June 14-16, 2001
©2001 by Ron Harrison
This tournament was played from June 14th through June 16th in Lexington Kentucky, with the majority of the games being played at the Kentucky Basketball Academy in Lexington Kentucky. The Academy has five regulation basketball courts and is tailor-made for this type of event.
This should be a very interesting tournament with many outstanding players. The Boys 15 & Under had 24 teams pre-registered to compete: Simon Kenton, Fairdale, Breathitt County, Lexington Catholic, PRP, Western Hills, Hopkins Central, Dunbar, Franklin County, Boyle County, Lynn Camp, Madison Central, Shelby County, Frankfort, Mercer County, Lexington Christian, Male, Lafayette, Scott County, Danville, Tates Creek, St. Xavier, Highlands, and Corbin. Lexington Catholic would appear to be a strong favorite, with Demetrius Green, William Graham, Harrison Morton, etc. leading the way for coach Brandon Salsman.
The Girls 14 & Under had 12 teams entered: Eastern Ky. Starz, Lexington Lady Diamonds, Western Ky. Lady Dominators, Jenkins, Henderson County, S. Ky. Sharpshooters, Central Ky. (Liberty), Whitesburg, Central Ky. Sharks, Shelby Valley, DC Dragons, and Harlan County. Liberty replaced Lexington Catholic and will not be eligible for the championship. The S. Ky. Sharpshooters will be led by the outside threat of Paige and Amber Guffey.
I managed to view several excellent games and many fine players but unfortunately you can't observe every game. I will attempt to give a brief recap of the games I did see and apologize for the games and players I missed in the tournament. The stats are a combination of stats from the scorebook and ones recorded by me personally.
Thursday June 14th (at Kentucky Basketball Academy)
Dunbar vs. Western Hills (15 & Under Boys)
Dunbar defeated Western Hills by a score of 71-62. Dunbar was led today by Sandberg with 19 points. Western Hills was paced today by Jordan Samuels, John Keene, and Kyle Bibb with 24, 18, and 16 points respectively.
Fairdale vs. Simon Kenton (15 & Under Boys)
Fairdale defeated Simon Kenton by a score of 67-58. Fairdale was led today by Maurice Grinter and Mario Jones with 16 and 13 points respectively. Simon Kenton was led by Keifer Clarke and Mike Schoberg with 14 and 12 points respectively..
Hopkins Central vs. Dunbar (15 & Under Boys)
Hopkins Central easily defeated Dunbar by a score of 83-37. The victors were led by Sean Roberts with 16 points. Dunbar was paced by Sandberg with 14 points.
Lafayette vs. Male (15 & Under Boys)
Lafayette defeated Male by a score of 61-54. Lafayette was led by 6-1 guard Marcus Barron with 15 points. Male was led by 6-2 Steve McKinney with 20 points.
Corbin vs. St. Xavier (15 & Under Boys)
Corbin defeated St. Xavier in a close one by the score of 59-53. Corbin was led today by 5-11 Ryan Maguet and 6-1 Joseph Mahan with 16 and 15 points respectively. St. Xavier was led by Robby Schaefer and 6-5 Nick Redmond with 24 and 15 points respectively.
PRP vs. Western Hills (15 & Under Boys)
PRP utilized 16 points by Dre Waters and 13 by Jujuan Spillman to subdue Western Hills by a score of 72-63.
Lexington Catholic vs. Simon Kenton (15 & Under
Lexington Catholic easily defeated Simon Kenton by a score of 98-39. Catholic was led by William Graham, David Nobles, and Martiese Morones with 14, 14, and 11 points respectively. Simon Kenton was led by Derek Hopperton and Mike Schoberg with 8 and 6 points respectively.
Hopkins Central vs. PRP (15 & Under Boys)
Hopkins Central took the measure of PRP by a score of 79-60. Hopkins Central was led by Kyle Clement with 22 points. PRP was led by Dre Waters and Jujuan Spillman with 16 and 14 points respectively.
Lafayette vs. Scott County (15 & Under Boys)
Scott County defeated Lafayette 66-61 in a hotly contested game. Scott County was led by 6-0 Tyler Hicks and 6-2 Alex Cassidy with 31 and 18 points respectively. Lafayette was led by 6-1 Marcus Barron with 24 points.
Corbin vs. Tates Creek (15 & Under Boys)
Corbin defeated Tates Creek 77-67 and was led by 6-1 Joseph Mahan and 5-8 Anthony Haban with 21 and 19 points respectively. Tates Creek was led by Justin Taylor and Jeremy Brown with 22 points each.
