2002 Kentucky High School Girls
11th Region Tournament

Bryan Station High School
Lexington, Kentucky
March 9-12, 2002

Copyright 2002 Ron Harrison

Saturday March 9th - Day 1

Bryan Station (19-10) vs. Lexington Catholic (28-2)

Bryan Station coach Jackie Williams started the following lineup:  6-1 Jr. Tracy Harbut, 5-8 8th grader Bradli Stinson, 6-2 8th grader Crystal Leach, 5-9 Sr. Sharia Young, and 5-7 8th grader Carley Blankenship.  Lexington Catholic coach Greg Todd countered with 5-8 Sr. Lindsay Devers, 6-0 Jr. Chelsea Chowning, 6-0 Fr. Shannon Novosel, 5-10 Jr. Sarah Schell, and 5-5 Fr. Lesley Server.  Both teams have been hampered by injuries as Bryan Station’s Sharia Young has been slowed by a stress reaction to her leg and Catholic’s 5-10 Jr. guard Regina Carney has been sidelined by an injury.

Lexington Catholic took a 52-44 decision over Bryan Station in a game in which both teams had difficulty finding the range.  Lexington Catholic was 15 of 46 (32.6%) from the field and only 18 of 43 (41.9%) from the charity stripe.  Bryan Station was 14 of 48 (29.2%) from the field and 13 of 26 (50%) from the free throw line.  Catholic led 23-19 at halftime and increased the margin to 38-29 at the end of three quarters.  Lexington Catholic was led today by Sarah Schell with 21 points.  Shannon Novosel added 11 points and 14 rebounds.  Chelsea Chowning added six points and pulled down 13 rebounds.  5-6 So. Megan Mendenhall came off the bench to tally nine points.  Bryan Station was led by Tracy Harbut with 21 points and 13 rebounds.  Sharia Young added 11 points.   

Bryan Station 

11

8

10

15

-

44

Lexington Catholic

10

13

15

14

-

52

 

Bryan Station

(44) -

Harbut 21, Stinson 1, Leach 6, Young 11, Blankenship 0, Crump 5.

Lexington Catholic

(52) -

Devers 2, Chowning 6, Novosel 11, Schell 21, Server 0, Bell 2, Mendenhall 9, Yanelli 1.

Western Hills (9-17) vs. Madison Central (18-10)

Western Hills coach Bryan Edwards started the following lineup:  5-8 Sr. Emily Hodgkin, 5-10 Fr. Brooke Hall, 6-0 Jr. Meredith Plant, 5-6 Sr. Emily McCarty, and 5-7 So. Mollie Wade.  Madison Central coach Kent Miller countered with 6-0 Sr. Tiffany Green, 5-11 Sr. Jeannie Vorbeck, 5-4 Jr. Heather Rose, 5-8 So. Olivia Terry, and 5-5 Jr. Lori Parsons.

 

Madison Central defeated Western Hills by a score of 58-32. Madison Central outshot Western Hills 48.8%-22.2%. Madison Central scored 23 points off 21 Western Hills turnovers.  Madison Central was led today by Lori Parsons, Jeannie Vorbeck, and Olivia Terry with 14, 13 and 13 points respectively.  Terry also dished out eight assists and recorded five steals.  Meredith Plant led Western Hills with 19 points and 11 rebounds.

 

Western Hills 

8

3

8

13

-

32

Madison Central

15

19

11

13

-

58

 

Western Hills

 (32) -

Hodgkin 4, Hall 0, Plant 19, McCarty 6, Wade 0, Brady 2, Broughton 1.

Madison Central

 (58) -

Green 3, Vorbeck 13, Rose 8, Terry 13, Parsons 14, Shearer 2, Bosley 5.

Madison Southern (12-16) vs. Woodford County (22-6)

Madison Southern coach Harold Borders started the following lineup:  5-9 Jr. Danielle Eisenbarth, 5-6 Jr. Beth Lakes, 5-8 Jr. Jessica Anderson, 5-5 Sr. Amanda Walton, and 5-2 So. Erica Bendavid.  Woodford County coach Jay Lucas countered with 5-9 Sr. Emily Brown, 5-11 Jr. Laura Swan, 5-9 Jr. Erica Rasmussen, 5-7 Jr. Mallory Kirtley, and 5-8 Fr. Destiny Mattingly.

Woodford County only shot 16.7% from the field in the first half and trailed 20-14 at the intermission before going on a 16-1 run in the third period on their way to a 48-36 victory over Madison Southern.  Woodford County scored 27 points off 20 Madison Southern turnovers.  Woodford County was led by Destiny Mattingly with 18 points and seven rebounds.  Laura Swan added 14 points and 13 rebounds.  Madison Southern was led by Amanda Walton with 10 points.   Danielle Eisenbarth added nine points and 10 rebounds.  

