2006 Kentucky High School Girls
11th Region Tournament

Woodford County High School (Versailles), Scott County High School (Georgetown)
Madison Central High School (Richmond), Lexington Catholic High School (Lexington)
and Frankfort Convention Center (Frankfort)
March 8-13, 2006

Copyright 2006 Ron Harrison

Lexington Catholic, Western Hills, Henry Clay, Woodford County, Madison Central, Lafayette, Model, and Scott County all advanced to regional play.  The district winners Woodford County, Lexington Catholic, Scott County, and Madison Central all will host first round games.  The semifinals and championship game will be played at the Frankfort Convention Center in Frankfort, Kentucky.

Wednesday March 8th - Day 1

Western Hills (14-14) vs. Lexington Catholic (28-1)  (at Lexington Catholic High School)

Western Hills coach Kevin Radford started the following lineup: 5-10 Sr. Lauren Reed, 5-7 Sr. Johna Craigmyle, 5-11 Jr. Jessica Frye, 5-7 Fr. Tara Arnold, and 5-6 So. April Lancaster.  Lexington Catholic coach Greg Todd countered with 5-10 So. Natalie Novosel, 5-7 So. Briana Green, 6-0 Sr. Anaris Sickles, 5-7 Jr. Keyla Snowden, and 5-8 Sr. Nikki Davis.

Lexington Catholic raced out to a 49-24 halftime lead and cruised to a 77-42 victory over Western Hills.  The Lady Knights scored 34 points off 30 Western Hills turnovers.  Lexington Catholic shot 55.9% from the field, connected on nine of 11 free throws, and pulled down 28 rebounds.  The Lady Knights held a 16-4 advantage in bench scoring.  Western Hills shot 32.7% from the field, was nine of 12 from the free throw line, and grabbed 33 rebounds.

Keyla Snowden led Lexington Catholic with 20 points.  Snowden was seven of eight from the field including two of two from beyond the arc and four of four from the free throw line.  Nikki Davis added 14 points, nine assists, and eight steals.  Natalie Novosel chipped in with 13 points and six steals.  Lauren Reed led Western Hills with 19 points and 12 rebounds.  Jessica Frye added seven points and six rebounds and Johna Craigmyle chipped in with six points and seven rebounds. 

Western Hills 

14

10

4

14

-

42

Lexington Catholic

28

21

18

10

-

77

 

Western Hills

(42) -

Reed 19, Craigmyle 6, Frye 7, Arnold 2, Lancaster 4, Williams 4.

Lexington Catholic

(77) -

Novosel 13, Green 8, Sickles 6, Snowden 20, Davis 14, Cash 2, Conrad 2, Stevenson 8, Wilson 4.

Lafayette (17-11) vs. Madison Central (14-15)  (at Madison Central High School)

Lafayette coach Allison Denton started the following lineup: 6-0 Sr. Terrell Coles, 6-0 So. Katie Aldrich, 6-3 So. Que’ Christian, 5-5 Jr. Cassandra Lawson, and 5-6 Sr. Katie Kelly.  Madison Central coach Guy Gandolfo countered with 5-8 Sr. Staci Oakley, 5-8 Jr. Lyndsey Simmons, 5-6 Sr. Kandie Warford, 5-6 Fr. Lyndsay Jones, and 5-8 Sr. Sasha Turansky.

Lafayette led 15-14 early in the second quarter but went on a 12-0 run to take control in a 52-30 victory over Madison Central.  The Lady Generals scored 26 points off 24 Madison Central.

Lafayette shot 47.7% from the field, including three of five from beyond the arc.  The Lady Generals connected on seven of 17 free throws and pulled down 28 rebounds.   Madison Central shot 30.8% from the field, including three of 11 from the three point line.  The Lady Indians connected on three of nine free throws, and grabbed 27 rebounds.

Que’ Christian led Lafayette with 12 points, six rebounds, and three blocked shots.  Terrell Coles added 11 points and Katie Aldrich chipped in with nine points.  Katie Kelly recorded seven points, seven rebounds, and three steals.  Lyndsay Jones led Madison Central with 10 points.  Sasha Turansky added six points.

Lafayette 

13

14

14

11

-

52

Madison Central

10

7

6

7

-

30

 

Lafayette

(52) -

Coles 11, Aldrich 9, Christian 12, Lawson 6, Kelly 7, Dillender 3, Dunn 4.

Madison Central

(30) -

Oakley 2, Simmons 4, Warford 4, Jones 10, Turansky 6, Farris 4.

