LCA upset by Montgomery Co. in Holiday Classic

Things were going well for Lexington Christian.

"Maybe it was going too well for us," a perplexed Jason Seamands would say later.

In the third quarter Saturday, his No. 2 Eagles made nine of their 11 shot attempts against No. 8 Montgomery County.

They grabbed an eight-point lead as the quarter ended.

But the Indians weren't discouraged.

"We knew we couldn't lose our heads," senior Mackenzie Lee said. "We know that if we lose our heads, they're just going to get an even bigger lead."

In the fourth quarter, the Indians' defense made sure the bottom dropped out on LCA, which made just three of its 11 attempts.

Montgomery responded with a huge 16-3 run to upset the Eagles 59-55 in the second round of the Republic Bank Holiday Classic at Lexington Catholic.

"It was a big win for us," said senior Kayla Webb, whose free throw with 4:03 to go gave the Indians the lead for good.

With less than 40 seconds to play, Christian was able to pull within three points twice, but Montgomery made its free throws to seal the victory and remain unbeaten at 6-0.

"It's a disappointing loss; we were hoping to make a deep run at this thing," Seamands said. "But most teams leave this tournament knowing what they've got and where they stand. We know we've got some work to do."

LCA's Anna Martin, who is headed to DePaul, led all scorers with 18 points despite only playing 24 minutes. Western Kentucky signee Courtney Clifton added 14 points and five rebounds.

Junior Sarah Beth Barnette, who has committed to Kentucky, had 14 points, a game-high 13 rebounds and three blocked shots.

The loss sends the Eagles, who had a three-game win streak snapped, to the consolation bracket where they will face No. 3 Elizabethtown, which also was upset Saturday in overtime.

"We felt like our end of the bracket here was a mini state tournament," Seamands said. "It's not going to get any easier from here."

Montgomery, which lost just one starter from a team that has been to the state tournament four straight seasons, showed it's going to be a force in the state again this season.

Four different players finished in double figures, led by Annie Garland's 14 points. Lee added 13 points, six rebounds and three assists.

"One night you might have two players come out and score, then another night it's two other players," Lee said. "You can't just come out and stop one of us. Teams have to stop all of us."

The Indians advance to face No. 16 Louisville Christian, which toppled Elizabethtown, on Monday at 9 a.m.

Other highlights

No. 16 Louisville Christian 50 vs. No. 3 Elizabethtown 47 (OT): The Lady Centurions led by as many as 12 points early before the Panthers made a game of it, but it was Louisville Christian that was up at the end and staged the upset.

It was Elizabethtown's first loss of the season.

Antonita Slaughter, a Louisville commitment, put the Centurions (8-0) up for good with her layup midway through the overtime. The junior finished with 21 points and four steals.

Natalie Greenwell, who hit a layup with less than a second left in regulation to force the OT, made all 18 of her free-throw attempts for Elizabethtown and led the Panthers (5-1) with 27 points. Eastern Kentucky signee Alex Jones had 11 points and 13 rebounds.

No. 24 Highlands 45, No. 18 Sacred Heart 38: The Bluebirds remained unbeaten by holding the Valkyries (4-1) to 28 percent shooting and by scoring 21 points off SHA miscues. Guard Katie Allen led Highlands with 14 points and Bekah Towles chipped in with nine points, 14 rebounds (10 on the defensive end) and three assists in the win.

No. 10 Lexington Catholic 62, Breathitt County 53: Danielle Corbett scored 19 points, including knocking down five three-pointers, in the Knights' win. She also had five steals.

Maggie Wilson added 18 points for Catholic, which scored 25 points from 26 Breathitt turnovers.

Kendall Noble starred for the Lady Cats, scoring 20 points, grabbing eight rebounds and dishing out five assists.

No. 4 Manual 68, Ashland Blazer 41: The Crimsons became the highest rated team left in the winner's bracket with their easy win over Ashland. Manual scored 32 points off 27 turnovers and hit 46.8 percent from the field.

Wayne County 59, No. 25 Warren East 48: Guard Kayla Bowlin's 23 points and seven assists led the Lady Cardinals (5-2) in their upset of the No. 25 Raiders (3-2). Louisville signee Ashley Rainey paced Warren East with 22 points and 18 rebounds.

No. 14 Mercy 66, Conner, 56: Therese Montano had 25 points, six rebounds and three assists to lead the Lady Jaguars, who pulled ahead in the fourth quarter. For Conner, Allison Long had 24 points and five assists.

No. 20 Madisonville 56, Betsy Layne 50: The duo of Tayla Foster and Kenyatta Drake were too much for the Lady Cats. Foster had 23 points and nine rebounds and Drake added 22 points and 11 boards for Madisonville.

No. 21 Simon Kenton 52, Owensboro Catholic 40: Chelsea Tolliver had 24 points, hitting six three-pointers, to lead the Pioneers, who remained unbeaten at 6-0. Becca Greenwell had 17 points and 12 rebounds for the Lady Aces.