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Derby Trophy Delivered to Churchill Downs

Mar 25, 2014
Churchill Downs

With Kentucky Derby 140 less than six weeks away, the solid gold trophy that the owner of the winning 3 year old will receive is being delivered to Churchill Downs in Louisville.

The trophy is 22 inches tall with a 14-karat gold horse and rider atop it and horseshoe-shaped wreath handles. It sits on a jade base and weighs about five pounds. It'll be unveiled at the track Tuesday.

Churchill Downs says the company that makes the trophy began work on it in November. The process takes about 2,000 hours.

UK Athletics

Update at 3:42 pm:

Covington Catholic is the winner of the 2014 Kentucky Boys' Sweet 16 title after beating Scott County 59-51 in overtime.

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Bowling Green High School's bid to play in the 2014 boys' high school basketball championship came up short Saturday, as the Purples fell to Covington Catholic in the semifinal round.

Covinton Catholic won the game 81-68 at Lexington's Rupp Arena.

Earlier Saturday night, Scott County beat Trinity 62-56 in the other semifinal.

Scott County and Covington Catholic face each other Sunday at 2 p.m. eastern for the state championship.

It's a big day for basketball in the Bluegrass State. At the same time the high school title is being decided, the UK Wildcats will be playing No. 1 seed Wichita State in the NCAA tournament. The winner of that game will play the Louisville Cardinals Friday in the Sweet 16.

WKU's hopes of upsetting No. 2 seed Baylor in the NCAA Tournament opener fell short Saturday evening.  

Facing the Bears on their home court in Waco, Texas, WKU managed to stay close, trailing by just six at the half.  But Baylor, led by Odyssey Sims and Nina Davis, pulled away late in the second half for an 87-74 win. Davis had 32 points in the game; Sims scored 31. 

With the loss, WKU's ten-game winning streak and season came to an end, following the team's Sun Belt Conference title.

WKU was led in scoring by Chastity Gooch, who poured in 23.  Kendall Noble contributed 21 in the loss and Bianca McGee added 18.  

Update at 3:21 pm:

Scott County beat Johnson Central 64-55 Thursday.

Update at 1:34 pm:

Trinity beat Hopkinsville 74-56 Thursday. The Shamrocks now advance to one of the two Saturday semifinal games.

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The field has been cut in half at the Kentucky Boys Sweet 16.

Friday features four quarterfinal matchups at Rupp Arena, with the winners facing each other in two Saturday semifinals. The state champ will be crowned Sunday afternoon.

Here is Friday's schedule, with all times eastern:

Trinity 74, Hopkinsville 56  FINAL

Scott County vs. Johnson Central  1:30 pm

Bowling Green vs. McCracken County  6:30 pm

Bardstown vs. Covington Catholic  8:00 pm

WKU Athletics

The WKU Lady Toppers first appearance in the NCAA basketball tournament since 2007-08 is made even more remarkable when you considered that it has happened without one of the team’s scoring leaders. 

Junior guard Alexis Govan  has been sidelined since December 21st with a stress fracture of the leg and likely won’t play until next season.  Despite her injury, Govan remains upbeat. She’s been cheering on teammates from the bench and says she's looking forward to the team’s trip to Waco.

“It’s going to be fun. Texas is a great place for Western to play and we’ve had some success there, so everybody knows that we have to be up and be positive. It’s a big game and a big opportunity,” said Govan.

The trip to Texas will be a trip home for Govan, a San Antonio native.  WKU head coach Michelle Clark-Heard says the team misses her presence, and her 16 points per game, but the good news is Govan’s injury won’t likely require surgery.

KHSAA

Update at 9:49 pm:

Bardstown beat Pleasure Ridge Park 75-70 Thursday night.

Update at 12:43 pm:

McCracken County beat Wayne County Thursday afternoon, 81-74.

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Three teams from our listening area put their dreams of a state basketball championship on the line Thursday in Lexington.

It's day two of the Kentucky Boys Sweet 16 tournament, with Bardstown, Bowling Green, and Wayne County hitting the Rupp Arena court in first-round contests.

Here is Thursday's schedule, with all times eastern:

Wayne County vs. McCracken Co.  12:00 pm

Bowling Green vs. Knott County Central  1:30 pm

Bardstown vs. Pleasure Ridge Park  6:30 pm

Clay County vs. Covington Catholic  8:00 pm

Update at 9:54 p.m.:

Here are the other results from Wednesday's first-round Sweet 16 games in Lexington:

Johnson Central 58  Campbell County 56

Scott County 77  Fleming County 66

Johnson Central, Scott County, Hopkinsville, and Trinity are advancing to the quarterfinals following their opening round wins.

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Hopkinsville is advancing in the Kentucky Boys Sweet 16 basketball tournament.

The Tigers beat South Oldham 83-63 Wednesday afternoon in the opening game of the state championship.

Tournament favorite Trinity beat Owensboro in the second game 55-41.

