Louisville Christian has its share of big names — like University of Louisville signee Antonita Slaughter and freshman sensation China Dow. Not many know the name Allison Karst.
But after the senior guard scored a career-high 35 points in a close game against Lexington Catholic, she may get more notice.
"They're always our high scorers and I've always been the one that's in the background," Karst said of Slaughter and Dow. "Once they were out (in foul trouble) I knew someone would have to step up."
Karst did so by hitting all three three-pointers she attempted and 14 of her 19 free-throw attempts in No. 3 Christian's 69-61 win over the No. 19 Knights in the quarterfinals of their Republic Bank Classic on Saturday.
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The unbeaten Centurions hadn't had many tests up until now. They were beating opponents by 25 points a game and hadn't allowed an opponent to score more than 47 points all season.
Catholic was prepared to test that, especially with Slaughter in early foul trouble.
The Knights grabbed the lead a few times in the first half and got within three points several times in the second half, but they couldn't break through despite 23 points and eight rebounds from Octavia Wilson.
"Coming in, I think everyone thought we were just going to get run out of here. I was very pleased with how we played," Catholic Coach Tony Talbott said.
Catholic, which had won four straight before this loss, made its last surge, getting within two points with three minutes to go before Louisville Christian went on a 12-6 run to end the game (Karst had eight in that span).
Slaughter had 16 points and six rebounds, but she battled foul trouble all game. Dow had 11 points, 15 rebounds and five assists.
"It's a big victory for us to come into their gym, play through the things we had to play through and then get the win," Coach Don Rice said.
No. 1 Marion County 52, No. 4 Sacred Heart 40: The top-ranked Knights remained unbeaten. They rolled to a 10-point halftime lead, which they extended to as much as 14 points behind the double-figure performances of Kyvin Goodin-Rogers (12 points, 15 rebounds), Brooke Roberts (11 points) and Makayla Epps (11 points).
No. 9 Elizabethtown 57, No. 6 Mercy 41: The Panthers shot 62 percent (including 50 percent from three-point range) and remained unbeaten at 10-0 behind guard Natalie Greenwell's 16 points and five rebounds.
No. 2 Manual 50, Assumption 45: It wasn't the Crimsons' best game, with 20 turnovers and just three assists on 14 made baskets, but they found a way to win again without star April Wilson, who is out with an injury.