BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (AP) - Anna Martin scored 25 points to spark Lexington Christian past Iroquois 71-to-62 tonight to give the Lady Eagles the championship of the Girls Sweet Sixteen.
The Lady Eagles (34-and-3), champion of Region 11 and a first-time participant in the state basketball tournament, became the eighth team in the events history to win the championship on its first attempt. Lexington Catholic was the last to do so in 1999.
Lexington Christians victory also marked the seventh consecutive season that a private school has taken home the championship. Iroquois (32-and-3), representing Region 6, was only the third public school team to appear in the finals in the past six tournaments. The 62 points scored by the Lady Raiders was also the highest total ever scored by the losing team in the title game.
Lexington Christian, which led 38-to-30 at halftime, steadily built its lead in the second half, leading by as many as 15 points, before Iroquois made a late run and trimmed the lead to 63-to-58 on Kayla Hickmans 3-pointer with 2:04 to play. Lexington Christian put the game out of reach on Courtney Cliftons 3-point shot with 1:11 to play that made the score 68-to-60.
Clifton finished with 19 points, while tournament MVP Emily London, the teams only senior, had 11 points. Clara Mitchell had 10 points and grabbed 16 rebounds.
Hickman led Iroquois with 15 points, while Asia Mathies scored 14 and Adia Mathies finished with 11.
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