Eastern Kentucky University, Richmond, Kentucky
March 22-25, 2000
Copyright © 2000 Ron Harrison
Wednesday March 22nd - Session No. 1
Shelby Valley (30-3) vs. Shelby County (27-5)
Shelby Valley coach Bobby Spears' team was led this season by 5-10 Jr. (20.0) Summer Jones, 5-10 Jr. (14.0) Ashley Damron, and 5-7 Jr. Ashely Ratliff, who averaged 11 ppg. Coach Jim Wright's Shelby County Rockets were led this season by 5-9 Sr. (14.0) Samantha Newton, 5-10 Jr. (13.0) Dana Crittendon, and 6-4 Sr. (11.0) LeNita White.
Shelby County center LeNita White grabbed a rebound and hit the
winning basket with less than a second remaining on the clock to give Shelby
County a 53-51 victory. The game was close throughout with several
ties and lead changes before White's late heroics. Shelby County
was led by Samantha Newton with 18 points and Dana Crittendon
with 14. LeNita White added 7 points and 10 rebounds.
Shelby Valley was led by Summer Jones with 25 points and 7 rebounds.
|Shelby Valley||(51) -||Ratliff 4, Damron 10, Anderson 4, Bakay 5, Jones 25, Wright 3.|
|Shelby County||(53) -||Newton 18, Johnson 4, Crittendon 14, Morrison 6, Marshall 4, White 7.|
Presentation (26-3) vs. Union County (23-7)
Presentation coach Joe Voelker must feel relieved at this point in the season. They overcame key injuries this year to start to peak at tournament time. 5-9 Jr. (17.0) Joleen Phillips and 5-10 Sr. (14.0) Anne Hutchens led the team in scoring. Coach Lynwood Parsons' Union County team was led this year by 5-6 Sr. (11.0) Kwila Kinard, 5-6 Jr. (11.0) Brandy Willett, and 5-11 So. (9.5) Kara Willett.
Presentation outscored Union County 19-1 in the second quarter to open
up a 33-13 lead to end the half. They cruised the rest of the way
to earn a 60-39 win. Hutchens and Phillips led the winners
with 17 each.
|Presentation||(60) -||Hutchens 17, Reed 3, Nash 8, Derrick 3, Darby 3, Phillips 17, A. Lynch 6, Votaw 3.|
|Union County||(37) -||Kinard 11, Byars 2, Robinson 3, B. Willett 6, Caudill 2, K. Willett 2, Young 4, Buckman 7.|
Wednesday March 22nd - Session No. 2
Marshall County (31-1) vs. Jackson County (29-5)
Coach Howard Beth's Marshall County team was led this year by 6-2 Sr. (16.8) Leah Lineberry and 5-7 Sr. (14.0) Tosha Gardner. Coach Greg Parrett of Jackson County utilizes a nine player rotation that is blessed with size and shooting ability. The Lady Generals feature a balanced scoring attack led by 5-8 Sr. Shay Gabbard, 6-0 Jr. Tiffany Roaden, and 5-7 So. Leah Moore, who each average 11 ppg. 6-0 Jr. Candice Rose chips in with 10 ppg.
Jackson County went on a 8-0 run to start the second half to increase
their lead to 37-24. They went on to win the game 62-50. Candice
Rose led the victors with 17 points and 9 rebounds. Tiffany Roaden
in with 13 points. Marshall County was led by Tosha Gardner
14 and Leah Lineberry with 13 points.
|Marshall County||(50) -||Gardner 14, Morton 10, Stone 2, Hall 1, Reeves 4, Adair 2, Harper 4, Lineberry 13.|
|Jackson County||(62) -||Whitehead 11, S. Gabbard 11, Moore 10, Rose 17, Roaden 13.|
Lexington Catholic (30-3) vs. Casey County (23-8)
The defending champion Lexington Catholic is returning with a new coach (Greg Todd) and basically a new group of starters to defend their title. They have been led this year by 5-10 Fr. Chelsea Chowning and 5-9 Jr. Katie Mendenhall, with 13 ppg each. 5-11 Sr. Kristin Robertson comes off the bench to average 11 ppg. Coach Randy Salyers' Casey County squad has been led by 5-7 Sr. (14.4) Amy Barlow, 5-8 Jr. (12.7) Stacy Woodrum, and 6-1 Sr. (11.2) Misty Hair.
