Manual High School defeated Christian Academy for the second time this basketball season, but the Lady Crimsons had a much tougher time in their Republic Bank/Coca-Cola Girls’ Louisville Invitational Tournament opener on Tuesday.
Possibly overconfident after beating the Lady Centurions 65-34 on Jan. 18, Manual started slowly and had to overcome two seven-point deficits — 18-11 and 20-13 — before claiming a 58-49 victory at Bellarmine University’s Knights Hall.
“We came close,” CAL coach Don Rice said. “Our defense surprised them. We played them man-to-man the first time. We played zone this time.”
Krys McCune, a 6-foot-3 sophomore, led Manual with 14 points, hitting 10 of 12 free throws. Teanna Curry tallied 12 points and Tabitha Mitchell 11 for the Lady Crimsons, who won the LIT in 2011 and 2012.
Sydney MacBlane was another standout for Manual (12-8). She scored all eight of her points in the fourth quarter.
“CAL played a zone and we have had trouble with zones,” MacBlane said after going 3 for 6 from the floor. “My mom said she would be surprised if I scored 10 points. I scored eight, but we pulled out the win.”
Down 37-35 after the third quarter, Manual outscored CAL 10-2 to open the final period and never trailed again.
CAL (9-11) got 20 points from senior Lindsey Dunn, who hit 8 of 15 shots, including 2 of 4 3-point attempts.
Manual, ranked 16th in The Courier-Journal’s Litkenhous Ratings, will play No. 4 Bullitt East (15-4) in a second-round game at 8 tonight. Bullitt East beat the Lady Crimsons 61-47 on Jan. 11.
* Madison Raque’s 3-point play with 7.9 seconds left in overtime was the difference for the 18th-ranked Eagles (12-4).Eastern 70, Central 67 (OT):
With the score tied at 67, Central’s Brianna Hawkins missed a shot. Eastern’s Markeia Porter threw a long pass to Raque, who made the layup and a free throw for a 70-67 lead.
Eastern committed 31 turnovers but consistently got behind Central’s press for easy baskets, including Raque’s game-winner.
“We’ve struggled getting the ball up the court,” Raque said. “We just decided we needed to push the ball.”
Raque, Porter and Jade Spaulding each scored 12 points to lead Eastern. Porter added 11 rebounds. The Eagles shot 51.9 percent (28 of 54).
Hawkins had 23 points, 12 rebounds, four assists and three steals to lead Central (6-6), which shot just 30.1 percent (22 of 73). Hawkins’ free throw with 38.2 seconds left gave Central a 67-65 lead, but Porter’s basket tied it at 67 with 23 seconds left.
Central coach Ashley Franklin, who is pregnant with her third child, was on the sideline despite being due March 22, “but she nearly came last week.”
Franklin said assistant Chan Nelson will take over the program after she gives birth.
* Elizabeth Anderson, a 6-foot freshman, hit 7 of 12 shots from the floor and grabbed eight rebounds to lead the Jaguars (10-9), who earned a spot opposite Sacred Heart in the second round at 5 p.m. Wednesday.Mercy 57, Pleasure Ridge Park 44:
“She had a nice game,” Mercy coach Keith Baisch said. “She played aggressively. When she settles down she’s tough. I think she’s the best freshman in the state.”
Mercy jumped out to leads of 15-4 and 18-7, but PRP — led by Camethia Brown and Rayven Shead — didn’t quit and battled back to within 28-26 at halftime and only trailed 30-29 early in the third period. Mercy then went on a 13-0 spurt in the third quarter to lead 43-29.
Maria Schmitz ignited the rally with a 3-pointer and Sarah Parr contributed back-to-back three-point plays. Still, PRP wouldn’t go away and only trailed 48-38 after three quarters. Two goals by Anderson and one by Schmitz raised the Jaguars’ lead to 54-41 and PRP never threatened again. after that.
Erin Muthler of Mercy hit 3 of 4 shots and 6 of 7 free throws for 12 points. Hannah Bewley added 10 points although she made only 4 of 15 shots. Malerie Martin took off seven rebounds for the Jags.
Brown had 17 points for PRP and Shead had 11 points and 10 rebounds.