2006 Houchens Industries/KHSAA
Sweet 16 Girls State Basketball Tournament

E. A. Diddle Arena, Western Kentucky University
Bowling Green, Kentucky
March 22-25, 2006

Copyright 2006 Ron Harrison

Wednesday March 22nd – Session No. 1

Lexington Catholic (31-1) (Region 11) vs. Mercy Academy (26-5) (Region 7)

Lexington Catholic coach Greg Todd started the following lineup:  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.  Mercy Academy coach Mark Evans countered with 6-0 Sr. Jenny Petrie, 5-8 Sr. Melissa Schindler, 5-9 So. Katie Wiedmar, 5-7 Sr. Mallory Luckett, and 5-8 Sr. Brittany Buss.

Mercy Academy led 8-6 with less than three minutes remaining in the first quarter but Lexington Catholic closed out the quarter with an 11-0 run to gain control in a decisive 65-47 victory.  Mercy Academy only shot 22.2% from the field in the first half and trailed 48-24 after three quarters.  The opportunistic Lady Knights defense recorded 13 steals and scored 32 points off 27 Mercy Academy turnovers.

Lexington Catholic shot 45.3% from the field, connected on 13 of 16 free throws, and pulled down 38 rebounds.  Mercy Academy shot 30.9% from the field connected on only eight of 21 free throws, and grabbed 38 rebounds.  Mercy Academy held a 17-3 advantage in bench scoring.

Keyla Snowden led Lexington Catholic with 22 points including three three point baskets.  Natalie Novosel added 12 points and eight rebounds.  Anaris Sickles and Nikki Davis chipped in with 10 points each.   Davis also pulled down eight rebounds, dished out four assists, and recorded six steals.  Jenny Petrie led Mercy Academy with 14 points, 10 rebounds, and three steals.

Lexington Catholic

17

13

18

17

-

65

Mercy Academy 

8

7

9

23

-

47

 

Lexington Catholic

(65) -

Novosel 12, Green 8, Sickles 10, Snowden 22, Davis 10, Cash 2, Stevenson 1.

Mercy Academy

(47) -

Petrie 14, Schindler 6, Wiedmar 2, Luckett 3, Buss 5, Cox 6, Culver 2, McGuire 4, Allen 2, Wimsatt 3.

Letcher County Central (25-6) (Region 14) vs. Rockcastle County (23-9) (Region 12)

Letcher County Central coach Dickie Adams started the following lineup:  5-10 Sr. Heather Martin, 5-7 Sr. Tiffany Lowe, 5-10 Sr. Stephanie Whitaker, 5-5 Sr. Autumn Morris, and 5-6 Jr. Ashley Sexton.  Rockcastle County coach Chrysti Noble countered with 5-9 So. Sara Rowe, 5-7 Sr. Rachel Killen, 5-8 Sr. Ashley Lunsford, 5-5 Fr. Mary Saylor, and 5-6 Sr. Jessi Asher.

Letcher County Central raced out to a 17-6 first quarter lead on their way to a 49-44 victory over Rockcastle County.  Letcher County Central shot 40.9% from the field, connected on 10 of 19 free throws, and pulled down 42 rebounds.  Rockcastle County shot 34.5% from the field, but was zero for nine from the three point line.  The Lady Rockets were only six of 18 from the free throw line and pulled down 32 rebounds.

Heather Martin paced the victors with 17 points.  Stephanie Whitaker added 13 points and pulled down 15 rebounds.  Ashley Sexton chipped in with nine points.  Sara Rowe led Rockcastle County with 16 points and 10 rebounds.  Jessi Asher and Mary Saylor added seven and six points respectively.  5-10 7th grader Sara Hammond came off the bench to record five points, six rebounds, and six blocked shots.

Letcher County Central

17

16

7

9

-

49

Rockcastle County

6

16

13

9

-

44

 

Letcher County Central

(49) -

Martin 17, Lowe 2, Whitaker 13, Morris 3, A. Sexton 9, Baker 5.

Rockcastle County

(44) -

Rowe 16, Killen 2, A. Lunsford 4, Saylor 6, Asher 7, Hammond 5, T. Lunsford 4.

