By LARRY VAUGHT
Mercer County senior Lexy Lake has made it through round one in her quest to get a spot in the High School Slam Dunk & 3-Point Championship at the Final Four in Houston but she still needs your help in round two.
She was one of 16 girls vying for the final spot in the 3-point contest and easily made it out of the first-round voting. Now she’s up against Natalie Nickless of University High School of Carmel, Ind., in the quarterfinals.
The bracket-style contest voting starts again today at 1 p.m. EST and the voting runs for a week. Quarterfinal winners advance to the semifinals.
You can vote as many times per day as you want for Lake, but you can only only vote once per day on the same device. But you can use a laptop, work computer, cellphone, friends’ phones, etc., to vote more than once per day for Lake.
To vote go to www.amfam.com/fanvote or HighSchoolSlam.com will take you to the website to vote. You will need to click on Lake’s photo and cast your vote for her. I know Kentucky high school basketball fans don’t want to see her go down against an Indiana high school player — last week she got 74 percent of the votes in her matchup with another Indiana prep standout.
Lake has scored over 1,000 points in her Mercer career and was a starter on last year’s state championship team. She has signed to play at Campbellsville University along with her twin sister, Faith. Both sisters turned down several Division I offers.
The Titans will play in the 46th District title game this week and advance to the 12th Region Tournament next week at Lincoln County.
Mercer County coach Chris Souder knows how special Lake is shooting the 3-point shot and hopes fans will help her get to Houston.
“She’s a great gal and has done so much for our team,” Souder said. “This is a tremendous opportunity for her and I hope basketball fans in Kentucky will help her out.”