42nd District Tournament

Lexington Catholic High School
Lexington, Kentucky
March 3-5, March 7, 2003

Copyright 2003 Ron Harrison

The 42nd District boys’ tourney, barring a major upset, should come down to a battle between Lexington Catholic and West Jessamine.  They have played twice this year, with each team claiming a decision.  Lexington Catholic will meet East Jessamine in one semifinal while West Jessamine will meet the winner of the Sayre vs. Lexington Christian Academy matchup in the other semifinal.

The The 42nd District girls’ tourney crown should belong to Lexington Catholic barring an upset of monumental proportions.  The Lady Knights are one of the top teams in the state and appear to be peaking at tourney time.  Lexington Christian Academy will meet East Jessamine in one semifinal while Lexington Catholic will meet the winner of the Sayre vs. West Jessamine matchup in the other semifinal.

Monday, March 3rd

Sayre (19-7) vs. Lexington Christian Academy (12-13) (Boys)

Sayre coach Gene Kirk started the following lineup:  6-2 So. Alex McIntyre, 6-4 Sr. Hunter Simms, 6-0 Jr. Doug Arnold, 6-1 Sr. Vinnie Tew, and 5-10 Sr. Garth Waterfield.  Lexington Christian Academy coach Jason Seamands countered with 6-5 So. Nick Maloy, 6-3 Sr. Tyler Morris, 6-4 Sr. Matt Vogel, 5-11 Sr. Drew Breaux, and 5-10 Sr. Jordan Haffley.

Lexington Christian Academy blitzed Sayre early with a three point barrage (five for eight) to take a 31-12 lead, then survived a furious rally to earn a 71-63 victory.  Lexington Christian held a 45.7%-38.3% edge in field goal shooting but was outrebounded 42-20.  Lexington Christian scored 21 points off 19 Sayre turnovers.  Both teams were effective from the charity stripe, with Lexington Christian going 20 for 26 (76.9%) while Sayre visited the line 32 times, connecting on 24 shots (75%).

Lexington Christian was led tonight by Matt Vogel with 17 points including 13 of 15 from the free throw line.  Jordan Haffley and Tyler Morris added 16 and 14 points respectively.  Sayre was led tonight by Alex McIntyre with 20 points and six rebounds.  Doug Arnold added 16 points and 10 rebounds while Hunter Simms chipped in with 14 points and 14 rebounds.
 

Sayre

4

17

19

23

-

63

Lexington Christian Academy

16

19

9

27

-

71

 

Sayre

(63) -

McIntyre 20, Simms 14, Arnold 16, Tew 2, Waterfield 8, Rush 3.

Lexington Christian Academy

(71) -

Maloy 5, Morris 14, Vogel 17, Breaux 8, Jo. Haffley 16, Moore 2, Wade 1, Hofe 3, Turney 2, Denney 3.

Sayre (9-12) vs. West Jessamine (1-22) (Girls)

Sayre coach Bill Hill started the following lineup:  5-9 Sr. Catherine Heil, 5-9 Sr. Lauren Williamson, 5-8 8th grader Lizzie Youngbloood, 5-7 So. Beth Blackey, and 5-6 Jr. Mary Turner.  West Jessamine coach Nikki Haverty-Smith countered with 5-6 So. Loren Bewely, 5-11 Sr. Stephanie Keeley, 5-11 Sr. Katie Ryavec, 5-4 Jr. Laresa Sallee, and 5-4 Sr. Krista Hisle.

The score was tied 23-23 at the end of three quarters but Sayre outscored West Jessamine 21-9 in the final period to take a 44-32 decision.  Sayre shot 40.5% from the field, connected on 12 of 23 free throws, and pulled down 27 rebounds.  West Jessamine could not find the range tonight as they were 22% from the field and only connected on four of 15 from the free throw line.  West Jessamine pulled down 52 rebounds. 

Sayre was led tonight by Mary Turner with 13 points, five rebounds, and five steals.  Lauren Williamson added 12 points and pulled down nine rebounds while Catherine Heil chipped in with 10 points and six rebounds.  West Jessamine was led by Loren Bewely and 5-10 So. Michelle Woodrum with seven and six points respectively.   Katie Ryavec added five points and pulled down 17 rebounds.
 

Sayre

5

10

8

21

-

44

West Jessamine

3

9

11

9

-

32

 

Sayre

(44) -

Heil 10, Williamson 12, Youngblood 2, Blackey 5, Turner 13, Hofmeister 2.