Shelby Valley vs. DC Dragons (14 & Under Girls)
The Dragons defeated Shelby Valley by a score of 58-34. They were led today by Felisha Jenkins with 19 points. Shelby Valley was led by Ashley Tackett and Jessica Dye with 9 and 7 points respectively.
Whitesburg vs. Central Ky. (Liberty) (14 & Under
Whitesburg defeated Liberty by a score of 40-38. Whitesburg was led by Whitney Hogg with 14 points. Liberty was led by Rowe and Howard with 10 and 9 points respectively.
S. Ky. Sharpshooters vs. Jenkins (14 & Under Girls)
The Sharpshooters defeated Jenkins by a score of 75-23. They were led by Paige Guffey with 20 points. Jenkins was paced today by Ciera Pittman and Beth Branham with 8 and 6 points respectively.
E. Ky. Starz vs. Lexington Lady Diamonds (14 &
The Starz won this one by a score of 62-40. Kasi Mullins led the victors with 24 points. The Diamonds were led by Brittney Pittman and Mary Tobin with 13 and 11 points respectively.
Friday June 15th (at Kentucky Basketball Academy)
Madison Central vs. Franklin County (15 & Under
Madison Central pulled away from a 30-23 halftime lead to defeat Franklin County by a score of 68-46. They were led by Matt Cornett and 6-4 Shawn Ballard with 20 and 19 points respectively. Franklin County was led by Bruce Bohman with 15 points.
Male vs. Scott County (15 & Under Boys)
Scott County managed to subdue Male in overtime by a score of 62-57. They were led by 6-0 Tyler Hicks with 18 points. Male was led by Antuan Hackley with 14 points.
Corbin vs. Highlands (15 & Under Boys)
Corbin defeated Highlands by a score of 66-52. Corbin was led in scoring by 6-1 Joseph Mahan and 5-11 Ryan Maguet with 18 and 14 points respectively. Highlands was led by Jeff Ficke with 15 points.
St. Xavier vs. Tates Creek (15 & Under Boys)
St. Xavier pulled out a 49-47 victory over Tates Creek. The victors were led by 6-5 Nick Redmond, Brian Elliott, and Robby Schaefer with 14, 14, and 12 points respectively. Tates Creek was led by Justin Taylor with 18 points.
Lexington Catholic vs. Fairdale (15 & Under Boys)
Lexington Catholic defeated Fairdale by a score of 76-49. Catholic was led today by 6-3 Demetrius Green and 6-4 Mark Balthrop with 22 and 15 points respectively. Fairdale was led by Mario Jones and Maurice Grinter with 14 and 11 points respectively.
Breathitt County vs. Simon Kenton (15 & Under Boys)
Breathitt County defeated Simon Kenton by a score of 76-59. They were led by Jason Miller with 22 points. Simon Kenton was led by Keifer Clark , Lucas Deaton, and Mike Schoberg with 14, 13 and 13 points respectively.
S. Ky. Sharpshooters vs. Henderson County (14 &
The Sharpshooters defeated Henderson County by a score of 76-56. They were led by Paige Guffey with 32 points including seven three pointers. Henderson County was led by Ashley Hawkins with 12 points.
Central Ky. (Liberty) vs. Central Ky. Sharks (14 &
The Sharks defeated Liberty by a score of 63-43. They were led by Tarah Combs with 20 points. Liberty was led by Michelle Howard with 15 points.
Shelby Valley vs. Harlan County (14 & Under Girls)
Harlan County defeated Shelby Valley by a score of 48-20. They were led by Savanna Wynn with 19 points. Shelby Valley was led by Beth Hall and Ashley Tackett with 7 and 5 points respectively.
W. Ky. Lady Dominators vs. Lexington Lady Diamonds
(14 & Under Girls)
The Lady Dominators defeated the Lady Diamonds by a score of 60-57. The Dominators were led by Conner and K. Gibson with 17 and 14 points respectively. The Diamonds were led by Mary Tobin and Brittney Pittman with 16 points each.
DC Dragons vs. Harlan County (14 & Under Girls)
Megan Clayton hit a field goal with less than three seconds remaining in the game to give the Dragons a 58-57 victory over Harlan County. Clayton and Felisha Jenkins led DC with 16 and 14 points respectively. Harlan County was led by Savanna Wynn with 27 points.
