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MORE HEAD Twenty-three seconds.

Bath County trailed Rowan County by just 25-21 with 4:27 remaining in the third quarter of Wednesday’s 61st District Boys’ Championship Game at Warren H. Cooper Gymnasium. He grew to a 32-21 lead with 4:04 to head to a 52-31 crush.

Senior goaltender Mason Moore wasn’t sure he’d ever seen a faster streak.

“It was good for us,” Moore said. “We wanted to go out and play the tempo a bit. We had big turnovers and big buckets.

If it’s March, Rowan County is playing for a district title, and you could have bet your house, your car, and the children’s college fund the Vikings would win. Wednesday’s win was the Vikings’ seventh straight.

If you needed convincing Rowan County (13-3) is a deep team, there was this: Moore, the tournament’s most valuable player, scored 13 points in the first half – and not one in the second. It didn’t matter — junior center Robby Todd had 15 points, 10 rebounds, one assist and three blocks.

Additionally, the Vikings are 28-1 against the Wildcats.

The Rowan County race may have started late in the second stanza. Moore’s drive past Tyler Buckhanon of the Wildcats (on one of Chase Alderman’s four assists) and Todd’s right 12-footer from the rim in the final minute gave the Vikings a 22-15 advantage at halftime. -time.

Field goals from Buckhanon, Zack Otis and Caleb Rushing pushed the Wildcats to their closest margin, no one scored.

What Bath County didn’t fix: Rowan County’s 2-2-1 and 3-2 full zone presses.

After Todd scored with 4:27 left in the third, Moore stole a pass and found Todd for another bucket (29-21, with 4:19 remaining). Then the finish – Nathan Goodpaster’s steal and missed shot, Moore’s offensive rebound and the assist on Dilan Maxey’s 3.

“We went to see a press that we don’t handle a lot, but we got dividends from that, dividends from our half-court stuff,” Rowan County coach Shawn Thacker said.

By the end of the quarter, Rowan County was leading, 39-25, and the Wildcats were scoreless for nearly five minutes between the third and fourth stanzas.

“There’s usually a quarter where they really hurt us, and that was the third quarter,” said Bath County coach Bart Williams. “We flipped it three or four times in a row.”

Which almost went unnoticed – Rowan County knocked out Bath County top scorer Zack Otis. He was averaging 26.5 points heading into Wednesday, but only scored four points on 2-of-11 shooting.

“I’ve played with (Otis) in the past; it’s a good scorer,” Todd said. “We knew he would want to attack the rim. … We just knew we had to wall off and make sure he didn’t get easy looks.

Bath County (7-15) is 10-9 all-time in district title games. The Wildcats advance to the tournament from the 16th region for the fourth consecutive year – the first time that has happened since a quadruple quest from 1974 to 1977.

Jordan Wilson and Buckhanon led the Wildcats with eight points apiece. Buckhanon added 11 boards, four assists and four blocks.

Rowan County and Bath County join defending 16th Region champions Ashland, Boyd County, West Carter, Elliott County, Raceland and Lewis County at next week’s tournament. Tip for the first round matches on Saturday and Monday.

After the game, Moore celebrated with a pass of young fans, including 7-year-old Jase Gilliam, who sported a “Mason’s No. 1 Fan” t-shirt.

“It’s just a blessing that he can look up to me like that,” Moore said.

BATH CO. FG FT REB TP

Rush 1-2 0-0 4 2

Wilson 4-8 0-2 2 8

Manley 2-5 0-0 1 6

Bouchanon 4-7 0-0 11 8

Otis 2-11 0-0 5 4

Sorrel 1-2 0-0 0 3

McCarty 0-1 0-0 0 0

Hill 0-0 0-0 0 0

Mayor 0-0 0-0 1 0

St. John 0-0 0-0 0 0

Brashear 0-0 0-0 0 0

Team 0

TOTALS 14-36 0-2 24 31

FG Pct. : 38.9. FT Pct: 0. 3 points FG: 3-13 (Wilson 0-1, Manley 2-5, Otis 0-4, Sorrell 1-1, McCarty 0-1). PF: 10. Fouling: None. Turnover: 10.

ROWAN CO. FG FT REB TP

Maxey 2-4 0-0 0 6

Alderman 1-5 2-4 6 4

Moore 4-14 3-3 9 13

Bonpasteur 3-8 0-0 3 8

Todd 6-13 3-5 10 15

Gardner 1-2 0-0 0 3

Perkins 0-0 0-0 0 0

Collins 0-0 0-0 0 0

Justice 1-2 0-0 0 3

Blevins 0-0 0-0 0 0

Fannin 0-0 0-0 1 0

Team 1

TOTALS 18-48 8-10 30 52

FG Pct. : 37.5. Percent FT: 80.0. 3-point FG: 8-25 (Maxey 2-4, Alderman 0-1, Moore 2-8, Goodpaster 2-6, Todd 0-2, Gardner 1-2, Justice 1-2). PF: 5. Fouling: None. Turnover: 6.

BATH CO. 8 7 10 6 – 31

ROWAN CO. 12 10 17 13 – 52

Officials: Jaff Callihan, Kenny Kegley and Jeremy Ruckle. Technical fouls: None.

All Tournament Team: Menifee Co. – Brevon Ricker and Joe Davis; Fleming Co. – Seth Hickerson and Adam Hargett; Bath Co. – Zack Otis, Joe Manley and Tyler Buckhanon; Rowan Co. – Nathan Goodpaster, Robby Todd and Chase Alderman. Most Valuable Player: Mason Moore, Rowan County.

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