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Christian Academy's flurry of 3's trumps PRP in girls' LIT

January 25, 2012
Louisville Male High School

Christian Academy’s girls’ basketball team hasn’t been the best of 3-point shooting teams during the tenure of coach Don Rice.

The Lady Centurions are only hitting 24.1 percent on the season.

But it was a huge dose of junior China Dow and 3-point shooting that propelled Christian Academy to a 63-42 victory over Pleasure Ridge Park in the opening round of the 40th Coca-Cola/Republic Bank Girls’ Louisville Invitational Tournament on Tuesday night at Bellarmine University.

“We can shoot it,” Rice said. “We just have to have a little time and we can knock them down. We had a nice flow in the first quarter on offense and that helped us out with hitting a few outside shots.”

Christian Academy hit 5 of 14 from 3-point range in the first half, knocking down three in the first quarter to help open a 20-10 lead. The Lady Centurions were 8 of 21 from long range for the game.

Dow, considered one of the state’s top juniors, hit 2 of 5 3-pointers and finished the game with 30 points, 12 rebounds and four steals. She was 10 of 19 overall from the field and 8 of 12 from the free-throw line.

“Maybe it was just a good night,” Dow said. “We were just hitting our shots. It’s not that we can’t shoot, we just have to be more consistent. It was good tonight and that opened up everything for me to drive.”

Dowe and Paige Gardner hit back-to-back 3-pointers during an 11-0 run to make it 11-3. Gardner hit another later in the first quarter to make it 20-7.

Katie Shaheen hit three’s on consecutive trips in the second quarter during a 10-0 run as the lead swelled to 32-12. The Lady Centurions led 34-19 at halftime.

“This is a big one for us,” Rice said. “We played terrible on Friday (in a loss to Ballard) but came back and practiced hard on Saturday and Sunday and then we came out refocused today. This is a good win for us.”

Kelsey Adwell had 16 points for PRP (12-11), which hit 16 of 50 from the field and had 18 turnovers. Christian Academy (15-8) was 23 of 55 from the field.

Assumption 49, Bullitt East 42: The Rockets (11-10) turned the ball over 33 times but scored 20 points in the fourth quarter and ended the game on an 11-2 run to defeat the Lady Chargers (8-13).

Freshman center Nora Kiesler started the final flurry with two free throws and a putback before Brandy Hunter made six straight free throws. Katie Friedrich ended the scoring by going 1 of 2 from the line in the final seconds.

Kiesler, a 6-foot-6 post player, finished with 12 points, 10 rebounds and two blocked shots, while Friedrich chipped in 11 points.

Jeffersontown 48, Male 32: After close losses to Central and Fern Creek last week, Jeffersontown coach Stephanie Kemp was excited about the effort the Lady Chargers (10-10) showed in a win over the Lady Bulldogs (11-10).

J’town used a 6-0 run late in the second quarter to extend the lead to 26-14 at halftime and then used a 15-4 run that started late in the third quarter to pull away.

“Those two losses were pretty disheartening,” Kemp said. “But this is a huge one to get for us. With all they lost (to graduation) from last year, I don’t think many people expected us to do a lot this year, so this is big.”

Danielle Betts hit 7 of 12 from the field and led the Lady Chargers with 14 points and five rebounds, while Ashley Boyd tacked on 14 points.

Krystaline McCune, a 6-foot-4 eighth-grader, only scored two points for J’town but had nine blocked shots and six rebounds in 17 minutes.

Male hit 13 of 49 from the field.

Ballard 64, Eastern 46: The Lady Bruins (15-5) opened the game with 17 consecutive points and turned the Lady Eagles over 27 times.

Dre’a Matchen had 18 points and seven rebounds, while Alex Martin finished with 13 points, five assists and five steals for Ballard. Maddie Martin tacked on 12 points and eight rebounds and Ki’Ana Richardson had eight points and 10 boards.

Jade Spaulding had 19 points for Eastern (8-12).


At Bellarmine University’s Knights Hall

Jeffersontown 48, Male 32
Ballard 64, Eastern 46
Christian Academy 63, Pleasure Ridge Park 42
Assumption vs. Bullitt East, night

Butler vs. Christian Academy, 3:30 p.m.
Mercy vs. Assumption-Bullitt East winner, 5
Manual vs. Jeffersontown, 6:30
Sacred Heart vs. Ballard, 8

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