Wednesday March 22nd – Session No. 2

Marshall County (25-3) (Region 1) vs. Henderson County (17-10) (Region 2)

Marshall County coach Howard Beth started the following lineup:  5-10 Jr. Pressley Doom, 6-1 Fr. Jessica Holder, 5-11 Sr. Leah Creason, 5-9 Sr. Shannon Gipson, and 5-9 Sr. Janie Canup.  Henderson County coach Jeff Haile countered with 5-6 So. Rinesha Soaper, 5-8 Sr. ReRe Quarles, 5-9 So. Whitney Bingemer, 5-5 Sr. Tara McConnell, and 5-2 Sr. Sierra Gilbert.

Henderson County thought they had won in regulation on a putback basket at the buzzer but was overruled by the official who ruled that time had expired.  The Colonels outscored Marshall County 9-5 in the overtime period, hitting their free throws down the stretch to earn a 58-54 victory.  Marshall County kept in the game and even led 44-40 in the final quarter despite turning the ball over 33 times leading to 29 Henderson County points.

Henderson County shot 37.3% from the field, connected on 11 of 24 free throws, and pulled down 34 rebounds.  Marshall County shot 36.2% from the field, was 15 of 23 from the free throw line, and grabbed 42 rebounds.

Rinesha Soaper led Henderson County with 25 points.  Sierra Gilbert added 11 points.  6-0 Fr. Alyse Poindexter came off the bench to record eight points, 11 rebounds, two blocked shots, and four steals.  Pressley Doom led Marshall County with 17 points and eight rebounds.  Jessica Holder added 15 points and 14 rebounds.  Leah Creason chipped in with 10 points and six rebounds.

Marshall County 

10

7

16

16

5

-

54

Henderson County

7

18

11

13

9

-

58

 

Marshall County

(54) -

P. Doom 17, Holder 15, Creason 10, Gipson 0, Canup 2, Beasley 8, Gilland 2.

Henderson County

(58) -

Soaper 25, Quarles 3, Bingemer 6, McConnell 0, Gilbert 11, Poindexter 8, Scales 5.

Elizabethtown (26-6) (Region 5) vs. Magoffin County (26-5) (Region 15)

Elizabethtown coach Tim Mudd started the following lineup:  5-10 Fr. Alex Jones, 5-10 So. Alisa Dickerson, 6-1 Sr. Kabrenda Warfield, 6-0 Jr. Angel Lucas, and 5-7 So. Jenna Goblirsch.  Magoffin County coach Steve Miller countered with 5-7 So. Megan Powers, 5-7 Jr. Michaela Howard, 5-8 Sr. Calloray Howard, 5-5 Jr. Ashley J. Howard, and 5-4 Jr. Brittany Mann.

Elizabethtown utilized their height and depth to defeat a scrappy, determined Magoffin County team 49-43.  Elizabethtown opened up a 45-30 advantage with 4:40 remaining in the game but Brittany Mann scored nine consecutive points to close the margin to seven, 46-39, with 59 seconds remaining on the clock.  Magoffin County was unable to complete the comeback.

Elizabethtown shot 45.2% from the field, including four of 10 from beyond the arc.  The Lady Panthers connected on seven of 13 free throws and pulled down 42 rebounds.  Magoffin County shot 30% from the field, including only one of 17 from the three point line.  Magoffin County connected on six of 10 free throws, and pulled down 29 rebounds.  Elizabethtown committed 30 turnovers but Magoffin County could only convert for 11 points.

Kabrenda Warfield led the victors with 17 points and 14 rebounds.  Jenna Goblirsch added 11 points.  5-7 Fr. Dorian Downs came off the bench to add nine points.  Calloray Howard led Magoffin County with 15 points and 10 rebounds.  Brittany Mann added 14 points.

Elizabethtown 

9

12

16

12

-

49

Magoffin County

8

9

13

13

-

43

 

Elizabethtown

(49) -

Jones 5, Dickerson 3, Warfield 17, A. Lucas 2, Goblirsch 11, Downs 9, Rediker 2.

Magoffin County

(43) -

Powers 0, M. Howard 8, C. Howard 15, A. Howard 6, Mann 14.

Thursday March 23rd – Session No. 3

Franklin-Simpson (24-4) (Region 4) vs. Muhlenberg North (25-6) (Region 3)

Franklin-Simpson coach Lex Lindsey started the following lineup: 5-8 Sr. Tara Dalcourt, 5-8 Fr. Brittany Payne, 6-2 Jr. Rachel Swisher, 5-6 Fr. Drea Gooch and 5-7 So. Kelleshia Cook.  Muhlenberg North coach Mike Harper countered with 6-0 Sr. Candace Garrett, 5-7 Jr. Heather Mitchell, 6-1 So. Rachel Underwood, 5-8 So. Abby Steele, and 5-7 Sr. Lauren Jill Tatum.

