Josh Moore

High school basketball: Holiday tournament roundup

Henry Clay's Leander Ridgeway shoots against Trinity during the quarterfinals of the Traditional Bank Holiday Classic in the Beuter Gymnasium at Lexington Catholic High School in Lexington, Ky., Monday, December 28, 2015.
Henry Clay's Leander Ridgeway shoots against Trinity during the quarterfinals of the Traditional Bank Holiday Classic in the Beuter Gymnasium at Lexington Catholic High School in Lexington, Ky., Monday, December 28, 2015. Herald-Leader

Traditional Bank Holiday Classic

Bryan Station 47, Cordia 42

Bryan Station grinded out a 47-42 win over Cordia on Monday, becoming the first team to punch its ticket to the semifinals of the Traditional Bank Holiday Classic.

The Defenders have now won five straight games after starting the season 2-3. Station Coach Tommy Johnson said his players have started to settle into their roles after Deandre Dishman went down with a right foot injury in their first game, a loss to Paul Laurence Dunbar.

Bryan Station (7-3) is significantly smaller without the 6-foot-6 Dishman. Johnson said Station’s tallest player is “about 6-2 or 6-3,” and they faced off against a Cordia squad with three players at least 6-foot-6 or taller, including 6-9 sophomore Oumar Keita. That had many picking the Defenders as underdogs coming in.

Station jumped out to a 12-4 first-quarter lead, all four baskets coming on three-pointers as it dribbled around the perimeter against a Cordia team content to fall back into a zone and apply little pressure initially. The Lions (5-5) scrapped back to tie it at 17-17 in the second period before David Demarcus drilled his third three-pointer of the half to put Station on top 20-17 at the break.

Cordia got out to a four-point advantage in the third period before a Tim Dunn three-pointer put the Defenders at 28-27. Cordia kept it close the rest of the way but never retook the lead.

The scrappiness of players like Rafael “Peezy” Few had a lot to do that, and with the Defenders’ win streak.

“Peezy might be about 5-5 but with heart he’s about 6-9 or 6-11,” Johnson said. “ … We did a decent job of keeping their big kids off the boards and limiting them to just one shot.”

Dunn finished with 18 points and six rebounds to lead the Defenders. Demarcus chipped in 12, all in the first half. Andre Davis added eight points, six assists and two steals while Few finished with nine in the scoring column.

This stretch without Dishman has tested his team but Johnson thinks they’ve experienced positive growth having to play without their star big man. He’s anticipating a mid-January return for the senior.

“He’s starting to put a little weight on it now and walking without crutches,” Johnson said. “ … The next step from walking is running so hopefully he’ll be back soon.”

Anthony Nelson, whose offers include Eastern Kentucky, East Tennessee State and Morehead State, led Cordia with 16 points, four rebounds and three steals.

Trinity 63, Henry Clay 59

Trinity spoiled the possibility of an all-Lexington final four in the Traditional Bank Holiday Classic, upending Henry Clay 63-59 in Monday's final quarterfinal.

Gabe Schmitt led the Shamrocks with 14 points. Jacob King finished with 13, including two key fast break baskets down the stretch that put Trinity up 57-54. Isaiah "Pun" Tisdale answered that mini run with a three-pointer for Henry Clay, but the Shamrocks responded with a 6-2 run to finish things.

Tisdale, who picked up his third foul with 3:08 left in the second quarter, finished with a game-high 22 points. Justin Mitchell and Paul Price had 10 apiece for Blue Devils.

Most of Mitchell’s 10 came on tough runs to the rim in the second half. He scored eight after the break.

Tisdale scored 10 points in the first quarter but finished with only 12 at the break after picking up his second and third fouls about 20 seconds apart.

Jordan Houston was a nuisance around the rim all night for Henry Clay. He ended with seven points and seven rebounds.

Trinity drew within 36-31 at halftime on a three-pointer by Schmitt as time expired. He and Christian Terry each had eight points for the Shamrocks heading into the break.

Lexington Catholic 56, Covington Holy Cross 51

Luke Johnson torched Covington Holy Cross for 30 points, including 14 of LexCath’s 19 in the final period, to propel the host Knights in a 56-51 win.

