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19th DISTRICT TOURNAMENT: B'town girls end TNHS season

February 22, 2013
Bardstown High School

By Peter W. Zubaty, Sports Editor

SPRINGFIELD — Bardstown’s girls and Nelson County’s boys put an end to Thomas Nelson’s first-ever 19th District tournament, advancing to the semifinals with wins over the Generals in Monday’s opening round.

<div class="source">Peter W. Zubaty</div><div class="image-desc">Bardstown's Bre'Asia Spalding gets past Thomas Nelson's Hannah Wolf on a drive to the basket Monday. Spalding got a pair of three-point plays late in the third quarter that helped the Tigers build a 15-point lead on the Generals, their biggest of the game.</div><div class="buy-pic"></div>
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In the girls’ opener to the district doubleheader at Washington County High School, Bardstown held Thomas Nelson to just four points in the second quarter and just four more in the third as the Tiger girls built a second-half lead as large as 15 on the way to a 42-31 win.

The Generals (4-23) bested the Tigers (6-24) twice in the regular season, each time by 13 or more points. Fifth-seeded Bardstown, who was led by Kasia Stone’s 14 points and Bre’Asia Spalding’s 11, takes on top seed Nelson County (24-5) at 7:30 p.m. Thursday in the semifinals, following host Washington County (15-12), the No. 2 seed, against third-seeded Bethlehem (7-15) at 6 p.m.

Lisa Jo Wygal’s 11 points led Thomas Nelson.

In the boys’ nightcap, Nelson County got off to a hot shooting start and never really cooled down in a 73-62 win.

The Cardinals (9-18) shook off two recent setbacks — an injury to starter Joseph Cesare and a loss to the upstart Generals last time out — by starting the game on a 15-6 run and were in control 20-8 by the end of the first quarter.

Thomas Nelson (6-23) finally pieced together a rally in the fourth, an 11-2 spurt that saw Cameron Morgeson tie it at 56-56 on a 16-footer with 3:15 left to play.

From there, Nelson County had all the answers as Jesse Crume and Tyler Reynolds combined for 17 of their team’s 23 points in the final frame and made several key plays late as the Cardinals closed the game on a 17-6 run.

Crume’s 26 points led all scorers, while Zach Maulden (15), Ryan Bell (11) and Reynolds (10) also had big nights.

For Thomas Nelson, eighth-grader A.J. Youngman led the way with 21 points, while Austin Willett had 18 and Morgeson added 17.

Nelson County gets a Wednesday date with top-seeded Bardstown in the 19th District semifinals at 7 p.m. No. 2 seed Bethlehem (23-5) faces host Washington County (6-21), the three seed, at 7 p.m. Tuesday.

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