Local Sports Monday March 13, 2017

The Mercer County Lady TItans out of Harrodsburg are the 2017 KHSAA Girls Sweet 16 basketball state champions.  It is the first title for Mercer County who beat Franklin County 85-71 in the championship game.

The Boys Sweet 16 State Tournament begins later this week at Rupp Arena in Lexington. 14th Region champion Perry Central will take on 15th Region champion the Pikeville Panthers in an all mountain first round game at the state tournament this Wednesday March 15th at 1:30pm.  13th region champ the Harlan County Black Bears will take on Scott High School on Wednesday March 15th at 6:30pm.  You can hear all games of the Boys Sweet 16 from opening round to championship game on CBS Sports Radio AM 920 WTCW. 

In high school baseball from this weekend....The Letcher County Central Cougars lost their season opener at home, falling to North Laurel 8-4.   The Cougars will take on Perry County Central at home today at 6pm and then play at Harlan County Thursday at 6. 

The Jenkins Cavalier baseball team is now 1-1 after losing a district game Friday at Knott County Central.  The Cavaliers will play at Betsy Layne today at 6 followed by their home opener against Buckhorn this Friday at 6pm.

Letcher County Central Lady Cougar softball  begins this Saturday March 18th at Belfry. The Lady Cougars will play Henry Clay at 11am then Belfry at 1.   Jenkins Lady Cavalier softball will begin tomorrow, Tuesday, March 14th with a doubleheader against JI Burton VA at home.
Behind a career high of 14 points  for senior Dominique Hawkins, The UK Wildcats claimed their 30th Southeastern Conference Tournament championship and third straight on Sunday with an 82-65 win over Arkansas in Nashville.  The victory was UK’s 11th straight and puts them at 29-5 overall.  DeAaron Fox was named the tournament MVP.  The Cats picked up the #2 seed in the South Region of the NCAA Tournament and will face #15 seed Northern KY in Indianapolis this Friday night at 9:30pm.  Pre-game will start around 8pm here on the Bulldog.