By John Lachmann
Senior outside hitter Kaitlin Murray tallied 11 kills and three aces as Simon Kenton (24-8) defeated Grant County (13-18), 25-17, 25-11, 25-14 on Monday.
Junior middle hitter Haley Robinson added eight kills, and senior setter Sophie Dunn rolled up 30 assists for the Pioneers, who wrap up their regular season at NewCath on Tuesday.
LUDLOW SWEEPS WALTON – Senior outside hitter Nicole Frevola tallied six kills and a pair of aces as Ludlow (20-8) defeated Walton-Verona (18-15), 25-16, 25-11.
Senior setter McKenzie Huffman dished for nine assists and served for three aces in the Panthers’ win, which was their eighth in their last nine matches.
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The Bluebirds are a victory away from a record seventh consecutive state title and a Kentucky best 23rd overall.
Senior guard Abby Owings went 4-for-4 from the foul line late in the fourth quarter to seal Simon Kenton’s win over Ryle.
Senior center Drew Burns racked up 20 points, including 10 in the second quarter, as Brossart edged Newport.
Senior forward/guard Vickie Stagge hit the winning basket on a backdoor cut with four seconds left in overtime as Lloyd edged Bellevue.
Freshman guard Sean McNeil scored 10 of his 13 points in the second half to help seal Cooper’s win over Walton-Verona.
Junior guard James Bolden led 12 Holmes players in scoring with 18 points as the Bulldogs pounded Newport in the teams’ season opener.
Sophomore guard Kylie Kramer hit a running layup with four seconds remaining to lift Campbell County.
Senior guard Abby Stadtmiler led all scorers with 23 points as Brossart beat Ryle, on the opening night of Kentucky high school basketball.
Simon Kenton scored 60 first-half points and reached the 100-point mark for just the second time this century as the Pioneers beat Holy Cross.
Highlands induced the running clock in the second quarter but saw its lead slip to seven before sealing another trip to the state championship.