West Jessamine

(32) -

Bewely 7, Keeley 3, Ryavec 5, Sallee 4, Hisle 5, Gray 2, Woodrum 6.

Tuesday, March 4th

East Jessamine (7-18) vs. Lexington Christian Academy (15-8) (Girls)

East Jessamine coach Paul Roher started the following lineup:  6-0 So. Ruth Byrd, 5-7 Sr. Jennifer Peel, 5-11 Sr. Sophia Ciric, 5-6 So. Christina Perkins, and 5-2 So. Latoya Richardson.  Lexington Christian Academy coach Ralph Sallee countered with 5-8 Fr. Katie Brittain, 5-8 So. Leah Anderson, 5-7 Sr. Elisabeth Jones, 5-6 So. Kayla Yates, and 5-3 8th grader Emily London.

Lexington Christian scored 42 points on 36 East Jessamine turnovers on their way to a 79-51 victory.  Lexington Christian shot 44.6% from the field, was 15 of 20 from the free throw line, and pulled down 41 rebounds.  East Jessamine shot 30.8% from the field, connected on 10 of 16 free throws, and pulled down 46 rebounds.  The victors were led by Elisabeth Jones with 17 points, six rebounds, 11 assists, four blocked shots, and nine steals.  Emily London added 16 points.   Kayla Yates, 5-11 Fr. Kirby Barnhart, and Leah Anderson added 11, 11 and 10 points respectively.  East Jessamine was led by Sophia Ciric with 19 points, 14 rebounds, and four steals.  Jennifer Peel added 15 points and eight rebounds.
 

East Jessamine

9

13

14

15

-

51

Lexington Christian Academy

18

30

26

5

-

79

 

East Jessamine

(51) -

Byrd 2, Peel 15, Ciric 19, Perkins 0, Richardson 3, Duke 2, Horn 4, Knasel 6.

Lexington Christian Academy

(79) -

Brittain 3, Anderson 10, Jones 17, Yates 11, London 16, Cara Johnson 7, Casey Johnson 4, Barnhart 11.

East Jessamine (15-9) vs. Lexington Catholic (21-7) (Boys)

East Jessamine coach Chris O’Bryan started the following lineup:  6-1 Sr. Scotty Foster, 6-1 Jr. Brandon Mason, 6-5 Jr. Ryan McFarland, 5-8 So. Brett Durham, and 5-7 Sr. Daniel Sandlin.  Lexington Catholic coach Bart Flener countered with 6-3 Jr. Demetrius Green, 6-3 Jr. Harrison Morton, 6-4 Jr. Mark Balthrop, 6-3 Jr. William Graham, and 5-11 Sr. Brian Smith.

Lexington Catholic scored 42 points off 27 East Jessamine turnovers, and shot 56.5% from the field including 66.7% in the first half, on their way to an 87-56 victory.  East Jessamine shot 45.2% from the field, but turnovers and the torrid shooting by Lexington Catholic were too much to overcome.  The victors were led by Harrison Morton, William Graham, and Demetrius Green with 17, 15 and 14 points respectively.  5-10 Jr. Drew Morton, 5-10 So. P. J. Wilson, and Brian Smith added 10, nine, and nine points respectively.  East Jessamine was led by Ryan McFarland, Scotty Foster and 6-3 Sr. Jason Webster with 13, nine, and nine points respectively.  
 

East Jessamine

10

13

12

21

-

56

Lexington Catholic

24

29

26

8

-

87

 

East Jessamine

(56) -

Downey 8, Foster 9, McFarland 13, Mason 4, Sandlin 6, Durham 2, Hunt 5, Webster 9.

Lexington Catholic

(87) -

Green 14, H. Morton 17, Balthrop 4, Graham 15, Smith 9, Wilson 9, D. Morton 10, McGrath 2, Buchignani 2, Tunde 3, Canter 2.

Wednesday, March 5th

Lexington Christian Academy (13-13) vs. West Jessamine (14-9) (Boys)

Lexington Christian Academy coach Jason Seamands started the following lineup:  6-5 So. Nick Maloy, 6-3 Sr. Tyler Morris, 6-4 Sr. Matt Vogel, 5-11 Sr. Drew Breaux, and 5-10 Sr. Jordan Haffley.  West Jessamine coach Matthew Yates countered with 6-5 Sr. Scott Tarvin, 6-2 Sr. Cameron Jackson, 6-6 Sr. Brett Johnson, 5-11 Sr. Andy Placido, and 5-11 Sr. Daniel Thompson.