Franklin-Simpson came out of the gate ice cold, only connecting on one of their first 11 field goal attempts, but recovered to defeat Muhlenberg North 59-48.  Franklin-Simpson trailed 9-3 with 1:32 remaining in the first quarter but went on a 20-5 run to take a 23-14 lead with 2:18 remaining in the half.  The Lady Wildcats held on for the victory despite only connecting on 12 of 30 free throws and losing point guard Kelleshia Cook via the foul route with 6:44 remaining in the game. 

Franklin-Simpson shot 46.8% from the field, only shot 40% (12 of 30) from the free throw line, and pulled down 40 rebounds.  Franklin-Simpson scored 22 points off 28 Muhlenberg North turnovers and held a 17-5 advantage in second chance points.  Muhlenberg North shot 39.1% from the field, connected on 10 of 16 free throws, and grabbed 26 rebounds.  The North Stars scored 20 points off 30 Franklin-Simpson turnovers. 

The victors were led by Kelleshia Cook with 17 points and six steals.  Brittany Payne added 15 points, eight rebounds, and five steals.  5-8 Jr. Cherelle Cook came off the bench to record nine points and nine rebounds.  Candace Garrett led Muhlenberg North with 20 points and six rebounds.  Heather Mitchell added nine points, and Rachel Underwood chipped in with eight points and eight rebounds.

Franklin-Simpson

8

15

17

19

-

59

Muhlenberg North 

12

5

13

18

-

48

 

Franklin-Simpson

(59) -

Dalcourt 3, Payne 15, Swisher 8, Gooch 5, K. Cook 17, Hilliard 2, C. Cook 9.

Muhlenberg North

(48) -

Garrett 20, Mitchell 9, Underwood 8, Steele 5, Tatum 0, Springer 3, Gaston 3.

Rose Hill Christian (24-7) (Region 16) vs. Shelby County (25-8) (Region 8)

Rose Hill Christian coach Pam Euton started the following lineup:  6-0 Jr. Emily Queen, 5-7 Sr. Sarah Yates, 6-0 Jr. Laura Terry, 5-7 Jr. Britt Faulkner, and 5-8 Sr. Kala Faulkner.  Shelby County coach Sally Zimmerman countered with 5-9 Sr. Krystina Silverhorn, 5-9 Jr. Amber Morrison, 5-9 Sr. Tara Milburn, 5-4 So. Raechele Gray, and 5-8 Sr. Amanda Green.

Rose Hill outscored Shelby County 18-9 in the second quarter on their way to a 64-50 victory.  Shelby County attempted 25 more shots at the basket (65-40) but could only connect at a 27.7% rate.  Rose Hill Christian also held a 43-31 advantage in rebounds.

Rose Hill Christian shot 55% from the field, connected on 14 of 24 free throws, and scored seven points off 10 Shelby County turnovers.  Shelby County shot 27.7% from the field including six of 24 from the three point line.  The Lady Rockets connected on eight of 13 free throws, and scored 17 points off 22 Rose Hill Christian turnovers.

Laura Terry led Rose Hill with 34 points and 13 rebounds.  Emily Queen added eight points and 17 rebounds.  Kala Faulkner managed 28 minutes despite being hampered with a thigh bruise she received in the regional finals.  Faulkner managed four points and dished out eight assists.  Amanda Green led Shelby County with 19 points and 11 rebounds.  Raechele Gray added 10 points.  5-10 8th grader Antonita Slaughter came off the bench to add nine points.

Rose Hill Christian 

11

18

17

18

-

64

Shelby County

9

9

12

20

-

50

 

Rose Hill Christian

(64) -

Queen 8, Yates 5, Terry 34, B. Faulkner 5, K. Faulkner 4, Spradlin 8.

Shelby County

(50) -

Silverhorn 0, Morrison 5, Milburn 0, Gray 10, Green 19, Gibbs 1, Slaughter 9, Ford 6.

Thursday March 23rd – Session No. 4

Boone County (24-8) (Region 9) vs. Montgomery County (27-6) (Region 10)

Boone County coach Nell Fookes started the following lineup:  5-10 Jr. Jackie Hicks, 5-10 Jr. Meredith Reed, 6-0 Fr. Lacey Brasseaux, 5-5 Fr. Jacy Bradley, and 5-7 Sr. Ashely Griffith.  Montgomery County coach John High countered with 5-6 Jr. Natasha Thomas, 5-6 Sr. Sherry McGuire, 5-9 Jr. Courtney Danis, 5-6 Jr. Jenna High, and 5-7 So. Maggie Prewitt.

