Humana Basketball Classic

Lexington Christian Academy
Lexington, KY
January 2-3, 2009

2008 by Ron Harrison

Several of the players scheduled to compete this weekend have either signed or have committed to play at the college level.

Anna Martin (Lexington Christian Academy) signed with DePaul University. Courtney Clifton (Lexington Christian Academy) signed with Western Kentucky University. Sarah Beth Barnette (Lexington Christian Academy) committed to University of Kentucky. Jessica Carpenter (North Canton Hoover, OH) committed to Baldwin College. Avery Bradley (Findlay Prep) signed with University of Texas. D. J. Richardson (Findlay Prep) signed with University of Illinois. Carlos Lopez (Findlay Prep) signed with UNLV. Dakotah Euton (Scott County) committed to University of Kentucky.

Numerous other players in this event are being recruited by top colleges in the country.

Schedule of Games

Friday January 2
5:00 PM North Canton Hoover (OH) vs. Lexington Christian Academy (Girls)
6:30 PM New Creations (Richmond, IN) vs. Findlay Prep (Henderson, NV) (Boys)
8:00 PM Montgomery County vs. Lexington Christian Academy (Boys)
Saturday January 3
5:00 PM Bearden (TN) vs. Lexington Christian Academy (Girls)
6:30 PM Mt. Zion Christian Academy (Gastonia, NC) vs. Findlay Prep (Henderson, NV) (Boys)
8:00 PM Scott County vs. Lexington Christian Academy (Boys)

Friday January 2

North Canton Hoover (OH) (4-4) vs. Lexington Christian Academy (5-3) (Girls)

North Canton Hoover Coach Paul Wackerly started the following lineup: 5-8 Fr. Erika Warren, 5-7 Jr. Alyssa Chovan, 5-4 Jr. Ally Peare, 5-5 Sr. Leah Gibson, and 5-7 Sr. Jess Carpenter. Lexington Christian Academy Coach Jason Semands countered with 5-10 Sr. Anna Martin, 6-2 Jr. Sarah Beth Barnette, 5-10 Sr. Caitlin Dorton, 5-4 Fr. Kelli Mitchuson, and 5-11 Sr. Courtney Clifton.

Lexington Christian Academy raced out to a 19-7 first quarter lead on their way to an 80-66 victory over North Canton Hoover.

Lexington Christian Academy shot 43.8% from the field including 10 of 32 from the three point line. The Lady Eagles connected on 14 of 17 free throws, pulled down 40 rebounds, and scored 26 points off 21 North Canton Hoover turnovers. North Canton Hoover shot 39.3% from the field including seven of 22 from beyond the arc. The Lady Vikings connected on 15 of 25 free throws, grabbed 36 rebounds, and scored 18 points off 19 LCA turnovers.

Anna Martin was named team MVP for LCA and led the Lady Eagles with 32 points, nine rebounds, and five assists. Courtney Clifton added 24 points including four three point baskets and pulled down seven rebounds. Sarah Beth Barnette chipped in with 17 points including three three point baskets and pulled down seven rebounds. Jess Carpenter was named team MVP for North Canton Hoover and led the Lady Vikings with 18 points including three three point baskets and five rebounds. Erika Warren and Alyssa Chovan added eight and seven points respectively.

Lexington Christian Academy 80 North Canton Hoover (OH) 66

School Q1Q2Q3Q4 Final
North Canton Hoover (OH) 7 15 25 19 66
Lexington Christian Academy 19 20 18 23 80

North Canton Hoover (OH) (66)- Warren 8, Chovan 7, Peare 5, Gibson 6, Carpenter 18, Iafelice 6, Romano 1, Roan 3, Pavko 4, Fiala 2, Bourlas 5, Cunningham 1.
Lexington Christian Academy (80)- Martin 32, Barnette 17, Dorton 2, Mitchuson 0, Clifton 24, Rose 2, Purdy 3.

New Creations (Richmond, IN) (16-7) vs. Findlay Prep (Henderson, NV) (12-0) (Boys)

New Creations Coach Anthony Cole started the following lineup: 6-6 Sr. Trevor Niles, 6-4 Sr. Warren Niles, 6-6 Sr. Javier Diaz, 6-5 Sr. Jamar Huff, and 6-2 Sr. Kierre Greenwood. Findlay Prep Coach Michael Peck countered with 6-8 Sr. Victor Rudd, 6-3 Jr. Cory Joseph, 6-9 Jr. Godwin Okonji, 6-4 Sr. Avery Bradley, and 6-3 Sr. D. J. Richardson.

Findlay Prep defeated New Creations 59-53. The victors shot 42% from the field including seven of 21 from the three point line. The Pilots connected on 10 of 14 free throws, pulled down 35 rebounds, and scored 14 points off 10 New Creations turnovers. New Creations shot 38.6% from the field including two of 11 from beyond the arc. The Flyers connected on seven of eight free throws, grabbed 32 rebounds, and scored 18 points off 16 Findlay Prep turnovers.

