By Terry Boehmecker
NKyTribune Sports Reporter
Lloyd has not been included in the All-A junior high school basketball playoffs for the past two years because she is no longer among the 123 Kentucky high schools with the lowest enrollment in grades 9-12.
It was fun seeing the Lloyd’s Boys basketball team in District Nine last week. The Juggernauts had an 11-1 record when the tournament started and coach Michael Walker’s side were considered the top contenders for the title.
On Tuesday, Lloyd raised his record to 13-3 with a 77-47 victory over Newport Central Catholics, last week’s District Championship runner-up. On Friday, the Juggernauts play a home game against the Holy Cross, the team that held the championship trophy.
Friday’s game will be a showdown between the team with the highest points in Northern Kentucky and the team with the lowest defensive rates in the region.
Holy Cross averages 77.5 points per game while Lloyd only allows 48.3 points. The key to the showdown is likely to be the offensive output of young Holy Cross goalkeeper Jacob Meyer, the state’s top scorer.
Mayer scored 43 points in his team’s 89-85 win over Campbell County on Tuesday to raise his season average to 40.0.
The Indians will have a record 14-5 and five straight wins in Friday’s game. Lloyd plays a home game against Holmes on Wednesday before turning his attention to the confrontation with Holy Cross.
The Juggernauts lost close matches to big-school opponents Cooper (43-42) and Campbell County (59-57) last week before returning to the winning track with lopsided victories over Scott (76-49) last Friday and Newkath on Tuesday.
Lloyd had three players with a double-digit scoring average in Tuesday’s game. The captain was young goalkeeper Jeremiah Israel with 14.6 points per game, followed by top goalkeeper Ryan Davis (11.9) and 6-foot-5 top striker Garrett Vogelpool (11.1).
Senior Rail wrestler beats previous team record for career victories
Noah Duke, Rail’s number one wrestler, has moved to the top of the team’s career wins list with several weeks left into the season.
Duke collected a record 223-24 in six years of college competition going into a double game with East Central Indiana on Wednesday. Rail’s previous record for most career wins was 219 by TJ Ruschell, who graduated in 2012.
Last year, Duke He was named the most outstanding wrestler in the state championship after pinning every opponent he faced in 170-pound weight class to finish with a perfect 39-0 record. hE has wrestled in the 182-pound weight class in her two previous state championships, placing third in 2020 and fifth in 2019.
Duke has a 39-2 record in the 175-pound weight class this season. He was #1 in that weight class in the most recent state rankings published by the Kentucky Wrestling Coaches Association. The other top-ranked wrestler in the area is Rail Senior Cole Thomas in the 132-pound weight class.
Thomas, the 132-pound state champ last year, is among the top five Rail wrestlers of their careers with a weight of 200 pounds.
Scott alumnus is the starter for the WKU women’s basketball team
Scott graduate Mia Meredith has been a double-digit scorer in the last seven games for the Western Kentucky University women’s basketball team 12-4, and the new striker’s 13.4 average is the second-highest for the Hilltoppers.
In her team’s last two victories, Meredith has collected 30 points, 13 rebounds, 11 steals, four blocks and four assists to win the USA Conference Player of the Week for the third week in a row. Western Kentucky has won seven straight games and leads the conference with a 5-0 score.
After starting 1-3 for her team, Meredith moved to the starting line-up and the Hilltoppers have won 11 of their last 12 games. She’s scored 20 or more points in three of her last five games and has taken her overall shooting percentage to 47.4.
Meredith was voted into the statewide second team after her second season at Scott when she averaged 25.2 points and eight rebounds per game. She was knocked out of her junior season after knee surgery and only played 13 games last season due to another injury.