The score was tied 41-41 at the end of the third quarter but West Jessamine outscored Lexington Christian 23-15 in the final period to claim a 64-56 victory.  Daniel Thompson gave West Jessamine a spark late in the third quarter and early in the fourth quarter by tying the game 41-41, then giving the Colts a 43-41 lead, a lead they would not relinquish.  West Jessamine shot 48% from the field while Lexington Christian shot 39.2%.  The victors were led by Daniel Thompson and Scott Tarvin with 12 points each, while Cameron Jackson and Brett Johnson each tallied 10 points.   Andy Placido chipped in with nine points, seven rebounds, four assists, and four steals.  Lexington Christian was led by Tyler Morris with 21 points and eight rebounds.  Matt Vogel and Drew Breaux added 15 and 14 points respectively. 
 

Lexington Christian Academy

17

8

16

15

-

56

West Jessamine

16

11

14

23

-

64

 

Lexington Christian Academy

(56) -

Maloy 4, Morris 21, Vogel 15, Breaux 14, Jo. Haffley 2.

West Jessamine

(64) -

Tarvin 12, Jackson 10, B. Johnson 10, Placido 9, Thompson 12, N. Johnson 6, Searle 5.

Sayre (10-12) vs. Lexington Catholic (24-4) (Girls)

Sayre coach Bill Hill started the following lineup:  5-9 Sr. Catherine Heil, 5-9 Sr. Lauren Williamson, 5-8 8th grader Lizzie Youngbloood, 5-7 So. Beth Blackey, and 5-6 Jr. Mary Turner.  Lexington Catholic coach Greg Todd countered with 6-0 Sr. Chelsea Chowning, 6-0 Fr. Anaris Sickles, 6-1 So. Shannon Novosel, 5-8 Jr. Megan Mendenhall, and 5-11 Sr. Sarah Schell.

Lexington Catholic scored 48 points off 33 Sayre turnovers on their way to an 88-19 victory.  Lexington Catholic held a 55.2%-21.9% edge in field goal shooting and outrebounded Sayre 39-19.  Lexington Catholic’s Chelsea Chowning surpassed the 2500 point mark tonight for her varsity career.  The victors were led tonight by Shannon Novosel with 20 points.  5-7 So. Lesley Server added 16 points including five three point baskets.  5-7 Fr. Nikki Davis added 14 points and six steals.  Chelsea Chowning chipped in with 10 points.  Sarah Schell, as usual, had a full stat line with eight points, five rebounds, 10 assists, and three steals.  Sayre was led by Catherine Heil with nine points and six rebounds. 
 

Sayre

9

3

3

4

-

19

Lexington Catholic

23

21

18

26

-

88

 

Sayre

(19) -

Heil 9, Williamson 3, Youngblood 0, Blackey 0, Turner 5, Marksbury 2.

Lexington Catholic

(88) -

Chowning 10, Sickles 6, Novosel 20, Mendenhall 4, Schell 8, Rhule 7, Server 16, Davis 14, Yanelli 3.

Friday, March 7th

Championship  Lexington Christian Academy (16-8) vs. Lexington Catholic (25-4) (Girls)

Lexington Christian Academy coach Ralph Sallee started the following lineup:  5-8 Fr. Katie Brittain, 5-8 So. Leah Anderson, 5-7 Sr. Elisabeth Jones, 5-6 So. Kayla Yates, and 5-3 8th grader Emily London.  Lexington Catholic coach Greg Todd countered with 6-0 Sr. Chelsea Chowning, 6-0 Fr. Anaris Sickles, 6-1 So. Shannon Novosel, 5-8 Jr. Megan Mendenhall, and 5-11 Sr. Sarah Schell.

Lexington Catholic scored 40 points off 29 Lexington Christian turnovers and held a 50%-33.5% edge in field goal shooting on their way to an 80-40 victory.  Lexington Catholic was led tonight by Miss Basketball candidate Chelsea Chowning with 24 points.  5-7 So. Lesley Server added 11 points including three of her patented long-range bombs.  Shannon Novosel and Sarah Schell chipped in with 10 points each.  5-7 Fr. Nikki Davis had a nice game with eight points, five rebounds, four assists, and six steals.  Lexington Christian was led by Emily London with 14 points, including four three point goals.  Katie Brittain added nine points and pulled down six rebounds.    
 