Madison Southern 

8

12

1

15

-

36

Woodford County

10

4

16

18

-

48

 

Madison Southern

(36) -

Eisenbarth 9, Lakes 8, Anderson 2, Walton 10, Bendavid 0, Foley 4, Abney 3.

Woodford County

(48) -

E. Brown 0, Swan 14, Rasmussen 8, Kirtley 3, Mattingly 18, Foster 3, B. Brown 2.

Lexington Christian Academy (22-8) vs. Henry Clay (27-3)

Lexington Christian Academy coach Ralph Sallee started the following lineup 5-6 Fr. Kayla Yates, 5-7 Jr. Elisabeth Jones, 6-1 Sr. Jenny Noort, 5-4 Fr. Leah Anderson, and 5-6 Sr. Staci Feck.   Henry Clay coach Scott Cromwell countered with 6-0 So. Mary Tobin, 5-9 Sr. Katie Columbus, 6-1 Jr. Leah Hill, 5-5 So. Johnna Carlisle, and 5-7 Sr. Nastassia Alcius.

Lexington Christian Academy led 49-48 early in the final period before Henry Clay finished the game with a 22-9 run to gain a 70-58 victory.  Henry Clay scored 31 points off 24 Lexington Christian Academy turnovers.  Henry Clay was led tonight by their guard duo of Nastassia Alcius and Johnna Carlisle with 23 and 17 points respectively.  Lexington Christian Academy was led tonight by Jenny Noort with 18 points and nine rebounds.  Staci Feck added 14 points including three three point goals and Leah Anderson added 12 points.

Lexington Christian Academy 

14

15

18

11

-

58

Henry Clay

16

15

17

22

-

70

 

Lexington Christian Academy

 (58) -

Yates 5, Jones 7, Noort 18, Anderson 12, Feck 14, Cooper 2.

Henry Clay

 (70) -

Tobin 9, Columbus 8, Hill 10, Carlisle 17, Alcius 23, Wilson 3.

 

Regular Season All-Region Team

The 11th Region regular season All-Region team and coach were announced today.

Brooke Marnitz

 

Paul Dunbar

 

5-8

 

Jr.

 

 

Mary Tobin

 

Henry Clay

 

6-0

 

So.

 

 

Sarah Schell

 

Lexington Catholic

 

5-10

 

Jr.

 

 

Meredith Plant

 

Western Hills

 

6-0

 

Jr.

 

 

Olivia Terry

 

Madison Central

 

5-8

 

So.

 

 

Erica Stegner

 

East Jessamine

 

5-6

 

Jr.

 

 

Sharia Young

 

Bryan Station

 

5-9

 

Sr.

 

 

Jenny Noort

 

Lexington Christian Academy 

 

6-1

 

Sr.

 

 

Destiny Mattingly

 

Woodford County

 

5-8

 

Fr.

 

 

Tracy Harbut

 

Bryan Station

 

6-1

 

Jr.

 

 

Chelsea Chowning

 

Lexington Catholic

 

6-0

 

Jr.

 

 

Nastassia Alcius

 

Henry Clay

 

5-7

 

Sr.

 

 

Scott Cromwell

 

Henry Clay

Coach of the Year

 

The 11th Region will lose Sharia Young, Jenny Noort, and Nastassia Alcius, but nine of the twelve girls named to this team will be back for the 2002-2003 season.

 

Monday March 11th - Day 2

Madison Central (19-10) vs. Lexington Catholic (29-2) Semifinal No. 1

Madison Central coach Kent Miller started the following lineup:  6-0 Sr. Tiffany Green, 5-11 Sr. Jeannie Vorbeck, 5-4 Jr. Heather Rose, 5-8 So. Olivia Terry, and 5-5 Jr. Lori Parsons.  Lexington Catholic coach Greg Todd countered with 5-8 Sr. Lindsay Devers, 6-0 Jr. Chelsea Chowning, 6-0 Fr. Shannon Novosel, 5-10 Jr. Sarah Schell, and 5-5 Fr. Lesley Server. 

Madison Central overcame a 34-27 deficit at the end of the third quarter to storm back in the final period to defeat Lexington Catholic 47-43.  Madison Central took the lead for good with 2:53 remaining on a three point goal by Tiffany Green to make the score 38-37 and they never relinquished the lead.  Madison Central was a perfect nine of nine from the free throw line while Lexington Catholic was only 10 of 21.  The victors were led by Olivia Terry with 20 points, eight rebounds, four assists, and five steals.   Jeannie Vorbeck added 15 points and nine rebounds.  Lexington Catholic was led by Sarah Schell with 16 points.  Shannon Novosel added 12 points and 11 rebounds.  Chelsea Chowning added six points but she was uncharacteristically cold from the field only hitting one of 14 shots from the field.  