Lexington Catholic survived a determined Casey County squad to win 59-55
in overtime. Casey County's Kellie Eads hit a late three pointer
to tie the game 48-all to force overtime. Catholic was led by Kristin
Robertson with 14 points and 8 rebounds. Katie Mendenhall
added 11 points and Chelsea Chowning chipped in with
10 points and 8 rebounds. Stacy Woodrum led Casey County with 16.
Eads and Amy Barlow added 13 and 10 points respectively. Misty
Hair added 7 points and pulled down 9 rebounds.
|Lexington Catholic||(59) -||Schuler 3, Chowning 10, Mendenhall 11, Bell 2, Robertson 14, Timoney 9, Mazzetti 2, Michalczyk 8.|
|Casey County||(55) -||Eads 13, Rader 3, Woodrum 16, Barlow 10, Combs 6, Hair 7.|
Thursday March 23rd - Session No. 3
Allen County-Scottsville (17-16) vs. Hart County (29-3)
Allen County-Scottsville starts three sophs and a junior and survived a tough schedule and injuries to battle their way to the state tourney this year. Coach Gary DeWitt's squad is led by 5-11 Jr. (14.0) Stacy Felchner, 5-11 Sr. (12.0) Kristie Ballard, and 5-6 So. (10.0) Cammie Campbell. Hart County coach Tommy Adams' team was led by 5-10 Sr. (24.0) Leslie Logsdon, 5-4 So. (12.0) Laura Shelton, and 6-0 Jr. (10.0) Stephanie Isaacs.
Hart County's Miss Basketball candidate Leslie Logsdon led her
team to a 49-42 victory over Allen County-Scottsville. Logsdon
scored 18 points and recorded 9 steals. Allen County-Scottsville
was led by
Stacy Felchner with 15 points and 11 rebounds.
|Allen County-Scottsville||(42) -||Campbell 5, Felchner 15, Pearson 4, Ballard 8, Brown 10.|
|Hart County||(49) -||Logsdon 18, Shelton 7, Sta. Isaacs 4, Ste. Isaacs 6, Gardner 6, Payton 8.|
Harrison County (28-3) vs. West Carter (34-1)
Harrison County coach Mac Whitaker brings the Harrison County Fillies to Richmond for their first ever state tournament appearance. They have been led this year by the coach's daughter, 5-9 Sr. (23.0) Camryn Whitaker, 6-0 Sr. Libby Purcell also chipped in with 12 ppg. West Carter coach John "Hop" Brown's team is also led by his daughter, 5-11 Sr. (17.0) Kandi Brown. 5-9 Sr. (14.0) Mandi Sterling, 5-5 Fr. (13.0) Megen Gearhart, and 6-1 So. (11.0) Meghan Hillman also added impressive firepower.
West Carter utilized its 2-3 zone defense to shut down Harrison County
on their way to a 68-52 victory. The Lady Comets finally got their
three point attack on track and finished 7 for 18 from behind the arc.
The victors were led by Kandi Brown with 22 and Megen Gearhart
20 points. Harrison County was led by
Camryn Whitaker with
|Harrison County||(52) -||Linville 4, Fryman 5, Garnett 1, Whitaker 26, Gray 2, Furnish 4, Purcell 10.|
|West Carter||(68) -||Sterling 7, Gearhart 20, Day 7, Brown 22, Jones 7, Hillman 5.|
Thursday March 23rd - Session No. 4
Perry County Central (23-9) vs. Muhlenberg North (26-6)
Perry County Central coach Randy Napier's team was led this year by 5-8 Jr. (13.0) Kristie Miller, 5-8 Sr. (10.0) Delores Jenkins, and 5-6 8th grade Polly Sebastian. Coach Mike Harper's Muhlenberg North team was led this year by 5-8 So. (19.0) Holly Mills, 5-9 So. (15.0) Lindsey Sparks, and 6-1 8th grade (12.0) Jade Perry.
