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GIRLS' BASKETBALL: Lexington Catholic bombs away to defeat Lady Bearcats

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By John Herndon

No matter how much the game changes, the main
object of basketball has remained the same since Dr.
Naismith was looking for a peach basket.
Make shots. It is still that simple.
Lexington Catholic made 11 shots from beyond the
three-point line to defeat host Anderson County 60-
51 in a battle of girls’ basketball teams ranked in the
pre-season Top 15 on Friday night.
“We didn’t defend the three at all,” Anderson
coach Tony Kays said.
Senior guard Bonnie Rhule got Lexington Catholic
going with a home run just 16 seconds into the
contest, then after Anderson had come back to take
a brief lead, Rhule gave Catholic the lead for good
with another 3-ball that made it 14-11 late in the first
quarter.
The Lady Knights’ advantage expanded to 11
points on two separate occasions, but Anderson rallied
to cut the lead to two with a chance to tie or take
the lead twice but turnovers and poor shot selection
did the Lady Bearcats in each time.
It was that kind of night for the Lady Bearcats.
“The team that won tonight deserved to win,” said
Kays. “Some of our kids thought they were ready to
play but they weren’t. Lexington Catholic was just
the better team tonight.”
Emily Johns, who ironically did not hit a threepointer
all night, led Catholic, which was playing in
its season opener, with 15 points. Sydney Brown led
Anderson with 11.
The Lady Bearcats fell to 1-1.
Catholic jumped to a quick 6-0 lead, but Anderson
ran off nine points in 50 seconds to go up 9-6. But
after Rhule’s second bomb, the Lady Bearcats never
regained the lead.
With Anderson sophomores Makenzie Cann and
Eriel McKee, both ranked among the state’s best in
their class, sitting on the bench with two fouls each,
Lexington Catholic spurted to a 25-15 lead, prompting
Kays to signal for a timeout midway through the
second quarter.
After Brown sank a jumper, Elizabeth Walton buried
her third straight 3-pointer to make it 28-17.
Anderson made a run to cut the margin to 33-30
when Corrin Robinson made a steal, passed to Destiny
Stewart, then took Stewart’s return pass for a
basket as time expired in the first half.
Robinson, a freshman, got Anderson within 33-32
with a drive to start the second half, but Anderson
could get no closer.
After Catholic surged ahead again Anderson
rallied, pulling within 44-43 when Cann banked
one home with 15.6 seconds left in the third frame
but Catholic took total control again early in the
fourth frame. The lead reached 10 points just over
three minutes into the fourth frame, and the Lady
Bearcats were never closer than seven the rest of the
way.
“Some things didn’t go as we thought they should,”
Kays said.
“This was probably good for us. I schedule games
like this to see where we are. Tonight, we failed the
test.”
Junior varsity rallies late to win
Alex Avritt scored all five of her points in the final
minute as the Anderson junior varsity defeated Lexington
Catholic 27-23.
Avritt hit a big three-pointer to put the Lady
Bearcats up 24-23 with 58 seconds to play, then hit a
couple of free throws to ice the win.
Kali Whiteside led Anderson with 11 points.
LEXINGTON CATHOLIC 14 19 13 14 –60
ANDERSON COUNTY 11 19 13 8 – 51
LCHS – Johns 15, Walton 11, Wilson 11, Rhule 8, Botkin 7, Blake 4, Cawood 3, Miller 1.
ACHS – Brown 11, Cann 10, McKee 9, Whiteside 8, Stewart 7, Robinson 6. Three-point
goals: Walton 3, Wilson 3, Rhule 2, Cawood, Blake, Botkin, McKee, Stewart. Records:
Lexington Catholic 1-0, Anderson County 1-1.