Madison Central

10

10

7

20

-

47

Lexington Catholic 

12

11

11

9

-

43

 

Madison Central

(47) -

Green 7, Vorbeck 15, Rose 2, Terry 20, Parsons 0, Shearer 3.

Lexington Catholic

(43) -

Devers 2, Chowning 6, Novosel 12, Schell 16, Server 3, Bell 2, Mendenhall 2.

Henry Clay (28-3) vs. Woodford County (23-6) Semifinal No. 2

Henry Clay coach Scott Cromwell started the following lineup:  6-0 So. Mary Tobin, 5-9 Sr. Katie Columbus, 6-1 Jr. Leah Hill, 5-5 So. Johnna Carlisle, and 5-7 Sr. Nastassia Alcius.  Woodford County coach Jay Lucas countered with 5-9 Sr. Emily Brown, 5-11 Jr. Laura Swan, 5-9 Jr. Erica Rasmussen, 5-7 Jr. Mallory Kirtley, and 5-8 Fr. Destiny Mattingly.

Woodford County trailed 53-44 at the end of three quarters but stormed back in the final period to hold a 68-67 advantage with 0.8 seconds remaining on the clock.  Henry Clay’s Mary Tobin hit a free throw to tie the game 68-68 and force overtime.  Woodford County erased a 74-70 deficit and took an 83-79 victory over the favored Henry Clay team.  Henry Clay was eight of 15 from the free throw stripe while Woodford County was 31 of 46.  Woodford County was led tonight by Destiny Mattingly and Mallory Kirtley with 22 and 20 points respectively.  Kirtley was 15 of 19 from the free throw line.  Laura Swan added 16 points and 13 rebounds.  5-8 Jr. Megan Foster added 13 points.  Henry Clay was led by Mary Tobin with 18 points and 18 rebounds.  Johnna Carlisle added 17 points.   Nastassia Alcius was held to eight points.

Henry Clay 

16

14

23

15

11

-

79

Woodford County

12

11

21

24

15

-

83

 

Henry Clay

(79) -

Tobin 18, Columbus 2, Hill 10, Carlisle 17, Alcius 8, Currens 7, Birdwhistell 8, Wilson 9.

Woodford County

(83) -

E. Brown 5, Swan 16, Rasmussen 7, Kirtley 20, Mattingly 22, Foster 13.

This was an amazing night in which two teams with a combined record of 57-5 went down to defeat.  Most people thought the championship would pit Henry Clay versus Lexington Catholic but Woodford County and Madison Central had other plans.  Tomorrow night Woodford County and Madison Central will try on the glass slipper and one will be rewarded with a trip to the Sweet 16.

 

Tuesday March 12th - Day 3

Woodford County (24-6) vs. Madison Central (20-10)  Championship Game

Woodford County coach Jay Lucas started the following lineup:  5-9 Sr. Emily Brown, 5-11 Jr. Laura Swan, 5-9 Jr. Erica Rasmussen, 5-7 Jr. Mallory Kirtley, and 5-8 Fr. Destiny Mattingly.  Madison Central coach Kent Miller countered with 6-0 Sr. Tiffany Green, 5-11 Sr. Jeannie Vorbeck, 5-4 Jr. Heather Rose, 5-8 So. Olivia Terry, and 5-5 Jr. Lori Parsons. 

Woodford County defeated Madison Central 55-52 in overtime to claim the 11th Region Championship.  Woodford County trailed 39-33 at the end of three quarters but rallied in the final period to lead 48-46 until Madison Central scored to tie the game at 48-48 and force overtime.  Woodford County hit their free throws down the stretch in overtime to ensure the victory.  Woodford County  was 21 of 33 from the free throw line tonight while Madison Central could only manage nine of 23.  Madison Central outshot Woodford County from the field 48.8%-33.3%. Woodford County was led tonight by Mallory Kirtley with 17 points.  Laura Swan added 14 points and 10 rebounds.  Destiny Mattingly added 11 points.  5-11 Sr. Rebecca Richter gave Woodford County some good play off the bench with five points and six rebounds in 3:37 of play.   Madison Central was led by Olivia Terry with 22 points.  Tiffany Green added 12 points and 10 rebounds.  Jeannie Vorbeck added 10 points and nine rebounds. 