Victor Rudd was named team MVP for Findlay Prep and led the Pilots with 20 points and 11 rebounds. Avery Bradley added 17 points including three three point baskets and six rebounds. Cory Joseph recorded eight points and seven rebounds. Warren Niles led New Creations (Richmond, IN) with 17 points. Kierre Greenwood was named team MVP for New Creations and added 14 points. Jamar Huff recorded nine points and seven rebounds.

Findlay Prep (Henderson, NV) 59 New Creations (Richmond, IN) 53

School Q1Q2Q3Q4 Final
New Creations (Richmond, IN) 14 8 12 19 53
Findlay Prep (Henderson, NV) 9 15 17 18 59

New Creations (Richmond, IN) (53)- T. Niles 5, W. Niles 17, Diaz 6, Huff 9, Greenwood 14, Danner 2.
Findlay Prep (Henderson, NV) (59)- Rudd 20, Joseph 7, Okonji 2, Bradley 17, Richardson 6, Grayson 3, Lopez 4.

Montgomery County (6-5) vs. Lexington Christian Academy (2-6) (Boys)

Montgomery County Coach Keith Griesser started the following lineup: 6-3 Sr. Brandon Rash, 6-4 Sr. Derrick Robinson, 6-4 Jr. Logan Manship, 5-11 Sr. Ian Danis, and 5-10 Sr. Cody Curtis. Lexington Christian Academy Coach Tommy Huston countered with 6-6 Jr. Will Evans, 6-2 Jr. Branden Burdette, 6-5 Sr. Grant Sparks, 5-8 Jr. Will Kindred, and 5-10 Fr. Taylor Barnette.

Branden Burdette scored six points in overtime to lead Lexington Christian Academy to a 67-61 victory over Montgomery County.

Lexington Christian Academy shot 39.3% from the field including eight of 26 from the three point line. The Eagles connected on 15 of 19 free throws, pulled down 39 rebounds, and scored 14 points off 16 Montgomery County turnovers. Montgomery County shot 31.3% from the field including four of 19 from beyond the arc. The Indians connected on 17 of 23 free throws, grabbed 42 rebounds, and scored 15 points off 15 LCA turnovers.

Will Evans was named team MVP for LCA and recorded 17 points and 16 rebounds. Branden Burdette and Taylor Barnette added 11 and 10 points respectively. Derrick Robinson led Montgomery County with 16 points and seven rebounds. Brandon Rash was named team MVP for Montgomery County and added 14 points and eight rebounds.

Lexington Christian Academy 67 Montgomery County 61

School Q1Q2Q3Q4 OT Final
Montgomery County 11 14 24 8 4 61
Lexington Christian Academy 16 24 15 2 10 67

Montgomery County (61)- Rash 14, Robinson 16, Manship 4, Danis 5, Curtis 7, Hendrix 8, Crisp 5, Combs 2.
Lexington Christian Academy (67)- Evans 17, Burdette 11, Sparks 8, Kindred 0, Barnette 10, Heilig 9, Cherry 8, Gullett 4.

Saturday January 3

Bearden (TN) (10-2) vs. Lexington Christian Academy (6-3) (Girls)

Bearden Coach Nathan Hodges started the following lineup: 5-6 Sr. Rikki Sanders, 6-1 Sr. Mary Hirst, 6-2 Jr. Ellen Smith, 5-9 Jr. Shayla McDaniel, and 5-10 Jr. Taylor Cravanas. Lexington Christian Academy Coach Jason Semands countered with 5-10 Sr. Anna Martin, 6-2 Jr. Sarah Beth Barnette, 5-10 Sr. Caitlin Dorton, 5-4 Fr. Kelli Mitchuson, and 5-11 Sr. Courtney Clifton.

Lexington Christian Academy defeated Bearden by a score of 67-30. LCA shot 44.8% from the field including 10 of 28 from the three point line. The Lady Eagles connected on five of five free throws, pulled down 38 rebounds, and scored 20 points off 23 Bearden turnovers. Bearden shot 24.4% from the field including two of eight from beyond the arc. The Lady Dogs connected on eight of 16 free throws, grabbed 26 rebounds, and scored 10 points off 17 LCA turnovers.

Courtney Clifton was named LCA team MVP and led the Lady Eagles with 21 points including five three point baskets. Sarah Beth Barnette added 16 points and 10 rebounds. Anna Martin recorded 16 points, seven rebounds, and six assists. Shayla McDaniel led Bearden with 14 points.

Lexington Christian Academy 67 Bearden (TN) 30

School Q1Q2Q3Q4 Final
Bearden (TN) 7 5 5 13 30
Lexington Christian Academy 20 15 20 12 67

Bearden (TN) (30)- Sanders 2, Hirst 5, Smith 0, McDaniel 14, Cravanas 0, Thomas 3, McCuen 2, Heath 1, McLaughlin 3.
Lexington Christian Academy (67)- Martin 16, Barnette 16, Dorton 0, Mitchuson 2, Clifton 21, Rose 3, Rhinehart 6, Panter 3.

