High School Sports

Mike Fields notebook: Before Wilt hit 100, Kentuckian Oakley scored 114 in rout in 1954

Fifty years ago Friday — March 2, 1962 — Wilt Chamberlain scored 100 points for the Philadelphia Warriors in a 169-147 victory over the New York Knicks. Chamberlain hit 36 of 63 shots from the field and 28 of 32 from the free-throw line while playing the entire 48-minute game.

Impressive.

But the Big Dipper comes up short in comparison to Wayne Oakley, who holds the single-game scoring record in Kentucky high school basketball. In December 1954, Oakley had 114 points for Hanson in a 128-26 rout of St. Agnes. Oakley hit 47 of 55 from the field and 20 of 24 from the foul line in the 32-minute game between the 2nd Region teams. Hanson averaged 3.6 points a minute compared to Chamberlain's 2.1 points a minute.

■ Jaime Walz Richey, who scored a state-record 4,948 points in her playing days at Highlands, pulled the plug on offense as the Bluebirds coach Tuesday night. Her girls played stall-ball in a 13-8 loss to Notre Dame in the 9th Region Tournament. Notre Dame Coach Nicole Levandusky, whose team beat Highlands 59-31 in the regular season, said it it didn't take long to realize Highlands' strategy in the rematch. "They had the first possession and went to four corners. They literally stood out there, not even trying to score. I said to my assistant coach, 'All we need to do is score once and we'll win this game 2-0. I don't care.' " The Pandas wound up getting a basket in each of the first three quarters to take a 6-0 lead. Highlands wound up taking nine shots the entire game. Notre Dame took 13. While the 32 minutes zipped by because the clock didn't stop very often, Levandusky said, "It was a long game mentally. They had a game plan and stuck with it. I thought it showed a lot of respect for our players. Anything could've happened."

One negative Levandusky saw in Highlands' slow-down: "I felt bad for people who spent $8 for a ticket and $4 to park. Luckily, I was on the pass list and had a parking pass," she said with a laugh.

■ Jaylen Beckham's multi-stop high school career ended when Bryan Station lost to Madison Central in the 11th Region tournament. Beckham bowed out with a monster game — 31 points, eight rebounds, five assists and four steals. After becoming eligible at mid-season, he played in 19 games for the Defenders and averaged 18.5 points, 5.3 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 2.4 steals. Beckham played as a freshman and sophomore at Lexington Catholic before transferring to a prep school in New Jersey. After a brief stay there, he transferred to a prep school in West Virginia. He came back to Lexington before returning to another West Virginia school, then landed back at Bryan Station last August. Defenders Coach Mike Allen said the "sky's the limit for Jaylen. People have to realize he basically sat out a year and a half. For him to do what he did this year, without a lot of preparation, kudos to the kid. He's got a bright future." Texas A&M is one of the colleges interested in Beckham. Aggies assistant Glynn Cyprien (a former UK assistant under Billy Gillispie) was outside Bryan Station's locker room after Wednesday night's game.

■ After Woodford County upset No. 12 Lexington Catholic on Wednesday night, Yellowjackets senior Rodney Gross said, "This doesn't happen very often." If Gross was referring to beating the Knights, he was right. The teams have met in boys' basketball only a few times over the last 25 years. The Jackets lost to Lexington Catholic in December, and in the regional tournament in 2011, 1995, 1992 and 1990.

■ Steve Wright, in his first season as boys' coach at Southwestern, got his 600th career victory when the Warriors beat Wayne County in the district finals last week. Wright got most of his 600 wins in 21 years at South Laurel. He led the Cardinals to the 2005 state title.

■ Cooper, which opened its doors in 2008, got the biggest basketball win in its brief history by knocking off defending champ Dixie Heights 56-43 in the boys' 9th Region Tournament. A.J. Collins had 23 points and Louis Maniaccci 19 to lead the Jaguars. Cooper, in Boone County, is coached by Tim Sullivan. He was formerly an assistant at Holmes and Mason County, and head coach at St. Patrick.

