LCA girls set for first big test in 11th semis

The post-season has been easy, breezy for Lexington Christian so far.

The second-ranked Eagles have won their past three games by an average of 17 points, but they will get their first test versus a ranked opponent Friday night in McBrayer Arena when they face No. 17 Franklin County in the second of two girls' 11th Region Tournament semifinals.

The Flyers (24-6) have won seven straight and 12 of their past 13 games. They played LCA close on Jan. 16, falling 59-55. Franklin County will be trying to make its first trip to the state tournament since 1980.

LCA (27-4) will be a tough out, though. The 2007 state champions have won 13 straight and are an unbeaten 10-0 in the region.

They have three Division I players who carry a bulk of the load in Western Kentucky signee Courtney Clifton, DePaul signee Anna Martin and Sarah Beth Barnette, a Kentucky commitment.

The winner of the ranked showdown will meet the winner of the first semifinal between Lexington Catholic (16-14) and Scott County (16-14).

The two teams have a long history of heated games in the post-season. The Knights have ended the Cardinals' season each of the past five seasons.

Catholic returns a few role players from its 2006 region and state title winner and Scott County comes in having won eight straight.