LexCath will meet Trinity at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday.

Johnson shot 9-for-17 from the field and a perfect 10-for-10 from the free-throw line. He was 2-for-4 from behind the arc. He finished wih four rebounds, three steals and two assists as well.

Tyler Bezold led Covington Holy Cross with 16 points.

Paul Laurence Dunbar 74, John Hardin 51

Dunbar pulled away late in a battle of Bulldogs to claim a semifinals berth and set up an early-season rematch with Bryan Station. That game will be played at 9 p.m. Tuesday.

Darius Williams paced Dunbar (11-2) with 28 points on 10-for-16 shooting from the floor. He also had three assists and a steal. Jordan Lewis finished with 13 points, seven rebounds and four assists.

Matt Miller had 28 points to equal Williams for John Hardin (6-5). He ended with three rebounds and three assists.

Consolation bracket

▪ Timmy Dalton scored 18 points on 70-percent shooting and Brandon Richardson had 16 to lead Lawrence County past Lawton Chiles (Fla.), 84-63, on Monday.

Dalton shot 7-for-10 for the Bulldogs, who bounced back from a loss to Trinity in the winner’s bracket on Sunday. Lawrence County used a 25-10 bulge in the third quarter to pull away. Austin Chaffin was just shy of a double-double in the win, scoring nine points and dishing out nine assists.

Gateway Holiday Classic (boys)

▪ Mercer County rallied from 17 down to take a 67-65 win over Madison Central in the winners’ bracket semifinals. Trevon Faulkner led the Titans with 22 points while Malik Dow added 16 points and seven boards. Mercer remained undefeated (13-0) in the face of a 25-point, three-steal night from the Indians’ Grant Brockman.

▪ Paris came out on top of Muhlenber County 66-59 in the consolation round, a 22-10 fourth quarter giving it the edge. Koebe Garrard paced the Greyhounds with 22 points and 11 rebounds. Jekobi Wells also had a double-double for Paris, finishing with 11 points and 11 boards.

▪ Five players reached double-figure scoring for Rockcastle County, which defeated Ballard Memorial 92-83 in the consolation bracket. Dylan Rowe led the way with 19 points and four steals. Lucas Gentry had 18 points and John Cornelius finished with 17 for the Rockets.

Zach Parsons of Ballard Memorial ended with 23 points and 14 rebounds, both game highs.

Gateway Holiday Classic (girls)

▪ Whitney Creech had 44 points and 11 rebounds in Jenkins’ 89-62 loss to East Carter in the winners’ bracket. The Cavaliers will play the loser between Henry Clay and Simon Kenton in the third-place game on Tuesday.

▪ Madisons were trouble for Montgomery County in its home tournament, as Madison Philpott scored 17 and Madison Kellione had 16 to send Harrison County to a 47-40 consolation win. The Fillies trailed 25-20 at the break but used an 11-4 fourth quarter to gain the edge.

▪ Scott defeated Rockcastle County in the consolation round. Anna Clephane ended with 21 points, five rebounds and two steals for the Eagles. Hope Kelley paced the Rockets with 16 points and three steals.

Suncoast Holiday Classic (boys)

▪ Covington Catholic won its second game in the Florida tournament, using a 17-6 third quarter performance to lift itself over North Port, Fla. Cole Vonhandorf led the Colonels with a game-high 13 points while AJ Mayer chipped in nine points and a game-best 13 rebounds.

Sunshine Shootout (girls)

▪ Erin Boley and Jada Stinson led Elizabethtown with 19 points apiece in its 77-36 win over Palmetto Ridge, Fla. Boley, a Notre Dame signee, finished with 11 rebounds, six steals and four assists. Stinson chipped in six boards and four assists.

South Central Bank-Halton Classic (girls)

▪ Madison Southern upended Caverna in the first game of the event for each team. Briana Lanham poured in 28 points and grabbed 12 rebounds for the Eagles. Madison Faulkner led Caverna with 18 points.

▪ Host Allen County-Scottsville cruised to a 63-23 win over Carroll County after taking a 42-13 halftime lead. Savannah Gregory scored 16 and had nine boards for the Patriots.

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