2004 Houchens Industries Kentucky High School
Girls State Basketball Tournament

E. A. Diddle Arena, Western Kentucky University
Bowling Green, Kentucky
March 24-27, 2004

Copyright 2004 Ron Harrison

Wednesday March 24th – Session No. 1

Butler (24-6) (Region 6) vs. Bullitt East (28-4) (Region 8)

Butler coach Stephanie Greathouse started the following lineup:  5-8 8th grade (10.3 ppg) Tia Gibbs, 5-7 Sr. (10.1 ppg) Mandy Evans, 6-0 Sr. (15.3 ppg) Ashley Lewallen, 5-4 Sr. (7.4 ppg) Jenna Hedges, and 5-8 Sr. (6.7 ppg) Megan McGrath.  Bullitt East coach Chris Stalling countered with 5-9 Jr. (4.9 ppg) Jacquelyn Bleemel, 5-11 Jr. (10.5 ppg) Katie Followell, 6-0 Jr. (7.9 ppg) Kasey Harrod, 5-7 Jr. (7.8 ppg) Abby Thompson, and 5-6 Sr. (12.6 ppg) Brittany Caple.

Bullitt East closed the deficit to within seven points in the last quarter but Butler pulled away to claim a 62-47 victory.  Butler shot 37.7% from the field, connected on 18 of 26 free throws, and pulled down 34 rebounds.  Butler scored 17 points off 29 Bullitt East turnovers.  Bullitt East shot 29.2% from the field, connected on 15 of 20 free throws, and grabbed 29 rebounds.  Bullitt East scored 17 points off 21 Butler turnovers.  Butler held an 11-4 advantage in bench scoring.

Butler was led today by Ashley Lewallen and Megan McGrath with 13 points each.  Jenna Hedges added 11 points and dished out five assists.  Mandy Evans chipped in with nine points and pulled down eight rebounds.  Brittany Caple led Bullitt East with 17 points and six rebounds.  Abby Thompson added 11 points and Katie Followell chipped in with nine points.  Kasey Harrod only tallied four points but she pulled down a game-high 11 rebounds.

Butler 

17

9

20

16

-

62

Bullitt East

12

8

13

14

-

47

Butler

(62) -

Gibbs 5, Evans 9, Lewallen 13, Hedges 11, McGrath 13, Cummings 4, Holman 7.

Bullitt East

(47) -

Bleemel 2, Followell 9, Harrod 4, A. Thompson 11, Caple 17, Smith 4.

Boone County (28-4) (Region 9) vs. Wayne County (24-7) (Region 12)

Boone County coach Nell Fookes started the following lineup:  6-0 Jr. (10.5 ppg) Renee Daily, 5-11 Sr. (12.1 ppg) Tangie Sellers, 5-11 Sr. (8.5 ppg) Katie Madden, 5-8 Sr. (10.4 ppg) Megan Fletcher, and 5-5 Jr. (3.2 ppg) Alicia Williams.  Wayne County coach Tim Pyles countered with 5-11 Jr. (16.8 ppg) Ashley Bell, 5-9 So. (6.7 ppg) Latoyia Green, 6-0 Sr. (6.0 ppg) Sarah Wixson, 5-7 Sr. (11.0 ppg) Kenita Ball, and 5-8 Sr. (5.3 ppg) Natalie Brown.

Wayne County cranked up the defensive intensity to defeat a talented Boone County squad 54-47.  Wayne County shot 51.6% from the field, connected on 17 of 28 free throws, and pulled down 20 rebounds.  Boone County shot 41.5% from the field, including five of 10 from beyond the arc.  The Lady Rebels connected on eight of 15 free throws, and grabbed 28 rebounds. 

Wayne County was led by Ashley Bell with 21 points and 11 rebounds.  Kenita Ball added 11 points.  Megan Fletcher and Renee Daily led Boone County with 16 and 12 points respectively.  Alicia Williams and Katie Madden added eight and seven points respectively, with Madden pulling down nine rebounds.

Boone County 

13

7

10

17

-

47

Wayne County

9

11

16

18

-

54

Boone County

(47) -

Dailey 12, Sellers 2, Madden 7, Fletcher 16, Williams 8, Whalen 2.

