Undefeated Lexington Wildcats to face Australian team

The Lexington High School basketball team after winning the Sandestin Beach Blast. Photo courtesy of LHS.

Thursday night’s annual matchup at Wildcat Gymnasium with the Australian traveling team finds the Lexington High School boys’ basketball team on an unprecedented run.

The sixth-ranked Wildcats enter the contest off to its best start in school history at 15-0. This past Monday, they defeated Cookeville (Tenn.) 67-64 to claim the Sandestin Beach Blast in Freeport, Fla.

“We won this event four years ago and won at Modie Risher last year,” Lexington head coach Bailey Harris said. “We also won at Myrtle Beach in early 90s. But this was a big one.”

Lexington scored 31 points in the first quarter and led as many as 19 points. A furious comeback by Cookeville allowed them to tie the game, only for the Wildcats to reclaim the lead and hold on for the victory.

“They are a very good team that was coming off a 10 point win over the number 8 team in Kentucky basketball (Knox Central) in their semi final,” Harris said.

Tournament MVP Mason Carver led the Wildcats to 25 points and averaged 21 points in the four games. Will Edwards came off the bench with 13 points and Bradley Foulks added eight in the win. Both, along with Carver, were named to the All-Tournament team.

Lexington defeated Jellico (Tenn.), William Blount Governors (Tenn.), Highlands Hills (Ky.) and Cookville to win the tournament a second time.

Thursday night’s varsity contest starts at 7:30 p.m. and will be preceded by the junior varsity game.

Photo courtesy of Lexington High School – T

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