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High school showdown to be televised Saturday

BY LARRY VAUGHT

Vaught’s Views

One of the state’s premier boys high school basketball matchups will be shown on The CW Lexington Saturday at 2 p.m. when North Laurel and Lexington Catholic — both unbeaten going into play this week — play at Lexington Catholic.

Jeff Anderson, WKYT-TV vice-president and general manager, said this would be the “debut of airing” games on CW Lexington. They have been having high school games on WKYT.com in congestion with PrepSpin and are hoping eventually to have a game of the week each Saturday.

“We will simulcast the game to the CW and you can also go to  PrepSpin.com or WKYT.com to see the live stream of the game,” PrepSpin founder William Warfield said.

Reed Sheppard, the son of former UK standouts Stacey Reed and Jeff Sheppard, is a statewide sensation for North Laurel. He’s averaging 33.6 points and 7.4 rebounds per game this season and is shooting 55 percent from the field, 40 percent from 3-point range and 87.3 percent at the foul line.

In his career he has already scored 1,804 points and grabbed 436 rebounds. He’s made 362 of 442 free throws, an 82 percent mark. He’s also made 124 3-pointers in 85 career games.

Lexington Catholic counters with Bellarmine commit Ben Johnson, a 6-3 guard who is Lexington Catholic’s all-time leading scorer with 2,145 points. He ranks eighth in all-time scoring in Lexington.

Johnson is averaging 27.8 points and 6.6 rebounds per game this season and shooting 56 percent from the field, 47 percent from 3-point range and 82.4 percent at the foul line.

You can go to https://www.cwtv.com/thecw/stations/ to see if the CW in your area will have Saturday’s game.