Muhlenberg North survived a frantic finish by Perry County Central to
win by a score of 75-72. Muhlenberg North led by 16 in the third
quarter but Perry County Central clawed back to make it close at the end.
Muhlenberg North was led by Holly Mills with 20 points, 9 assists,
and 6 rebounds. Perry County Central was led by Kristie
Miller with 30 points.
|Perry County Central||13||18||17||24||-||72|
|Perry County Central||(72) -||P. Sebastian 13, Hamilton 2, B. Sebastian 12, Jenkins 6, Brashear 5, Smith 4, Miller 30.|
|Muhlenberg North||(75) -||Burden 8, Phelps 6, La. Sparks 2, Li. Sparks 13, Mills 20, Sommers 12, Stovall 6, Grace 2, Perry 6.|
Highlands (26-5) vs. Manual (24-4)
Coach Luci Cecil's Highlands squad was led this year by 6-0 So. (17.0) Tara Boothe and 5-10 Jr. (10.0) Stephanie Ripberger. Manual coach Mina Todd's team was led by 5-11 Jr. (13.0) Chelsey Thompson, 5-11 Jr. (11.0) Liz Plass, and 6-1 Sr. (9.1) Emily Church.
Highlands raced out to a 16-4 lead but Manual stepped up on the defensive
end to defeat Highlands by a score of 56-37. Manual was led by Chelsey
Thompson with 13 points. Liz Plass and Emily Church added
10 points each. Highlands was led by Stephanie Ripberger with 10
|Highlands||(37) -||Imhoff 8, Winkler 3, Ripberger 10, Sheanshang 2, Stefanopoulos 5, Boothe 6, Dickerson 3.|
|Manual||(56) -||Butler 8, Carcara 2, Benberry 7, Thompson 13, Plass 10, Hohmann 2, Brown 4, Church 10.|
Friday March 24th - Session No. 5
Presentation (27-3) vs. Shelby County (28-5) Quarterfinal 1
Shelby County shot 59% from the field, played great defense, and 5-7 So. Taneisha Johnson hit a tourney record 19 of 22 from the free throw line to help defeat Presentation 66-54. Shelby County utilized superior size and quickness to control the outcome.
Shelby County was led by
Taneisha Johnson with 19 points.
5-10 Jr. Dana Crittendon and 5-9 Sr. Samantha Newton added
18 and 13 respectively. 6-4 Sr. LeNita White added 11 points and
6 rebounds. Presentation was led by 5-7 Jr. Sarah Nash and
5-9 Fr. Dominique Derrick with 10 and 9 points respectively. Top
scorers 5-9 Jr. Joleen Phillips and 5-10 Sr. Anne Hutchens
were held to 6 and 5 points respectively.
|Presentation||(54) -||Young 3, Hutchens 5, Nall 2, Reed 7, Nash 10, Derrick 9, Darby 7, Phillips 6, Lynch 5.|
|Shelby County||(66) -||Newton 13, Johnson 19, Barnett 1, Crittendon 18, Marshall 4, White 11.|
Lexington Catholic (31-3) vs. Jackson County (30-5) Quarterfinal 2
Lexington Catholic overcame a 47-40 deficit with 3:33 remaining to defeat Jackson County 54-47 to advance to the semifinals. This was a game of runs and one team would race out to a lead then the other team would respond. Foul troubles hampered Jackson County as they were whistled for 22 fouls as compared to Catholic's 11 fouls..
Catholic was led by 5-10 Fr. Chelsea Chowning with 21 points.