Montgomery County trailed Boone County 20-18 entering the final quarter but rallied for a 33-26 victory.  This was a game in which neither team could hit the basket as Montgomery County shot 17.4% from the field and Boone County connected at a 25% rate.  The smaller Montgomery County team actually held a 46-32 advantage in rebounds.  Maggie Prewitt scored 10 of her game-high 14 points in the fourth quarter to lead the Montgomery County comeback. 

Montgomery County shot 17.4% (8 of 46) from the field including three of eight from beyond the arc.  The Lady Indians connected on 14 of 23 free throws, and pulled down 46 rebounds including 24 offensive rebounds.  Boone County shot 25% (12 of 48) from the field, including only one of 13 from the three point line.  The Lady Rebels only visited the free throw line twice, connecting on one shot, and grabbed 32 rebounds. 

Maggie Prewitt paced the victors with 14 points, seven rebounds, and six steals.  Courtney Danis added six points and pulled down 10 rebounds.  Jackie Hicks led Boone County with 10 points and seven rebounds.

Boone County 

7

7

6

6

-

26

Montgomery County

5

8

5

15

-

33

 

Boone County

(26) -

Hicks 10, Reed 4, Brasseaux 0, Bradley 0, Griffith 5, Switzer 4, Findley 3.

Montgomery County

(33) -

Thomas 2, McGuire 0, Danis 6, High 6, M. Prewitt 14, Lee 3, Barnard 2.

Iroquois (25-8) (Region 6) vs. Clay County (31-2) (Region 13)

Iroquois coach Al Northington started the following lineup:  5-8 Fr. Adia Mathies, 5-6 Fr. Kayla Hickman, 5-11 Jr. Tiffany Simmons, 5-4 Fr. Asia Mathies, and 5-2 Sr. LaQuisha Wharton.  Clay County coach Donnie Gray countered with 5-7 So. Gemma Gray, 5-7 Jr. Page Jackson, 5-10 Jr. Maleah Roberts, 5-7 So. Stephanie Jackson, and 5-8 Sr. Jayme Gilbert.

Iroquois led 30-29 at the end of three quarters and held Clay County to only four points in the final period to earn a 39-33 victory.  Clay County managed to control the tempo but Iroquois’ quickness would never allow Clay County’s offense to get in sync.  Iroquois also held a 12-8 advantage on the offensive boards and held an 11-6 margin in second chance points.

Iroquois shot 35% from the field including four of 13 from beyond the arc.  The Lady Raiders connected on seven of 12 free throws and pulled down 29 rebounds.  Clay County shot 34.2% from the field including two of 13 from the three point line.  The Lady Tigers connected on five of six free throws and grabbed 26 rebounds.

Kayla Hickman led Iroquois with 14 points including three of six from beyond the arc.  Adia Mathies added 12 points and pulled down 13 rebounds.  Jayme Gilbert led Clay County with 17 points.

Iroquois 

17

3

10

9

-

39

Clay County

8

10

11

4

-

33

 

Iroquois

(39) -

Adia Mathies 12, Hickman 14, Simmons 2, Asia Mathies 2, Wharton 4, Taylor 2, Cordero 3.

Clay County

(33) -

Gray 5, P. Jackson 0, Roberts 4, S. Jackson 7, Gilbert 17.

Friday March 24th – Session No. 5

Letcher County Central (26-6) vs. Lexington Catholic (32-1) Quarterfinal No. 1

Letcher County Central coach Dickie Adams started the following lineup:  5-10 Sr. Heather Martin, 5-7 Sr. Tiffany Lowe, 5-10 Sr. Stephanie Whitaker, 5-5 Sr. Autumn Morris, and 5-6 Jr. Ashley Sexton.  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 30-10 first quarter lead on their way to a 73-44 victory over Letcher County Central.  The Lady Knights scored 28 points off 25 Letcher County Central turnovers.  Lexington Catholic held a 17-6 advantage on the offensive boards and held an 15-0 margin in second chance points.

Lexington Catholic shot 49.1% from the field, connected on 17 of 32 free throws, and pulled down 36 rebounds.  Letcher County Central shot 47.5% from the field, was six of 17 from the free throw line, and grabbed 23 rebounds.

