Hopkinsville beat Henderson County 59-46 Saturday to win their second straight region championship and sixth in school history.
Hoptown hit 23-of-31 free throws in the fourth quarter as Henderson County was forced to foul to get the basketball back. The Tigers hit all three of their fourth quarter field goal attempts -- two of those were dunks.
For the game, Hopkinsville was 13-of-29 (45%) from the field and 30-of-43 (70%) from the free throw line. Trey Edwards led Hopkinsville with 20 points, while Jaqualis Matlock scored 12 of his 17 points in the fourth quarter on 10-of-10 free throw shooting. He also grabbed nine rebounds.
Henderson County (26-6) hit 7-of-16 from behind the 3-point arc in the second half and hit 9-of-22 for the game. Rick Armstead hit six 3-pointers to finish with 18 points, while Kaleb Duckworth added seven points and 10 rebounds.
For Henderson County, it's their eighth straight loss in a region title game since their last championship in 1999.
Henderson County controlled the tempo throughout the game but could not manage much offense through three quarters against Hopkinsville 1-2-2 point drop defense. Hopkinsville scored 21 points off 16 Henderson turnovers.
Hopkinsville, now 31-4, has won 23 straight games and has not lost since right after Christmas. It's the second time in school history that Hopkinsville has won consecutive region titles (1985-86).
Hopkinsville will play 8th Region champion South Oldham (24-7) in the first round of the Sweet 16 Wednesday night at 8pm (ET) at Rupp Arena.