Wayne County

(54) -

Bell 21, Green 8, Wixson 7, Ball 11, Brown 7.

Wednesday March 24th – Session No. 2

Perry County Central (29-3) (Region 14) vs. Lexington Catholic (26-7) (Region 11)

Perry County Central coach Randy Napier started the following lineup:  6-0 Jr. (14.2 ppg) Britta Maggard, 6-0 Fr. (5.7 ppg) Kristen Madden, 5-10 Sr. (12.2 ppg) Brittany Baker, 5-7 Sr. (6.6 ppg) Chasity Napier, and 5-6 Sr. (13.6 ppg) Polly Sebastian.  Lexington Catholic coach Greg Todd countered with 6-0 So. (13.8 ppg) Anaris Sickles, 5-8 Jr. (8.2 ppg) Lesley Server, 6-1 Jr. (13.2 ppg) Shannon Novosel, 5-6 Fr. (8.7 ppg) Keyla Snowden, and 5-8 So. (10.0 ppg) Nikki Davis.

Perry County Central could not find the range from the field tonight and lost to Lexington Catholic by a score of 54-40.  Lexington Catholic shot 50% from the field, connected on 16 of 26 free throws, and pulled down 25 rebounds.  Perry County Central only shot 27.5% from the field, including five of 30 (16.7%) in the first half.  The Lady Commodores connected on 10 of 14 free throws, and grabbed 35 rebounds.  Lexington Catholic scored 15 points off 21 Perry County Central turnovers, while Perry County Central scored 14 points off 18 Lexington Catholic miscues.

Anaris Sickles led the victors with 18 points, nine rebounds, and four steals.  Keyla Snowden added 13 points.  Polly Sebastian led Perry County Central with 18 points.   Brittany Baker added 10 points and six rebounds while Britta Maggard chipped in with six points and 10 rebounds.

Perry County Central 

8

8

14

10

-

40

Lexington Catholic

16

13

15

10

-

54

Perry County Central

(40) -

Maggard 6, Madden 0, B. Baker 10, Napier 4, Sebastian 18, L. King 2.

Lexington Catholic

(54) -

Sickles 18, Server 8, S. Novosel 6, Snowden 13, Davis 5, Rhule 4.

Paris (25-8) (Region 10) vs. Central Hardin (24-7) (Region 5)

Paris coach Terence Brooks started the following lineup:  5-8 So. (3.3 ppg) Alishia Tucker, 5-7 So. (12.8 ppg) Taylor Christman, 5-9 Sr. (5.9 ppg) Jessica Williams, 5-7 Jr. (11.7 ppg) Natalie Tubbs, and 5-5 Jr. (5.9 ppg) Iona Caulder.  Central Hardin coach Terry Buckles countered with 5-7 Sr. (3.8 ppg) Lindsey Blocker, 5-7 Sr. (5.5 ppg) Kelli Rust, 5-11 Sr. (18.3 ppg) Amanda Miller, 5-6 So. (6.8 ppg) Lauren Flood, and 5-6 8th grader (11.5 ppg) Samantha Sheeran.

Paris led 29-21 at the end of three quarters and withstood a late rally by Central Hardin to earn a 39-36 victory.  Paris shot 35% from the field, connected on eight of 12 free throws, and pulled down 25 rebounds.  Paris scored 14 points off 24 Central Hardin turnovers while Central Hardin scored 17 points off 24 Paris miscues.  Central Hardin shot 29% from the field, connected on 17 of 24 free throws, and grabbed 28 rebounds.

Iona Caulder led Paris tonight with 14 points.  Taylor Christman and Jessica Williams added 12 and 10 points respectively.  Lauren Flood led Central Hardin with 12 points.  Amanda Miller added 11 points, 11 rebounds, and four steals.

Paris 

9

9

11

10

-

39

Central Hardin

7

2

12

15

-

36

Paris

(39) -

Tucker 1, Christman 12, Williams 10, Tubbs 0, Caulder 14, Yeiser 2.

Central Hardin

(36) -

Blocker 2, Rust 4, Miller 11, Flood 12, Sheeran 0, Linder 3, Gilpin 4.

