43rd District girls: Lexington Catholic grind out win against LCA

mfields@herald-leader.comFebruary 18, 2013 

Lexington Catholic's Octavia Wilson put up a shot against LCA's Savannah Compton. Wilson scored 17 points for the Knights.

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Lexington Catholic's girls used the long ball to overcome host Lexington Christian's stall-ball in the 43rd District tournament on Monday night.

The Lady Knights won 33-21, their seventh victory in a row over LCA, and earned a spot in Wednesday's semifinals against No. 18 Lafayette.

LCA, which lost to Lexington Catholic 57-40 and 51-29 during the regular season, figured its best chance at an upset would be to shorten the game with a slow tempo.

The Lady Eagles used a deliberate style to kill almost five minutes on their first two possessions, and Lexington Catholic led by only 3-2.

But the Knights got the breathing room they needed thanks to Octavia Wilson and Suzanne Miller, who each hit a pair of three-pointers to give their team a 12-4 lead early in the second quarter.

Wilson, who led the winners with 17 points and seven rebounds, thought those early threes were important.

"They really gave our team some momentum, and gave us a lot of energy to play defense," she said.

Lexington Catholic Coach Scott True wasn't surprised by LCA's slow-go strategy.

"We expected they'd either try a junk defense or delay it," he said. "We just had to be patient, take a steal when it was there, and not do anything crazy like get in foul trouble.

"They made us work hard, but once we got the lead, we were comfortable doing what we wanted."

Miller and Caroline Lynch had six points apiece for Lexington Catholic.

LCA could have made things interesting if it had been able to hit some shots. But Jason Seamand's Eagles never could find the range and wound up 5-for-35 (14 percent).

Kristin Rinehart led LCA with eight points. Savannah Compton had nine rebounds. The Eagles got almost half of their points at the foul line (10-for-12).

Lex. Catholic 33, Lex. Christian 21

LEXINGTON CHRISTIAN — Huellemeier 2, Bundy 2, Rinehart 8, Compton 3, Burdette 3, Brooks 3.

LEXINGTON CATHOLIC Wilson 17, Lynch 6, Miller 6, Blake 2, Browning 2.

Lexington Christian 2 3 6 10—21

Lexington Catholic 9 5 10 9—33

Records: Lex. Christian 14-14; Lex. Catholic 11-17

Mike Fields: (859) 231-3337. Twitter: @MikeFieldsNotes. Blog: fieldsnotes.bloginky.com

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