Mt. Zion Christian Academy (Gastonia, NC) (4-2) vs. Findlay Prep (Henderson, NV) (13-0) (Boys)

Mt. Zion Coach Don Fozard started the following lineup: 6-4 Sr. Troy Hill, 6-9 So. Christopher Coleman, 6-11 Sr. Bawa Muniru, 6-0 Sr. Jaheim Antney, and 5-9 Jr. Frank Davis. Findlay Prep Coach Michael Peck countered with 6-8 Sr. Victor Rudd, 6-3 Jr. Cory Joseph, 6-9 Jr. Godwin Okonji, 6-4 Sr. Avery Bradley, and 6-3 Sr. D. J. Richardson.

Findlay Prep scored 43 points off 26 Mt. Zion turnovers in a 63-44 victory. Findlay Prep shot 44.3% from the field including six of 13 from the three point line. The Pilots connected on three of seven free throws and pulled down 33 rebounds. Mt. Zion shot 32.7% from the field including three of 15 from beyond the arc. The Bulldogs connected on five of nine free throws, grabbed 41 rebounds, and scored 12 points off 17 Findlay Prep turnovers.

Victor Rudd led the victors with 23 points including three three point baskets. Avery Bradley was named Findlay Prep team MVP and added 21 points and eight steals. Jaheim Antney led Mt. Zion Christian Academy (Gastonia, NC) with 18 points including three three point baskets. Christopher Coleman added 11 points and 10 rebounds. 6-10 Fr. Joseph Uchebo was named team MVP and recorded four points and 14 rebounds.

Findlay Prep (Henderson, NV) 63 Mt. Zion Christian Academy (Gastonia, NC) 44

School Q1Q2Q3Q4 Final
Mt. Zion Christian Academy (Gastonia, NC) 3 7 15 19 44
Findlay Prep (Henderson, NV) 22 5 23 13 63

Mt. Zion Christian Academy (Gastonia, NC) (44)- Hill 0, Coleman 11, Muniru 0, Antney 18, Davis 0, Matthews 5, Uchebo 4, Young 6.
Findlay Prep (Henderson, NV) (63)- Rudd 23, Joseph 5, Okonji 0, Bradley 21, Richardson 9, Lopez 5.

Scott County (8-3) vs. Lexington Christian Academy (3-6) (Boys)

Scott County Coach Billy Hicks started the following lineup: 6-8 Jr. Dakotah Euton, 6-3 Fr. Tamron Manning, 6-8 Sr. Richie Phares, 6-2 Jr. Ge-Lawn Guyn, and 6-4 Jr. Chad Jackson. Lexington Christian Academy Coach Tommy Huston countered with 6-6 Jr. Will Evans, 6-2 Jr. Branden Burdette, 6-5 Sr. Grant Sparks, 5-8 Jr. Will Kindred, and 5-10 Fr. Taylor Barnette.

Scott County outscored Lexington Christian Academy 34-18 in the third quarter on their way to a 99-73 victory. Scott County shot 51.3% from the field including five of 10 from the three point line. The Cardinals connected on 14 of 22 free throws, pulled down 49 rebounds, and scored 34 points off 29 LCA turnovers. LCA shot 40.4% from the field including eight of 19 from beyond the arc. The Eagles connected on 19 of 29 free throws, grabbed 34 rebounds, and scored 26 points off 23 Scott County turnovers.

Dakotah Euton led Scott County with 17 points. Chad Jackson was named team MVP and added 15 points, 12 rebounds, seven assists, and six steals. Richie Phares and Ge-Lawn Guyn recorded 15 points each.Will Evans led Lexington Christian Academy with 18 points, seven rebounds, and seven steals. Branden Burdette added 14 points. Grant Sparks was named team MVP and chipped in with 12 points and five rebounds. Taylor Barnette also recorded 12 points.

Scott County 99 Lexington Christian Academy 73

School Q1Q2Q3Q4 Final
Scott County 20 20 34 25 99
Lexington Christian Academy 13 15 18 27 73

Scott County (99)- Euton 17, Manning 8, Phares 15, Guyn 15, Jackson 15, Walls 3, Flannery 9, Ivey 3, Schu 9, Harris 2, Barber 3.
Lexington Christian Academy (73)- Evans 18, Burdette 14, Sparks 12, Kindred 2, Barnette 12, Helton 7, Stephens 7, Gullett 1.

Conclusion

Congratulations to Lexington Christian Academy's Brad Carter for his efforts in putting together this event. The teams and players were as good as advertised with several destined to play at the college level.

Acknowledgements

A special thanks to LCA coaches Tommy Huston and Brad Carter for the hospitality extended me during this event. Also a special thanks to WL Stats for providing the computer stats for all the games.

Please feel free to send your comments and questions concerning the event, 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.