Girls' LIT roundup | Duvall's basket lifts Bullitt East over Manual

Girls' LIT roundup | Duvall's basket lifts Bullitt East over Manual

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Girls' LIT roundup | Duvall's basket lifts Bullitt East over Manual

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Lindsey Duvall reached 1,000 career points with her first basket Wednesday, but her final shot was the biggest.

She scored from the left baseline with 5.6 seconds left to give the Bullitt East High School girls’ basketball team a 49-47 victory over Manual in the second round of the Republic Bank/Coca-Cola Louisville Invitational Tournament at Bellarmine University’s Knights Hall.

Duvall, a 5-foot-9 freshman who joined the varsity as a seventh-grader, scored a game-high 22 points to give her 1,021 in her career.

“It means a lot,” she said of the milestone, “but I couldn’t have done it without my teammates and them supporting me through it all.”

Taylor Blain added eight points and four steals as the Chargers (16-4), No. 4 in The Courier-Journal’s Litkenhous Ratings, advanced to face No. 7 Franklin County in Friday’s 5:30 p.m. quarterfinal.

Aricka Prentice scored 14 to lead No. 16 Manual (12-9), which had lost to Bullitt East 61-47 on Jan. 11. Teanna Curry had nine points, and Krys McCune added seven points, 14 rebounds and five blocks.

The Lady Crimsons shot just 17.4 percent (4 of 23) in the second half.

“A couple of possessions we’d get two, three, four offensive rebounds and plenty of looks at it, but we just weren’t getting them to fall,” coach Jeff Sparks said.

Curry sank two free throws with 5:13 left to give Manual a 46-43 lead with 5:13 left, but Duvall hit two free throws and a jumper in the lane to put the Chargers up 47-46 with 2:19 left.

Curry hit 1 of 2 free throws to tie it with 46.8 seconds left, and Bullitt East called a timeout with 15.3 seconds remaining. Bullitt East coach Chris Stallings said the final play had several options, with Duvall being one of them. She took a pass from Courtney Pfister and connected from about 6 feet.

“She’s a talented freshman, and the state has a lot of them,” Stallings said.

Curry’s 3-point try from the left wing fell short.

Bellarmine signee Raven Merriweather posted 19 points, seven assists and six steals and was a steady hand against Mercy’s pressure defense.* Sacred Heart 71, Mercy 54:

“I need to get used to this court,” Merriweather said, “so I might as well take advantage of it.”

DaiJia Ruffin, a Tennessee-Martin signee, scored 24 points for the No. 9 Valkyries (16-4), who will face LaRue County in Friday’s 8:30 p.m. quarterfinal. Gretchen Samsel scored 11 points and 5-foot-10 sophomore Lydia Taylor pitched in four points and 11 rebounds.

Malerie Martin had 12 points, 11 rebounds and three assists for No. 20 Mercy (10-10). Hannah Bewley added 12 points and Elizabeth Anderson 10. The Jaguars had 23 turnovers.

“Every time we’d cut it under 10 points it seemed like we’d turn it over or take a bad shot,” coach Keith Baisch said. “As a young team, we have to get better at that and make better choices.”

The Bearettes, who won the last of their three LIT titles in 2008, pressed Male from the beginning and grabbed leads of 10-3 and 27-11. Male countered with a press of its own that helped produce in 24 Butler turnovers, but the young Bulldogs had 31.* Butler 62, Male 42:

Danielle Lawrence, who has signed with IUPUI, led Male with 23 points, 17 in the first half. She hit 10 of 15 shots and added eight rebounds and six steals. Freshman Jaelynn Penn hit 7 of 11 shots (mostly layups off steals) for 14 points.

“We played them before (Butler won 70-51 on Dec. 19) so we knew they would press us,” Butler coach Larry Just said. “That’s the style we like to play, too. Those two (Lawrence and Penn) create a lot of things up front on our press. That helps us get easy baskets.”

I’Liyah Green, a 6-1 sophomore, had 11 points, nine rebounds and four blocks for Male before suffering a left ankle injury with 4:22 to play.

Taylor Jackson scored 10 points for Male, although she was 4 of 14 shooting.

Just said Male coach Champ Ligon has “done a great job. They have a young team, but they compete from beginning to the end.”

Butler will play Notre Dame (12-6) at 4 p.m. Friday.

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