On Friday afternoon, Lexington hosted the Queensland Boomerangs from the city of Brisbane in Australia. The Boomerang travel program included varsity boys, varsity girls, JV boys, and freshman boys teams.
Boomerang players, staff, and parents began their US tour in Washington DC nearly 3 weeks ago and have mixed basketball games with free time. They have toured DC and have visited the University of North Carolina, Duke, and Wake. They will cap off their trip in Los Angeles with stops in Hollywood, Disneyland, Universal Studios, and an NFL game.
On game day at Lexington, the players attended classes with their opponents and later, spent the night with Wildcat families. In between, it was time for their last competition of the 2017 tour.
The afternoon started with the boy’s varsity contest. Lexington was too much for the tall, athletic Boomerangs. The Cats opened up a big lead early in the game and maintained it as the entire roster saw playing time. The final was 66-39. Mason Carver led with 18 points while Tyler Reed added 11. Kyle Garrick scored 18 for the Boomerangs. The win was Coach Bailey Harris’ 600th as the head coach now in his 31st season. Lexington is now 6-3 as they prepare for Region play.
It was a closer finish in the girl’s varsity game. The Lady Wildcats scored 21 in the first quarter but the Boomerangs hung around and kept the margin within 10. Lexington upped their record to 6-2 with a 51-41 win. Olivia Thompson scored 18 while Alanna Langford totaled 12. For Queensland, Jemma Bennett led the team with 15 points. Her teammate, Claire Guiraudo added 13.
Both the Lexington boys and girls open Region 5 play on Tuesday when they host Spring Valley. The girls will tip off at 6:00 with the boy’s tip scheduled for 7:30.