Lexington Catholic snuffed a four-game losing streak, using a decisive advantage on the boards to upend 43rd District rival Lexington Christian 59-35 in a girls’ high basketball game Wednesday night.
The Knights (5-7) outrebounded LCA 50-29, including a 21-12 edge on the offensive boards. And they capitalized, shooting 37.3 percent while holding the Eagles to just 18.2 percent from the floor.
“We’ve talked a lot about getting second shots this week,” Lexington Catholic Coach Scott True said, “and we need ’em because we have a hard time initiating against pressure. We’re getting better at it.”
Jay Ballard, a freshman, led the Knights with 19 points. Sarah Bonn and Caroline Osbourn, two of LexCath’s three seniors on a team dominated by underclassmen, played big. Bonn scored 12 points while Osbourn chipped in nine points and had a team-high four assists.
“I didn’t play well in the beginning but that didn’t matter because we all came together,” said Bonn, who hit only 3 of 10 shots but made an impact with eight rebounds, tied with Lauren Pinkerman for most on the team. “We are a very young team but I don’t think that plays a role for us. We’ve put that aside and we’re all accountable for each other and that’s what matters.”
Lexington Catholic pulled away in the second quarter after LCA cut the lead to 11-10 in the opening minutes. The Knights went into halftime on a 12-0 run as LCA struggled to get decent looks. Most of the Eagles’ shots came from the perimeter or were hoisted up over taller defenders at less-than-ideal angles.
Junior Sydney Weeks and Grace Combs, a freshman, led LCA with 13 points apiece. LCA is even younger than LexCath. After senior Hannah Sue Hartley (seven points, two assists on Wednesday), junior Charis Hill and Weeks, the Eagles are mostly middle schoolers and freshmen.
“I told them in the locker room that pretty soon that lightbulb’s gonna go off and we’re gonna be surprising some people because we’ve got kids who can shoot it,” Miller said. “We’ll keep plugging away and try to get after it.”
A few of LexCath’s players missed practice over the weekend dealing with seasonal illnesses. True said it was important for his team to pick up a district win after facing that adversity as well as that of having lost four straight.
“It’s a growing process for this team,” True said. “We’ve lost seven games to teams that have a record of 81 and 20 something. Now we’ve got to translate it to the games and learn from that experience.”
Lexington Catholic 59, Lexington Christian 35
Lexington Christian (2-12) — Wallen 1, Rodgers 1, Hartley 7, Combs 13, Weeks 13.
Lexington Catholic (5-7) — Jazdewski 6, Osbourn 9, Frebis 4, Tannir 1, Ballard 19, Pinkerman 4, Bonn 12, Bailey 4.