Thursday March 25th – Session No. 3

Christian County (30-3) (Region 2) vs. Rockcastle County (30-3) (Region 13)

Christian County coach Don Dillard started the following lineup:  6-1 So. (9.3 ppg) Lydia Watkins, 5-9 Sr. (1.6 ppg) Rita Sanchez, 6-0 So. (16.0 ppg) Arnika Brown, 5-9 Sr. (17.0 ppg) Corkey Stiger, and 5-5 Sr. (12.0 ppg) Shaleea Petty.  Rockcastle County coach Chrysti Noble countered with 5-10 Jr. (14.0 ppg) Heather Hammond, 5-9 Jr. (3.1 ppg) Katie Parsons, 5-10 Sr. (5.9 ppg) Lauren Clontz, 5-6 So. (1.9 ppg) Ashley Lunsford, and 5-10 Jr. (15.3 ppg) Tara Rowe.

Christian County scored 36 points off 32 Rockcastle County turnovers in a 57-43 opening round victory.  Christian County shot 38.7% from the field, connected on nine of 16 free throws, and pulled down 30 rebounds.  Rockcastle County shot 36.4% from the field, connected on nine of 15 free throws, and grabbed 39 rebounds.  Rockcastle County was without the services of starting point guard 5-6 Jr. Johnna Abney who tore her ACL in the regional championship.

Arnika Brown led the victors with 24 points.  Shaleea Petty and Lydia Watkins added 13 and 11 points respectively.  Watkins also pulled down nine rebounds.  Heather Hammond led Rockcastle County with 16 points and nine rebounds.

Christian County

9

14

18

16

-

57

Rockcastle County

8

8

8

19

-

43

Christian County

(57) -

Watkins 11, Sanchez 0, Brown 24, Stiger 3, Petty 13, Riley 2, Betts 4.

Rockcastle County

(43) -

Hammond 16, K. Parsons 0, Clontz 9, Lunsford 4, Rowe 8, Asher 2, S. Parsons 4.

East Carter (28-5) (Region 16) vs. Pike County Central (21-10) (Region 15)

East Carter coach Hager Easterling started the following lineup:  6-0 Sr. (12.5 ppg) Kim Stapleton, 5-10 So. (3.7 ppg) Brooke McDavid, 5-10 Sr. (9.4 ppg) Amanda Pritchard, 5-6 So. (10.1 ppg) Ashley Baldwin, and 5-5 Sr. (11.9 ppg) Molly Jackson.  Pike County Central coach Tammy Tussey countered with 5-8 8th grader (4.5 ppg) Kayle Lowe, 5-8 8th grader (8.2 ppg) Paige Lowe, 6-0 Jr. (7.6 ppg) Taylor Brown, 5-6 Jr. (10.6 ppg) Mishay Weddington, and 5-8 Fr. (18.4 ppg) Haley Ratliff.

East Carter rallied from a late 41-40 deficit to defeat Pike County Central 48-42.  East Carter led 40-29 at the end of three quarters.  Pike County Central opened the final period with a 12-0 run to take the lead before East Carter responded with their winning rally.

East Carter shot 29.3% from the field, including only one of 16 from the three point line.  The Lady Raiders connected on 13 of 20 free throws, and pulled down 34 rebounds.  East Carter scored 24 points off 27 Pike County Central turnovers.  Pike County Central shot 40% from the field, connected on six of 10 free throws, and grabbed 35 rebounds.  Pike County Central scored 16 points off 16 East Carter turnovers

Kim Stapleton led the victors with 16 points, eight rebounds, and four steals.  Ashley Baldwin added 12 points.  Pike County Central was led by Haley Ratliff with 18 points and 12 rebounds.  Paige Lowe added 12 points.

East Carter 

9

19

12

8

-

48

Pike County Central

12

7

10

13

-

42

East Carter

(48) -

Stapleton 16, McDavid 7, Prichard 2, Baldwin 12, Jackson 7, Kouns 4.

