Urbana's Lacy 'playing out of this world’

How about 12 3-pointers in one game, 20-for-20 at the line in the next?

On Saturday, the Urbana High School junior hit a school-record 12 3-pointers, scoring 41 points as the Hillclimbers (15-6) beat Indian Lake 75-47 to clinch a share of the Central Buckeye Conference Mad River Division championship on Senior Night.

Then, on Monday, Lacy scored 39 points, going 20-for-20 from the free-throw line, as the fifth-seeded Hillclimbers beat sixth-seeded Eaton 77-68 in the Division II sectional first round at Xenia.

She made five 3-pointers in the game, improving her season total to 107 — shattering the Ohio High School Athletic Association unofficial state record for made 3-point field goals in a season.

The previous record of 106, set by Canfield’s Jenny Kulics in 1991-92, stood for 20 years. The 20 made free throws in a game is tied for 13th all-time, and ties her for the area record with Shawnee’s Brittany Smart.

“That’s one of the most unbelievable stretches of any girl I’ve ever known play,” Urbana coach Bill Moss said. “She’s just playing out of this world.”

Over the last five games, Lacy is scoring 34.4 points per game. She’s shooting 56 percent from the field (45-for-80), 60 percent from the 3-point line (30-for-50) and 91 percent from the free throw line (52-for-57).

“I’m just trying to have fun and let everything take care of itself,” Lacy said.

The 3-point record was wonderful, she said, but it wasn’t the most important thing.

“It was pretty awesome,” Lacy said, “but the most important thing was getting the victory for our team. It was the cherry on top of the game.”

Against Indian Lake, Lacy’s 12 3-pointers in a game tied her for second-most in state history, according the OHSAA unofficial state record book. She tied Alliance Marlington’s Debbie Hartsock, who accomplished the feat in 1987. Only Beaver Eastern’s Marlene Stollings hit more, making 13 in 1992.

“After the first couple, you could see she had that look in her eye and she was on,” Moss said. “We see it all the time.”

“I think the adrenaline, the excitement of the game, I had my family from out of town there,” Lacy said. “It was Senior Night and the game was for the CBC. Sometimes, things just happen unexpectedly, and that was one of those nights.”

Moss said Lacy is seeing the benefits of hard work.

“She’s a kid who puts all the time in,” Moss said. “I get phone calls constantly from her wanting to come in and shoot. If she doesn’t shoot here, she’s at the Y. Her hard work is paying off.

“She’s one of the greatest shooters I’ve ever seen in the game.”

Lacy hopes to keep the Hillclimbers tournament run going strong. They play rival Greenon, who they split with during the regular season, at 6 p.m. Monday at Xenia.

“We’ve got a team with a lot of potential,” Lacy said. “When we’re on, we’re on.”

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