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10th Region blue bloods, Clark and Mason, meet in championship

The 2023 10th Region Championship is set: George Rogers Clark (26-5) vs. Mason County (29-5). The game will take place on Tuesday, March 7th at 7:00 p.m. at the Mason County Fieldhouse.

These two teams did not meet in the regular season. The last time they played was in last year’s 10th Region semifinals, where GRC won 57-45, before winning the Sweet 16®.

The 10th Region Champion will play Reed Sheppard and North Laurel on Thursday, March 16th at 8:30 p.m.

Mason County has won 15 region championships: 81, 82, 85, 87, 92, 93, 94, 02, 03, 04, 06, 08, 09, 10, 16.

George Rogers Clark has won 12 region championships: 68, 69, 83, 86, 89, 90, 07, 11, 12, 20, 21, 22. This is Mason County’s 28th championship appearance and GRC’s 23rd.

All-time series: Mason County 41, George Rogers Clark 35.

The Royals and Cardinals have met in the 10th Region Championship 11 times: 68, 69, 81, 83, 86, 94, 03, 06, 09, 10, 12.

Jerone Morton is now second all-time in scoring in 10th Region Tournament history with 244 points. Chris Lofton is number one with 278 points.

Mason County has an all-time record of 758-232 playing in the Fieldhouse, winning 76.5% of their games.

Photo by Bryan Canupp.

From the 10th Region Tournament Preview:

Mason County (27-5) comes in as champions of the 39th District. They won a rivalry battle with Bracken County 43-38 in front of a packed Mason County Fieldhouse. They running-clocked Augusta 87-46 in the finals to win the title. The Royals are led by the senior duo of Terrell Henry and Riley Mastin. Terrell Henry is a couple of hundred points away from 2,000 mark for his career. He is averaging 17.9 ppg and pulling down 6.9 rpg. He was named KABC Co-10th Region Player of the Year. Riley Mastin is fitting in perfectly in his first season as a Royal. Mastin is averaging 15.7 ppg and 6.6 rpg and is shooting 45.9% from three. Junior Braylon Hamilton has made 63 threes this season at 43.4% is averaging 9.4 ppg. Mason is coached by Brian Kirk in his 5th season at the helm. Kirk and the Royals are still waiting with bated breath to return to the region finals and return to the Sweet 16 for the first time since 2016.

George Rogers Clark enters as champions of the 40th District and three time defending region champions. The defending Sweet 16 Champions are coached by Josh Cook in his 7th season. Leading the Card is a trio of players that return from last year’s team, including the MVP of the Sweet 16. That MVP is senior Jerone Morton who is committed to play basketball at Morehead State. 6’4″ Morton is averaging 19.6 ppg and 6.9 rpg. Next is senior big man Trent Edwards who stands at 6’8″. Edwards shoots the ball mostly around the rim at 63.7%, scoring 16.9 ppg and pulling down 6.9 rpg. Senior Sam Parrish completes the trio for GRC, scoring 14.7 ppg. Clark County also has sharpshooting junior Reshaun Hampton, who has made 76 threes this year at 42.7% and shoots 81.8% from the line. GRC has won

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