Henderson County vs. Jenkins (14 & Under Girls)
Henderson County defeated Jenkins by a score of 57-53. Henderson County was led by Justina Drury and Whitney Wilson with 10 and 9 points respectively. Jenkins was led by Beth Brahnam with 23 points.
Central Ky. Sharks vs. Whitesburg (14 & Under Girls)
The Sharks defeated Whitesburg by a score of 41-37. The Sharks were led by Meg Stevenson and Tarah Combs with 12 and 8 points respectively. Whitesburg was led by Cassie Whitaker, Whitney Hogg, and Camille Cook with 11, 8 and 8 points respectively.
E. Ky. Starz vs. W. Ky. Lady Dominators (14 & Under
The Starz defeated the Dominators by a score of 60-55. They were led by Jennifer Swann and Kasi Mullins with 19 and 18 points respectively. The Dominators were led by Hatfield with 20 points.
Friday June 15th (at Kentucky Basketball Academy)
Tates Creek vs. Simon Kenton (15 & Under Boys)
Tates Creek defeated Simon Kenton by a score of 74-54. Tates Creek was led by Justin Taylor with 30 points. Simon Kenton was led by Mike Schoberg with 11 points.
Highlands vs. Breathitt County (15 & Under Boys)
Highlands defeated Breathitt County by a score of 64-59. Highlands was led by Nathan Hall with 28 points. Breathitt County was led by Sewell and Ja. Miller with 16 and 14 points respectively.
Lafayette vs. Frankfort (15 & Under Boys)
Lafayette won an 83-50 decision over Frankfort. They were led by 6-6 Nic Mullins, 6-0 T.J. Chinn, and 6-6 Darnell Dialls with 22, 17, and 14 points respectively. Aaron Dunaway led Frankfort with 19 points.
St. Xavier vs. PRP (15 & Under Boys)
PRP led 39-38 at the end of three quarters but St. Xavier surged in the fourth quarter to win by a score of 58-47. St. Xavier was led by 6-5 Nick Redmond and 5-8 Robby Schaefer with 20 and 15 points respectively. PRP was led by Jujuan Spillman with 18 points. 6-7 Terrance Farley added 7 points and pulled down 12 rebounds.
Shelby Valley vs. Whitesburg (14 & Under Girls)
Whitesburg defeated Shelby Valley by a score of 45-37. Whitesburg was led by Whitney Hogg with 19 points. Shelby Valley was paced by Beth Hall with 12 points.
Harlan County vs. Central Ky. (Liberty) (14 & Under
Harlan County defeated Liberty by a score of 54-43. Harlan County was led by Savanna Wynn with 16 points. Liberty was led by Shannon Novicell , Tara Rowe, and Brittany Clark with 10, 8 and 8 points respectively.
Saturday June 16th (at Kentucky Basketball Academy)
Lexington Catholic vs. Hopkins Central (15 & Under
Lexington Catholic defeated Hopkins Central by a score of 75-66. They were led today by William Graham with 32 points. Hopkins Central was led by Sean Roberts and Chris Bruce with 16 and 14 points respectively.
St. Xavier vs. Corbin (15 & Under Boys Quarterfinal)
St. Xavier overcame an early three point barrage by Corbin to pull out a 59-54 victory. St. Xavier was led by 6-5 Nick Redmond, Brian Elliott , and Jordan Collard with 12 points each. Corbin was led by 5-11 Ryan Maguet and 6-1 Joseph Mahan with 17 and 14 points respectively.
Lafayette vs. Male (15 & Under Boys Quarterfinal)
Male defeated Lafayette by a score of 63-52. They were led by 6-2 Steve McKinney, Travis Waters, and Antuan Hackley with 15, 14, and 11 points respectively. Lafayette was led by 6-1 Marcus Barron with 24 points.
Madison Central vs. Scott County (15 & Under Boys
Scott County won a 70-67 overtime thriller over Madison Central. Scott County was led by 6-0 Tyler Hicks with 31 points. Ross Bowen came off the bench to add 12 points including two key three point bombs in overtime. Madison Central was led by 6-4 Shawn Ballard with 23 points.