Lexington Christian Academy 

14

9

9

8

-

40

Lexington Catholic

25

13

18

24

-

80

 

Lexington Christian Academy

(40) -

Brittain 9, Anderson 4, Jones 5, Yates 4, London 14, Casey Johnson 2, Barnhart 2.

Lexington Catholic

(80) -

Chowning 24, Sickles 7, Novosel 10, Mendenhall 3, Schell 10, Rhule 4, Server 11, Davis 8, Bell 3.

All Tournament Team  (Girls)
 

Katie Ryavec

5-11

Sr.

West Jessamine

Sophia Ciric

5-11

Sr.

East Jessamine

Catherine Heil

5-9

Sr.

Sayre

Elisabeth Jones

5-7

Sr.

Lexington Christian Academy

Emily London

5-3

8th

Lexington Christian Academy

Chelsea Chowning

6-0

Sr.

Lexington Catholic

Sarah Schell

5-11

Sr.

Lexington Catholic

Shannon Novosel

6-1

So.

Lexington Catholic

Championship  West Jessamine (15-9) vs. Lexington Catholic (22-7) (Boys)

West Jessamine coach Matthew Yates started the following lineup:  6-5 Sr. Scott Tarvin, 6-2 Sr. Cameron Jackson, 6-6 Sr. Brett Johnson, 5-11 Sr. Andy Placido, and 5-11 Sr. Daniel Thompson.  Lexington Catholic coach Bart Flener countered with 6-3 Jr. Demetrius Green, 6-3 Jr. Harrison Morton, 6-4 Jr. Mark Balthrop, 6-3 Jr. William Graham, and 5-11 Sr. Brian Smith.

Lexington Catholic scored 39 points off 24 West Jessamine turnovers and held a 54.2%-47.7% edge in field goal shooting on their way to a 94-71 victory.  West Jessamine pulled within nine, 65-56 at the end of three quarters but Lexington Catholic pulled away in the final period.  The second and fourth periods were disastrous for West Jessamine as Lexington Catholic held 31-16 and 29-15 advantages respectively in those quarters.  The victors were led tonight by Harrison Morton, Demetrius Green, and William Graham with 29, 22 and 18 points respectively.  6-1 So. Joe Boneau came off the bench to have a good performance with seven points.  West Jessamine was led by Cameron Jackson, Daniel Thompson, and 6-4 Sr. Ben Spann with 17, 13 and 12 points respectively.    
 

West Jessamine 

16

16

24

15

-

71

Lexington Catholic

17

31

17

29

-

94

 

West Jessamine

(71) -

Tarvin 7, Jackson 17, B. Johnson 6, Placido 9, Thompson 13, B. Spann 12, N. Johnson 2, Searle 5.

Lexington Catholic

(94) -

Green 22, H. Morton 29, Balthrop 0, Graham 18, Smith 8, Wilson 3, Boneau 7, Hillenmeyer 2, Allen 2, Canter 3.

All Tournament Team  (Boys)
 

Hunter Simms

6-4

Sr.

Sayre

Ryan McFarland

6-5

Jr.

East Jessamine

Tyler Morris

6-3

Sr.

Lexington Christian Academy

Cameron Jackson

6-2

Sr.

West Jessamine

Scott Tarvin

6-5

Sr.

West Jessamine

Demetrius Green

6-3

Jr.

Lexington Catholic

Harrison Morton

6-3

Jr.

Lexington Catholic

William Graham

6-3

Jr.

Lexington Catholic

 

Conclusion

Congratulations to Coach Bart Flener and the Lexington Catholic Knights for capturing the district championship.  The Knights are peaking at tourney time and Coach Flener has developed the bench, which allows them to give the starters a rest and still maintain their defensive pressure.  West Jessamine was defeated handily by Lexington Catholic in the championship game but Coach Matthew Yates has a deep, veteran roster led by nine seniors.  This team should be very competitive in the 11th region tournament. 

Coach Greg Todd’s Lexington Catholic Lady Knights easily won the district championship and his deep, talented squad will be favored to take the 11th region tournament.  If they do indeed advance to the Sweet 16, the Lady Knights will be one of the favorites to take the crown.   Coach Ralph Sallee of Lexington Christian Academy has a very young squad and should have a bright future.

Acknowledgements

A special thanks to Lexington Catholic Athletic Director/Coach Greg Todd for the hospitality extended me during this week and also thanks to Glenn Gentry and Gary Long for providing the statistics for all the tourney games.

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

Ron Harrison’s reports on this and other basketball events appear on http://www.angelfire.com/ky/prephoops.