 

Thursday March 9th - Day 2

Model (3-24) vs. Scott County (26-2)  (at Scott County High School)

Model coach Steve Minter started the following lineup:  5-8 Jr. Lauren Heath, 5-9 So. Chelsea Weaver, 5-9 Sr. Kendra Ritter, 5-7 So. Kris Ritter, and 5-4 Jr. Kathryn Engle.  Scott County coach Steve Helton countered with 6-0 Sr. Suzie Owens, 5-11 Jr. Rebecca Gray, 6-1 Jr. Holly Milburn, 5-5 So. Kayla Moses, and 5-6 Sr. Chelsea Lymon

Scott County raced out to a 27-2 first quarter lead on their way to a 94-43 victory over Model.  The Lady Cardinals scored 36 points off 30 Model turnovers.  The Scott County starters only logged 6:27 each.  Thirteen Lady Cardinals saw playing time tonight with 11 entering the scoring column.  Scott County held a 65-2 advantage in bench scoring.

Scott County shot 52.2% from the field, connected on 21 of 24 free throws, and pulled down 45 rebounds.  Model shot 36.4% from the field, was 10 of 18 from the free throw line, and grabbed 22 rebounds.

Rebecca Gray led Scott County with 19 points on eight of eight from the field and three of three from the free throw line.  6-0 Jr. Shamika Payne added 14 points and 11 rebounds.  5-8 So. Jessica Wilson chipped in with 13 points and seven assists.  5-7 So. Regan Grimes and 5-8 Ausha Weathers added 11 points each.  Kendra Ritter and Lauren Heath led Model with 16 and 11 points respectively.

Model 

2

21

8

12

-

43

Scott County

27

25

27

15

-

94

 

Model

 (43) -

Heath 11, Weaver 0, Kendra Ritter 16, Kris Ritter 9, Engle 5, Williams 2.

Scott County

 (94) -

Owens 2, Gray 19, Milburn 0, Moses 2, Lymon 6, J. Wilson 13, Hoffman 4, Grimes 11, Hatton 4, Reber 8, Payne 14, Weathers 11.

Henry Clay (21-7) vs. Woodford County (25-4)  (at Woodford County High School)

Henry Clay coach Scott Cromwell started the following lineup:  5-11 Sr. Erica Coleman, 5-11 Fr. Brittany Coles, 6-3 So. Gwen Rucker, 5-6 So. Demetria Nichols, and 5-5 So. Raven Price.  Woodford County coach Jay Lucas countered with 5-7 Sr. Amber Penny, 5-7 Sr. Nikki Bryant, 6-1 So. Kelsey Swan, 5-7 Fr. Katy Cooke, and 5-7 Sr. Brittany Henderlight.

Henry Clay defeated Woodford County 64-51 in a game that started Thursday night and ended Friday night.  Henry Clay raced out to a 19-4 lead after the first quarter but Woodford County rallied to pull within four, 29-25, at halftime.  There was a power outage at halftime, forcing postponement of the second half until Friday evening.

Once the game was resumed, Henry Clay outscored Woodford County 19-9 in the third quarter to take a 48-34 lead entering the final quarter.  Woodford County rallied to score 10 unanswered points to pull within four points early in the fourth quarter but Henry Clay rallied to regain control of the game.

Henry Clay shot 35.1% from the field including six of 15 from the three point line.  The Lady Blue Devils connected on 18 of 25 free throws, pulled down 41 rebounds, and scored 14 points off 19 Woodford County turnovers.  Woodford County shot 26% from the field, including seven of 23 from beyond the arc.  The Lady Yellowjackets connected on 18 of 34 free throws, grabbed 26 rebounds, and scored 18 points off 19 Henry Clay turnovers.

Erica Coleman led Henry Clay with 16 points and nine rebounds.  5-6 So. Hannah Blankenship came off the bench to add 12 points on four three point baskets.  Brittany Coles chipped in with nine points and Gwen Rucker recorded eight points, 10 rebounds, and three blocked shots.  Brittany Henderlight led Woodford County with 22 points including four three point baskets and seven rebounds.  Nikki Bryant and Katy Cooke added eight points each.  Amber Penny pulled down 10 rebounds.

Henry Clay 

19

10

19

16

-

64

Woodford County

4

21

9

17

-

51

 

Henry Clay

(64) -

Coleman 18, Coles 9, Rucker 8, Nichols 4, Price 7, Blankenship 12, Dozier 6.

Woodford County

(51) -

Penny 5, Bryant 8, Swan 4, Cooke 8, Henderlight 22, Adkins 1, Mosher 3.