Pike County Central

(42) -

K. Lowe 0, P. Lowe 12, Brown 7, Weddington 5, Ratliff 18.

Thursday March 25th – Session No. 4

Sacred Heart Academy (33-1) (Region 7) vs. Marshall County (29-2) (Region 1)

Sacred Heart Academy coach Donna Moir started the following lineup:  5-10 Jr. (9.0 ppg) Taylor Kopple, 5-8 Jr. (6.2 ppg) Jackie Distler, 6-3 Sr. (14.5 ppg) Crystal Kelly, 5-4 Jr. (4.5 ppg) Jordan Hess, and 5-8 Jr. (12.2 ppg) Carly Ormerod.  Marshall County coach Howard Beth countered with 6-1 Sr. (9.4 ppg) Danielle Ray, 5-10 Fr. (6.8 ppg) Presley Doom, 6-0 Sr. (13.8 ppg) Beth Babb, 5-5 Sr. (14.6 ppg) Stephanie Fields, and 5-6 Sr. (4.8 ppg) Morgan Lovett.

Sacred Heart led 17-2 after the first quarter and was never threatened as they defeated Marshall County 60-25.  Sacred Heart Academy shot 55.3% from the field, connected on nine of 14 free throws, and pulled down 34 rebounds.  Sacred Heart scored 22 points off 23 Marshall County turnovers.  Sacred Heart committed 17 turnovers but Marshall County could only capitalize for seven points.  Marshall County shot 24.4% from the field, was three of 10 from the free throw line, and grabbed 26 rebounds.

Sacred Heart was led tonight by Carly Ormerod with 16 points.  Taylor Kopple added 13 points and Crystal Kelly chipped in with 12 points, 10 rebounds, and four blocked shots.  Presley Doom led Marshall County with 11 points and seven rebounds.

Sacred Heart Academy

17

16

15

12

-

60

Marshall County 

2

8

5

10

-

25

Sacred Heart Academy

(60) -

Kopple 13, Distler 5, Kelly 12, Hess 2, Ormerod 16, Denbow 2, Miles 2, McCarty 2, Campbell 4, Wade 2.

Marshall County

(25) -

Ray 4, P. Doom 11, Babb 5, Fields 2, Lovett 0, Singery 2, A. Doom 1.

Barren County (25-5) (Region 4) vs. Muhlenberg North (25-6) (Region 3)

Barren County coach John Butler started the following lineup: 5-9 Jr. (4.7 ppg) Haley Edmunds, 5-9 Jr. (5.0 ppg) Lindsey Williams, 5-6 Sr. (10.2 ppg) Piper Lindsey, 5-7 Jr. (1.2 ppg) Jessica Mitchell, and 5-6 Sr. (20.4 ppg) Patrika Barlow.  Muhlenberg North coach Mike Harper countered with 5-11 So. (7.3 ppg) Candace Garrett, 5-9 Jr. (6.5 ppg) Heather Oglesby, 6-2 Sr. (19.1 ppg) Jade Perry, 5-7 Jr. (9.4 ppg) Veronika Peercy, and 5-5 So. (4.0 ppg) Lauren Jill Tatum.

Barren County erased a 41-31 deficit at the end of three quarters to eke out a 56-54 victory over Muhlenberg North.  Barren County’s Piper Lindsey nailed a three pointer with less than 30 seconds remaining on the clock to tie the score at 54.  Lindsey Williams then made a key steal and Patrika Barlow canned two free throws with less than a second remaining to give Barren County the victory. 

Barren County shot 41.2% from the field, connected on nine of 12 free throws, and pulled down 26 rebounds.  Barren County held a 15-0 advantage on three point points.  Muhlenberg North shot 60.5% from the field but attempted 13 less shots from the field than Barren County.  Muhlenberg North connected on eight of 10 free throws and grabbed 24 rebounds. 

The victors were led by Patrika Barlow with 34 points, seven rebounds, five assists, and three steals.  Piper Lindsey added 10 points.  Jade Perry led Muhlenberg North with 33 points and seven rebounds.

Barren County

14

5

12

25

-

56

Muhlenberg North 

14

16

11

13

-

54

Barren County

(56) -

Edmunds 4, Williams 5, Lindsey 10, Mitchell 0, Barlow 34, Spillman 1, Thomas 2.

Muhlenberg North

(54) -

Garrett 8, Olgesby 0, Perry 33, Peercy 2, Tatum 0, Mitchell 9, Whitaker 2.

