Class 4A Boys Preview: Fayette County vs. Pace Academy
Fayette County Tigers
Record/ranking: 26-7, No. 1 seed from Region 4, ranked No. 7
Coach: Andre Flynn
Top players: R.J. Kennedy (24.2 points, 3.9 rebounds, 4.1 assists), Sean Van Dorn (15.9 points, 8.0 rebounds), Keith Gillespie (11.7 points), Christian McAllister (9.3 points, 5.8 rebounds). Kennedy was named Region 4 Player of the Year.
How they got there: def. New Hampstead 98-73, def. Bainbridge 51-49; def. Woodland 83-71, def. Benedictine 73-67.
Previous championships: None
Pace Academy Knights
Record/ranking: 24-7, No. 3 seed from Region 5, ranked No. 2
Coach: Sharman White
Top players: Kyle Greene (11.3 points, 6.5 assists), Eric Chatfield (12.4 points, 4.6 assists), L.J. Moore (9.5 points, 5.9 rebounds), Kendall Evans (9.8 points, 6.3 rebounds). Greene, a junior, was named Region 5 Player of the Year.
How they got there: def. Miller Grove 67-28, def. Walnut Grove 58-41, def. Baldwin 62-31, def. Westover 57-49.
Previous championships: Four – 2016, 2017, 2020, 2021
Game notes: Pace Academy is 133-27 in five seasons under Sharman White with two championships. … Fayette County has won 13 straight and has reached the championship game for the second time in three years. Fayette coach Andre Flynn won his 500th game this season and has taken the Tigers to 23 straight state playoff appearances.