High School Basketball

Lexington Christian girls eke out 48-46 win in All "A" opener

LCA's Rachel Cox, left, and Allie Evans trapped Jessi Hodge at midcourt. Hodge led all scorers with 22 points and added seven assists for Crittenden County.
LCA's Rachel Cox, left, and Allie Evans trapped Jessi Hodge at midcourt. Hodge led all scorers with 22 points and added seven assists for Crittenden County. LEXINGTON HERALD-LEADER

RICHMOND — It's probably a good thing that Katelin Bundy hadn't seen a stat sheet.

If she had, the Lexington Christian guard might have been uncomfortable taking such a big shot at such a big moment in the first round of the Touchstone Energy All "A" Classic.

She might have noticed that she'd missed the first nine three-pointers she'd tried.

"I had no clue," she said.

So late in the game with the Eagles trailing Crittenden County by three points, Bundy didn't blink when she was called on to hit the game-tying shot.

She nailed it with just more than two minutes to go and then sealed the 48-46 win over the Lady Rockets with a steal and layup with 16 seconds left to help LCA advance to Friday's quarterfinals at Eastern Kentucky University.

"It was real big," Coach Jason Seamands said of Bundy's shot. "It changes the total complexion of the game because now you're even."

The game didn't look as if it would ever be even when LCA grabbed a 10-point early lead behind post players Kristen Jacob and Kelli Rinehart.

But both girls picked up their third fouls in the first half, and the Rockets came charging back to start the second half.

Crittenden County scored 12 unanswered points out of the locker room and held the Eagles without a field goal for an entire quarter. They missed all 12 shots they attempted.

Crittenden led 33-30 after three quarters.

"Out of the locker room, those first six minutes were awful," Seamands said, equating it to watching a slow drip. "We missed a ton of layups. We missed foul shots. We lost our poise."

But point guard Rachel Cox had faith her team could turn it around in the fourth quarter.

"It was frustrating, but I had the instinct that we could pull it out," she said.

Behind Jacob and Rinehart, the Eagles (13-7) got back into it. Jacob finished with 13 points and 10 rebounds to lead LCA. Rinehart added 12 points and 13 rebounds.

The two teams slugged it out in the fourth quarter before Bundy's game-tying three-pointer.

"It was nice to relax and be able to shoot it," she said. "I was wide open. It was a great screen."

Reserve Allie Evans followed that up with a key offensive rebound and two made free throws to put LCA up for good before Bundy's steal and shot gave the Eagles all of the cushion they'd need.

The Rockets (13-6) were led by Jessi Hodge's game highs of 22 points and seven assists. Laken Tabor added 11 points and nine rebounds.

"Key mistakes down the stretch cost us," Crittenden Coach Shannon Hodge said. "We won the game in a lot of aspects except on the scoreboard."

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