St. Xavier vs. Lexington Catholic (15 & Under Boys
Coach Andy Porta of St. Xavier managed to slow down the tempo but Catholic still managed to earn a 44-35 victory. Catholic was led by 6-3 Demetrius Green, Mark Balthrop, and William Graham with 12, 11 and 10 points respectively. Troy Van Over came off the bench to lead St. Xavier with 9 points.
|St. Xavier||(35) -||Curtis 5, Elliott 4, Redmond 6, Collard 4, Schaefer 5, Fowler 2, VanOver 9.|
|Lexington Catholic||(44) -||Balthrop 11, H. Morton 5, D. Morton 0, Green 12, Graham 10, Nobles 2, Morones 4.|
Scott County vs. Male (15 & Under Boys Semifinal)
Scott County held on to defeat Male in a hard fought battle by a score of 63-61. Scott County was led today by 6-0 Tyler Hicks and 6-0 Matt Jarvis with 16 and 13 points respectively. Ross Bowen came off the bench to add nine points including some clutch free throws down the stretch. Male was led today by Steve McKinney, Josh Nicholson, and Gerale Daniels with 15, 13, and 12 points respectively.
|Scott County||(63)||-||Jarvis 13, Cassidy 9, VanGuilder 3, Harris 4, Hicks 16, Williamson 5, Bowen 9, Bailey 4.|
|Male||(61)||-||McKinney 15, Hackley 7, Burrus 7, Daniels 12, Waters 2, Carter 5, Nicholson 13.|
Lexington Catholic vs. Scott County (15 & Under
Lexington Catholic completed their expected run to the championship by defeating Scott County by a score of 85-69. They were led by 6-2 William Graham , 6-3 Demetrius Green, and 6-2 Harrison Morton with 25, 22 and 19 points respectively. Scott County was led by 6-0 Matt Jarvis , 5-10 Troy Harris, and Ross Bowen with 15, 14, and 13 points respectively. Tyler Hicks, who had an excellent tourney, was hampered by foul problems and fouled out with 2:38 remaining in the third quarter.
|Lexington Catholic||(63)||-||Green 22, H. Morton 19, Balthrop 11, Graham 25, D. Morton 3, Morones 5.|
|Scott County||(61)||-||Cassidy 10, Jarvis 15, VanGuilder 6, Harris 14, Hicks 7, Bowen 13, Williamson 4.|
2001 Kentucky AAU Championship Bracket 15 & Under Boys
|St. Xavier||45||Boyle County||39|
|Tates Creek||74||Simon Kenton||54|
|Scott County||79||Shelby County||35|
|Madison Central||78||Tates Creek||59|
|Lexington Catholic||75||Hopkins Central||66||Quarterfinal|
|Scott County||70||Madison Central||67||(OT)||Quarterfinal|
|Lexington Catholic||44||St. Xavier||35||Semifinal|
|Lexington Catholic||85||Scott County||69||Championship|
2001 Kentucky AAU All Tournament Team 15 & Under Boys
|Demetrius Green||Lexington Catholic|
|Harrison Morton||Lexington Catholic|
|William Graham||Lexington Catholic|
|Tyler Hicks||Scott County|
|Alex Cassidy||Scott County|
|Matt Jarvis||Scott County|
|Shawn Ballard||Madison Central|
|Sean Roberts||Hopkins Central|
|Nick Redmond||St. Xavier|
|Robby Shaefer||St. Xavier|
S. Ky. Sharpshooters vs. Harlan County (14 & Under
S. Ky. Sharpshooters defeated Harlan County by a score of 70-48. They were led by Brittany Abbott and Paige Guffey with 16 and 14 points respectively. Harlan County was led by Savanna Wynn with 22 points.
DC Dragons vs. Lexington Lady Diamonds (14 & Under
The Lady Diamonds prevailed by a score of 62-46 and were led by 6-0 Mary Tobin with 20 points. The Dragons were led by Felisha Jenkins and Lauren Schutte with 12 and 9 points respectively.
S. Ky. Sharpshooters vs. E. Ky. Starz (14 & Under
The Sharpshooters utilized a 31 point explosion by Amber Guffey to defeat the Starz 68-54. The Starz were led by Latasha Henry and Lauren Bonfi with 13 points each. Jennifer Swann and Kasi Mullins added 10 points each.
Central Ky. Sharks vs. Lexington Lady Diamonds (14
& Under Girls Semifinal)
The Lady Diamonds prevailed in this game by a score of 63-46. They were led by Lucy Clark, Johnna Carlisle, Mary Tobin with 17, 14, and 13 points respectively. The Sharks were led by Flowers and Tarah Combs with 17 and 15 points respectively.