5-9 Jr. Katie Mendenhall and 5-11 Sr. Kristin Robertson each
added 12 points. Jackson County was led by 5-7 So. Leah Moore with
|Lexington Catholic||(54) -||Schell 4, Chowning 21, Mendenhall 12, Bell 1, Robertson 12, Mazzetti 4.|
|Jackson County||(47) -||Whitehead 7, S. Gabbard 5, L. Moore 9, Rose 5, Elliot 7, Roaden 4, Carr 4, Combs 6.|
Friday March 24th - Session No. 6
West Carter (35-1) vs. Hart County (30-3) Quarterfinal 3
The top two girls teams in the state met in tonight's quarterfinals and West Carter avenged its one loss of the season and defeated Hart County 50-44. Hart County led at the end of the first two quarter breaks 10-9 and 19-16. The score was tied at 32 at the end of the third quarter. West Carter took a 43-42 lead with 1:35 remaining on a short jump shot by 5-5 Jr. Cathy Day and managed to hold on for the win. The charity stripe was not kind to Hart County as they only shot 10 of 23 for the game. West Carter, on the other hand, was 12 of 18 from the free throw line. Kandi Brown shot 9 for 9 at the line including four free throws to seal the win.
West Carter was led by 5-11 Sr. Kandi Brown with 18 points and
6 rebounds. Hart County was led by 5-10 Sr.
with 25 points. 6-0 Jr. Stephanie Isaacs added 9 points and
|West Carter||(50) -||Sterling 9, Gearhart 6, Day 4, Brown 18, Jones 6, Hillman 7.|
|Hart County||(44) -||Logsdon 25, Shelton 5, Ste. Isaacs 9, Gardner 2, Payton 3.|
Manual (25-4) vs. Muhlenberg North (27-6) Quarterfinal 4
Manual fell behind 11-4 in the first quarter but roared back to handily
defeat Muhlenberg North 62-39. Manual was led today by 5-11 Jr. Chelsey
Thompson with 19 points. 5-11 Jr. Liz Plass added 17 points
and 11 rebounds. Muhlenberg North was led by 5-8 So. Holly
Mills with 10 points. Muhlenberg North only trailed 25-24 at halftime
and with a very young squad should be heard from in the future.
|Manual||(62) -||Butler 4, Benberry 4, Thompson 19, Plass 17, Miller 2, Doolittle 2, Jones 2, Church 12.|
|Muhlenberg North||(39) -||Phelps 4, Li. Sparks 9, Mills 10, Sommers 6, Stovall 3, Grace 2, Jad. Perry 5.|
Saturday March 25th - Session No. 7
Lexington Catholic (32-3) vs. Shelby County (29-5) Semifinal No. 1
Shelby County proved too strong inside for Lexington Catholic and that
coupled with Lexington Catholic's early frigid shooting led to a Shelby
County 54-50 victory. This avenged a loss to Lexington Catholic in
last year's semifinals. Shelby County was led by 5-10 Jr. Dana Crittendon
with 18 points. 6-4 Sr. LeNita White added 13 points and 7
rebounds. Lexington Catholic was led today by Fr. Sara Schell
with 14 points. 5-9 Jr. Katie Mendenhall added 11 points.
|Lexington Catholic||(50) -||Schuler 3, Schell 14, Chowning 6, Mendenhall 11, Robertson 6, Mazzetti 6, Michalczyk 4.|
|Shelby County||(54) -||Newton 6, Johnson 6, Slaughter 5, Crittendon 18, Marshall 4, Kerchner 2, White 13.|
Manual (26-4) vs. West Carter (36-1) Semifinal No. 2
West Carter shot 54 percent form the field and forced 24 Manual turnovers
which led to their 73-55 victory and a trip to the championship game.
Manual actually took a 38-37 lead in the third quarter but West Carter
went on a 14-0 run to regain control of the game. West Carter was
led by 5-11 Sr. Kandi Brown with 22 points. 5-9 Sr. Mandy
Sterling and 5-5 Fr. Megan Gearhart added 19 and 16 respectively.