■ Best comeback in a region tournament so far? Gallatin County trailed Simon Kenton 43-24 going into the fourth quarter in the 8th Region, but rallied to win 56-55 on Jordan Morris' three-pointer at the buzzer.

■ Ashland Blazer star Corey Gregg hit a three-pointer with five seconds left in regulation, tying Fleming County 68-68 and forcing overtime. The Tomcats went on to win the 16th Region battle 79-73. Gregg had 28 points and 11 rebounds.

■ The Augusta boys' basketball program almost had two noteworthy reasons to celebrate last week. The Panthers almost got their first-ever victory over Mason County, but Brent Bach's rebound shot hung on the rim and fell off and Mason County escaped 72-71 in the 39th District finals. Three nights later, Augusta basketball alum George Clooney lost out in his bid for the best-actor Oscar. It would've been something special if the Panthers and Clooney had both taken home the hardware.

■ Webster County's boys rallied from 11 points down at halftime to beat Henderson County 56-44 to win their first district title since 1986. "This is for all of the Trojans after 26 years of agony," first-year coach Jon Newton told the Henderson Gleaner. Newton played on two Webster County teams that lost to Henderson County in the district finals. But the Trojans' post-season run didn't last any longer. Defending state champ Christian County beat them in the 2nd Region opener.

■ Lewis County won its first girls' district basketball title last week, and Jay Fite's team followed that up with their first victory in the region by beating East Carter on Monday night.

■ Last week's upsets included Barren County's 70-67 overtime victory over Glasgow in the boys' 15th District finals. Barren County's Jaucoby Poore hit the winning three-pointer in the closing seconds.

■ Five defending girls' region champs have been eliminated from the playoffs: Calloway County (1st), Crittenden County (2nd), Owensboro Catholic (3rd), Newport Central Catholic (9th) and Rockcastle County (12th).

■ Going into Thursday night's play, seven defending boys' region champs had been bumped from the post-season: Eastern (7th), Dixie Heights (9th), Lexington Catholic (11th), Wayne County (12th), Bell County (13th), Perry Central (14th) and Shelby Valley (15th).

■ The Kentucky Association of Basketball Coaches is partnering with the Kentucky Lions Eye Foundation on the future development of the Kentucky-Indiana All-Stars basketball series. Also, the KABC and the new Kentucky High School Basketball Hall of Fame will host a joint news conference on March 13 at the Marriott to announce the 16 charter inductees of the Hall of Fame, which will be located in Elizabethtown.

■ Paul Laurence Dunbar grad Ebony Rowe, a sophomore at Middle Tennessee, was player of the week in the Sun Belt Conference for the fourth time this season and eighth time in her career. Rowe had 27 points and 10 rebounds against WKU, giving her more than 1,000 points and 594 rebounds. Rowe also has a 3.8 GPA as a physics/engineering major.

■ The state championship hockey tournament is this weekend at the Lexington Ice Center. Saturday's first round starts at 9:30 a.m. with top-seeded Owensboro vs. St. Xavier, followed by Lafayette vs. Oldham County, Trinity vs. Dunbar, and Eastern vs. Henry Clay. The semifinals are Saturday at 4:30 and 6:15. The championship will be decided Sunday at 10:45 a.m. All-State and coaches of the year awards will be announced during Saturday's first round at 11 a.m.

■ The 52nd annual Mason-Dixon Games, which will include about 3,000 high school and middle school track and field athletes, is Friday and Saturday at Broadbent Arena in Louisville. The event is being renamed the Charles M. Ruter Mason-Dixon Games, in honor of the internationally known track official who died recently. Mr. Ruter's wife of 68 years. Ruth, will be the games' honorary official and special guest this weekend.

■ Two catchers are the only Kentucky players on Collegiate Baseball Newspaper's Louisville Slugger pre-season high school All-America list. Wolfe County junior Dylan Creech was on the first team. Danville senior Andrew Lasure, who signed with East Tennessee State, was honorable mention.

■ Tyler Pasch of West Jessamine will play baseball at College of Mount St. Joseph in Cincinnati.

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