LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - He's only a junior, but LCA's Kyle Rode has played a big role in the Eagles success this season.
"You know in 15 years of coaching, he's the most mature kid I've had and that includes nine years of college coaching," said LCA coach Nate Valentine. "I could walk out of here for two weeks and come back and the team would be in the exact same spot, if not better."
Last weekend Rode helped lead his team to the school's first All 'A' State title, averaging 15 points per game.
"You know my teammates really just helped me get in a flow and coach Valentine told me to crash the offensive glass a lot," said Rode. "So that kind of got me going."
In the championship game against Walton-Verona, Rode had 17 points on 62-percent shooting and added 7 rebounds. He was named the tournament's MVP, but Rode says it was a total team effort.
"Really just coming together as a team and making a great run," said Rode. "I mean that's a tough tournament with tough competition, and so we really came together and it was awesome."
"It's never easy when, we had to win seven games in two weeks and that's why it's hard to win a championship because you have to play seven good games in a row," said Valentine.
LCA is now hoping to ride some of the momentum from the All 'A' title, into the postseason and make a run at the Sweet Sixteen.
"We're going to let these guys ride it as long as we can," said Valentine. "You know we're playing well right now, and they have a lot of confidence and not only Kyle but we have a very mature team."
"We got a lot of season left and we know," said Rode. "We're just going to get better each and every day, but we want to win that district, win the region and then make the run at the Sweet Sixteen."