2015 KBA KY 8th Grade Girls Tournament
Kentucky Basketball Academy
October 23-25, 2015
There were thirty four teams entered in this tournament: Eastside, Dorton, Meyzeek, McCreary County, Northern Pulaski, Lebanon, Mt. Washington, Wolfe County, Southern Pulaski, Bernheim, Conway, Sebastian, Meece, Pikeville, Olmstead, Morgan County, Elkhorn, Owensboro Catholic, St. Charles, Madison Middle, JCTMS, Conner, West Carter, Campbell, Valley, Lincoln County, Johnson Traditional, Bourbon County, Old KY Home, Danville Bate, Clay County. Casey County, Woodford County, and Ashland.
I will give a brief recap of the Round of 16 tourney bracket played on Saturday and the Silver Bracket Finals and the Championship Bracket Finals played on Sunday.
Saturday October 24th (Round of 16 Tournament Play
Eastside 51 Lincoln County 28 – Emily Ezell and Catie Bacon led Eastside with 18 and nine points respectively. Libby Renner led Lincoln County with nine points on three three point baskets.
Ashland 41 West Carter 31 – Julia Parker led Ashland with 23 points. West Carter was paced by Becca Nolen, Kallee Burchett, and Sara Oppenheimer with 11, nine, and nine points respectively.
Conner 30 Meece 29 – Macey Burcham led Conner with 12 points. Meece was led by Addy Bowling with 12 points.
Casey County 60 Mt. Washington 44 – Gena Cravens, Lauren Lee, and Natalie Duggins led Casey County with 17, 15, and 11 points respectively. Mt. Washington was led by Lexi Taylor with 21 points.
Northern Pulaski 51 Pikeville 22 – Jordan Stephens led Northern Pulaski with 12 points. Jenna Wood added 11 points including three three point baskets and Mady Dunn chipped in with nine points. Pikeville was led by A. Gearheart with 15 points.
Valley 48 Dorton 38 – Taylor Newsom, Katelyn Adkins, and Cassidy Rowe led Valley with 13, 10, and 10 points respectively. Jaden Edmonds led Dorton with 19 points.
Southern Pulaski 38 Olmstead 28 – Kennedy Harris and Regi Cundiff led Southern Pulaski with 21 and nine points respectively. Paige VanZant led Olmstead with seven points.
JCTMS 44 Lebanon 33 – Alana Striverson, Shalia Mozee, and Erin Toller led the victors with 12, 11, and 10 points respectively.
Sunday October 25th
West Carter 29 Lincoln County 24 (Quarterfinal) – Becca Nolen led West Carter with 16 points. Trinity Shearer led Lincoln County with nine points.
Mt. Washington 37 Meece 31 (Quarterfinal) – Caroline Scott and Lexi Taylor led Mt. Washington with 14 and 12 points respectively. Addy Bowling led Meece with 14 points.
Dorton 48 Pikeville 37 (Quarterfinal) – Tori Hampton, Jaden Edmonds, and Katelyn Bartley led Dorton with 11, 10, and 10 points respectively. Pikeville was led by A. Gearheart with 17 points.
Olmstead won Lebanon forfeit (Quarterfinal)
Mt. Washington 51 West Carter 42 (Semifinal) – Lexi Taylor led Mt. Washington with 22 points including three three point baskets. Kennedy Griffin added 11 points including three three point baskets. Caroline Scott chipped in with 10 points. Kara Back and Becca Nolen led West Carter with 11 and 10 points respectively.
Dorton 48 Olmstead 25 (Semifinal) – Tori Hampton and Alyssa Newsom led Dorton with 16 and 13 points respectively. Paige VanZant and Brea Croslin led Olmstead with six points each.
Mt. Washington 56 Dorton 55 (Championship) – Lexi Taylor scored off a rebound and hit a free throw to give Mt. Washington a 56-55 lead and Dorton missed two late free throws to end the game. Lexi Taylor led the victors with 21 points. Hayley Ranalli and Caroline Scott each scored 10 points. Alyssa Newsom led Dorton with 20 points. Jaden Edmonds and Kelsey Tackett added 13 and 11 points respectively.
Eastside 31 Ashland 20 (Quarterfinal) – Emily Ezell led Eastside with 15 points. Julia Parker and Savannah Cade led Ashland with seven and six points respectively.
Casey County 56 Conner 40 (Quarterfinal) – Gena Cravens led Casey County with 19 points. Mackenzie Cundiff, Lauren Lee, and Natalie Duggins added 10, nine, and nine points respectively. Madison Drummonds and Emily Zurich led Conner with 12 and 11 points respectively.
Northern Pulaski 40 Valley 32 (Quarterfinal) – Jenna Wood led Northern Pulaski with 19 points including five three point baskets. Shelby Cothron added nine points. Cassidy Rowe led Valley with 15 points.
Southern Pulaski 50 JCTMS 30 (Quarterfinal) – Kennedy Harris, Alexa Smiddy, and Regi Cundiff led Southern Pulaski with 21, 13, and 12 points respectively. Erin Toller led JCTMS with 13 points.
Northern Pulaski 41 Southern Pulaski 40 (Semifinal) – This game was an instant classic between two fierce inter county rivals with an unbelievable finish. Northern Pulaski got a steal in the closing seconds by Haley Brock under the basket and she missed the shot but Kaylee Ridner rebounded and scored in the final second. Jenna Wood led Northern Pulaski with 15 points including three three point baskets. Shelby Cothron added 11 points. Regi Cundiff, Kennedy Harris, and Alexa Smiddy led Southern Pulaski with 15, 11, and nine points respectively.
Casey County 56 Eastside 34 (Semifinal) – Gena Cravens, Lauren Lee, and Shayla Wilkey led Casey County with 14, 11, and 11 points respectively. Catie Bacon led Eastside with 11 points.
Northern Pulaski 41 Casey County 36 (Championship) – Northern Pulaski raced out to a 25-9 halftime lead and survived a furious rally by Casey County to earn the victory and championship. Jenna Wood led the victors with 17 points including 12 free throws and was named Tournament MVP. Jordan Stephens and Shelby Cothron added 11 and 10 points respectively. Natalie Duggins, Mackenzie Cundiff, and Shayla Wilkey led Casey County with 11, 8, and 7 points respectively.
This is just a brief recap of this tourney and I will have a complete write up of this event on my website at a later date. This was a very well run event with quality teams and players. The statistics mentioned here were hurriedly copied from the KBA stat sheets and I apologize in advance for any errors on my transcribing or any misspelled names. A special thanks to the KBA staff for the hospitality extended me today.