A game-high 58 points by Whitney Creech wasn’t enough to help the Jenkins Lady Cavaliers get by regional power Breathitt County in the semifinal round of the Girls’ 14th Region All ‘A’ Classic tournament last Friday night.
The Lady Bobcats defeated Hazard the next night, 69-49, to claim the tournament crown and advance to the State All ‘A’ Classic in Frankfort, where they will play the Region 4 champion — the winner won’t be known until Friday night — next Wednesday (January 27).
The loss to Breathitt County dropped the Lady Cavalier to 9-8 on the season. Creech, whose 50.9 points per game scoring average over 16 games easily leads the state of Kentucky, hit 21 of 48 field goal attempts and 16 of 18 free throw attempts against the Lady Bobcats as she hones in on becoming Kentucky’s all-time scoring leader.
Emily Rose hit on two of five three-pointers for Jenkins on her way to scoring six for the game. Alexis Stambaugh had the team’s other five points.
Creech and Stambaugh each collected seven rebounds during the game, while Melissa Bartley and McKenzie Gibson had six and five rebounds, respectively.
Breathitt County had a balanced scoring attack, led by Emily Noble’s 18 points and Amy Brewer’s 13 points.
The Lady Cavs returned home Monday night to host Knott County Central, but lost to the Lady Patriots for the second time this season, 70-59. (Statistics for that game were not yet available at press time.)
Jenkins advanced to the All ‘A’ Region semifinals by defeating Leslie County, 70-61, on January 13.
Creech had 48 points in that game. Emilee Rose and Alexis Stambaugh scored eight points each, while McKenzie Gibson added four points.
For the season’s first 16 games, Creech also leads the state in rebounding with 269 total grabs for an average of 16.8 per game, and is 20th among free throw leaders, having made 188 of 232 attempts for 81 percent. She has helped the Lady Cavs become the state’s second-highest scoring team at 71.3 points per game (trailing only Mercer County, 72.1 points per game), and the state’s thirdhighest free throw shooting team, with 229 of 305 attempts made for a 75.1 percent clip.