Caldwell beats Livingston in All A, advance to region semis

Caldwell County’s Carter Whittington (5) and Livingston Central’s Max Downey collide going after a loose ball in Tuesday’s Second Region All A Classic game. Caldwell County won, 67-55, to advance to the regional semifinals.

PRINCETON — Caldwell County scored the first nine points of its Second Region All “A” Classic game against Livingston Central on Tuesday en route to a 67-55 win.

The Tigers (1-2) advance to play Crittenden County on Friday at Lyon County High School. A game time has not yet been announced.

Junior guard Jabrion Spikes scored five of Caldwell County’s first 10 points, as the Tigers pushed out to a 17-5 lead when eighth-grader Collin Whittington hit a 3-pointer with 7:11 left in the second quarter.

Livingston Central (0-2) scored the next eight points to pull the Cardinals to within 17-13. LCHS got within three points twice in the second period, the latest when senior guard Max Downey hit his third trey of the quarter to pull Livingston Central within 23-20 with 3:34 left in the half.

CCHS outscored the Cardinals 12-5 for the rest of the period to take a 35-27 halftime lead.

In the second half, Livingston Central pulled to within five points, 39-34, when senior forward Carson Kitchens hit a jumper with 6:03 left in the third quarter. The Cardinals would get no closer, as the Tigers closed out the period on a 14-6 run to keep LCHS at a comfortable distance.

Senior guard Tripp Branch led Caldwell County with 23 points with six 3-pointers and 11 of his points coming in the second quarter. Spikes added 13 points, with eight of those coming in the second half. Senior forward Tate VanHooser put in nine points for the Tigers.

Downey led all scorers with 24 points for Livingston Central, with 17 of those points coming in the second quarter. Senior guard John Barnes added eight points for the Cardinals.

Livingston Central will next play at Hopkins Co. Central on Tuesday.

— David B. Snow

Livingston Central 5 22 13 15 — 55

Caldwell County 14 21 18 14 — 67

LIVINGSTON CENTRAL (55) — Carson Kitchens 2 2-4 6, John Barnes 3 0-0 8, Drew Schulte 2 0-0 6, Max Downey 8 5-6 24, Nolan Zaim 1 0-0 2, Jack Thomason 0 1-2 1, Tyler Calendar 0 2-2 2, Cason Render 0 0-0 0, Robert Schmitt 0 0-0 0, Logan Wring 2 1-2 6. Total 18 11-16 55.

CALDWELL COUNTY (67) — Tripp Branch 7 3-4 23, Jabrion Spikes 5 3-8 13, Carter Whittington 0 1-2 1, Collin Whittington 1 1-4 4, Tate VanHooser 4 1-3 9, Isaiah Joiner 1 0-0 2, Zavy Bumphus 3 1-2 8, Demarius Thompson 1 0-0 3, Giovante Riley 1 2-2 4, Blake Vivrette 0 0-0 0. Total 23 12-25 67.

• Hickman Co. 71, Fulton Co. 43 — At Clinton, Hickman County hit its open shots during a 30-12 second quarter against Fulton County that helped advance the Falcons to Friday’s semifinals of the First Region All “A” Classic in Mayfield.

Jackson Midyett scored 13 of his game-high 24 points for Hickman County in the second quarter. Kelen Johnson and Garrett Ward also came up big for the Falcons with 12 and 10 points, respectively. The Pilots cut into the Hickman County edge with a 16-8 third quarter before making only three free throws in the final frame. Chrisshawn Gordon led Fulton Counity with 15 points, and DiAvian Bradley added 12.

The Falcons will face Murray in the first semifinal at 6 p.m. Friday.

Fulton County 12 12 16 3 — 43

Hickman County 17 30 8 16 — 71

FULTON COUNTY — Bradley 12, Gordon 15, Murphy 8, Cole 7, Gossett 1.

Field goals: 15/47. 3-pointers: 2/13 (Cole, Gordon). Free throws: 11/14. Fouls: 12. Record: 0-3.

HICKMAN COUNTY — Midyett 24, K. Johnson 12, Ward 10, Prince 8, Hayden 8, C. Johnson 4, Naranjo 5.

Field goals: 26/49. 3-pointers: 7/18 (Midyett 3, Ward 2, Naranjo, Prince). Free throws: 12/15. Fouls: 12. Record: 3-1.

