Lexington Christian breezes in first round

Efficiency was the name of the game for two-time defending girls' champion Lexington Christian at the All "A" Classic in Richmond on Wednesday.

After less than 16 minutes of play in the first round of the small-school state tournament, the Eagles had nearly a 20-point lead en route to their 79-62 win over Middlesboro.

LCA, No. 12 in Dave Cantrall's Rating the State, will meet Owensboro Catholic, a 41-34 winner over Todd County Central, in Thursday's early quarterfinals.

The winner will advance to Thursday night's semifinals.

The Eagles' big three were efficient, too, led by DePaul signee Anna Martin's 29 points, six rebounds and six steals in 24 minutes of play.

University of Kentucky commitment Sarah Beth Barnette added 22 points and 11 rebounds in 22 minutes, and Western Kentucky signee Courtney Clifton had 17 points, four rebounds and three steals in 27 minutes.

The Eagles, who have won 10 of their past 11 games, made 52.9 percent of their first-half shots and 48.5 percent for the game. From three-point range, LCA (15-4) was nearly as accurate, shooting 43.5 percent.

Middlesboro (12-8) was led by a combination of Colemans. Shaleesha Coleman had 20 points and nine rebounds. Samantha Coleman added 12 points and nine rebounds.

Other highlights

Paris 41, Presentation 38: Nothing was going the Lady Hounds' way, but they found a way to advance.

Paris, which advanced to the championship game last season, shot 20 percent in the first half (and 25.9 percent for the game) and trailed by as many as 13 points.

Kendall Cassity's three-pointer gave Paris (9-10) its first lead of the game and the lead for good with 1:43 to play.

Reserve Alexis Tye led the Hounds with 14 points and two steals. Morgan Crain added nine points and 15 rebounds. Cassity and Emily Hinkson each chipped in with eight points. Hinkson also had eight rebounds and five blocks.

Despite being outrebounded 41-37, Paris managed to win the second-chance point battle 10-2 over Presentation (8-9), which got 14 points and eight boards from Kristyn Craven.

Newport Central Catholic 62, June Buchanan 30: Courtney Sandfoss had 21 points, nine steals and six rebounds to pace the Thoroughbreds (14-6), who have won three straight and six of their last seven.

The Lady Crusaders (9-8) were forced into 30 turnovers, which equaled their number of points. Maris Hovee had a big game, though, with 11 points, 17 rebounds and seven blocked shots.

Sheldon Clark 55, Caldwell Co. 41: The Cardinals used a 21-6 run in the second quarter and 56 percent shooting in the first half to pull away from the Tigers.

Carla Booth had 18 points and eight rebounds for the Cards (11-6), who won their fifth straight. Fellow guard Brittney Marcum added 13 points and three steals. Savannah Pepper had 17 points to pace the Tigers (13-4).

Owensboro Catholic 41, Todd County Central 34: The Lady Aces darted out to an 8-0 lead, but had to hold off several late charges by the Rebels to advance.

Eighth-grade sensation Becca Greenwell had 21 points and seven rebounds for Owensboro Catholic (15-7), which won its third straight.

Gallatin County 50, Whitefield Academy 39: Christina Balsiger scored a game-high 15 points, and Brooke Hill added 13 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Lady Wildcats. Gallatin County won despite shooting 33 percent from the floor and committing 35 turnovers.

Whitefield Academy shot 23 percent in the first half and trailed 28-14 at the break.

Green Co. 84, Elliott County 72: Micah Jones had 27 points, 14 rebounds and seven assists to lead the Dragons.

Green County trailed 22-13 after the first quarter but outscored the Lady Lions 25-10 in the second quarter to take a 38-32 halftime lead.

Lakin Griffith had 30 points and nine rebounds to lead Elliott County.