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March 12, 2014

1,000-point scorer Keisling wants to keep Kings rolling

1,000-point scorer Keisling wants to keep Kings rolling

WALTON — The Keisling family came away from the weekend with stories to last a lifetime.

Austin Keisling is a senior guard on Lewis Cass’ boys team. He led the way as the Kings won their first sectional title since 2007. In addition, he reached the 1,000-point career milestone during the Kings’ semifinal victory over Manchester.

His father, Chris Keisling, is the coach of the Western girls team, which won the Class 3A state championship. Western upset Evansville Mater Dei 38-35 in the title game.

Word of Western’s championship win reached Austin Keisling at halftime of Cass’ 69-53 victory over Oak Hill in the Class 2A Manchester Sectional title game.

“I came out of the locker room and my coach told me, ‘Your dad won.’ I looked at my mom and started fist-pumping,” he recalled. “My mom was tearing up. That got me even more energized. I kind of felt the feeling of being in a state championship because my dad is the coach. You get that tingling in your whole body. It’s just great. I want that for my team.”

No. 7-ranked Cass (20-2) is one of 16 teams remaining in Class 2A. The Kings will face No. 3 Wapahani (22-1) in a Lapel Regional semifinal Saturday.

“We’re probably showed as the underdog. My dad’s team was showed as the underdog in the state game,” he said. “When you’re showed as the underdog, you feel like you have nothing to lose. I’m going out there guns firing. It’s my senior year, nothing to hold back.”

Keisling is making the most of his senior season. The 5-foot-11, 169-pound guard is scoring a team-high 18.3 points per game. He also contributes 5 rebounds, 2.2 steals and 1.2 steals per game.

Most of all, the 2013 KT All-Area player is enjoying the Kings’ success, which includes an 18-game winning streak. Cass was 6-15 his freshman season, 11-12 his sophomore season and 10-11 last season.

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