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Sacred Heart knocks out Knott Central in first game of the girls’ Sweet 16 tournament

Published: Apr. 7, 2021 at 12:25 PM EDT|Updated: Apr. 7, 2021 at 12:47 PM EDT
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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WYMT) - The KHSAA Mingua Beef Jerky Girls Sweet 16 kicked off Wednesday morning at Rupp Arena in Lexington with a matchup involving a mountain team.

The Valkyries of Sacred Heart defeated the Knott County Central Lady Patriots in the opening contest, 64-32. This was the final game for Keara Mullins and MaKenzie Conley.

Sacred Heart started strong, ending up with a 41-16 lead over the defending 14th Region champs at halftime. The Valkyries used a 19-1 run at the end of the first half to put the distance between them and the Lady Patriots.

WYMT Sports Director Willie Hope, who covered the game, tweeted turnovers were a big factor for KCC in the first half. For the game, Knott Central committed 26 turnovers, which Sacred Heart turned into 30 points.

In her final game, Keara Mullins led Knott Central with nine points. Sacred Heart’s Josie Gilvin recorded a triple-double with 13 points, 10 rebounds and 10 steals.

In a little bit of history of how we got to this matchup:

It took four overtimes for the Lady Patriots to get past the previous defending 14th Region champion Letcher County Center Lady Cougars. Knott Central has taken the title four times in the last five years.

Sacred Heart played in the last girls’ Sweet 16 game against South Laurel in 2020 before the pandemic canceled the rest of the tournament.

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