Zion Harmon scored 15 points and Terry Taylor added a team-high 20 to lead Bowling Green to a 68-51 win over the Graves County Eagles in the first round of the KHSAA Sweet Sixteen. Harmon knocked down two three’s in the second half to help BGHS pull away from Graves.
Both teams struggled to find a rhythm for the noon tip at Rupp. The game was tied at 13 through one as BGHS and Graves began to settle down in the second quarter. Brady Wetherington opened the second quarter with a three to give the Eagles the lead three minutes into the quarter. Bowling Green began to take over from that point. Taylor knocked down a pair of threes and Harmon scored five quick points as BGHS put themselves in front at the half by a score of 31-29.
Graves was able to stay close to the number four team in the state in the first half, but the Purples ran away in the third quarter. BGHS outscored the Eagles 20-8 in the third thanks in large part to a big quarter from Harmon. Two three’s and a couple steals from Harmon helped to push BGHS to a 51-37 lead after three quarters. NKU-commit Chris Vogt kept Taylor in check in the first half, but Taylor’s ability to shoot kept Vogt away from the basket. Vogt fouled out in the fourth quarter with eight points, nine rebounds, and five blocks.
Graves County did what they could to extend the game in the fourth quarter but could never get over the hump caused by BGHS’ dominating third quarter. The Purples led by as much as 21 in the fourth quarter and ran away with a 68-51 over Graves County.
Taylor finished with 20 points on 8-11 shooting and four assists. The other member of BGHS’ twin towers, Kyran Jones had eight points and a game-high 11 rebounds. Jordyn Naranjo led Graves with 11 points. BGHS will take on the winner of Scott County and Pulaski County on Friday afternoon at noon ET.