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Road to Rupp: March 7th Edition

Mark Zerof-USA TODAY Sports

All was quiet on the high basketball front on Sunday, save for the semi-final round of the 9th Region Tournament.

The Covington Catholic Colonels hit their free throws in the fourth to stave off a challenge from a determined Conner team.

Newport Central Catholic had an easier time with Covington Holy Cross and won going away by 25 points.

On the docket for tonight is a mess of regional semi-finals and, in addition, ten teams will duke it out in five regional finals with the hope of punching their ticket to the Sweet 16.

Below is a full schedule of tonight’s games and a section of previews for all of tonight’s finals.

March 6th Scores

9th Region

Covington Catholic 64, Connor 55

Newport Central Catholic 62, Covington Holy Cross 37

March 7th Regional Final Previews

2nd Region

Christian County vs. Hopkinsville

The Hoptown Tigers (20-12) are in the midst of a four-year run of excellence in the 2nd Region, but tonight the Tigers find themselves in the unfamiliar role of underdog against Christian County (28-2).

The Colonel have gotten the better of the Tigers twice this season, including the 8th District Finals.

If the Colonels want a chance to win the school’s second state title then they will need to down the Tiger for a third time, which is never easy, especially against a team that has been to the finals before and knows what it takes to get to Rupp.

6th Region

Bullitt East vs. Doss

This game has the potential to be a barnburner.

The Doss Dragons (26-5) and the Bullitt East Chargers (27-5) are the top teams in the 6th Region but have yet to play this season. Tonight they meet in the biggest game of the season for both.

Doss is the defending region champions and one of the most underrated teams in the state.

However, the Chargers are a program with championship pedigree and the boys from Mount Washington must be chomping at the bit to play on the hallowed floor at Rupp Arena.

9th Region

Newport Central Catholic vs. Covington Catholic

The Colonels from Covington Holy Cross (28-6) have found a way to get the better of Newport Central Catholic (27-4) in the 9th Region tournament for years. Even when the Thoroughbreds had the better team.

NCC lost to Cov. Cath by 15 points earlier this season but have been playing inspired ball as of late, but will it be enough for the Breds to finally slay their dragon?

11th Region

Scott County vs. Paul Laurence Dunbar

Scott County (29-5) is a perennial favorite to win the 11th Region, but if the current Cardinals squad takes the trophy home to Georgetown it will be a surprise. The Cardinals are young and start three freshmen. However, over the course of the regional tournament the youngsters have found ways to win two difficult games.

The Dunbar Bulldogs (28-6) are enjoying their best season in years and look to make their first trip to Rupp in almost two decades. They spanked the Cardinals by 31 points in February and pose a stiff threat to the Cards.

13th Region

Clay County vs. South Laurel

After a dormant decade, the Clay County Tigers (25-7) are set to appear in their fourth straight regional title game. To advance to their third Sweet 16 in the last four years, the Tigers will need to knock off a talented South Laurel Cardinal team (26-6) that has easily handled them twice this season.

March 7th Regional Semi-Final Schedule

1st Region

Graves County vs. McCracken County

Murray vs. Paducah Tilghman

4th Region

Barren County vs. Warren Central

Bowling Green vs. Russell County

8th Region

Collins vs. South Oldham

Oldham County vs. Anderson County

10th Region

Mason County vs. Paris

Montgomery County vs. Augusta

12th Region

Southwestern vs. Mercer County

Casey County vs. Boyle County

14th Region

Perry County Central vs. June Buchanan

Breathitt County vs. Buckhorn

15th Region

Johnson Central vs. East Ridge

Magoffin County vs. Lawrence County

16th Region

Elliott County vs. Lewis County

Rowan County vs. Boyd County