Monday, January 29, 2001

NewCath girls fall in 'A' final

By Ray Schaefer
Enquirer contributor

        RICHMOND, Ky. — Jackson County built a new trophy case to begin the school year, and the Lady Generals basketball team is filling it up. The latest additionis the Touchstone Energy Girls All “A” title after Jackson County earned a 64-39 win over Newport Central Catholic Sunday at Eastern Kentucky University.

        Senior forward Tiffany Roaden and junior guard Leah Moore each scored 17 points for the winners.

        Jackson County (23-0), the No.1 girls team in Kentucky and No.11 in USA Today's Super 25, won the first state title of any kind in school history. Sunday marks the third tournament title this season.

        “It's kind of motivation,” Moore said. “We're happy, but we still have goals in mind.”

        There are lots of reasons for NewCath (16-5) to be proud.

        Senior center Amy Meyers averaged 16.4 points a game for the tournament; Meyers, senior Maria Chiodi and her sister, freshman Nicole Chiodi made the all-tournament team; and junior guard Julie Burks averaged 6.3 steals, including 10 in Friday's quarterfinal win over Lexington Christian.

        “We always played hard,” NewCath coach Christie McDonald said.

        It was the lesser-noticed statistics that hurt NewCath on Sunday.

        Start with shooting. NewCath was 12-of-51 from the field for the game, and Jackson County won the rebounding battle, 45-20.

        NewCath had some nice numbers for the first half.

        The Thoroughbreds' defense converted 12 Jackson County turnovers into 12 first-half points; NewCath's 10-of-12 free throw shooting led an 11-2 run that closed the Jackson County lead to 24-23 with 2:41 left in the half; and the defense held Roaden to just three points.
       How did NewCath do it? By attacking the middle of Jackson County's taller lineup - the 6-foot Roaden, 6-4 freshman center Sarah Elliott and 6-0 senior guard Candice Rose.

        “We've been doing that all week against big players,” McDonald said.

        But by the end of the third quarter, NewCath was done.

        Roaden hit six free throws over the first three minutes, part of an 8-2 run. The Lady Generals finished the quarter with 11 of the last 17 points, while NewCath shot 3-for-10 from the field.

        Meyers and Maria Chiodi tried to cover Roaden.

        “They isolated me on the block with her,” Chiodi said. “She was a lot stronger.”

        If nothing else, NewCath has made many believe they can win the Ninth Region in March.

        “We found we can play with anybody,” Meyers said. “We just all (came) together and played as hard as we can.

        JACKSON COUNTY (64): Whitehead 3-6 1-2 8, L. Moore 5-9 3-3 17, K. Lakes 0-1 0-0 0, Hignite 0-1 0-0 0, Rose 4-7 0-0 8, Elliott 4-9 2-3 10, J. Lakes 0-0 2-2 2, Roaden 5-9 7-7 17, Carr 1-1 0-2 2. Totals: 22-43 15-20 64.

        NEWPORT CENTRAL CATHOLIC (39): Fogelman 0-3 0-0 0, M. Chiodi 3-7 0-0 7, Kessen 0-4 0-0 0, Burks 1-9 6-6 8, Prigge 0-1 0-0 0, N. Chiodi 1-9 3-4 5, Meyers 2-10 5-6 9, E. Ziegler 5-8 00 10. Totals: 12-51 14-16 39.

        Jackson County ....... 22  10  19  13—64

        Newport CC ....... 12  13   8   6—39

        Three-point goals: JC 5-of-12 (Whitehead 1-2, L. Moore 4-8, K. Lakes 0-1, Rose 0-1); NCC 1-of 11 (Fogelman 0-2, M. Chiodi 1-2, Kessen 0-3, Burks 0-2, N. Chiodi 0-2). Rebounds: JC 45 (Elliott 10); NCC 20 (M. Chiodi 5). Fouled out: None. Assists: JC 16 (Whitehead 4, L. Moore 4); NCC 7 (Burks 5). Turnovers: JC 23 (Roaden 6); NCC 12 (Burks 4). Blocked shots: JC 7 (Elliot 5); NCC 2 (M. Chiodi and Kessen). Steals: JC 7 (Rose 4); NCC 7 (M. Chiodi 3). Total fouls: JC 15, NCC 17. Records: JC 23-0, NCC 16-5.

        All-tournament team: Miranda Ray (Somerset); Angela Brown (Clinton County); NICOLE CHIODI (NEWPORT CENTRAL CATHOLIC); Tasha Phillips (Campbellsville); Candice Rose (Jackson County); KATIE SCHWEGMANN (BISHOP BROSSART); Jenny Noort (Lexington Christian); Leah Patterson (Owen County); MARIA CHIODI (NEWPORT CENTRAL CATHOLIC); Andy Whitehead (Jackson County); Sarah Elliott (Jackson County); AMY MEYERS (NEWPORT CENTRAL CATHOLIC).

        Most Valuable Player: Tiffany Roaden (Jackson County).

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