Mercer makes finals

Burgin, Garrard and Lincoln win

December 21, 2004

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - The Mercer County girls have kept their unbeaten record while ruining two others en route to the finals of the Rock Holiday Classic.

Monday, the Scotties (6-0) knocked off Neumann-Gioretti (Penn.) High 56-45 in the semifinals. Mercer plays Gulf Coast, a 3,800-student school, in today's 8 p.m. finals.

Chelsea Goodman scored 21 and Chrystal Claunch added 17 points to lead the Scotties. Mercer led 38-33 after three quarters and pulled way late thanks to some good free throw shooting.

"They were very athletic. It was just a good ballgame for our kids. The final three minutes we hit a spurt and took control," Mercer County coach Chris Souder said. "We got great guard play from Chrystal and Chelsea. Chrystal hit four big 3s, and were 7-11 free throws in fourth quarter, and Chelsea was 4-for-4 down the stretch. The kids have done a great job down here."


On Sunday, Mercer beat previously 9-0 University Christian. Souder said he will also be glad to get back and have Kentucky officials call games again.

"I may give all officials in the 12th Region a hug when I get back," he laughed. "It's a little different down here. But kids have done a good job looking past it and played good ball."

MERCER (6-0) - Chrystal Claunch 17, Chelsea Goodman 21, Sabrina Manning 4, Jilllian Horn 7, Erica Lee 7.

NEUMANN-GIORETTI (7-1) - Daniels 15, Skinner 13, McGinn 1, Brown 10, Edwards 6.

Burgin 43, Presentation 39: At Berea, the Burgin girls basketball bolted out to a huge lead over Louisville Presentation, then held on for a win in the Berea Holiday Classic.

Stephanie Stewart pumped in 15 points, Taylor Bottoms scored 11 and Clara Sanders had eight for the Bulldogs, who led 32-17 after the third quarter before holding on.

"We played a real nice game. We're still trying to find our identity with all the injuries and sickness we've had," Burgin coach Keith Monson said. "I was real pleased with the effort. Michelle Myers started and gave us a lift."

Burgin finished the night 13-for-44 from the floor and grabbed 41 rebounds.

PRESENTATION - Scoring not available.

BURGIN - Ann Harris 3, Erica Wagner 3, Taylor Bottoms 11, Michelle Myers 3, Stephanie Stewart 15, Clara Sanders 8.

Garrard County 48, Whitley County 44: At Russell Springs, Jessica Cole had a double-double with 11 points and 11 rebounds to lead a 48-44 win over Whitley County in the Wendy's Holiday Classic at Russell County High School.

Abbby Parsons added 13 and Ashley Meadows hit for 12 for Garrard, which trailed 31-29 after three quarters but outscored Whitley 19-13 over the final eight minutes to pull out the victory.

GARRARD - Abby Parsons 13, Ashley Meadows 12, Wendi Logan 2, Jessica Cole 11, Tamara Roswell 2, Sydney Napier 8.

WHITLEY - Daugherty 1, Higgs, McCullough 6, T. Jones 6, H. Jones 2, Osborne 1, Brown 2, Haynes 16.

Lincoln County 61, Pulaski County 51: At Berea, Lincoln (4-5) held off a second-half run by Pulaski (2-5) to advance to the fifth-place game in Tournament B of the Berea Holiday Classic.

Megan Pitts had 22 points and five rebounds for the Lady Patriots, who play George Rogers Clark at 7 p.m. today at Berea College.

Lincoln led 41-27 late in the third quarter when Pulaski began a 13-0 run that brought it within three points. The Lady Maroons later pulled within 47-45 before Lincoln stopped the rally.

"I thought we did a pretty good job keeping our composure," Lincoln coach John Kolasa said.

Lincoln shot 43 percent (20-for-47) from the field and had only 12 turnovers.

"That's the best we've done taking care of the ball this year, and we shot well from outside," Kolasa said.

Pulaski shot 36 percent (16-for-44), committed 18 turnovers and outrebounded Lincoln 26-24.

Pitts was 6-for-10 from the field and 5-for-7 at the free-throw line, where Lincoln was 13-for-21. Jenny Ralston added 11 points on 7-for-10 free-throw shooting and three assists, Shawna Noakes had nine points, five rebounds and four assists and Jenny Jones had three steals.

Susanna Todd led Pulaski with 22 points and seven rebounds.

LINCOLN (4-5) - Jenny Ralston 11, Andi Martin 2, Megan Pitts 22, Jenny Jones 6, Shawna Noakes 9, Amber Statham 3, Lindsay Long 2, Keonia Masterson 2, Jessica Ryan 4.

PULASKI (2-5) - Jessica Randolph 8, Chasity Wesley 3, Kirsten Holman 5, Susanna Todd 21, Crystal Shepherd 4, Lauren Taylor 2, Amanda Hunt 4, Alissa Meece 4.


Oldham County 69, Mercer County 54: At New Castle, the Scotties fell behind 19-9 after the first quarter and could not catch up to Oldham County in a loss at the Henry County Invitational.

Michael Bottoms led Mercer (1-3) with 16 points, Kameron McRay scored 12 and Daniel Goodpaster added nine.

Ryan Beaumont scored a game-high 19 points to lead Oldham County (6-0). Mercer County is back in action at 3 p.m. today.

MERCER (1-3) - Kameron McRay 12, Brian Stamper 4, Jordan Lyons 2, Michael Bottoms 16, Daniel Goodpaster 9, Darrell Smith 2, Phil Davis 6, Ethan Ashford 3.

OLDHAM (6-0) - Ryan Beaumont 19, John McCarthy 16, Chris Macintosh 12, Ryan Phillips 13, Allen Davidson 2, Brian Smith 4.

Lewis County 67, Casey County 61: At Ashland, a big fourth quarter helped Lewis County knock off the Rebels in the County Town Square Invitational.

Charlie Fox scored a game-high 23 points for Casey, Corey Dial added 10 and Will Johnson had seven.

The Rebels led 49-44 entering the fourth quarter, but Lewis won it with a 23-12 scoring edge over the final eight minutes.

CASEY - Dustun Vest 4, Will Johnson 7, Corey Dial 10, Charlie Fox 23, Keith Price 6, Greg Stephns 6, Jason Sanders 3, Andy Cannon 2.

LEWIS - Aaron Sparks 8, Marty Ruggles 8, Dustin Hughes 12, Adam Christy 2, Cory Liles 11, Zack Harrison 16, Clay Hampton 9, Tyler Liles 1.

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