The Kentucky School for the Deaf boys returned to the court after a three-week layoff to defeat Danville Christian 49-23 at Thomas Hall in the first game ever between the schools.
Bradley Chappell scored 18 points to lead the Colonels (5-6), who had not played since Dec. 14.
They raced to a 12-4 lead after one quarter and were never threatened.
"I thought we played all right for the first game after a ... layoff and then only two practices,” KSD coach Mike Yance said. “Bradley Chappell did a good job offensively and defensively, (and) I am glad all of our players got an opportunity to play.”
Aaron Smith added 15 points for KSD (5-6). Andrew Redding had eight rebounds, while Andrew Floyd had seven; Joseph Banks had five steals, and Michael Miller added four.
Michael Pettus led DCA with 15 points.
“We only had six guys, and we didn’t shoot very well at all, either. Shooting is shooting us in the foot,” DCA coach Jamie Middleton said. “But the guys gave great effort. I cannot fault the effort at all.”
Mercer County 73, West Jessamine 58At Nicholasville, Clay Cinnamon scored 30 points to lead Mercer (8-5, 1-0 district) over West Jessamine (4-9, 0-1) in its 46th District opener.
Cinnamon scored 13 points in the first quarter, when the Titans opened a 26-10 lead.
They broke a six-game losing streak to the Colts, who beat them 51-48 in their last meeting in last season’s 12th Region Tournament final.
“Mercer pushed the pace the whole time and attacked the entire game,” Mercer assistant coach Steve Quattrocchi said. “It was a great defensive effort, a great all-around team game.”
Aaron Lee scored 18 points and Matthew Honchel added 13 for Mercer. Honchel was 7 for 10 at the foul line, where the Titans were 20 for 28, and he made six of nine in the fourth quarter, when they led by as many as 20 points.
Chase Fain led West Jessamine with 13 points.
East Jessamine 81, Burgin 46At Burgin, East Jessamine (7-4, 2-0 47th District) took control early in its win over Burgin (3-4, 0-2).
The Jaguars began a run of 10 straight points midway through the first quarter to take an 11-point lead, then scored the first 10 points of the second quarter to go up 32-12.
Burgin shot just 33 percent from the field and committed 30 turnovers with only eight assists.
Alex Beckerson led the Bulldogs with 15 points, and Jared Robbins had 11 points, four rebounds and four steals. Graham Taylor had a team-high eight rebounds, and Beckerson and Sam Irvine had five each.
Cody Collins scored 21 points for East Jessamine.
Casey County 52, Taylor County 42At Campbellsville, Nicole Coffman scored more than 60 percent of her team’s points, pouring in 32 to lead Casey (9-2) over Taylor (9-4).
Coffman scored 22 points in the second half and made seven of nine free throws in the fourth quarter, when the Lady Rebels held off Taylor. She also had seven of her team’s 23 rebounds.
Casey’s defense put the clamps on Taylor, which went 8 for 18 in the first half but was just 5 for 16 in the second to finish at 31 percent.
“We went to a full-court, man-to-man press and started picking them up more, put more pressure on the ball and did a better job as far as not giving them easy looks,” Casey coach Randy Salyers said.
Casey shot 43 percent and made 12 of 16 shots at the foul line, where Taylor was 14 for 14.
Danville Christian 39, KSD 20At Danville, DCA (4-5) held a 16-0 lead after one quarter and went on to beat KSD (1-8) in the teams’ first meeting.
The Warriors shot just 20 percent from the field, but KSD shot 14 percent with far fewer attempts. DCA was 18 for 89, while the Colonels were 7 for 49.
“It was a good game for us. We’re just learning how play complty and aggressively, and we took some steps forward tonight. Once knock down some shots can take some steps toward being competitive,” Middleton said.
KSD coach Scott Johnson said poor shooting wouldn’t allow his team to overcome its typically slow start, although the Colonels were outscored by only three points over the final three quarters.
“That kind of shooting’s not going to get anything accomplished,” Johnson said. “When you don’t shoot the ball well and you have to play catch-up like we do, you don’t win many ballgames.”
Katherine Raines scored 14 points for DCA, while Charlotte Judge led KSD with nine.
Jade Bell had seven rebounds for the Colonels, while Judge, Amber Sullivan and Shanice White had six each.
Danville Christian 4 10 14 23
KSD 12 25 39 49
DCA — Michael Pettus 15, Daniel Crall 4, Paul Robertson 4.
KSD (5-6) — Aaron Smith 15, Bradley Chappell 18, Andrew Floyd 5, Michael Miller 3, Andrew Redding 4, Joseph Banks 2, Dillon Maynard 2.
Mercer County 26 38 51 73.
West Jessamine 10 26 32 58
MERCER (8-5) — Aaron Lee 18, Austin Sagraves 2, Clay Cinnamon 30, Nick Taylor 2, Matthew Honchel 13, Trey Compton 2, Matthew Banks 6.
WEST JESSAMINE (4-9) — Cameron Watts 10, David Martin 2, Brandon Hager 12, Chase Fain 13, Shawn Donaldson 6, Will Henderson 3, Austin Dunn 2, Dylan Pohl 10.
East Jessamine 22 41 66 81
Burgin 12 23 31 46
EAST JESSAMINE (7-4) — Michael Rexroat 8, Jordan Redd 19, Cody Collins 21, Cameron Thomas 6, Austin Honeycutt 3, Taylor Harper 4, Dusty Webb 3, Delwyn Thomas 6, Timmy Bradshaw 7, Kameron Redd 4.
BURGIN (3-4) — Graham Taylor 2, Shewmaker 8, Jared Robbins 11, Alex Beckerson 15, Sam Irvine 3, Caleb Goodpaster 2, Mason Myers 1, Miles Hill 4.
Casey County 12 19 38 52
Taylor County 14 24 33 42
CASEY (9-2) — Nicole Coffman 32, B.J. Hogue 5, Katy Laman 5, Jasmine Johnson 7, Kristin Terry 3.
TAYLOR (9-4) — Rachel Riggs 2, Hope Wigginton 15, Mercedes Cox 7, Elizabeth Thomas 18.
Danville Christian 16 21 33 39
KSD 0 7 10 20
DCA (4-5) — Katherine Raines 14, Emma Howard 8, Kristen Asmus 6, Reagan Weiskircher 6, Maddie Crawford 5.
KSD (1-8) — Charlotte Judge 9, Shanice White 8, Bianca Dupree 2, Jade Bell 1.