Walton-Verona got off to a quick start and never looked back in picking up a 71-42 win over Carroll County in the semifinals of the All "A" Classic Eighth region Tournament at Williamstown on Friday.

The Bearcats led 18-7 after the first quarter and 31-15 at halftime before cruising in the second half. Walton-Verona shot 58 percent (26-for-45) from the floor and 14-for-17 (82 percent) from the free-throw line.

"Walton got off to a quick start and we missed some easy shots," Carroll County coach Carroll Yager said. "And it was the same in the second quarter. They're a good ball-handling team and once we got behind them, there wasn't much we could do to get back in it."

Dakota Corbin had 14 points and Trey Boles scored 10 to lead Carroll County.

Brandon Stewart, who had missed the last 10 games after breaking his wrist, returned to action and had five points in 15 minutes. Yager said he plans on easing his senior starting point guard back into the lineup.

"He got the cast off and he's wearing a brace but we're going to take it easy on him," Yager said. "We may not play him at the point right away but even with a brace he can help us, especially with his defense and ball-handling."

Tanner Mavis led the Bearcats with 23 points and Grant Mavis added 15.

Walton-Verona (8-12) advances to the championship game today where it will take on Owen County for the right to head to the state finals.

Carroll County, now 11-8 on the season, hosts Owen County Thursday.

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ALL "A" CLASSIC 8TH REGION

Semifinals

at Williamstown, Ky.

WALTON-VERONA 71, CARROLL CO. 42



WALTON-VERONA 18 13 19 21 - 71

CARROLL CO. 7 8 12 15 - 42



WALTON-VERONA (8-12) - T. Mavis 23, G. Mavis 15, Taulbee 12, Thompson 5, Helton 4, Smith 4, Lucas 2, Dougherty 2, Catlett 2, Tilley 2, Seether 0, Hoffa 0.

CARROLL CO. (11-8) - Corbin 14, Boles 10, Stewart 5, Booth 5, Hogan 5, Wright 2, McCarty 1, Hall 0, Wise 0, Damron 0, Adams 0, Ray 0, Hill 0, Osborne 0, Schirmer 0.



3-Point Goals - Walton-Verona 5 (G. Mavis 3, Taulbee 1, T. Mavis 1), Carroll Co. 4 (Stewart 1, Booth 1, Boles 1, Hogan 1). Rebounds - Walton-Verona 28 (Taulbee 7, T. Mavis 7), Carroll Co. 19 (Boles 8). Assists - Walton-Verona 14 (T. Mavis 4), Carroll Co. 12 (Boles 4). Turnovers - Walton-Verona 13, Carroll Co. 15. Total Fouls - Walton-Verona 13, Carroll Co. 11. Free Throws - Walton-Verona 14-17, Carroll Co. 8-17. Fouled Out - None. Next Game - Walton-Verona faces Owen Co. in the All "A" 8th Region championship today at Williamstown. Carroll Co. hosts Owen Co. Thursday.