Hawks are 18th District champs

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LaRue wins first boys' district basketball championship since 2003

By The Staff

It was a night of second chances Thursday in Lebanon. Two teams that lost their district championships last week won their 5th Region Tournament openers against champions of neighboring districts.


In the process, LaRue County saw its successful season end three wins short of a State Tournament trip.

John Hardin bounced back from its loss in the 17th District title game to defeat the 18th District champion Hawks 70-58.

In the previous game Thursday night at Marion County High School, Adair County picked up an overtime win against Bardstown, the defending region champions and this year's 19th District title holders. The final score was 63-56.

The regional continued Sunday afternoon as North Hardin squeaked by Taylor County 57-56 in the upper bracket semifinal. Adair County beat John Hardin 51-43 in the second semifinal game.

The championship game, which determines a spot in the boys' Sweet 16 State Tournament, is scheduled for Tuesday night.

LaRue boys' basketball season ended with a record of 23-6.

To reach the regional, LaRue rallied from a three-point halftime deficit to defeat Green County 59-49 for the 18th District Basketball Tournament crown.

The Hawks had finished second two straight years before picking up its first District title since 2003.

“This is big for our seniors,” said a proud and happy head coach Paul Childress. “They’ve felt the other side of this for two straight years. I feel so good for them.”

Green was led by the 15-point effort of Stanton Shively. John Stone also reached double figures with 10.

LaRue placed three players on both the All-District and All-Tournament teams. Christian Seymour, Bryan Bault and Tyler Hornback, all seniors, made both teams.

Look for a detailed report from the Hawks' trip to the 5th Region Tournament in the March 11 print edition of The LaRue County Herald News.

Richard Robards contributed to this report.