RICHMOND — A trip to the eye doctor may have led to a trip to the semifinals of the state tournament for Lexington Christian.
Fresh off an appointment to have her vision checked, freshman Katelin Bundy scored a game-high 20 points in Lexington Christian's 52-33 victory over Harlan at the Touchstone Energy All "A" Classic on Friday.
"My vision changed a little bit, but that little bit went a long way," Bundy said after her performance, which included four three-pointers.
Coincidentally or not, after Bundy's 1-for-10 three-point shooting in the tournament opener at Eastern Kentucky, her mother realized the guard hadn't been to the eye doctor in more than a year.
So they made an appointment for Thursday.
Hearing that made Coach Jason Seamands laugh.
"We've been playing 20 games here, what have you been looking at?" he asked Bundy jokingly, before adding: "I kind of had a hunch she might shoot it a little better today."
Lexington Christian as a whole shot it better.
A day after missing 21 of 24 three-point attempts, LCA found its rhythm against the Dragons (14-10).
The Eagles (14-7) went 7-for-15 from long range, making five of their first eight.
"We had good rhythm to our offense," Seamands said. "It was one of our best games in a long while. I was really pleased."
Dragons Coach Derrick Akal was not pleased with his team's three-point defense.
"We didn't do a good job of running them off the three-point line," he said. "We talked about running them off that line and getting to those shooters and forcing them to put it on the floor, but we didn't do a good job of that."
LCA made nearly 50 percent of its shots from the field in the first half, which contributed to a 28-14 lead.
Kelli Rinehart added nine points and six rebounds. Allie Evans chipped in eight points off the bench.
The Eagles' hands cooled slightly in the second half, but by then the damage was done.
Even when there were lulls and shots didn't fall as easily, LCA's defense was sound. It held the Dragons to 23.4 percent shooting, including 11.1 percent from long range.
Ashley Mullins, Jourdan Ledford and Gabrielle Rehnborg each had 10 points to lead Harlan.
"We felt like that was one of our best defensive efforts of the year," Seamands said. "We used the term 'locked in.' ... We never let them get comfortable."
For the fifth consecutive year, LCA will meet up with Owensboro Catholic in this tournament.
"It feels like we face them every year," Seamands said.
Three straight times, the Eagles knocked OCath out on their way to the championship. Last season, Catholic got the best of the Eagles, erasing a six-point deficit late in the game to win it behind Rebecca Greenwell's sharpshooting.
The highly coveted guard, now a sophomore, found a teammate under the basket for the game-winner as time expired last season.
"I wish (Greenwell) wasn't playing," Seamands said with a smile. "She's really good."