Friday March 26th – Session No. 5

Wayne County (25-7) vs. Butler (25-6) Quarterfinal No. 1

Wayne County coach Tim Pyles started the following lineup:  5-11 Jr. Ashley Bell, 5-9 So. Latoyia Green, 6-0 Sr. Sarah Wixson, 5-7 Sr. Kenita Ball, and 5-8 Sr. Natalie Brown.  Butler coach Stephanie Greathouse started the following lineup:  5-8 8th grade Tia Gibbs, 5-7 Sr. Mandy Evans, 6-0 Sr. Ashley Lewallen, 5-4 Sr. Jenna Hedges, and 5-8 Sr. Megan McGrath.

Butler led 40-31 in the fourth quarter but had to overcome turnovers and shaky foul shooting in the final minutes to claim a 43-39 victory over Wayne County.  Butler shot 33.3% from the field, was 12 of 20 from the free throw line, and pulled down 35 rebounds.  Wayne County shot 28.9% from the field, was 15 of 20 from the free throw line, and grabbed 30 rebounds.  Butler scored 21 points off 20 Wayne County turnovers, while Wayne County scored 14 points off 18 Butler miscues.

Ashley Lewallen led Butler with 13 points and 14 rebounds, while Tia Gibbs added 11 points, six rebounds, and four steals.  Ashley Bell led Wayne County with 12 points and 13 rebounds.  Latoyia Green added 11 points and nine rebounds while Kenita Ball chipped in with 10 points.

Wayne County 

4

7

16

12

-

39

Butler

7

9

18

9

-

43

Wayne County

(39) -

Bell 12, Green 11, Wixson 0, Ball 10, Brown 6.

Butler

(43) -

Gibbs 11, Evans 0, Lewallen 13, Hedges 5, McGrath 8, Holman 6.

Paris (26-8) vs. Lexington Catholic (27-7) Quarterfinal No. 2

Paris coach Terence Brooks started the following lineup:  5-8 So. Alishia Tucker, 5-7 So. Taylor Christman, 5-9 Sr. Jessica Williams, 5-7 Jr. Natalie Tubbs, and 5-5 Jr. Iona Caulder.  Lexington Catholic coach Greg Todd countered with 6-0 So. Anaris Sickles, 5-8 Jr. Lesley Server, 6-1 Jr. Shannon Novosel, 5-7 Fr. Keyla Snowden, and 5-8 So. Nikki Davis.

Lexington Catholic outscored Paris 18-0 in the third quarter on their way to a 52-27 victory.  Lexington Catholic shot 50% from the field, connected on 11 of 15 free throws, and pulled down 35 rebounds.  Lexington Catholic scored 22 points off 17 Paris turnovers, while Paris scored 13 points off 16 Lexington Catholic turnovers.  Paris shot 21.6% from the field, was one of four from the free throw line, and grabbed 28 rebounds.

Shannon Novosel led Lexington Catholic with 14 points and six rebounds.  Anaris Sickles added 12 points and five rebounds.  Taylor Christman led Paris with seven points.

Paris 

6

7

0

14

-

27

Lexington Catholic

12

15

18

7

-

52

Paris

(27) -

Tucker 2, Christman 7, Williams 5, Tubbs 3, Caulder 2, L. Mitchell 3, Yeiser 5.

Lexington Catholic

(52) -

Sickles 13, Server 3, S. Novosel 14, Snowden 6, Davis 4, Scordo 2, Rhule 6, Cash 2, Doss 2.

Friday March 26th – Session No. 6

East Carter (29-5) vs. Christian County (31-3) Quarterfinal No. 3

East Carter coach Hager Easterling started the following lineup:  6-0 Sr. Kim Stapleton, 5-10 So. Brooke McDavid, 5-10 Sr. Amanda Pritchard, 5-6 So. Ashley Baldwin, and 5-5 Sr. Molly Jackson.  Christian County coach Don Dillard countered with 6-1 So. Lydia Watkins, 5-9 Sr. Rita Sanchez, 6-0 So. Arnika Brown, 5-9 Sr. Corkey Stiger, and 5-5 Sr. Shaleea Petty.

Christian County scored 23 points off 23 East Carter turnovers in a 65-46 victory.  Christian County shot 46.4% from the field, connected on 10 of 17 free throws, and pulled down 32 rebounds.  East Carter shot 41.3% from the field, connected on six of 11 free throws, and grabbed 20 rebounds.

