Brandon Carl's children were his world, so on Tuesday night it seemed only fitting that his 14-year-old daughter, Kennedy Carl, would play for her dad.
Brandon Carl, 35, of Augusta, was doing demolition work on Interstate 75 in Cincinnati late Monday when an overpass collapsed, killing him.
Carl played basketball as a young man and loved watching his daughter play for the Bracken County Lady Bears. That's why Kennedy decided to play in Bracken County's game at Montgomery County on Tuesday night in her father's honor. (She scored 14 points in the junior varsity game, which her team lost 48-47, and 13 points in the varsity game, which her team lost 63-53.)
"He lived through Kennedy," said Kennedy's mother and Carl's fiancée, Kendra Blair. "Every step that she took, it was like he took it again."
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The team wore red and white shoelaces in honor of Kennedy and her dad, both University of Louisville fans.
Blair said she and Carl were high school sweethearts who began dating when Blair was a freshman in high school and Carl was a power forward for the Augusta Panthers basketball team.
In addition to Kennedy, they have three other children, 8- and 6-year-old daughters and a 5-year-old son, all of whom Carl was devoted to.
In addition to his construction work, Blair said Carl was a farmer who grew corn and soybeans.
As a family, they enjoyed showing cattle together and hunting.
"He was a good father," Blair said through tears Tuesday night, after watching her daughter play basketball. "The best father that you can imagine."