Tuesday, March 09, 1999

N.KY. GIRLS BASKETBALL ROUNDUP


Holmes, Highlands meet for Region title

BY RAY SCHAEFER
Enquirer contributor

        UNION — Holmes High senior forward Dorrian Jackson hardly concentrated in Monday's geometry, English and internet classes. Jackson had no problem focusing on scoring against Conner in the Ninth Region semifinal at Ryle High School. She scored 24 points to lead the Lady Bulldogs to a 62-48 victory.

        Holmes will play Highlands for the Region title 7:30 p.m. today. The Ninth Region winner advances to the Sweet 16 state tournament and will play the Second Region champion 7:30 p.m. March 18 at Western Kentucky University's E.A. Diddle Arena in Bowling Green.

        Holmes is seeking its first regional championship since 1993.

        Jackson was 6-of-15 from two-point land, 1-of-2 from three-point territory and 9-of-12 from the free-throw line. She grabbed 11 rebounds and made three steals.

        “Usually I don't get the ball down low,” Jackson said. “I was ready.”

        “She's a strong player,” said Conner coach Tim Shields, who coached his last game. He ends his career with a 302-181 record. “We didn't have an answer for her.”

        Jackson wasn't the only weapon Holmes had. Senior guard Mindy Bishop scored 17 points and had three assists. Freshman guard Erica Hallman added 10 points, six assists and six steals.

        “It's like sticking your finger in a dike,” Shields said. “How many holes have you got? How many fingers do you have?”

        The Holmes defense shut down Conner senior forward Jennifer Stasie in the first half (five points), forced 21 turnovers and held the Cougars to 36 percent shooting (18 of 50).

        Holmes led 27-13 at halftime.

        Conner started the third quarter with a 9-3 streak, and Stasie's basket with 7:51 left in the game closed Holmes' lead to 40-30.

        Senior guard Kelly Rigsbee and Stasie each scored 16 points for Conner. Junior center Amanda Donohoo grabbed 12 rebounds.

        CONNER (48) — Michels 1-0 2, Allgeyer 3-0 7, Hicks 0-2 2, Donohoo 2-0 4, Daughters 0-1 1, Rigsbee 6-0 16, Stasie 6-4 16. Totals: 18-7 48.

        HOLMES (62) — V. Jackson 2-0 4, Bishop 6-4 17, Collins 0-1 1, Hallman 3-4 10, Sterling 1-2 4, Goodenough 1-0 2, D. Jackson 7-9 24. Totals: 20-20 62.

        Conner ....... 7   6  15  20—48
Holmes ....... 9  18  13  22—62

        Three-point goals: C-Rigsbee 4, Allgeyer. H-Bishop, D. Jackson. Records: C 23-5, H 22-6.

        • Highlands 70, Boone County 52, Ninth Region at Ryle High — Highlands senior guard Stephanie Sandfoss' 18 points helped the Ladybirds dethrone the two-time defending champions.

        The Ladybirds meet Holmes for the title at 7:30 p.m. today.

        Highlands goes for its first regional title since 1996, when the Ladybirds won the last of three in a row, and coach Luci Cecil said a win tonight would be the first time the Highlands girls and boys teams go to state tournaments in the same year.

        “Highlands is going to be a battle,” Holmes coach Dennis Soard said. “They've got depth, size and quickness.”

        Said Cecil: “We don't match up well with (Dorrian Jackson). We're going to talk about our game plan.”

        Sandfoss' points led a quartet of double-figure scorers Monday. Senior forward Lindsey Hamel had 14, freshman guard Christian Stefanopoulos added 13 and sophomore forward Stephanie Ripberger had 10.

        With the 6-foot Ripberger and 5-10 freshman Tara Boothe, Highlands had the obvious height advantage against Boone County. But it was the 5-5 Stefanopoulos who caused Boone County problems.

        Nine seconds into the game, Stefanopoulos scored on a layup. Two minutes later, her three-pointer made it 8-5, and senior forward Lindsey Hamel followed with a field goal and free throw.

        About the only offense Boone County had in the first quarter was sophomore forward Ciara Henderson, who led all scorers with 26 points. She scored eight of the Lady Rebels' 13 points in the period.

        Highlands led 33-22 at halftime and 53-35 after three quarters.

        BOONE COUNTY (54) — Petty 1-0 2, Beimesch 4-0 12, K. Schleisman 2-5 9, Molleson 0-2 2, Masters 1-0 2, Grobmyer 0-1 1, Henderson 11-2 26. Totals: 19-10 54.

        HIGHLANDS (70) — Sandfoss 6-6 18, Imhoff 1-5 7, Ripberger 3-2 10, Sheanshang 0-1 1, Stefanopoulos 4-2 13, Hamel 5-4 14, Boothe 2-0 5, Dickerson 1-0 2. Totals: 22-20 70.

        Boone County ....... 13   9  13  19—54

        Highlands ....... 19  14  20  17—70

        Three-point goals: BC-Beimesch 4, Henderson 2. H-Stefanopoulos 3, Ripberger 2, Boothe. Records: BC 16-12, H 26-4.

        • Bishop Brossart 64, Mason County 44, 10th Region at Bourban County — Bishop Brossart used a full-court press to cause 11 first-quarter turnovers en route to a 20-12 lead. The Mustangs pushed the lead to 37-24 at halftime and was never threatened.

        “We like to come out and take a quick lead,” Brossart coach Ray Kues said, “It changes the outlook of the rest of the game.”

        Katie Schwegmann led the first-half charge with 11 of her game-high 20 points.

        The Mustangs advance to the regional championship against Montgomery County, the state's top-ranked team, 7:30 p.m. today.

        MASON COUNTY (44) — Manley 3 0 7, Alexander 4 2 10, Baxter 5 0 13, Lofton 3 0 6, Barbour 1 0 2, Wallingford 1 1 4, Moore 1 0 2. Totals: 18 3 44.

        BISHOP BROSSART (64) — Schwegmann 9 0 20, Geiman 5 3 14, Kopp 3 2 8, Wright 5 5 16, Clift 1 0 2, Phillips 1 0 2, Schultz 1 0 2. Totals: 25 10 64.

        Mason County ....... 12  12   7  13—44

        Bishop Brossart ....... 20  17  16  11—64

        Three-point field goals: MC—Manley, Baxter 3, Wallingford. BB—Schwegmann 2, Geiman, Wright. Records: BB 30-1, MC 22-10.

       



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