Christian County was led tonight by Corkey Stiger with 17 points.  Arnika Brown added 13 points, 10 rebounds, and six steals.  Lydia Watkins added 11 points and Shaleea Petty chipped in with 10 points and seven assists.  Ashley Baldwin led East Carter with 15 points.  Kim Stapleton added nine points and pulled down 12 rebounds. 

East Carter

10

12

6

18

-

46

Christian County 

17

17

12

19

-

65

East Carter

(46) -

Stapleton 9, McDavid 4, Prichard 8, Baldwin 15, Jackson 0, Kouns 6, Jones 2, Buck 2.

Christian County

(65) -

Watkins 11, Sanchez 4, Brown 13, Stiger 17, Petty 10, Riley 2, Maxie 2, Betts 2, Lewis 2, Wilson 2.

Barren County (26-5) vs. Sacred Heart Academy (34-1) Quarterfinal No. 4

Barren County coach John Butler started the following lineup: 5-9 Jr. Haley Edmunds, 5-9 Jr. Lindsey Williams, 5-6 Sr. Piper Lindsey, 5-7 Jr. Jessica Mitchell, and 5-6 Sr. Patrika Barlow.  Sacred Heart Academy coach Donna Moir countered with 5-10 Jr. Taylor Kopple, 5-8 Jr. Jackie Distler, 6-3 Sr. Crystal Kelly, 5-4 Jr. Jordan Hess, and 5-8 Jr. Carly Ormerod.

Sacred Heart raced out to a 27-12 first quarter lead on their way to an 86-38 victory over Barren County.  Sacred Heart scored 41 field goals and had a 48 point victory margin—both state tourney records.  Sacred Heart shot 67.2% from the field, including 73.3% in the first half.  The Valkyries connected on three of seven free throws, and pulled down 41 rebounds.   Barren County shot 28.6% from the field, was three of six from the free throw line, and grabbed 21 rebounds.

The victors were led by Crystal Kelly with 17 points and seven rebounds.  Taylor Kopple added 14 points.  5-9 Jr. Kelsey McCarty chipped in with 12 points and eight rebounds.   Carly Ormerod scored 10 points, pulled down six rebounds, and dished out five assists.  Patrika Barlow led Barren County with 11 points.  Piper Lindsey added six points.

Barren County 

12

7

16

3

-

38

Sacred Heart Academy

27

20

20

19

-

86

Barren County

(38) -

Edmunds 4, Williams 3, P. Lindsey 6, Mitchell 2, Barlow 11, Thomas 5, H. Lindsey 2, Shelton 1, Spillman 4.

Sacred Heart Academy

(86) -

Kopple 14, Distler 8, Kelly 17, Hess 6, Ormerod 10, Denbow 2, Muller 2, McCarty 12, Campbell 6, Wade 2, Barrow 5, Miles 2.

Saturday March 27th – Session No. 7

Lexington Catholic (28-7)  vs. Butler (26-6) Semifinal No. 1

Lexington Catholic coach Greg Todd started the following lineup:  6-0 So. Anaris Sickles, 5-8 Jr. Lesley Server, 6-1 Jr. Shannon Novosel, 5-7 Fr. Keyla Snowden, and 5-8 So. Nikki Davis.   Butler coach Stephanie Greathouse countered with 5-8 8th grade Tia Gibbs, 5-7 Sr. Mandy Evans, 6-0 Sr. Ashley Lewallen, 5-4 Sr. Jenna Hedges, and 5-8 Sr. Megan McGrath.

Lexington Catholic held a 37-20 rebound margin and a 20-1 advantage in second chance points in a 63-46 victory over Butler.  Lexington Catholic shot 43.6% from the field, including six of 15 from the three point line, and connected on nine of 16 free throws.  Butler shot 47.6% from the field, and connected on four of five free throws.

Anaris Sickles led the victors with 18 points and 15 rebounds.  Nikki Davis added 13 points, and Keyla Snowden chipped in with 12 points and eight rebounds.  Shannon Novosel added 11 points and pulled down six rebounds.  Ashley Lewallen led Butler with 15 points and five rebounds.  Tia Gibbs and Jenna Hedges added nine and seven points respectively.

