High School Basketball

Traditional Bank Holiday Classic: Lexington Catholic grinds out 67-53 win over Casey County

Henderson County's David Simmons brought the ball downcourt under pressure as the Colonels staved off a rally from Manual.
Henderson County's David Simmons brought the ball downcourt under pressure as the Colonels staved off a rally from Manual. Herald-Leader

Lexington Catholic didn't bring its best game to the Traditional Bank Holiday Classic quarterfinals, but the host Knights did bring a workmanlike effort that earned them a 67-53 victory over Casey County Sunday night.

"It definitely wasn't our best effort. We weren't hitting on all cylinders," Coach Brandon Salsman said. "Casey County had a lot to do with it. But our guys persevered, showed they were seniors, and won it."

Tanner Johnson, one of those seniors, led the way with 24 points, 10 rebounds and five assists.

"I always try to fill the stat line, but as long as we win that's the most important thing," Johnson said.

Senior point guard Michael Talbott had 15 points and four assists. Senior guard Jarod Griffin had 13 points. Senior forward Reese Ryan had nine points, four assists.

Lexington Catholic finished with 16 assists and only eight turnovers.

"When we're sharing the ball we're really good," Salsman said.

Casey County was led by Colin Miller's 15 points. Jake Smith and Breece Hayes had 10 apiece.

Lexington Catholic has a match with Boyle County in Monday night's semifinals.

"They're our big rival in football," Salsman said. "I was kidding Reese (Ryan) after the game, I hoped he wasn't tired of playing those guys."

Ryan quarterbacked the Knights football team to two victories over Boyle County this season.

Henderson County 66, Manual 64: Dwayne Sutton led a stunning Manual comeback in the closing minutes, but the Crimsons couldn't close the deal. Henderson County survived thanks to D.J. Washington's two free throws with one second left.

The Colonels looked like they were on their way to a comfortable victory when they led Manual 62-50 with less than four minutes left.

But Sutton had different ideas. The 6-5 senior, who has signed with UNC-Asheville, had three steals and 10 points in less than two minutes.

TyRon Horton's layup for Manual tied it 64-64.

The Crimsons had the ball and were looking for the last shot when they wound more than a minute off the clock. But they made a turnover with :05 left.

Washington came up with the ball and got loose on a run-out before getting fouled on a layup attempt. He hit both foul shots and Henderson County had a spot in Monday night's semifinals.

Brady Norman led the Colonels with 24 points and four steals. David Simmons added 16 points, eight rebounds and four assists. Washington had eight points, five assists, and four rebounds.

Sutton had a monster game — 40 points, 14 rebounds and four steals — but it wasn't enough as Manual got its first loss this season.

Sutton wowed Henderson County Coach Tyler Smithhart. "That was as impressive a performance as I've seen," he said. "He's an all-state player, no doubt. I think UNC-Asheville is getting a steal with that guy."

Smithhart likes what he's seen from his team in beating Henry Clay and Manual.

"The reason we came here was to figure out where we stood," he said. "We felt we could compete, and I'm very pleased with the way our guys have competed and gutted it out."

Louisville Trinity 67, Lexington Christian 50: Not known for its outside shooting, top-ranked Trinity hit three threes in the opening minutes, and that got the Shamrocks rolling.

Jax Levitch hit two early threes, and Michael Stafford swished his first long-range try as Trinity opened a 21-9 lead.

“We were due to make some shots,” Coach Mike Szabo said. “We’ve been struggling with our shooting. I’m real happy we shot well tonight.”

The Rocks finished the night 28 of 44 from the field (64 percent).

With 6-10 Ray Spalding providing an inside game early, Trinity extended its lead to 32-16.

After he went to the bench with his second foul, LCA trimmed the deficit to 35-26 by halftime. That was as close as the Eagles would come the rest of the night.

Trinity continued to shoot well and defend well in the second half. that combinationmade an LCA comeback next to impossible.

LCA Coach Nate Valentine was particularly impressed by the Rocks-solid defense.

“They’re always in a stance, they’re always in the right spot and they challenge every shot,” he said. “And Spalding does a great job protecting the rim and erasing any mistakes.”

Christian Thieneman led Trinity with 14 points. Spalding had 13 points. seven rebounds and five blocked shots. Daniel Ramser also had 13 points. Michael Stafford had 12 points and 10 assists.

“I thought we came out and played very hard, very focused,” Szabo said. “We played well.”

LCA star Matt Rose didn’t back down from the challenge. The 6-7 senior had 25 points and seven rebounds.

“He’s really good, a special player,” Szabo said. “He can kind of do it all. He’s really crafty, he can shoot it and can drive it. I really loves his game.”


Casey County (7-5) Hayes 10, Davis 4, Smith 10, Brown 3, Miller 15, White 8, Wesley 3.

Lexington Catholic (8-4) Johnson 24, Griffin 13, Talbott 15, Boothe 4, Ryan 9, Whitman 2.

Casey County 12 13 15 13—53

Lexington Catholic 17 20 19 11—67


Manual (9-1) Sutton 40, West 2, Chilton 7, Harness 6, Freeman 3, Horton 4, Gordon 2.

Henderson County (9-2) Simmons 16, Norman 24, Crowley 9, Mattingly 2, Washington 8, Smith 3, Rollins 2, Calhoun 2.

Manual 14 16 13 21—64

Henderson County 17 10 20 19—66


Consolation game

Covington Catholic (6-3) Schuh 28, Romes 16, Flood 11, Vonhandorf 10, Theobald 8, Heppler 6, Lenhof 2.

Perry Central (9-4) Beverly 27, Whitmore 23, Tobler 13, Turner 3, Blair 7, Hill 2.

CovCath 23 17 21 20—81

Perry Central 19 13 26 17—75


Consolation game

North Laurel (5-6) Broughton 23, Asher 15, Rice 4, Jeffers 1, Griebel 4, Riley 4, Nicely 4.

Aiken (Ohio) (7-2) Jones 37, Gordon 9, Berry 13, Brown-Hogan 4, Harris 9, Horne 2, Lyles 7, Smith 4.

North Laurel 13 12 15 15—55

Aiken, Ohio 23 20 22 20—85


Consolation game

Male (6-5) Brownley 16, Cook 16, Parker 17, Bowman 6, Alexander 3, Watts 2, Kimijwok 2.

Campbell (N.H.) Bergeron 18, Shaw 3, Verdani 6, Glendye 5, Smarse 5, Woods 2, Brennen 2.

Male 19 15 12 16—62

Campbell (N.H.) 6 9 15 11—41


Consolation game

Betsy Layne (7-4) Daniels 3, Case 8, Maldanado 13, Rogers 6, Osborn 2, Frasure 5, Hall 2, Tackett 2.

Bryan Station (9-3) Claitt 16, Caldwell 12, Davis 11, Dishman 2, Dunn 10, Few 9, Sturgis 1, Bruton 6, Gibson 2, Reynolds 2, Guy 2.

Betsy Layne 13 12 7 9—41

Bryan Station 16 18 25 14—73


Trinity (8-2) Spalding 13, Stafford 12, Ramser 13, Thieneman 14, Levitch 7, West 4, Murphy 4

Lexington Christian (8-3) Rose 25, Rode 7, Trimble 7, Schacht 3, Nighbert 3, McBeath 5.

Trinity 23 12 12 20 — 67

LCA 14 12 7 17 — 50