Bowling Green, Bardstown, and Wayne County are among the teams playing first-round games Thursday at Lexington’s Rupp Arena.

More than any other nation, America is awash in teams. There are the pro teams, the college team, the high school team, the fantasy teams.

Well, at a certain point, something has to give — and apparently, the team sport that's given way the most is men's college basketball.

Yes, college hoops has its fleeting moment in the vernal equinox. It's fun. You make out brackets — but it's not like other sports where you're familiar with the principals.

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WKU signee Ivy Brown has been named Kentucky's 2014 Miss Basketball, an award given annually to the state's top female high school player.

The naming marks the first winner of the award to sign with the WKU program out of high school since all-time leading scorer Crystal Kelly in 2004. Brown chose WKU over Kentucky, Middle Tennessee and Tennessee Tech.

Brown  led LaRue County to a 24-7 record this season, including wins in 10 of the final 11 games of the season and an appearance in the Fifth Region Championship game. She averaged 24.4 points and 12.6 rebounds a game for the Lady hawks as a senior.

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March Madness isn’t just for the collegiate basketball ranks.

One week after Kentucky crowned a girls’ champion, the state’s best boys’ teams are set to open their Sweet 16 tournament Wednesday at Lexington’s Rupp Arena.

Here is a schedule of the tournament's first-round games, with all times eastern:

Wednesday

South Oldam vs. Hopkinsville  12:00 pm

Trinity vs. Owensboro  1:30 pm

Scott County vs. Fleming County  6:30 pm

Campbell County vs. Johnson Central  8:00 pm

Thursday

McCracken County vs. Wayne County  12:00 pm

Knott County Central vs. Bowling Green  1:30 pm

Bardstown vs. Pleasure Ridge Park  6:30 pm

Clay County vs. Covington Catholic 8:00 pm

WKU Athletics

The WKU women's basketball team will head to Waco, Texas on Saturday to take on No. 2 seed Baylor in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.  Saturday's game is at 5:30 p.m. CDT at the Ferrell Center.  The game will be broadcast on ESPN2.

The Lady Toppers earned a spot in the tournament with a comeback win in the Sun Belt Conference championship game Saturday against Arkansas State.

It is their 17th appearance in the NCAA tournament, but the first since 2007-08.

Elizabethtown Falls in Girls' Sweet 16 Championship Game

Mar 17, 2014

Danielle Lawrence scored 13 points and grabbed 10 rebounds as Butler beat Elizabthtown 49-38 in title game Sunday.

Elizabethtown's Erin Boley hit two free throws to pull within one, 39-38, before Butler held the Panthers scoreless for the final 5:27 of the game. Butler, No. 1 in the Associated Press' final regular season poll, scored the final 10 points of the game and held Elizabethtown to 30% shooting to secure the school's fourth state title, its first since 2008.

Allison Just added 10 points for Butler (33-3), while Fontasia Jeffries scored nine and Lawrence had five steals.

The Bearettes hit four 3's during an 11-1 run in the last 3:17 of the first quarter and went on to shoot 43% from beyond the arc for the game.

Boley had 18 points and 10 rebounds for Elizabethtown (32-5).

WKU Athletics

The No. 1 ranked Elizabethtown Panthers will take on the No. 2 ranked Butler High School of Louisville Sunday afternoon for the 2014 Kentucky Girls Sweet 16 title.

Elizabethtown beat George Rogers Clark 71-56 in the semifinals Saturday at E.A. Diddle Arena in Bowling Green.

Butler won Saturday against Ashland Blazer 62-50.

Elizabethtown sophomore Erin Boley scored 20 points and had eight rebounds against GRC Saturday. Three other Panthers scored in double figures.

 Update March 17, 11:25 a.m.

The Lady Toppers will take part in a selection show watch party beginning at 5 p.m. CDT at Mister B's Pizza and Wings on Scottsville Road in Bowling Green.

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For the fourth time this season, the Lady Toppers overcame a double-digit deficit to win a game. On Saturday night in New Orleans, it came in the biggest game so far this season.  The WKU women edged Arkansas State 61-60 to win the Sun Belt Conference Tournament.  

Chastity Gooch led the Lady Toppers in scoring with 26 points. Her efforts in the tournament earned her MVP honors.  

The WKU women's team will learn its first round opponent in the NCAA tournament on Monday night at 6 p.m. during the selection show. 

Also in New Orleans Saturday, the WKU men lost in their SBC tournament semifinal game to Louisiana-Lafayette 73-72.

The Lady Hilltoppers basketball team staved off a late rally from Arkansas-Little Rock for a 66-62 win Friday afternoon in the Sun Belt Conference Tournament in New Orleans.  The win propels the WKU women into the conference championship game Saturday night at 8 p.m. CDT against Arkansas State.

Meanwhile, the WKU men's basketball team will also be in action Saturday in New Orleans as it plays in the men's semi-final at 4:30 p.m. central. 

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