Keyla Snowden led four Lady Knights in double figures with 15 points.  Briana Green added 13 points and Nikki Davis chipped in with 12 points, eight rebounds, and five assists.  Natalie Novosel recorded 10 points, six rebounds, and five steals.  Heather Martin led Letcher County Central with 23 points and four rebounds.

Letcher County Central 

10

9

12

13

-

44

Lexington Catholic

30

18

14

11

-

73

 

Letcher County Central

(44) -

Martin 23, Lowe 0, Whitaker 2, Morris 3, A. Sexton 0, Craft 2, Mynster 2, B. Sexton 5, Baker 6, K. Sexton 1.

Lexington Catholic

(73) -

Novosel 10, Green 13, Sickles 8, Snowden 15, Davis 12, Ratliff 2, Wilson 2, McGhee 2, Cash 7, Stevenson 2.

Elizabethtown (27-6) vs. Henderson County (18-10) Quarterfinal No. 2

Elizabethtown coach Tim Mudd started the following lineup:  5-10 Fr. Alex Jones, 5-10 So. Alisa Dickerson, 6-1 Sr. Kabrenda Warfield, 6-0 Jr. Angel Lucas, and 5-7 So. Jenna Goblirsch.  Henderson County coach Jeff Haile countered with 5-6 So. Rinesha Soaper, 6-0 Fr. Alyse Poindexter, 5-9 So. Whitney Bingemer, 5-10 Jr. Sara Scales, and 5-2 Sr. Sierra Gilbert.

Henderson County’s Sierra Gilbert hit three of four free throws down the stretch to help the Lady Colonels hold on for a 52-49 overtime victory over Elizabethtown.  Elizabethtown led 37-28 early in the final quarter but Henderson County went on a 15-1 run to take a 43-38 lead with 1:32 remaining on the clock.  Alisa Dickerson hit a field goal and free throw with 11 seconds remaining on the clock to allow Elizabethtown to tie the game 44-44 and force overtime.

Henderson County shot 39.2% from the field, connected on nine of 20 free throws, and pulled down 45 rebounds.  The Lady Colonels scored 19 points off 15 Elizabethtown turnovers.  Elizabethtown shot 34.6% from the field, connected on 11 of 25 free throws, and pulled down 35 rebounds.  The Lady Panthers scored 18 points off 20 Henderson County turnovers.

Rinesha Soaper led Henderson County with 17 points, nine rebounds, and three steals.  Whitney Bingemer added 13 points and 12 rebounds.  Sierra Gilbert added nine points and six rebounds.  Kabrenda Warfield led Elizabethtown with 25 points and 17 rebounds.  Alex Jones added eight points and nine rebounds.

Elizabethtown

10

11

11

12

5

-

49

Henderson County

15

1

10

18

8

-

52

 

Elizabethtown

(49) -

Jones 8, Dickerson 5, Warfield 25, A. Lucas 0, Goblirsch 8, Downs 3.

Henderson County

(52) -

Soaper 17, Poindexter 8, Bingemer 13, Scales 1, Gilbert 9, Quarles 2, McConnell 2.

Friday March 24th – Session No. 6

Rose Hill Christian (25-7) vs. Franklin-Simpson (25-4) Quarterfinal No. 3

Rose Hill Christian coach Pam Euton started the following lineup:  6-0 Jr. Emily Queen, 5-1 Sr. Katy Spradlin, 6-0 Jr. Laura Terry, 5-7 Jr. Britt Faulkner, and 5-8 Sr. Kala Faulkner.  Franklin-Simpson coach Lex Lindsey countered with 5-8 Sr. Tara Dalcourt, 5-8 Fr. Brittany Payne, 6-2 Jr. Rachel Swisher, 5-6 Fr. Drea Gooch and 5-7 So. Kelleshia Cook.

Rose Hill’s Kala Faulkner managed to log 31:53 minutes despite a painful thigh injury and hit two key free throws with 38 seconds remaining on the clock to allow the Lady Royals to earn a 51-47 victory over Franklin-Simpson.  The Lady Wildcats took a 42-41 lead with less than five minutes remaining in the game before 5-7 Sr. Sarah Yates nailed two three-point baskets to allow Rose Hill to re-establish momentum.  It was difficult for either team to establish momentum as they combined for 49 turnovers.

