High School Basketball

Girls' All 'A' Classic: Green Co. knocks out Lexington Christian

Katelin Bundy of Lexington Christian Academy scored 24 points against Green County in the opening round of the Touchstone Energy All "A" Classic in Frankfort. The Eagles dug themselves a 15-point hole with 2-for-13 shooting in the third quarter.
Katelin Bundy of Lexington Christian Academy scored 24 points against Green County in the opening round of the Touchstone Energy All "A" Classic in Frankfort. The Eagles dug themselves a 15-point hole with 2-for-13 shooting in the third quarter. TIM WEBB

FRANKFORT — Lexington Christian got a wake-up call in the first half of the opening game in the girls' Touchstone Energy All "A" Classic.

Trailing Green County 29-23, the Lady Eagles hit the "snooze" button for the third quarter.

By the time they woke up, it was too late as Green County rolled to a 60-44 victory Wednesday in the Frankfort Convention Center.

The Lady Dragons will meet Newport Central Catholic in Friday's quarterfinals.

LCA (9-14) came out sluggish for an 8:30 a.m. tip-off.

"We'd lost 13 games, so we're definitely beatable," Coach Jason Seamands said. "But the last week-and-a-half, two weeks, we've been kind of hitting our stride and playing well. And this was nowhere near as well as we played last week. If we had played like this, we wouldn't have even been here. We beat two pretty good teams (Sayre and Frankfort) to get here.

"For whatever reason, we were just off. They outplayed us in all four quarters."

In particular, Western Kentucky University signee Micah Jones, a 5-foot-8 point guard, shot 9-for-17 from the floor, including 2-for-3 from three-point range, and went 12-for-18 at the free-throw line to total 32 points. She also had seven rebounds, two assists, four steals and only one turnover in 30-plus minutes.

Turnovers burned LCA. The Eagles made 22 errors to Green's eight. The Dragons (16-5) turned that into a 27-9 scoring advantage.

Jones, moved from the point, scored 12 of Green's 16 third-quarter points.

LCA shot 2-for-13 in the period, falling behind by 15.

"We didn't really get a lot of movement on offense the first half," Jones said. "So (Coach Chris Blaydes) put me in the middle and (I) just tried to work there.

"I've never played in the middle. First time. It was different ... but it wasn't bad."

Jones did most of her damage by splitting the Eagles' 3-2 zone on drives to the hoop.

"Then I decided to do a little coaching the fourth quarter and came out and tried to get them out of the zone," Blaydes said. "It kind of backfired on us. It took us out of any rhythm and we started missing layups and free throws, and let them back in the game."

LCA used a 12-2 start to the fourth quarter to pull to within 47-42 with 3:16 left.

Jones met the challenge with five consecutive points.

LCA got a Hannah Hartley bucket to make it 52-44, but was outscored 8-0 over the last 2:20.

Kali Hedgespeth added 11 points and seven rebounds for the winners.

Katelin Bundy paced LCA with 24 points. Kristen Jacob was held to nine points and 10 rebounds. Kristin Rinehart also had 10 boards, plus five points and three assists.

"Our really good post player (Jacob) never got going. We didn't do little things to get her the ball," Seamands said. "... We got outrebounded (32-24), out-efforted, we got outcoached. It's just a myriad of things."

Jacob, who totaled 47 points and 51 rebounds in LCA's two regional wins, usually had two or more players packed around her. She also left the game briefly after tweaking an ankle 3½ minutes into the game.

"Throughout the year, I've gotten a lot of people there on me, and I think I'm kind of used to that," Jacob said. "But today I wasn't on my game."

Teammate Kelli Mitchuson shared the frustration, limited to 22 minutes because of foul troubles.

"I just wanted to (play), especially my senior year — it's the last time I get to go to the All 'A'" Mitchuson said. "It's really frustrating."

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