 

Saturday March 11th – Day 3  (at Frankfort Convention Center)

Scott County (27-2) vs. Lexington Catholic (29-1)  Semifinal No. 1

Scott County coach Steve Helton started the following lineup:  6-0 Sr. Suzie Owens, 5-11 Jr. Rebecca Gray, 6-1 Jr. Holly Milburn, 5-5 So. Kayla Moses, and 5-6 Sr. Chelsea Lymon.  Lexington Catholic coach Greg Todd countered with 5-10 So. Natalie Novosel, 5-7 So. Briana Green, 6-0 Sr. Anaris Sickles, 5-7 Jr. Keyla Snowden, and 5-8 Sr. Nikki Davis

Briana Green hit a shot at the buzzer to give Lexington Catholic a 57-55 victory over Scott County.  Lexington Catholic trailed 53-45 with 5:23 left in the game but rallied to tie the score 55-55 on a layup by Natalie Novosel with 27 seconds remaining on the clock.  Scott County missed a shot with three seconds remaining and Lexington Catholic got the rebound and timeout with 2.4 seconds left on the clock.  Nikki Davis, left unguarded to inbound the ball, threw the ball over Anaris Sickles at the opposite free-throw line but the ball was tipped up by a Scott County player and Green caught the ball and scored the winning basket.  The ball bounced twice on the rim before settling into the net, setting off the complete range of emotions between two teams who left it all on the floor in a classic battle.  This incredibly was the only time Lexington Catholic led the entire game. 

Lexington Catholic shot 40% from the field including two of nine from the three point line.  The Lady Knights connected on 11 of 17 free throws, pulled down 31 rebounds, and scored 20 points off 21 Scott County turnovers.  Scott County shot 45% from the field including five of nine from beyond the arc.  The Lady Cardinals connected on 14 of 17 free throws, grabbed 25 rebounds, and scored 13 points off 16 Lexington Catholic turnovers. 

Natalie Novosel led the victors with 18 points, 16 coming in the second half, and 11 rebounds.  Briana Green and Keyla Snowden added 15 and 10 points respectively.  The Lady Knights suffered a loss in the first half when 6-0 Fr. Malik Stevenson went down with a knee injury.  Rebecca Gray led Scott County with 15 points and six rebounds.  Suzie Owens added 12 points and six rebounds.  Chelsea Lymon chipped in with nine points.  

Scott County

18

15

15

7

-

55

Lexington Catholic

16

9

18

14

-

57

 

Scott County

(55) -

Owens 12, Gray 15, Milburn 6, Moses 2, Lymon 9, Grimes 3, Weathers 8.

Lexington Catholic

(57) -

Novosel 18, Green 15, Sickles 6, Snowden 10, Davis 6, Cash 2.

Henry Clay (22-7) vs. Lafayette (18-11) Semifinal No. 2

Henry Clay coach Scott Cromwell started the following lineup:  5-11 Sr. Erica Coleman, 5-11 Fr. Brittany Coles, 6-3 So. Gwen Rucker, 5-6 So. Demetria Nichols, and 5-5 So. Raven Price.   Lafayette coach Allison Denton countered with 6-0 Sr. Terrell Coles, 6-0 So. Katie Aldrich, 6-3 So. Que’ Christian, 5-5 Jr. Cassandra Lawson, and 5-6 Sr. Katie Kelly.

The score was tied 37-37 with 3:47 left in the game but Henry Clay outscored Lafayette 8-2 in the closing minutes to earn a 45-39 victory.  Neither team could hold on to the ball (a combined 66 turnovers) and neither team could surpass the 40% mark in field goal accuracy.  However, Henry Clay held Lafayette to one field goal in the last 3:45 and hit enough field goals down the stretch to ensure the victory.

Henry Clay shot 38.7% from the field, including three of 10 from the three point line.  The Lady Blue Devils connected on 18 of 27 free throws, pulled down 26 rebounds, and scored 28 points off 32 Lafayette turnovers.  Lafayette shot 39.4% from the field, including zero of four from beyond the arc.  The Lady Generals connected on 13 of 16 from the free throw line, grabbed 19 rebounds, and scored 20 points off 34 Henry Clay turnovers.

Gwen Rucker led Henry Clay with 18 points including 10 of 13 free throws, and seven rebounds.  Raven Price added nine points.  Terrell Coles led Lafayette with 14 points.  Katie Aldrich added eight points.  

Henry Clay

12

8

12

13

-

45

Lafayette 

11

7

9

12

-

39

 

Henry Clay

(45) -

Coleman 7, Coles 2, Rucker 18, Nichols 1, Price 9, Blankenship 6, Dozier 2.

Lafayette

(39) -

Coles 14, Aldrich 8, Christian 3, Lawson 4, Kelly 4, Dunn 2, Dillender 4.

 

All-Region regular season awards were passed out today.

