High School Basketball

Defensive rally decides battle between Lexington’s preseason darlings

Lexington Catholic's Zan Payne shoots against Lexington Christian's Austin Hall in the Bueter Gymnasium at Lexington Catholic in Lexington, Ky., Tuesday, January 2, 2018.
Lexington Catholic's Zan Payne shoots against Lexington Christian's Austin Hall in the Bueter Gymnasium at Lexington Catholic in Lexington, Ky., Tuesday, January 2, 2018.

Lexington Catholic’s boys’ basketball team allowed only five points in the second and third quarters — combined — to come away with a 52-40 win over 43rd District rival Lexington Christian at home on Tuesday night.

It was the first meeting between the two programs since LCA routed the Knights, 58-36, in the finals of the 43rd District tournament on the same floor last February.

Lexington Catholic trailed 18-7 after the first quarter Tuesday but gave up only two points in the second quarter to pull within 20-16 at halftime. The Knights outscored LCA 16-3 in the third quarter to take control of the contest.

The teams were picked second (LCA) and third (LexCath) behind Scott County in the 11th Region preseason rankings.

LexCath senior Zan Payne scored a game-high 20 points on 6-for-14 shooting with an 8-for-10 clip at the free-throw line. He also had six rebounds and six steals.

Javen Hardin finished in double figures for the Knights (10-4) with 13 points on 4-for-6 shooting.

Will Hacker led LCA with 10 points on 3-for-4 shooting (all from behind the arc). The Eagles (6-6) only got off 33 shot attempts, connecting on 13. They were 7-for-18 from long distance.

PHOTO GALLERY

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Lexington Christian Academy's Kyle Rode shoots against Lexington Catholic in the Bueter Gymnasium at Lexington Catholic in Lexington, Ky., Tuesday, January 2, 2018. Matt Goins

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Lexington Catholic's T. C. Price shoots a 3-pointer against Lexington Christian in the Bueter Gymnasium at Lexington Catholic in Lexington, Ky., Tuesday, January 2, 2018. Matt Goins

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Lexington Christian Academy's Carter Hendrickson moves to the basket against Lexington Catholic's Zan Payne in the Bueter Gymnasium at Lexington Catholic in Lexington, Ky., Tuesday, January 2, 2018. Matt Goins

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Lexington Christian Academy's Austin Hall blocks the shot by Lexington Catholic's Max Sparkman in the Bueter Gymnasium at Lexington Catholic in Lexington, Ky., Tuesday, January 2, 2018. Matt Goins

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Lexington Catholic's Max Sparkman shoots against Lexington Christian's Will Hacker and Austin Hall, left, in the Bueter Gymnasium at Lexington Catholic in Lexington, Ky., Tuesday, January 2, 2018. Matt Goins

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Lexington Catholic head coach Brandon Salsman reacts against Lexington Christian in the Bueter Gymnasium at Lexington Catholic in Lexington, Ky., Tuesday, January 2, 2018. Matt Goins

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Lexington Catholic's Brice Scott shoots against Lexington Christian's Austin Hall in the Bueter Gymnasium at Lexington Catholic in Lexington, Ky., Tuesday, January 2, 2018. Matt Goins

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Lexington Catholic's T. C. Price shoots against Lexington Christian's Austin Hall in the Bueter Gymnasium at Lexington Catholic in Lexington, Ky., Tuesday, January 2, 2018. Matt Goins

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Lexington Christian Academy head coach Nate Valentine against Lexington Catholic in the Bueter Gymnasium at Lexington Catholic in Lexington, Ky., Tuesday, January 2, 2018. Matt Goins

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Lexington Catholic's Javen Hardin pulls up and shoots against Lexington Christian in the Bueter Gymnasium at Lexington Catholic in Lexington, Ky., Tuesday, January 2, 2018. Matt Goins

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Lexington Catholic's Zan Payne shoots against Lexington Christian's Austin Hall in the Bueter Gymnasium at Lexington Catholic in Lexington, Ky., Tuesday, January 2, 2018. Matt Goins

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Lexington Catholic's Zan Payne shoots against Lexington Christian's Austin Hall in the Bueter Gymnasium at Lexington Catholic in Lexington, Ky., Tuesday, January 2, 2018. Matt Goins

Josh Moore: 859-231-1307, @HLpreps

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