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Hawks play Thursday in 5th Region Tournament

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Region will be play at Nelson County High

By Lanny Vincent

LaRue County (17-9) will play Taylor County (17-13) in the final first-round game in the boys' 5th Region Tournament.

The Hawks' game is scheduled for 8 p.m. Thursday, March 4, at Nelson County High School in Bardstown.

The tournament opens at 6 p.m. Wednesday with Campbellsville taking on Green County followed by host Nelson County playing Elizabethtown. The first game Thursday matches North Hardin against Bardstown.

The eight-team, single-elimination tournament pits four district champions and the district runners-up.

LaRue secured its spot in the tournament by defeating Caverna 72-58 on Feb. 23 in the 18th District tournament opener. The Hawks became district champions Saturday with a 55-48 win over Green County. It was the second straight district title for Coach Paul Childress' team.

The region semifinals are scheduled for March 7 with the championship set for 7 p.m. March 9. The tournament winner advances to Kentucky's Sweet 16 state tournament.

Here's a recap of the Hawks' final two regular season games last week.

Win over Washington County

The LaRue County Hawks survived a very tough contest against the Washington County Commanders Feb. 17, 48-44.

“We were glad to be back playing after losing so many games due to snow,” said Coach Paul Childress. “I thought we came out ready to play, something we haven’t done at times on the road this season. Washington County played extremely hard and we had our hands full most of the night.”

The game was extremely close the entire way with the Hawks leading by only three at the end of the first quarter and by six at the half. The Hawks and the Commanders were even in the third quarter with 11 points each and the game remained close to the end with the Hawks winning by only a four-point margin.  “We were never able to extend our lead during the game,” said Childress. “We would get up six or seven points but Washington always seemed to make a play and keep themselves in the game. We struggled a little in the second half offensively. We were standing around too much and not attacking their defense.”

Childress credits Kyle Sheeran’s play as instrumental in the win.

“I thought Kyle Sheeran was huge in the first half as he went 5-8 from the three-point line,” said Childress. “Washington County played us zone all night, so Kyle was the difference from behind the line.”

Sheeran had 23 points on six three-point field goals. Jordan Brewer was also in double figures with 11 while Anthony Myrks had seven points and five rebounds.  Jason Carlberg had five points and five rebounds, while Christian Mullins and Kelton Ford had one point each.

Win over Marion

LaRue County continued its winning ways defeating Marion County 74-61 Friday in the last regular season game.

The Hawks (15-9) led the entire game with an 11-point lead at the end of the first quarter and a 14-point lead at halftime. The Hawks led by as many as 20 in the second half. The Hawks were hot from the floor shooting over 50 percent on 18 of 35 field goal attempts and hitting 17 of 26 free throws.

“This was by far our best shooting display of the year,” said Childress. “We were clicking on all eight cylinders. Christian Mullins had one of his best games of the year, Jordan Brewer had some very important baskets for us and Kyle Sheeran continued to shoot the ball extremely well. Marion County is a good, solid ball club. They started off the year 9-2 so we knew that we had to keep our focus. We got a good early lead but for the first time this year we were able to keep that lead maintaining our momentum.”

Sheeran, behind three three-pointers, again led the Hawks in scoring with 18 points. Brewer had 15; Mullins and Myrks had 13 points each. Carlberg came off the bench to score eight points, Tyler Nall had five and Kelton Ford two.