By LARRY VAUGHT
It took over 96,000 votes for Mercer County senior Lexy Lake to earn a spot in the American Family Insurance High School 3-Point Championship in San Antonio.
She was one of 16 players that competed in a bracket vote for the final spot in the eight-player field (seven were given automatic invitations).
Lake, a 42 percent 3-point shooter this season for the state champion Titans, competed Tuesday and finished second to Maryland signee Taylor Mikesell.
All eight players had two chances to shoot five racks of six balls. Lake scored 19 the first time and 20 the second time. That easily put her into the final against Mikesell.
Lake “only” scored 15 in the final while Mikesell won with a score of 23.
“I was a little tired at the end but I should have had a better score than 15 in the final,” Lake said. “I wasn’t as nervous as I expected overall. I wasn’t as nervous for the second set of shots but the final round I was really nervous.
“She (Mikesell) was really good. I think the 23 was her best score of the day.”
To put Lake’s score into perspective, Kentucky signee Immanuel Quickley and Duke signee Cam Reddish tied for the 3-point contest win at the McDonald’s All-American Game Monday with a score of 17.
“That’s pretty cool to know we beat them,” Lake said. “The guys who were shooting with us did better than them, too.”
The competition will be shown on CBS-TV Sunday at 3:30 p.m. Lake said her mother, Nikki, had video of the competition so she has already seen herself shooting.
“But I will probably still watch,” Lake, who will play next year at Campbellsville University along with her twin sister, Faith, said.
Lexy Lake said she didn’t talk to her mother or sister much during the competition.
“I am sure mom was nervous. She always is,” Lake said.
Lake got new shoes along with a duffle bag, shooting shirt and jersey to help her remember her second-place finish in the national competition.
“It was definitely a great way to end my high school career,” Lake said. “I really can’t think of anything better. Winning state was amazing and then getting to compete in this was amazing. It was just awesome to get to go and finishing second in the nation was not bad.”
No it wasn’t.