MAYSVILLE — George Rogers Clark senior Travis Purvis didn’t like the way the season ended last year following a 62-60 setback to three-time defending champion Mason County in the 10th Region Tournament at The Fieldhouse in Maysville.
“We didn’t want to feel that feeling again,” he said. “We’re feeling a way different feeling today.”
The Cardinals had plenty of reasons to be happy, and were grinning from ear-to-ear after leaving town with two sets of nets, their eighth 10th Region championship trophy, and their first state tournament berth since 2007 following a 62-40 blowout over Pendleton County.
Clark avoided a rematch with the Royals after the Wildcats stunned Mason County in the semifinals to earn their first berth in the finals since 2005.
Even though the tiny, but gritty Falmouth squad wasn’t expecting to be in the finals, leaving the Cards as an overwhelming favorite, Clark coach Scott Humphrey knew his team couldn’t overlook the Cinderella Wildcats.