S. Ky. Sharpshooters vs. Lexington Lady Diamonds (14
& Under Girls Championship)
The Sharpshooters nipped the Lady Diamonds 54-51 in a thriller to claim the championship. They were led by Amber Guffey and Paige Guffey with 24 and 12 points respectively. Johnna Abney added 10 points. The Lady Diamonds were led by 6-0 Mary Tobin with 16 points and 14 rebounds. Brittney Pittman and Johnna Carlisle each added 10 points.
|S. Ky. Sharpshooters||15||8||16||15||-||54|
|Lexington Lady Diamonds||6||17||15||13||-||51|
|S. Ky. Sharpshooters||(54)||-||Abbott 3, Murphy 4, Lyon 1, A. Guffey 24, P. Guffey 12, Abney 10.|
|Lexington Lady Diamonds||(51)||-||Pittman 10, Bowens 2, Tobin 16, Carlisle 10, Burns 5, Clark 6, Farley 2.|
2001 Kentucky AAU Championship Bracket 14 & Under Girls
|Harlan County||53||Central Ky. (Liberty)||43|
|W. Ky. Dominators||50||Jenkins||40|
|Lexington Lady Diamonds||74||Henderson County||55|
|E. Ky. Starz||58||Whitesburg||35||Quarterfinal|
|S. Ky. Sharpshooters||70||Harlan County||48||Quarterfinal|
|Central Ky. Sharks||56||W. Ky. Dominators||44||Quarterfinal|
|Lexington Lady Diamonds||62||DC Dragons||46||Quarterfinal|
|S. Ky. Sharpshooters||68||E. Ky. Starz||54||Semifinal|
|Lexington Lady Diamonds||63||Central Ky. Sharks||46||Semifinal|
|S. Ky. Sharpshooters||54||Lexington Lady Diamonds||51||Championship|
2001 Kentucky AAU All Tournament Team 14 & Under Girls
|Jennifer Swann||E. Ky. Starz|
|Kasi Mullins||E. Ky. Starz|
|Amber Guffey||S. Ky. Sharpshooters|
|Paige Guffey||S. Ky. Sharpshooters|
|Kaitlyn Lyon||S. Ky. Sharpshooters|
|Savanna Wynn||Harlan County|
|Tarah Combs||Central Ky. Sharks|
|Meg Stevenson||Central Ky. Sharks|
|Megan Clayton||DC Dragons|
|Mary Tobin||Lexington Lady Diamonds|
|Johnna Carlisle||Lexington Lady Diamonds|
|Brittney Pittman||Lexington Lady Diamonds|
|Beth Hall||Shelby Valley|
Congratulations to Lexington Catholic and the S. Ky. Sharpshooters for their respective championships. This was an excellent tournament with many fine players. Demetrius Green, Harrison Morton, and William Graham had excellent tourneys for Catholic. Tyler Hicks, despite being hampered with foul problems, had a good tourney for Scott County. Shawn Ballard is a future star at Madison Central and St. Xavier displayed a nice inside-outside duo with Nick Redmond and Robby Shaefer . Steve McKinney, who came up through the Team Louisville AAU system, played well for Male. Joseph Mahan and Ryan Maguet provided good outside shooting for Corbin, and Lafayette may have a good one in Marcus Barron.
Hopkins Central had a nice run in the tourney and Justin Taylor of Tates Creek made an impression with the fans. PRP, as usual, has some good athletes and 6-7 soph-to-be Terrance Farley could be special before he graduates.
The S. Ky. Sharpshooters were led by the long range bombing of Paige and Amber Guffey. Savanna Wynn consistently put up big numbers for Harlan County. I was also impressed with the play of Lexington Lady Diamond's Mary Tobin. Mary is 6-0 and a soph-to-be at Henry Clay. She is a rugged inside player who hits the boards well. She has also improved her ball handling skills and added range to her jump shot. She should be a very valuable member of Scott Cromwell's Lady Blue Devil squad this year. Johnna Carlisle, another Lady Blue Devil, played well for the Diamonds, and Brittney Pittman also made the all-tourney squad.
A special thanks to the Mills family and to Ken Farley for all the help. I also greatly appreciate the hospitality afforded me by the staff of the Kentucky Basketball Academy. The coaches and parents, as usual, were very helpful in providing me with info about their teams. A special thanks to Shannon and Staci Feck, and Shawna Toy, for their insights on the games. These young ladies understand the game and are great ambassadors for girls basketball.
Please feel free to send your comments and questions concerning the tournament, teams, or players to me at firstname.lastname@example.org .