LEXINGTON (AP) — Dominique Hawkins scored 25 points as Madison Central beat Wayne County 81-56 in the first round of the Kentucky boys’ Sweet 16 basketball tournament Wednesday.
Hawkins, a 6-foot-1 senior, hit 11 of 17 from the floor on mostly layups and jumpers as the Indians (29-5) dismantled Wayne County.
Quan Taylor added 13 points and 15 rebounds for Madison Central, which advanced to a second-round game against the winner of Wednesday’s Holmes-Pleasure Ridge Park game.
The Cardinals (27-8) were within 13-9 with 2 1/2 minutes to play in the first quarter, but the 11th Region champion Indians pulled out to an eight-point lead at the quarter’s end.
Madison Central had a 15-2 run over the final four minutes of the second quarter, including a Ken-Jah Bosley 50-foot runner as time expired.
Peyton Woods led Wayne County, the 12th Region champs, with 14 points.
Holmes 65, Pleasure Ridge Park 60
Rashawn Coston scored 23 points as Holmes held off Pleasure Ridge Park 65-60 in the first round of the Kentucky boys’ Sweet 16 basketball tournament Wednesday.
The Bulldogs (32-2) never trailed, but their largest margin was 10 points, near the middle of the second quarter.
Pleasure Ridge Park (25-8) was within one possession of Holmes six times in the second half. The Bulldogs were 8-of-10 from the free-throw line in the final 1:09.
Holmes will play in the second round Friday against Madison Central, an 81-56 first-round winner Wednesday over Wayne County.
Coston set the pace early for the Bulldogs, the 9th Region champion, hitting his first three 3-point attempts.
Lamontray Harris had 20 points and 12 rebounds for the 6th Region champion Panthers. Chris Englemon countered with 10 points and 18 rebounds for Holmes.
Graves Co. 74, Ohio Co. 60
Zach Kimbler and Jake Williams each scored 23 points, and Graves County topped Ohio County 74-60 Wednesday in the first round of the Kentucky boys’ state basketball tournament.
Kimbler, who also grabbed nine rebounds, scored 12 of his points in the final 10 minutes of the game, propelling the 1st Region champion (27-8) from a narrow six-point lead to the final margin.
Graves County led 45-39 before using a 21-13 run to extend its lead to 14 with just under three minutes to play. Kimbler scored 14 points during the spurt to help seal the school’s fourth Sweet 16 win in eight appearances.
Graves County led wire-to-wire Wednesday, opening the game on a 7-2 run. Ohio County (26-9) closed the gap to one point at the midway point in the second quarter but could not overtake Graves.
Preston Lambrich led Ohio County with 19 points.
Hopkinsville 74, South Oldham 52
Jordan Majors scored a game-high 20 points on 7-of-9 shooting, and Hopkinsville coasted to a 74-52 win over South Oldham on Wednesday in the first round of the Kentucky boys’ Sweet 16 state basketball tournament.
Hopkinsville (32-4) jumped out to an 8-1 lead, but the Dragons scored six unanswered points to get within one. The Tigers answered with a 21-1 run over a 6 1/2-minute stretch to put the game out of reach in the second quarter.
The Tigers, who won the 2nd Region championship, shot 65.9 percent (29 of 44). They play Graves County in the quarterfinal round Friday. The two played Jan. 17, and Hopkinsville won on the road 81-59.
Jaqualis Matlock finished with 18 points and 17 rebounds for the Tigers, and Trey Edwards scored 16. Majors, Matlock and Edwards combined for 23-of-31 shooting from the floor.
Matthew Haysley led the Dragons (24-8) with 14 points.