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Lexington Catholic 

20

16

20

7

-

63

Butler

13

7

16

10

-

46

Lexington Catholic

(63) -

Sickles 18, Server 6, S. Novosel 11, Snowden 12, Davis 13, Rhule 1, Cash 2.

Butler

(46) -

Gibbs 9, Evans 5, Lewallen 15, Hedges 7, McGrath 2, Price 2, Cummings 4, Holman 2.

Sacred Heart Academy (35-1) vs. Christian County (32-3) Semifinal No. 2

Sacred Heart Academy coach Donna Moir started the following lineup:  5-10 Jr. Taylor Kopple, 5-8 Jr. Jackie Distler, 6-3 Sr. Crystal Kelly, 5-4 Jr. Jordan Hess, and 5-8 Jr. Carly Ormerod.  Christian County coach Don Dillard countered with 6-1 So. Lydia Watkins, 5-9 Sr. Rita Sanchez, 6-0 So. Arnika Brown, 5-9 Sr. Corkey Stiger, and 5-5 Sr. Shaleea Petty.

Christian County was successful in slowing down Crystal Kelly but Taylor Kopple and Carly Ormerod had big games to lead Sacred Heart to a 66-58 victory.  Sacred Heart shot 50% from the field, connected on 14 of 19 free throws, and pulled down 39 rebounds.  Sacred Heart scored 13 points off 14 Christian County turnovers.  Christian County shot 32.4% from the field, connected on seven of 11 free throws, and grabbed 40 rebounds.  Christian County scored 19 points off 20 Sacred Heart turnovers.

Taylor Kopple led Sacred Heart with 23 points and nine rebounds.  Carly Ormerod added 14 points and dished out 10 assists.  Jackie Distler chipped in with 10 points.  Crystal Kelly tallied seven points and only attempted two shots from the field, connecting on one shot.  However, she pulled down 11 rebounds, and blocked six shots.  Arnika Brown and Corkey Stiger led Christian County as each tallied 17 points and nine rebounds.  Shaleea Petty added 10 points and Lydia Watkins chipped in with eight points and seven rebounds.

Sacred Heart Academy 

17

14

16

19

-

66

Christian County 

9

15

19

15

-

58

Sacred Heart Academy

(66) -

Kopple 23, Distler 10, Kelly 7, Hess 7, Ormerod 14, Denbow 5.

Christian County

(58) -

Watkins 8, Sanchez 4, Brown 17, Stiger 17, Petty 10, Betts 2.

Saturday March 27th – Session No. 8

Sacred Heart Academy (36-1) vs. Lexington Catholic (29-7)  Championship Game

Sacred Heart Academy coach Donna Moir started the following lineup:  5-10 Jr. Taylor Kopple, 5-8 Jr. Jackie Distler, 6-3 Sr. Crystal Kelly, 5-4 Jr. Jordan Hess, and 5-8 Jr. Carly Ormerod.  Lexington Catholic coach Greg Todd countered with 6-0 So. Anaris Sickles, 5-8 Jr. Lesley Server, 6-1 Jr. Shannon Novosel, 5-7 Fr. Keyla Snowden, and 5-8 So. Nikki Davis.

Sacred Heart overcame a slow pace and an early 15-9 deficit to defeat Lexington Catholic 43-32 to claim their third consecutive state championship.  Sacred Heart went on an 8-0 run in the second quarter to lead 17-15 at halftime.  Sacred Heart led 27-19 in the third quarter but Lexington Catholic scored the last four points of the quarter to trail 27-23 entering the final period.  Lexington Catholic closed to within two, 27-25, but could never catch up and Sacred Heart pulled away for the win. 

The victors were led today by Carly Ormerod with 18 points and four steals.  Crystal Kelly added 12 points, pulled down nine rebounds, and recorded four steals. Shannon Novosel led Lexington Catholic with 12 points and 10 rebounds.  Anaris Sickles added nine points and pulled down five rebounds.

Sacred Heart Academy

7

10

10

16

-

43

Lexington Catholic

11

4

8

11

-

34

Sacred Heart Academy

(43) -

Kopple 4, Distler 6, Kelly 12, Hess 3, Ormerod 18.

Lexington Catholic

(34) -

Sickles 9, Server 0, S. Novosel 12, Snowden 5, Davis 5, Rhule 3.