Manual was led by 5-11 Jr. Chelsey Thompson with 24 points.
|Manual||(55) -||Butler 4, Benberry 5, Thompson 24, Plass 11, Brown 8, Church 3.|
|West Carter||(73) -||Sterling 19, Gearhart 16, Day 1, Brown 22, Jones 4, Hillman 11.|
Saturday March 25th - Session No. 8
West Carter (37-1) vs. Shelby County (30-5) Championship Game
Shelby County pulled to within 2 (52-50) midway through the final period but West Carter's Kandi Brown hit four key free throws to lead her team to a 58-50 win. West Carter won their last 27 games culminating in their first state championship. Coach John "Hop" Brown also had the pleasure of seeing his daughter Kandi named tournament MVP.
West Carter was led by 5-11 Sr. Kandi Brown with 19 points and
6-1 So. center Meghan Hillman added 17 points. 5-8 So. Kayla
Jones added 9 points and 11 rebounds. Shelby County was led by
5-10 Jr. Dana Crittendon with 15 points and 6 rebounds. 6-4
Sr. LeNita White added 12 points. 5-9 Sr. Samantha Newton
chipped in with 10 points and 5-7 So. Taneisha Johnson also added
10 points and 9 rebounds.
|West Carter||(58) -||Sterling 5, Gearhart 7, Day 1, Brown 19, Jones 9, Hillman 17.|
|Shelby County||(50) -||Newton 10, Johnson 10, Crittendon 15, Morrison 3, White 12.|
All Tournament Team
|Kandi Brown||5-11||Sr.||West Carter||4 games||20.3 PPG||4.0 RPG||M.V.P.|
|Megan Gearhart||5-5||Fr.||West Carter||4 games||12.3 PPG|
|Mandy Sterling||5-9||Sr.||West Carter||4 games||10.0 PPG|
|Dana Crittendon||5-10||Jr.||Shelby County||4 games||16.3 PPG||5.8 RPG|
|LeNita White||6-4||Sr.||Shelby County||4 games||10.8 PPG||6.8 RPG|
|Samantha Newton||5-9||Sr.||Shelby County||4 games||11.8 PPG|
|Taneisha Johnson||5-7||So.||Shelby County||4 games||9.8 PPG|
|Chelsey Thompson||5-11||Jr.||Manual||3 games||18.7 PPG||3.3 RPG|
|Leslie Logsdon||5-10||Sr.||Hart County||2 games||21.5 PPG||4.5 RPG|
|Chelsea Chowning||5-10||Fr.||Lexington Catholic||3 games||12.3 PPG||5.7 RPG|
|Elizabeth Plass||5-11||Jr.||Manual||3 games||12.7 PPG||7.3 RPG|
|Summer Jones||5-10||Jr.||Shelby Valley||1 game||25.0 PPG||7.0 RPG|
|Holly Mills||5-8||So.||Muhlenberg North||2 games||15.0 PPG|
|Kristie Miller||5-8||Jr.||Perry County Central||1 game||30.0 PPG|
|Camryn Whitaker||5-9||Sr.||Harrison County||1 game||26.0 PPG|
West Carter finalized a dream season with a 38-1 record and a state championship. Coach John "Hop" Brown had the pleasure of winning a championship and seeing his daughter selected tournament M.V.P. West Carter's star point guard 5-5 Megan Gearhart is only a freshman but is already a three time state tourney veteran. 5-9 Sr. Mandy Sterling provided outside shooting and 6-1 So. Meghan Hillman added points in the paint.
Leslie Logsdon, the 5-10 Sr. guard from Hart County lived up to her sizable reputation. Shelby County had a great run in the tournament, finishing second and having four players selected to the all tournament team. Lexington Catholic came back to the big show with a new lineup and a new coach, and made it to the final four. Coach Mac Whitaker had the pleasure of taking Harrison County to the state tourney and watching his daughter Camryn lead the team this year.
Remember the name Chelsey Thompson - a 5-11 Jr. from Manual who had an outstanding tournament. The future looks bright for girls basketball in Kentucky as 9 of the 16 all-tournament selections were underclassmen. Another encouraging fact was the total attendance - 40,425 over a four day period which easily eclipsed the old record of 33,666. Congratulations to all the coaches and players who made it to Richmond for the big show this year.
Please feel free to send your comments and questions concerning the
tournament, teams, or players to me at firstname.lastname@example.org