It was a tale of two outcomes for Lexington’s two young varsity basketball teams in the 2008-09 season.
Bailey Harris’ youthful boys team fell a bit flat at the end of the season, but finished with an impressive 22-6 record, won the Region 5-4A championship and advanced to the Lower State semifinals before being eliminated.
On the other hand, the young Lexington girls team of coach David Long suffered through an 8-15 campaign (3-11 in Region 5-4A) and missed the state playoff cut for the first time since 1993.
The Lexington boys did nothing special statistically, but turned team-play into an art with contributions from many different players along the way.
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"We exceed most people’s expectations,” said Harris. “We return four of five starters, so it will be interesting to see how the returning guys approach the off-season. We’ll need to be as hungry as we were this season to get better.”
Freshman Shaq Roland had a fine rookie season, averaging 12.3 points a game and 5.1 rebounds. Matt Jergensen, a 6-8 junior center, averaged six points and six rebounds. Senior Tradd Hunter, a do-it-all, clutch player, averaged 8.3 points and 5.7 boards.
Roland and Hunter were named to the all-region team, and Harris was voted the region coach of the year for guiding the Wildcats to their first region title since 2001.
Lexington’s girls ended the season on a high note with a 52-47 win over cross-county rival White Knoll, sealing the deal by making 17 of 21 free throws in the second half.
“We were very young and lost our starting point guard five games into the region season,” said Long. “We started the season with only two returning seniors, and ended up having three freshmen and three sophomores contribute major minutes throughout the season. We held our opponents to an average of 38 points a game, but we only averaged 36 ourselves. We shot 68% from the free throw line but only 31% from the field as a team.”
Senior Molly VanWyk (8.7ppg, 84% at the free-throw line) and freshman Moniqua Davis (9.0 ppg, 6.4 rpg) made the all-region team.