Rose Hill shot 45.5% from the field, including four of 11 from beyond the arc.  The Lady Royals connected on seven of 13 free throws, pulled down 37 rebounds, and scored 14 points off 21 Franklin-Simpson turnovers.  Franklin-Simpson shot 32.1% from the field, including five of 15 from the three point line.  The Lady Wildcats connected on six of 12 free throws, grabbed 31 rebounds, and scored 18 points off 28 Rose Hill miscues.

Laura Terry led Rose Hill with 20 points, 11 rebounds, and six blocked shots.  Emily Queen added 14 points and 13 rebounds.  Kelleshia Cook led Franklin-Simpson with 16 points.  Rachel Swisher added 11 points.  Tara Dalcourt recorded five points, 15 rebounds, and five steals.

Rose Hill Christian

13

14

12

12

-

51

Franklin-Simpson 

12

6

16

13

-

47

 

Rose Hill Christian

(51) -

Queen 14, Spradlin 2, Terry 20, B. Faulkner 2, K. Faulkner 5, Yates 8.

Franklin-Simpson

(47) -

Dalcourt 5, Payne 6, Swisher 11, Gooch 2, K. Cook 16, Hilliard 3, Brown 4.

Iroquois (26-8) vs. Montgomery County (28-6) Quarterfinal No. 4

Iroquois coach Al Northington started the following lineup:  5-8 Fr. Adia Mathies, 5-6 Fr. Kayla Hickman, 5-11 Jr. Tiffany Simmons, 5-4 Fr. Asia Mathies, and 5-6 Fr. Stafonia Taylor.  Montgomery County coach John High countered with 5-6 Jr. Natasha Thomas, 5-6 Sr. Sherry McGuire, 5-9 Jr. Courtney Danis, 5-6 Jr. Jenna High, and 5-7 So. Maggie Prewitt.

Iroquois led 44-39 early in the fourth quarter but pulled away for a 58-44 victory over Montgomery County.  Iroquois’ defense held Montgomery County to only two points over the last five minutes of the game.

Iroquois shot 43.8% from the field including two of eight from the three point line.  The Lady Raiders connected on 14 of 22 free throws, pulled down 33 rebounds, and scored 21 points off 23 Montgomery County turnovers.  Iroquois held a 14-2 advantage in second chance points.  Montgomery County shot 41.3% from the field, including one of nine from beyond the arc.  The Lady Indians connected on five of seven free throws, pulled down 28 rebounds, and scored 12 points off 21 Iroquois turnovers.

Adia Mathies led Iroquois with 27 points, 12 rebounds, and six steals.  5-2 Sr. LaQuisha Wharton added 15 points.  Jenna High led Montgomery County with 11 points.  Courtney Danis and Maggie Prewitt added nine and eight points respectively.

Iroquois

14

17

13

14

-

58

Montgomery County 

10

18

9

7

-

44

 

Iroquois

(58) -

Adia Mathies 27, Hickman 6, Simmons 0, Asia Mathies 2, Taylor 6, Wharton 15, Wallace 2.

Montgomery County

(44) -

Thomas 5, McGuire 2, Danis 9, High 11, M. Prewitt 8, Lee 2, Warner 2, Barnard 5.

Saturday March 25th – Session No. 7

Henderson County (19-10)  vs. Lexington Catholic (33-1) Semifinal No. 1

Henderson County coach Jeff Haile started the following lineup:  5-6 So. Rinesha Soaper, 6-0 Fr. Alyse Poindexter, 5-9 So. Whitney Bingemer, 5-10 Jr. Sara Scales, and 5-2 Sr. Sierra Gilbert.   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 37-14 halftime lead on their way to a 52-39 victory over Henderson County.  Lexington Catholic slowed the tempo in the third quarter and led 41-16 at the end of three quarters.  Lexington Catholic led 48-16 in the final period.  Coach Todd substituted liberally in the final minutes and Henderson County, refusing to give up, outscored the Lady Knights 23-4 to cut the final margin to 13, 52-39.  The victors led 12-6 late in the first quarter then went on a 23-0 run to break the game open to lead 35-6 with 2:37 to go in the half.

The victors shot 36.6% from the field, including six of 11 from beyond the arc.  They connected on 16 of 22 free throws, pulled down 34 rebounds, and scored 21 points off 20 Henderson County turnovers.  Henderson County shot 33.3% from the field, including three of nine from the three point line.  The Lady Colonels connected on six of nine free throws, grabbed 25 rebounds, and scored 16 points off 20 Lexington Catholic miscues.

