Trinity 71 – Scott County 53
Tonight it all worked out, the culmination of the Kentucky high school basketball season in a game between the state’s two best teams. The #1 team in the state, the Trinity Shamrocks, took on the second ranked Scott County Cardinals. In what was first a rematch between the two teams that played for the 6A football crown, a matchup between Tamron Manning and Nathan Dieudonne to sway Mr. Basketball votes, and the battle for the ultimate prize of the 2012 State Championship.
Early in the game it was Mr. Basketball favorite Tamron Manning who hit back to back threes and got in the lane to score eight straight and give the Cards a 10-4 advantage. Trinity scored six unanswered to tie the game but again Manning got into the paint to give the Cards a 12-10 lead to end the first. In the second the teams battled to a tie at 16 but three Trinity threes in a row gave them a 25-18 advantage. From there it was all Trinity, and the Rocks took a 31-20 lead into halftime.
Throughout the third the two teams traded baskets as Trinity tried to nest their lead. After three the Shamrocks lead 49-36. In the fourth quarter the Shamrocks continued to push the lead to the final margin of 18. Congratulations to the Shamrocks on winning their first state championship.
For Trinity their victory was a total team effort with all five starters scoring in double figures. Manning gave an excellent performance finishing with 28 for the Cardinals although he was the only player to score in double figures. Scott County was done in by excellent shooting from Trinity as they went 9-14 from beyond the arc. Congrats to the Region 11 champion Cardinals for a great season.
Special thanks to everyone who followed along with the Sweet 16 this week. Be sure to drop by KSRcollege.com to read all of the great work my colleagues put out on a daily basis. Go Cats!