The Lexington Lady Wildcats completed a COVID-shortened regular season with a 52-42 win over White Knoll. The victory earned the Cats their 3rd straight Region 5 championship. They will advance to the 5A State Playoffs on Monday February 22 at home as a #1 seed.
A strong White Knoll squad had edged Lexington 53-52 in overtime 16 days earlier. On Thursday night, the Timberwolves began the game on a 7-2 run but the Wildcats hot shooting by Alexis Sexton, Jenna Yanity, Amaya Johnson, and Lindsay Garner gave them a 17-11 lead after the first quarter and a 27-22 advantage at halftime. Jasmine Jenkins kept her Timberwolves within striking distance with 9 points in the first and 6 more in the second.
Lexington looked to be cruising late in the third quarter as their lead expanded to 12 points at 36-24. Then Jenkins scored 6 straight and Adrianna Henderson added 2 to close the gap to 36-32 and set up a sprint to the finish.
Jenkins hit a short jumper to open the final frame and suddenly it was a 2-point game, 36-34. After trading layups, the Cats again took charge as Lindsay Garner scored twice from underneath and Jenna Yanity was good on a put-back to make it 44-36 with 5 minutes to play.
In the final minutes, White Knoll continued to battle, pulling within 4 points on two occasions but a 3-pointer from Yanity with 1:49 to play gave the Wildcats an insurmountable 7 point lead. Three free throws later, Lexington celebrated the win and a Region title 3-Peat.
Sophomore forward Garner led the Cats with 16 points. Yanity scored 13 with Sexton adding 11 to increase her career total to 769 points. Additional scorers for Lexington were Amaya Johnson with 8, Vanessa Austin with 3, and Anne Huntley Crouch with 2.
Jasmine Jenkins ended a productive evening as the top scorer for White Knoll with 28 points.