All Tournament Team

Patrika Barlow

5-6

Sr.

Barren County

2 games

22.5 PPG

5.5 RPG

 

 

Ashley Lewallen

6-0

Sr.

Butler

3 games

13.7 PPG

8.3 RPG

 

 

Megan McGrath

5-8

Sr.

Butler

3 games

7.7 PPG

 

 

 

Arnika Brown

6-0 

So.

Christian County 

3 games

18.0 PPG

7.7 RPG

4.3 SPG

 

Corkey Stiger

5-9

Sr.

Christian County

3 games 

12.3 PPG

 

 

 

Shaleea Petty

5-5

Sr.

Christian County 

3 games

11.0 PPG

3.7 APG

3.7 SPG

 

Kim Stapleton

6-0

Sr.

East Carter 

2 games

12.5 PPG

10.0 RPG

3.0 SPG

 

Jade Perry 

6-2

Sr.

Muhlenberg North

1 game

33.0 PPG

7.0 RPG

 

 

Ashley Bell

5-11

Jr.

Wayne County

2 games

16.5 PPG

12.0 RPG

 

 

Anaris Sickles

6-0

So.

Lexington Catholic 

4 games

14.5 PPG

8.5 RPG

 

 

Shannon Novosel

6-1

Jr.

Lexington Catholic 

4 games

10.8 PPG

6.8 RPG

 

 

Nikki Davis

5-8

So.

Lexington Catholic 

4 games

6.8 PPG

 

 

 

Crystal Kelly

6-3

Sr.

Sacred Heart Academy

4 games

12.0 PPG

9.2 RPG

3.5 BPG

 

Taylor Kopple

5-10

Jr.

Sacred Heart Academy

4 games

13.5 PPG

 

 

 

Carly Ormerod

5-8

Jr.

Sacred Heart Academy

4 games

14.5 PPG

5.0 APG

 

MVP

 

Conclusion

Congratulations to Coach Donna Moir and Sacred Heart Academy for capturing their third consecutive state title.  The Valkyries’ winning streak against in-state opponents has now reached 95 games.  Carly Ormerod continues to add to her amazing list of accomplishments as she captured her second state tourney MVP award, and Carly is only a junior.  Crystal Kelly is, well, Crystal Kelly and Taylor Kopple stepped up big time in theis tourney.

Lexington Catholic graduated stars Chelsea Chowning and Sarah Schell from last year’s state runner-up squad, but made it back to the title game again this year.  Lexington Catholic did not have any seniors on their roster at tourney time and the future looks extremely bright for Coach Todd and the Lady Knights.

Christian County had a wonderfully talented squad but could not make it past Sacred Heart in the semifinals, despite a good effort.  It is hard to imagine a better trio than Christian County’s Arnika Brown, Corkey Stiger, and Shaleea Petty.  Muhlenberg North’s Jade Perry and Barren County’s Patrika Barlow had quite a duel in their game.

Wayne County’s Ashley Bell came to play and it was good to see Butler’s outstanding senior class in the big show.  This was East Carter’s first appearance in the big show—congratulations to coach Hager Easterling and Kim Stapleton finished a fine career in style.  Unfortunately for Rockcastle County, junior guard Johnna Abney suffered a season-ending knee injury and was unwilling to participate in the state tourney, but I have a feeling Johnna and the Lady Rockets will be back.

Congratulations to all the teams who made it to Bowling Green—there are no losers at this point.  We will miss many of these young ladies who will graduate, but there is a lot of young talent both in this event and out in the state.  Pike County Central, for example, represented the 15th Region and started two eighth graders and a freshman.

This was Marshall County’s 16th appearance in the state tourney.  It will also be hard to imagine a state tourney without Polly Sebastian.  The Perry County Central star point guard graduates this year but she has been a fixture at the big show.  Sacred Heart started the season number one, had another great season with a 37-1 slate, and finished up number one.  They defended their title with class and dignity and—make no mistake about it—success never went to their head because there were some formidable opponents in this field.

Acknowledgements

A special thanks to the KHSAA for maintaining an excellent website with tons of information about the tourney as well as comprehensive stats on each and every game.  Also a special thanks to WL Stats for all their hard work providing all the computerized stats for the various media.

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