High School Sports

LCA girls cruise past Model in 11th Region

RICHMOND — Sometimes woes on the offensive end can affect a players' hustle on the defensive end.

Not for Kelli Mitchuson.

Despite not making many shots in the post-season so far, the sophomore has been a key to Lexington Christian advancing to the 11th Region Tournament.

On Tuesday night, she got it going on the offensive end, as well, scoring a career-best 21 points to lead the Eagles over Model 69-49.

"Defensively, she's been so good for us," Coach Jason Seamands said. "She definitely deserved a night like this."

LCA advances to face No. 9 Scott County, a 72-41 winner over Woodford County Tuesday. The two teams will meet up in the second semifinal game at McBrayer Arena on Friday night, in a rematch of last year's title game. No. 24 Franklin County will face 10th-ranked Madison Central in the other.

Mitchuson propelled the defending region champion Eagles by making five three-pointers in the first half. She had 19 points at the break, more than the entire Model team, which trailed 39-18.

After draining the first shot, Mitchuson wasn't sure what to think.

"I didn't expect the next one and then the next one and then the next one to go in," she said. "I was like, 'Finally!' "

Mitchuson, who also had five rebounds, four assists and four steals, admitted to being frustrated, especially in the district championship against Tates Creek last week.

Seamands told her to just keep hustling.

"She's missed a ton of shots the last few games, but she keeps playing hard and, as a coach, what more can you ask for?" he said.

The Eagles' lead ballooned to as many as 29 points in the rout, which was their fifth straight win.

The Patriots (14-14) were paced by Shelby McNeely's 13 points. Tara Hill contributed 12 points and 10 rebounds.

Kelli Rinehart added 18 points and 11 rebounds for Lexington Christian (22-6). Kentucky signee Sarah Beth Barnette had 10 points and 11 boards.

This floor has been the site of many big victories for the Eagles, who have won two region championships and three All "A" Classic titles but, most recently, it had been the site of a last-second loss to Owensboro Catholic in the small-school state tournament this season.

Seamands said it was nice to erase that memory with this win and to advance with such a young team.

"I feel really blessed to be coaching these girls," Seamands said. "They listen, and they try hard. ... Whatever happens, win or lose, they're great. This has been one of my more enjoyable years."

No. 9 Scott County 72, Woodford County 41: The Cardinals cruised into the semifinals behind a balanced effort. Eight players scored five points or more, and no player played more than 20 minutes.

Alli Conrad and reserve Audriana Christopher led the way with 11 points apiece. Breonna McKee added 10 points for the Cards, who scored 33 points off 23 Woodford turnovers.

It was the 12th straight win for Scott County, which led 27-8 after one quarter and by as many as 40 points in the second half.

Woodford (16-15) was led by Alyssa Lucas' nine points. Taylor Kelly added eight points.

MODEL (14-14) — Lowe 0-5 0-0 0, Hill 6-18 0-0 12, S. Schneid 2-9 0-0 5, M. Schneid 2-5 1-2 5, McNeely 5-22 2-2 13, Engle 2-4 0-2 5, Berry 0-0 1-2 1, Keene 1-1 0-0 2, Boneta 1-3 0-0 2, Giacchini 1-1 0-0 2, Botts 1-1 0-0 2. Totals 21-69 4-8 49.

lexington christian (22-6) — Barnette 3-7 3-5 10, Eastham 3-5 1-2 7, Ke. Rinehart 8-14 2-4 18, Cox 1-6 0-0 2, Mitchuson 8-11 0-0 21, Bundy 4-9 0-0 9, Kr. Rinehart 0-2 0-0 0, Panter 1-1 0-0 2. Totals 28-55 6-11 69.

Model 7 11 9 22—49

Lexington Christian 23 16 12 18—69

WOODFORD CO. (16-15) — Morford 3-5 0-0 6, Lucas 3-9 0-0 9, H. Morgan 0-1 1-2 1, Kelly 2-7 4-6 8, Fletcher 2-5 0-0 4, Ott 0-4 0-1 0, Squires 0-1 5-6 5, J. Morgan 3-4 0-0 6, McClintock 0-2 0-0 0, McDonald 0-1 2-2 2, Ford 0-1 0-0 0, Worrell 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 13-41 12-18 41.

SCOTT CO. (21-6) — Guyn 3-4 0-0 6, McKenzie 4-6 0-0 8, Stainback 1-3 3-4 5, McKee 4-4 2-4 10, Webb 3-5 1-2 9, Christopher 4-7 2-3 11, Conrad 4-8 0-0 11, Jackson 2-4 0-0 4, Huellemeier 0-3 0-0 0, Clay 1-1 0-0 2, Logsdon 2-6 1-2 5, Luckett 0-1 1-2 1, Defoor 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 28-53 10-17 72.

Woodford Co. 8 5 9 19—41

Scott Co. 27 17 16 12—72

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