Regular Season All 11th Region Team

Gwen Rucker

Henry Clay

6-3

So.

Natalie Novosel

Lexington Catholic

5-10

So.

Briana Green

Lexington Catholic

5-7

So.

Emily London

Lexington Christian Academy

5-7

Jr.

Erica Coleman

Henry Clay

5-11

Sr.

Suzie Owens

Scott County

6-0

Sr.

Anaris Sickles

Lexington Catholic

6-0

Sr.

Brittany Henderlight

Woodford County

5-7

Sr.

Katy Cooke

Woodford County

5-7

Fr.

Nikki Davis

Lexington Catholic

5-8

Sr.

Rebecca Gray

Scott County

5-11

Jr.

Chelsea Lymon

Scott County

5-6

Sr.  MVP

Co-Coach of the Year:  Jay Lucas of Woodford County

Co-Coach of the Year:  Mike Sowers of Paul L. Dunbar

 

Monday March 13th – Day 4  (at Frankfort Convention Center)

Henry Clay (23-7) vs. Lexington Catholic (30-1)  Championship Game

Henry Clay coach Scott Cromwell started the following lineup:  5-11 Sr. Erica Coleman, 5-11 Fr. Brittany Coles, 6-3 So. Gwen Rucker, 5-6 So. Demetria Nichols, and 5-5 So. Raven Price.  Lexington Catholic coach Greg Todd countered with 5-10 So. Natalie Novosel, 5-7 So. Briana Green, 6-0 Sr. Anaris Sickles, 5-7 Jr. Keyla Snowden, and 5-8 Sr. Nikki Davis

Henry Clay held an early 6-2 lead but Lexington Catholic went on a 13-0 run, taking a 15-6 lead on their way to a 76-47 victory.  The victors shot 61.2% from the field while holding Henry Clay to 30.5% from the field.

Lexington Catholic shot 61.5% in the first half and 60.9% in the second half for 61.2% for the game.  The Lady Knights connected on eight of 12 free throws, pulled down 26 rebounds, and scored 25 points off 19 Henry Clay turnovers.  Henry Clay shot 30.5% from the field, was 14 of 18 from the free throw line, and grabbed 37 rebounds.  The Lady Blue Devils scored 12 points off 15 Lexington Catholic.  Henry Clay held a 23-9 advantage in offensive rebounds and enjoyed a 20-11 margin in second chance points. 

Anaris Sickles led four Lexington Catholic players in double figures with 18 points.  Sickles also pulled down six rebounds.  Keyla Snowden, Natalie Novosel, and Briana Green added 15, 14, and 13 points respectively.  Gwen Rucker led Henry Clay with 17 points, nine rebounds, and four blocked shots.  5-6 So. Hannah Blakenship added 11 points including three three point baskets.  

Henry Clay

10

7

12

18

-

47

Lexington Catholic

18

23

21

14

-

76

 

Henry Clay

(47) -

Coleman 4, Coles 4, Rucker 17, Nichols 4, Price 1, Hamilton 2, Hansley 2, Blankenship 11, Dozier 2.

Lexington Catholic

(76) -

Novosel 14, Green 13, Sickles 18, Snowden 15, Davis 4, Wilson 2, Cash 8, Conrad 2.

 

All Tournament Team
 

Lauren Reed

Western Hills

5-10

Sr.

 

Kendra Ritter

Model

5-9

Sr.

 

Lyndsay Jones

Madison Central

5-6

Fr.

 

Brittany Henderlight

Woodford County

5-7

Sr.

 

Chelsea Lymon

Scott County

5-6

Sr.

 

Rebecca Gray

Scott County

5-11

Jr.

 

Terrell Coles

Lafayette

6-0

Sr.

 

Katie Kelly

Lafayette

5-6

Sr.

 

Erica Coleman

Henry Clay

5-11

Sr.

 

Gwen Rucker

Henry Clay

6-3

So.

 

Briana Green

Lexington Catholic

5-7

So.

 

Nikki Davis

Lexington Catholic

5-8

Sr..

 

Natalie Novosel

Lexington Catholic

5-10

So.

MVP

 

Conclusion

Congratulations to Lexington Catholic for capturing the championship.  The Lexington Catholic-Scott County game was a classic with neither team deserving to lose.  Also congratulations to a young Henry Clay squad for a fine tourney showing.  The final four teams (Lexington Catholic, Henry Clay, Scott County, and Lafayette) had a total of 13 underclassmen in their starting lineups. 

 

Acknowledgements

A special thanks to the tournament manager Alan Spade (Frankfort High) for the hospitality extended this week.  Also a big thanks to WL stats for providing the computer statistics for the entire tournament. 

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.kyprephoops.com.