LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) What a week it was for LCA boys basketball. "Ah, this is the best feeling in the world," said sophomore Kyle Rode. "We've got a great group of guys. I just want to thank God for this opportunity and this team. It was just a heck of a win."
Carter Hendrickson was all smiles as well Friday night. "It's been a great week. I mean we've done two things that no team in LCA history has ever done. It's a great feeling."
What LCA did during the first week of the postseason was shake off the agony of never winning a district title. But who the Eagles beat, and how LCA beat themm, is the real story.
"It feels awesome. I mean just to break down that wall," said LCA forward Austin Hall. "It was something we really needed to do and it's good for our school and good for our team. So we're happy about it, yeah!"
First, in the district semifinals, LCA had to rally from 14 points down against the defending state champions Dunbar who carry with them Taveion Hollingsworth, the front-runner for Mr. Basketball. Hollingsworth had 44, but LCA won 68-64.
Up next was LCA's greatest Goliath, Lexington Catholic.
"We lost to them twice in the regular season," said Hendrickson. "So we had a chip on our shoulder to beat them."
A quarter of a century of frustration was taken out on the Knights last Friday. Carter Hendrickson, Kyle Rode, and Austin Hall combined for 49 points as LCA slayed their personal giant 58-36. Putting a cap one the greatest week in LCA boys basketball history.
"It's been unbelievable, said 3rd year coach Nate Valentine. "I think we beat No. 7 and No. 11 (state rankings) here this week. We went from a school that's never been to a regional tournament, being in the toughest district in the state, to now being district champs in the 43rd district. That's something a lot of people said would never happen at LCA."