyle County 72, East Jessamine 65 - At Danville, Boyle used a fourth-quarter rally and key play from guard David White to win its third consecutive game.

The Rebels trailed 55-45 with under five minutes to play, but White scored nine unanswered points to get Boyle within one point.

"He got us back in the game with his defense and by taking the ball to the basket," Boyle coach Andy Moberly said.

White was injured shortly thereafter, but Moberly said other players picked up the slack and completed the comeback.

Derek Vonckx had 20 points, White had 13 and Brian Staed had 10 points and a team-high six rebounds for Boyle.

Boyle trailed at the end of each of the first three quarters as East Jessamine hit 53 percent of its shots for the game. The Rebels finished 26-for-56 (46 percent) from the field and hit 17 of 23 free throws for 74 percent.

"We showed a lot of maturity in not giving in when we were down 10 points," Moberly said. "We got that energy from David, we got that energy from Derek and we got that energy from our defense. We were able to show some maturity we hadn't shown earlier in the year."

Boyle will host Wayne County, which is ranked No. 5 in this week's Associated Press poll, Friday and Moberly said it's an important game for his team.

"It's been a long time since a team ranked as high as Wayne County has come to Boyle County," Moberly said.

EAST JESSAMINE (7-11) - Mason 22, Durham 12, Downey 8, Caldwell 6, Grall 6, McFarland 11.

BOYLE (5-9) - Greg Peck 2, Blake Jones 7, Daniel Potts 7, Ian Young 8, David White 13, Brian Staed 10, Andrew Bertram 1, Derek Vonckx 20, Brandon Smith 4.

Mercer County 63, Franklin County 54 - At Harrodsburg, Clif Watkins scored 12 of his 15 points in the fourth quarter as Mercer pulled away from Franklin.

The Scotties (7-9) led only 43-41 over Franklin (1-16) after three quarter, but Watkins hit 8 of 10 free throws in the fourth.

Brothers Jordan and John Lyons combined to hit all eight of Mercer's 3-pointers as Jordan had five and John three.

Jordan Lyons finished with 15 points and John Lyons 13.

FRANKLIN (1-16) - Jones 6, Bohman 10, Chambers 8, Shaw 8, Handy 3, Harris 5, Baker 6, Clay 6.

MERCER (7-9) - Clif Watkins 15, Michael Bottoms 2, Kameron McRay 8, Jordan Lyons 15, John Lyons 13, Daniel Goodpaster 8, Andrew McCloud 2.

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