Clark upends Mason County, earns spot in girls’ Sweet 16

Published 11:41 am Monday, March 6, 2017

CYNTHIANA — It might not be spring just yet, but the Cardinals are about to fly north.

The George Rogers Clark High School girls’ basketball team will travel to Northern Kentucky University’s BB&T Arena Wednesday for the 2017 St. Elizabeth Healthcare/KHSAA Girls Sweet Sixteen Basketball Tournament.

The Cardinals (29-4) take on Harlan (27-8) at 8 p.m.

They earned a spot among the final 16 thanks to a thrilling overtime win over Mason County, 56-53, in the 10th Region Tournament championship game in Harrison County Saturday.

“The kids played hard,” GRC coach Robbie Graham said. “I’m so proud of this team. We’ve had some ups and downs all year long. We’ve stayed together. We’ve worked hard since the fall in the weight room and conditioning. We’ve had some tough long practices. We continued to work hard. Give credit to our staff. It’s been a great year for this team.”

It’s the first trip back to the state tournament since 2014.

The tournament begins Wednesday at noon when Sacred Heart takes on Butler.

GRC plays in Wednesday’s final game. Should the Cardinals win, they’ll be in action again at 1:30 p.m. Friday. The semifinal round is set for Saturday and the championship game will tip at 2 p.m. Sunday.

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