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7th Grade State Championship: A Frenzied February Finish

Kentucky Basketball Commission: 7th Grade State Championship Recap



Basketball fans in Lexington, Kentucky, had a real treat from February 16th to 18th. The Kentucky Basketball Commission held the 7th Grade State Championship. Teams from across the state descended upon STEAM Academy and the Sports Center in Lexington, KY to crown a 7th Grade State Champion. Let's look back at the action that helped us crown a champion.

The Journey to the Finals

Getting to the finals was tough. After more than two days of games, four teams were left: Hindman, Ashland, South Laurel, and Wayne County. In the first semi-final, Hindman beat Wayne County with a score of 48-42. The second semi-final was super close, but Ashland won against South Laurel, 45-42.

This led to an intriguing championship game between Hindman and Ashland both featuring talent throughout their lineups.

A Triumphant Victory for Hindman

The final game was full of excitement. As the final buzzer sounded, the score read Hindman 50 and Ashland 43, giving Hindman the state championship. Both teams showcased the skills and teamwork that got them to the finals, giving the fans a great game to remember.

After the final buzzer sounded, the time came to recognize the tournament MVP. For the 7th Grade State Championship, Hindman's Drewkaiden Little was named the tournament's most valuable player. We look forward to seeing Drewkaiden's and every player's basketball journey continue to unfold.

Celebrating Excellence: The All-Tournament Team

One of the best parts of the event was announcing the All-Tournament Team. Ball Star Scouting helped present this team. It included the top players who showed amazing skill and fair play:

  • Anthony Davis - School: Bowling Green

  • Jabir Walker - School: Crosby

  • Braden Straight - School: EJ Hayes

  • Braxton Ferguson - School: Bell County

  • KJ Melton - School: Hindman

  • Jaylen Hill - School: EJ Hayes

  • Jaylan Strader - School: Ashland

  • Maddox Warren - School: South Laurel

  • Maxi Karle - School: Ashland

  • Drewkaiden Little - School: Hindman (also the Tournament MVP)

Elsewhere this Weekend

At the end of the weekend, Hindman wasn't the only team walking away winning a bracket. A congratulations to our Silver Bracket champion Knox County who defeated Lexington Catholic in the finals of their bracket. In the Gold Bracket, it was Bell County defeating Shelby West to claim their championship.


Looking back at the 7th Grade State Championship, we say congrats to the winners, the All-Tournament Team, and everyone who played. We thank the teams, parents, coaches, volunteers, and everyone who worked hard to put on a weekend to remember.

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