Keyla Snowden led Lexington Catholic with 14 points.  Briana Green and 5-11 Jr. Kellie Cash added eight points each.  Nikki Davis, Natalie Novosel, and 5-8 So. Maggie Wilson each scored six points.  Davis added six rebounds and six assists, and Novosel pulled down eight rebounds.  Sierra Gilbert and Rinesha Soaper led Henderson County with 11 and nine points respectively.

Henderson County

6

8

2

23

-

39

Lexington Catholic 

16

21

4

11

-

52

 

Henderson County

(39) -

Soaper 9, Poindexter 4, Bingemer 2, Scales 2, Gilbert 11, Todd 5, Quarles 2, McConnell 4.

Lexington Catholic

(52) -

Novosel 6, Green 8, Sickles 4, Snowden 14, Davis 6, Wilson 6, Cash 8.

Iroquois (27-8)  vs. Rose Hill Christian (26-7) Semifinal No. 2

Iroquois coach Al Northington started the following lineup:  5-8 Fr. Adia Mathies, 5-6 Fr. Kayla Hickman, 5-6 Fr. Stefonia Taylor, 5-4 Fr. Asia Mathies, and 5-2 Sr. LaQuisha Wharton.   Rose Hill Christian coach Pam Euton countered with 6-0 Jr. Emily Queen, 5-7 Sr. Sarah Yates, 6-0 Jr. Laura Terry, 5-7 Jr. Britt Faulkner, and 5-8 Sr. Kala Faulkner.

Iroquois led 46-45 with 4:33 remaining in the game but Rose Hill rallied to earn a 59-54 victory.  Rose Hill Christian led 35-23 with 7:14 remaining in the third quarter but Iroquois rallied to get back in the game.  Iroquois took 18 more shots (68-50) from the field than Rose Hill but only connected at a 30.9% rate.

Rose Hill shot 50% from the field, including seven of 17 from beyond the arc.  The Lady Royals connected on two of five free throws, pulled down 36 rebounds, and scored 15 points off 14 Iroquois turnovers.  Iroquois shot 30.9% from the field, including five of 25 from the three point line.  The Lady Raiders connected on seven of 11 free throws, grabbed 37 rebounds, and scored 22 points off 25 Rose Hill turnovers.

Laura Terry led Rose Hill with 22 points, eight rebounds, and four blocked shots.  Emily Queen added 17 points and 10 rebounds.  Kala Faulkner chipped in with 16 points and seven rebounds.  Faulkner was four of seven from beyond the arc.  Asia Mathies led Iroquois with 15 points.  Adia Mathies added 12 points, 15 rebounds, seven assists, and four steals.  Kayla Hickman also recorded 12 points.  LaQuisha Wharton chipped in with eight points, seven rebounds, and four steals.

Iroquois

14

9

17

14

-

54

Rose Hill Christian 

18

14

9

18

-

59

 

Iroquois

(54) -

Adia Mathies 12, Hickman 12, Taylor 7, Asia Mathies 15, Wharton 8.

Rose Hill Christian

(59) -

Queen 17, Yates 4, Terry 22, B. Faulkner 0, K. Faulkner 16.

Saturday March 25th – Session No. 8

Rose Hill Christian (27-7) vs. Lexington Catholic (34-1)  Championship Game

Rose Hill Christian coach Pam Euton started the following lineup:  6-0 Jr. Emily Queen, 5-1 Sr. Katy Spradlin, 6-0 Jr. Laura Terry, 5-7 Jr. Britt Faulkner, and 5-8 Sr. Kala Faulkner.  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.

Rose Hill made a valiant effort tonight but ultimately succumbed to a powerful Lexington Catholic squad by a score of 69-52.  The Lady Royals lost to Lexington Catholic by 30 points in a regular season game but was within 10 with under four minutes left in the game before the Lady Knights pulled away for the victory and championship.  Lexington Catholic shot a blistering 60.9% from the field, including six of 11 from beyond the arc to take a 37-27 lead to the locker room. 

Lexington Catholic shot 54.3% from the field, including eight of 16 from the three point line.  The Lady Knights connected on 11 of 16 free throws, pulled down 32 rebounds, and scored 10 points off 12 Rose Hill turnovers.  Rose Hill shot 34.8% from the field, including eight of 20 from beyond the arc.  The Lady Royals connected on 12 of 17 free throws, grabbed 24 rebounds, and scored nine points off 13 Lexington Catholic miscues.

