Somerset gets by Trinity Christian in region

Mar. 7—Somerset kicked off their regional tournament run on Thursday night on a familiar court at Pulaski County, but against an unfamiliar foe in Trinity Christian. The two teams had never played before Thursday's contest.

It turned out that the unfamiliarity worked against the Briar Jumpers, as the Titans stayed right with them in the first quarter. An early 6-0 spree by them even gave Trinity the lead early in the second. However, it became the Josh Lewis show in the period as he hit three shots from downtown and had 15 points at the break. Indred Whitaker, the usual sharpshooter for the Jumpers, was unusually quiet in the first half for Somerset. That was quickly remedied in the second half though, as Whitaker drilled six three-pointers in the last 16 minutes of the contest. Eventually, the shooting was too much for Trinity Christian as Somerset pulled away with a 73-53 victory. Whitaker ended up being the leading scorer with 24 points.

Somerset advances to Monday night's semifinal, where they will take on the winner of the nightcap, the Danville Christian Warriors. Look for a full game story in Saturday's edition of the Commonwealth Journal.

Jacob Pratt is the Sports Editor of the Commonwealth Journal and can be reached at