Woodford County 

11

11

11

15

7

-

55

Madison Central

15

10

14

9

4

-

52

 

Woodford County

 (55) -

E. Brown 2, Swan 14, Rasmussen 6, Kirtley 17, Mattingly 11, Richter 5.

Madison Central

 (52) -

Green 12, Vorbeck 10, Rose 2, Terry 22, Parsons 6.

 

All Tournament Team
 

Sharia Young

 

Bryan Station

 

5-9 

 

Sr.

 

1 game

 

11.0 ppg

 

 

 

 

Meredith Plant

 

Western Hills

 

6-0

 

Jr.

 

1 game

 

19.0 ppg

 

11.0 rpg

 

 

Danielle Eisenbarth

 

Madison Southern

 

5-9

 

Jr.

 

  1 game

 

9.0 ppg

 

10.0 rpg

 

 

Jenny Noort

 

Lexington Christian

 

6-1

 

Sr.

 

1 game

 

18.0 ppg

 

9.0 rpg

 

 

Shannon Novosel

 

Lexington Catholic

 

6-0

 

Fr.

 

2 games

 

11.5 ppg

 

12.5 rpg

 

 

Sarah Schell

 

Lexington Catholic

 

5-10

 

Jr.

 

2 games

 

18.5 ppg

 

 

 

 

Johnna Carlisle

 

Henry Clay

 

5-5

 

So.

 

2 games

 

17.0 ppg

 

 

 

 

Leah Hill

 

Henry Clay

 

6-1

 

Jr.

 

2 games

 

10.0 ppg

 

 

 

 

Olivia Terry

 

Madison Central

 

5-8

 

So.

 

3 games

 

17.0 ppg

 

 

 

 

Tiffany Green

 

Madison Central

 

6-0

 

Sr.

 

3 games

 

7.3 ppg

 

7.7 rpg

 

 

Laura Swan

 

Woodford County

 

5-11

 

Jr.

 

3 games

 

14.7 ppg

 

12.0 rpg

 

 

Mallory Kirtley

 

Woodford County

 

5-7

 

Jr.

 

3 games

 

13.3 ppg

 

 

 

 

Destiny Mattingly

 

Woodford County

 

5-8

 

Fr.

 

3 games

 

17.0 ppg

 

 

 

MVP

Conclusion

This was an excellent tournament, well attended, and two underdogs battling for the championship.  Congratulations to Coach Jay Lucas and his Woodford County team and also to Coach Kent Miller and Madison Central.  Henry Clay lost a heartbreaker in the semifinal to Woodford County but Coach Scott Cromwell was gracious in defeat reminding his team what a great season they had.  Lexington Catholic could not find their shooting eye and it finally caught up with them.  Sharia Young gutted out an injury and laced up her sneakers one last time for her Bryan Station Lady Defenders.  Nastassia Alcius and Katie Columbus played their last game for Henry Clay – they will be missed.  Lexington Christian Academy loses the duo of Jenny Noort and Staci Feck – they will be hard to replace.  Lexington Christian Academy’s Caryn Cooper missed the season due to an injury but it was a heart-warming minute seeing her score a basket in the final seconds in a cameo appearance. 

The future should be bright for the 11th Region.  Nine of the twelve girls named to the regular season All-11th Region squad will return in 2002-2003 and ten of thirteen girls named to the All-Tournament squad will return.  Many of the young stars have bright futures and several should play at the college level.  Destiny Mattingly (Woodford County), Olivia Terry (Madison Central), Shannon Novosel (Lexington Catholic), Mary Tobin (Henry Clay), Johnna Carlisle (Henry Clay), etc. are players to watch in the future.  Coach Jackie Williams started three 8th graders (Bradli Stinson, Crystal Leach, and Carley Blankenship) at Bryan Station and they can play.

There are probably larger and faster teams around than Woodford County, but you can’t measure heart and determination.  Coach Jay Lucas preached the refuse-to-lose mentality and at times seemed to will them to stay in games.  The aptly named Destiny as in Destiny Mattingly was named tourney MVP.  Mallory Kirtley is like the famed energizer bunny.  She just keeps on going and is always around the ball.  Laura Swan provided some excellent play in the paint and gave Woodford County an inside force in the tournament.  Woodford County had several players who stepped up and provided quality minutes during their championship run.

Acknowledgements

A special thanks to Bryan Station athletic director Susan Montgomery for the hospitality extended me during the season and tournament.  Ms Montgomery is a longtime and loyal supporter of girls basketball and it was only fitting that this excellent and very exciting event was held in her house.  Also a special thanks to the WL Stats crew for providing the computerized stats for each game – nobody does it better.  I deeply appreciate the coaches who have taken the time and patience to educate me on the girls game.
 

Please feel free to send your comments and questions concerning the tournament, teams, or players to me at  prephoops@yahoo.com .