Briana Green, Keyla Snowden, and Natalie Novosel led a balanced Lexington Catholic scoring attack with 15 points each.  Novosel and Anaris Sickles each pulled down eight rebounds.  5-11 Jr. Kellie Cash came off the bench to add 12 points on four of four from beyond the arc.  Nikki Davis chipped in with five points, five rebounds, and six assists.  Laura Terry continued her superb tourney run, leading Rose Hill with 21 points.  Kala Faulkner added 15 points.  Emily Queen chipped in with nine points and 15 rebounds.

Rose Hill Christian

16

11

13

12

-

52

Lexington Catholic

19

18

17

15

-

69

 

Rose Hill Christian

(52) -

Queen 9, Spradlin 3, Terry 21, B. Faulkner 2, K. Faulkner 15, Yates 2.

Lexington Catholic

(69) -

Novosel 15, Green 15, Sickles 7, Snowden 15, Davis 5, Cash 12.

All Tournament Team

Kabrenda Warfield

6-1

Sr.

Elizabethtown

2 games

21.5 PPG

15.5 RPG

 

 

Kelleshia Cook

5-8

So.

Franklin-Simpson

2 games

16.5 PPG

4.5 SPG

 

 

Heather Martin

5-10

Sr.

Letcher County Central

2 games

20.0 PPG

 

 

 

Courtney Danis

5-9

Jr.

Montgomery County

2 games 

7.5 PPG

   7.0 RPG

 

 

Rinesha Soaper

5-6

So.

Henderson County

3 games

17.0 PPG

5.0 RPG

 

 

Sierra Gilbert

5-2

Sr.

Henderson County

3 games

10.3 PPG

 

 

 

Kayla Hickman

5-6

Fr.

Iroquois

3 games

10.7 PPG

 

 

 

Adia Mathies

5-8

Fr.

Iroquois

3 games

17.0 PPG

13.3 RPG

 4.3 APG

4.3 SPG

Keyla Snowden

5-7

Jr.

Lexington Catholic 

4 games

16.5 PPG

10 3-PT

 

MVP

Nikki Davis

5-8

Sr.

Lexington Catholic 

4 games

8.3 PPG

6.8 RPG

 5.3 APG

 

Natalie Novosel

5-10

So.

Lexington Catholic 

4 games

10.8 PPG

   7.5 RPG

 

 

Laura Terry

6-0

Jr.

Rose Hill Christian

4 games

24.3 PPG

9.0 RPG

4.0 BPG

 12 3-PT

Emily Queen

6-0

Jr.

Rose Hill Christian

4 games

12.0 PPG

 13.8 RPG

 

 

Kala Faulkner

5-8

Sr.

Rose Hill Christian

4 games

10.0 PPG

5.0 APG

 

 

 

Conclusion

Congratulations to Coach Greg Todd and the Lexington Catholic Lady Knights for capturing the big prize and repeating as champion.  They were considered the favorite entering the season and after defeating Scott County on a last second shot in the semifinals of the regional tournament, were heavily favored to capture the state championship.  They won their four tourney games by an average margin of 19.3 ppg.  The Lady Knights only got limited minutes during the tourney from valuable frontline reserve 6-0 Fr. Malik Stevenson who suffered a torn ACL late in the season.

Also congratulations to Rose Hill Christian who kept improving all season, and despite a thigh injury to star guard Kala Faulkner, made it all the way to the championship game.  Give credit to coach Pam Euton—she sacrificed wins by playing a tough schedule but it paid off at the end.  Emily Queen and Laura Terry had very impressive tourneys.

Also congratulations to coach Al Northington and Iroquois for ringing up a school record 27 victories.  Also Clay County coach Donnie Gray coached his last game as the Tigers lost in their opening game.  Coach Gray, enjoy retirement and thanks for the memories.

Nine of the players named to the All Tournament Team are underclassmen.  The nine players are Kelleshia Cook (Franklin-Simpson), Courtney Danis (Montgomery County), Rinesha Soaper (Henderson County), Kayla Hickman and Adia Mathies (Iroquois), Keyla Snowden and Natalie Novosel (Lexington Catholic), and Laura Terry and Emily Queen (Rose Hill Christian).  Lexington Catholic returns enough talent to challenge for another title next season but they will pick up several challengers for the crown.

There are too many teams to mention them all here, but I have a rather simplistic approach to the state tourney.  Regardless of the outcome in any game this week, there were absolutely no losers at this tourney.

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.kyprephoops.com