Sports briefs: LexCath girls erase double-digit deficit, defeat Madison Central

February 12, 2014 

High school basketball

Lexington Catholic's girls, down 11 early in the fourth quarter, finished the game on an 11-0 run to defeat Madison Central 47-44. Suzanne Miller hit the go-ahead layup with 13 seconds left and added a free throw after being fouled on the play.

Miller finished with a game-high 12 points, Rachel Blake scored 10, and Bailey Browning had seven points, four assists and two steals. The Lady Indians got 11 points, 15 rebounds and four blocked shots from Shadae Bosley.

Tereka Guyn scored 18 points and grabbed 13 rebounds in Scott County's 63-60 victory against Bryan Station in Georgetown. The Lady Defenders' Destiny Cozart hit four three-pointers and finished with 31 points and four steals.

Rachel Potter became the all-time leading scorer in Pikeville history, breaking Carissa Porter's record of 2,200 from (1979-85). Potter's 22 points in the Lady Panthers' 65-56 win at East Ridge gave her 2,211 for her career.

Heidi Huffman scored 28 points to lead Mercer County (21-5) past Lincoln County 84-76. The host Titans made 12 threes.

Boys' highlights:

■ Lafayette, 10th in Dave Cantrall's Rating the State, got 28 points, 14 rebounds, four assists and two blocked shots from star Jackson Davis in a 75-52 victory against visiting Bryan Station. Dequise Robinson added 23 points and Harrison Lane had 11 points and four assists.

Isaiah Johnson scored a game-high 25 points to go with seven rebounds and four blocks in Madison Central's 71-64 win at Lexington Catholic. Cameron Thomas had 13 points and seven assists for the Indians. The Knights' Tanner Johnson struggled from the field — 3-for-17 — but went 10-11 from the free-throw line to finish with 18 points.

Matt Rose scored 19 points and grabbed 11 rebounds in Lexington Christian's 63-50 victory at Tates Creek. Brenton Nighbert was 6-for-6 from three-point range for all of his 18 points for the Eagles. Jordan Fucci had 17 points and 10 rebounds for the Commodores.

■ East Jessamine's Ronnie Carson scored 36 points and Hayden Smith hit a school-record eight three-pointers and finished with 28 points in an 82-80 win over visiting Garrard County.

■ No. 7 Wayne County bounced back from its first loss of the season (Sunday against Montgomery County) with a 97-60 victory win against visiting Somerset. Sophomore Cody Stearns led the way with 24 points and 12 rebounds.

Daulton Peters scored 28 points and Will Henderson had 25 in West Jessamine's 73-72 win at Woodford County. Eli Boggess and Sam Souers scored 15 apiece for the Yellow Jackets.

■ East Ridge senior Tony Wolter had 17 points and 10 assists in a 57-42 win at home against Pikeville.

■ Sophomore forward Carson Williams had 25 points and 21 rebounds in host Owen County's 65-59 win over North Oldham.

NBA

Goodwin: D-League 'boosts your confidence'

Rookie point guard Archie Goodwin was back with the Phoenix Suns for Tuesday night's game against the Miami Heat.

The first-round draft pick out of Kentucky had spent the past weekend with the Bakersfield Jam, the Suns' D-League affiliate, where he has averaged 26.4 points on 49.4 percent shooting in five appearances this season.

"It definitely boosts your confidence, but I never really lost confidence because I am a confident player," Goodwin told the website ValleyoftheSuns.com.

Now he's looking for another shot to impress his coaches.

"I know I can score. Jump shot is questionable, I guess," Goodwin told the website. "I shot the ball really well down there and shot a good free-throw percentage, so I think it's a matter of getting an opportunity, and once I get the opportunity, to take advantage of it.

"When you don't play, you're not able to show what you're learning, and once you get in with spotty minutes, it's hard as well because you don't have the time being able to play for a long duration."

Suns Coach Jeff Hornacek told the website he's pleased with Goodwin's progress.

"There's some things he's been doing better, being ready defensively on the weak side, I thought he did a much better job with that," Hornacek said. "He's a great kid in that he's listening and trying to improve."

Luol Deng scored 22 points, and the Cleveland Cavaliers avenged a 44-point loss to Sacramento with a 109-99 win over the Kings. The Cavaliers, who were routed 124-80 in Sacramento on Jan. 12, took a double-figure lead early in the second quarter and were in control the remainder of the game.

Anthony Bennett, the No. 1 pick in the draft who has struggled most of the season, recorded career highs with 19 points and 10 rebounds. DeMarcus Cousins scored 21 points to lead the Kings, who have lost 10 of 12 and seven straight on the road.

Al Jefferson scored 30 points, Anthony Tolliver added 22, and the Charlotte Bobcats earned a rare win over the Dallas Mavericks, 114-89 on Tuesday night. The Bobcats had lost 17 of 18 against the Mavericks, but they scored 60 points in the paint and tied a season-high with 12 three-pointers.

Joakim Noah scored 19 points as part of his fourth career triple-double, and the Chicago Bulls beat the Atlanta Hawks 100-85. Noah added 16 rebounds and 11 assists.

UK Sports

Softball team in top 10 for first time

Kentucky's softball team is inside the top 10 of both the USA Today/National Fastpitch Coaches Association poll and ESPN.com/USA Softball poll for the first time in program history.

The Cats (5-0) are seventh in the coaches' poll and ninth in the USA Softball rankings. Both are program highs, surpassing UK's previous high ranking of No. 12 in both.

Griffin Joiner, a junior catcher for UK's softball team, was named the Louisville Slugger/National Fastpitch Coaches Association Division I National Player of the Week. Joiner, a former Christian County standout, went 10-for-15 last weekend with two doubles, three home runs and nine RBI.

Horse racing

Palace Malice to run in Gulfstream Handicap

Palace Malice, winner of the 2013 Belmont Stakes, will make his season debut in the Grade II Gulfstream Park Handicap on March 8, Dogwood Stable president Cot Campbell said Tuesday.

"This mile race is a logical debut for the colt, who wintered in Aiken (South Carolina) and seemed to thrive on it," Campbell said. "We shipped him to (trainer) Todd Pletcher on Jan. 7 and he has been pleased with his progress. ... We are looking at the New Orleans Handicap at the Fair Grounds on March 29, so this race is an ideal prep."

Campbell said that the son of Curlin would be ridden by John Velazquez at Gulfstream after previously being guided by Rafael Bejarano in the Breeders' Cup and Mike Smith prior to that.

"John was due to ride him for the first time in the Breeders' Cup Classic, but (was sidelined due to injury) earlier in the day," Campbell said.

The last word

Former Highands and University of Kentucky football star Jared Lorenzen on the broken leg and torn ankle ligaments he suffered early in the Northern Kentucky River Monsters' second game of the Continental Indoor Football League season:

"I knew it as soon as (the defender hit) it. I could feel that crunch. ... I was popping (painkillers) like Kit Kats and they weren't doing anything."

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