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Taylor County High School junior Shelby Barnett used a 300 game in her second qualifying match to earn the number-one seed and eventually claim the 2014 Ebonite/KHSAA Singles’ Championship at Collins Eastland Lanes in Lexington on Thursday.
Barnett became the first goal to roll a “perfect” game in state competition with 12 strikes.
Barnett, who finished ninth last season, bested Garrard County’s Courtney Wooldridge 225-222 in the championship match.
Barnett was slated to be honored at Saturday’s Taylor County-Spencer County basketball game.
Lady Cardinal teammates Megan Hedgespeth and Candace Gibson placed 17th and 21st. Hedgespeth, this year’s regional winner and the state runner-up as a sophomore in 2012, was ninth last year and Gibson was 16th.
Lady Cardinals’ head coach Kim Hedgespeth was also tabbed the Commonwealth’s Coach of the Year.
• In the team competition, the Lady Cardinals began defense of their state title by sweeping Barren County 3-0 and then conquered West Jessamine 3-1 before falling the state semi-finals to Bryan Station 3-1. Pleasure Ridge Park captured the state crown.
• Coach Ben Hamilton’s Taylor County boys’ squad won two of its three sets over No. 2-seed East Jessamine before dropping the final two and being eliminated by the Nicholasville team 3-2 (247-208, 196-234, 182-222, 190-186 and 205-192) on Friday morning.
In Thursday’s singles’ play Cardinals’ Matthew Hedgespeth, Matthew Sallee and Alex Tungate finished 15th, 19th and 32nd against state competition.