Players named to all-city basketball teams
Author: Tammy L. Lane • First Posted: Saturday, February 23, 2013
Student-athletes from across FCPS were named to the 2013 all-city basketball teams, as determined by coaches' voting after the season.
The boys' first team included Lafayette's Jackson Davis, Dunbar's Mike Smith and Henry Clay's Christen Cunningham and Jordan Green. Making the second team were Dunbar's William Gary and E.J. Floreal, Bryan Station's Larry Morton and Henry Clay's Trey Grundy.
On the girls' side, the first team included Bryan Station's Serena Sandusky, Tates Creek's Katie Pippen and Lafayette's Ashanti Thomas and Sarah Cooley. Selected for the second team were Dunbar's Lakeena Parks, Kierra Muhammad and Jordin Fender; Lafayette's Dee Givens and Tates Creek's Oney Harrison.
In addition, Jordan Green of Henry Clay, Jackson Davis of Lafayette and Serena Sandusky of Bryan Station also were named to the Herald-Leader's second team all-state squads.
11th region tournament
Lafayette High School was runner-up in the 11th Region girls' basketball tournament, falling to Madison Central 45-34 in the March 5 title game. Sophomore Ashanti Thomas notched a double-double with 12 points and 13 rebounds and blocked three shots. The Generals (21-13) had won eight straight games since losing to Central in early February. Lafayette hasn't been to the Sweet Sixteen in 29 years.
Paul Laurence Dunbar was eliminated by Madison Central in the semifinals.
The 11th Region all-tournament team included Lafayette's Dee Givens, Kiara Pankins and Ashanti Thomas; Dunbar's Shakeema Jackson and Brooke Todd; and Bryan Station's Serena Sandusky.
On the boys' side, Henry Clay lost in the semifinals to Madison Central, which went on to claim the title. The all-tournament team included the Blue Devils' Jordan Green and Trey Grundy, and Dunbar's William Gary.
District 43 recap
The boys’ basketball team at Paul Laurence Dunbar High School beat crosstown rival Lexington Catholic in the 43rd District championship game Feb. 22, while Lafayette High School upset Dunbar for the girls’ title. The Dunbar boys went on a tear in the fourth quarter to pull away for a 51-40 victory, ending a 13-game losing streak to LexCath. The Lafayette girls defeated defending district and region champ Dunbar 53-49 and snapped the Bulldogs’ seven-game win streak. All four teams advance to the 11th Region tournament in Richmond.
The Bryan Station High School girls knocked off Scott County 71-51 for the 42nd District title Feb. 21. Strong rebounding helped the Defenders dominate the game. On the boys’ side, Henry Clay High School fell to Scott County 83-64. The Blue Devils led early, but Scott County went on a first-quarter run and never looked back. All four teams advance to the 11th Region tournament at Eastern Kentucky University.