• St. Mary 69, Carlisle 36 — At Bardwell, St. Mary turned up the defensive pressure on a Carlisle County squad that was missing top scorer Blake Elder. The results was a balanced attack that produced a big victory that put the Vikings into Friday’s First Region All “A” Classic semifinals in Mayfield.

Jack Bell led St. Mary with 14 points, as he and Daniel Willett each grabbed seven rebounds. Parker MacCauley added 13 points, mainly off three 3-pointers. Willett and Bryce Haas both got 10 points for the Vikings, who will face Mayfield in the second semifinal at around 7:45 p.m. Friday.

Evan Oliver was the top Comet with 14 points.

St. Mary 21 10 21 17 — 69

Carlisle County 9 5 6 16 — 36

ST. MARY — Bell 14, MacCauley 13, Haas 10, Willett 10, Sims 5, Fleming 4, Muiter 4, Lurtz 3, A. Hrdlicka 3, Quigley 2, Durbin 1.

Field goals: 30. 3-pointers: 8 (MacCauley 3, Bell 2, A. Hrdlicka, Lurtz, Sims). Free throws: 1/2. Rebounds: 32. Fouls: 14. Record: 1-2.

CARLISLE COUNTY — Oliver 14, Grogan 6, Keeling 6, Newsome 4, Arnold 4, Hayden 2.

Field goals: 9. 3-pointers: 2 (Oliver 2). Free throws: 16/18. Fouls: 12. Record: 3-1.

• Lyon 79, UHA 77 — At Eddyville, Nick Whalin made an inside baskets with 2.7 seconds left to earn Lyon County the right to host the Second Region All "A" Championship game on Saturday with a 79-77 win over University Heights Academy on Tuesday night.

The game was nip-and-tuck from the opening tip with neither team giving way to the other. It was fast-paced with several lead changes. Jackson Shoulders converted two free throws to give the Lyons a 71-68 lead with three minutes to play. Travis Perry made two free throws with 0:58 remaining to put the Lyons up 77-73. UHA battled back to tie the game at 77-77 as a result of two Lyon turnovers. Perry made a nifty assist in the lane to Whalin for the game-winner. UHA’s KJ Crump front rimmed a desperation 3-pointer from half court at the buzzer.

Both teams opened the game a little tight. UHA got on the score board first with two free throws from Crump, the standout guard for the Blazers. Lyon guard Gunner Bingham made a tough bucket inside and was fouled on the shot. Bingham converted the free throw to put the Lyons up 13-11. UHA’s William Bryan made a fabulous assist to Amani McGee to close the 1st quarter with the Blazers taking a 19-18 lead.

Perry made a tough baseline jumper to put the Lyons up 28-24 at the midway point of the second quarter. Perry backed that up with a 3-pointer from the corner to give the Lyons a 31-27 lead. Crump hit a deep 3-pointer to pull the Blazers within five at 44-39 at the halfway mark. Shoulders and Perry scored 17 and 15 points respectively in the first half of play. UHA’s William Bryan and Crump scored 13 and 10 points respectively in the 1st half.

McGee opened the second half with a deep 3-pointer to pull the Blazers within two points at 44-42. Crump made a deep 3-pointer to give UHA a 51-50 lead midway through the third quarter. Perry hit a really difficult layup high off the backboard to close the third quarter to give the Lyons their largest lead of the game at 65-58.

The Lyons' offense was led by Shoulders with 28 points and Perry with 27. Lyon will face the winner of Friday's Caldwell County-Crittenden County matchup in the championship game here on Saturday. Dawson Springs, Lyon's scheduled opponent, was forced out by Covid-19 protocols.

In non-tournament action in the Second Region, Preston Turley dominated the offense for Crittenden County with 27 points in a 71-53 loss to Muhlenberg County in Marion.

— Jeff Rogers

Lyon County 18 26 21 14 79

University Heights 19 20 19 19 77

LYON: J. Shoulders 28, Perry 27, Whalin 9, Bingham 6, Reddick 4, B. Shoulders 3, Gilbert 2. 3ptFG: Perry 2. Record: 4-0

UHA: Crump 19, Quarles 18, Bryan 17, McGee 15, Grubbs 8. 3ptFG: Crump 4, Grubbs 2, McGee, D.J. Quarles. Record: 1-3

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