Touchstone Energy 2005 All “A” Classic
Girls Basketball Tournament

McBrayer Arena
Eastern Kentucky University
Richmond, Kentucky

February 2-6, 2005

Copyright 2005 Ron Harrison

The Touchstone Energy All “A” Classic is a statewide basketball tournament for schools with an enrollment of 425 students or less in grades 10-12.  126 girls’ teams will participate in this year’s tournament.

The All “A” Classic included four girls teams in 1991.  The 1992 version expanded to include eight girls teams and in 1993 the tournament again expanded to include a full complement of 16 teams.  Winners crowned to date are 1991 Cumberland, 1992 Cumberland, 1993 Nicholas County, 1994 Louisville Holy Cross, 1995 Monroe County, 1996 Louisville Holy Cross, 1997 Hazard, 1998 Hazard, 1999 Bishop Brossart, 2000 Somerset, 2001 Jackson County, 2002 Jackson County, 2003 Clinton County, and 2004 Clinton County.

Teams competing for this year’s championship are Murray, Webster County, Butler County, Clinton County, Caverna, Louisville Holy Cross, Christian Academy of Louisville, Carroll County, Covington Holy Cross, Paris, Lexington Christian Academy, Somerset, Cumberland, Whitesburg, Pikeville, and West Carter.


 Wednesday, February 2nd - Day 1

Game No. 1  Cumberland (13-5) (Region 13) vs. Butler County (9-10) (Region 3)

Cumberland coach John Bond started the following lineup:  5-11 So. Erica Letanosky, 5-6 Jr. Sarah Adams, 6-1 Sr. Ashley Massey, 5-7 So. Brianna Cornett, and 5-8 Jr. Brianne Cornett.  Butler County coach Tim Wilson countered with 5-7 Sr. Shira Hankins, 5-10 Jr. Katie Lee, 5-7 Fr. Fallon Brosnan, 5-3 So. Jodi Southerland, and 5-3 Sr. Fawn Brosnan.

Butler County scored 20 points off 27 Cumberland turnovers in a 49-37 victory.  Cumberland also had foul problems as Ashley Massey was limited to only 16:55 of playing time before fouling out with 4:48 remaining in the game.  The ballhawking Butler County defense recorded 18 steals for the game.  The victors also held a 13-5 advantage in bench scoring.

Butler County shot 32.7% from the field including only one of 10 from the three point line.  The Lady Bears connected on 14 of 22 free throws and pulled down 30 rebounds.  Cumberland shot 39.5% from the field, connected on six of 14 from the free throw line, and grabbed 37 rebounds.

Shira Hankins led Butler County with 13 points including nine of 11 from the free throw line, and pulled down eight rebounds.  5-7 Jr. Keilia Hatcher and Katie Lee added 11 points each.  Sarah Adams led Cumberland with 14 points.  Erica Letanosky added eight points and 14 rebounds.  Ashley Massey added seven points and five rebounds.

Cumberland

5

9

11

12

-

37

Butler County

13

13

17

6

-

49

 

Cumberland

(37) -

Letanosky 8, Adams 14, Massey 7, Brianna Cornett 0, Brianne Cornett 3, Russell 3, Sexton 2.

Butler County

(49) -

Hankins 13, Lee 11, Fallon Brosnan 4, Southerland 5, Fawn Brosnan 3, Taylor 2, Hatcher 11.

Game No. 2  Covington Holy Cross (16-3) (Region 9) vs. Louisville Holy Cross (10-8) (Region 6)

Covington Holy Cross coach Rob Kues started the following lineup:  5-10 Fr. Katie Behrens, 5-11 Jr. Rachel Lantry, 6-0 Sr. Brittany Bass, 5-6 Sr. Kimmie Beiting, and 5-9 Sr. Amie Noll.  Louisville Holy Cross coach Charlie Just countered with 5-8 So. Emily Burgess, 5-10 Fr. Elizabeth Schuler, 5-9 Jr. Jackie Skaggs, 5-7 Jr. Amber Wright, and 5-4 Jr. Lauren Wilhite.

Covington Holy Cross held a 41-26 advantage in rebounds and a 15-1 advantage in second chance points in a 53-32 held a victory over Louisville Holy Cross.  Covington Holy Cross shot 41.5% from the field, connected on seven of 11 free throws, and scored 21 points off 23 Louisville Holy Cross turnovers.  Louisville Holy Cross shot 27.5% from the field, connected on eight of 15 free throws, but could only capitalize for 10 points off 20 Covington Holy Cross turnovers.

Rachel Lantry led the victors with 18 points and seven rebounds.  Brittany Bass added 14 points and seven rebounds.  Amie Noll added six points and six assists, while Kimmie Beiting added six points and six steals.  Amber Wright and Elizabeth Schuler led Louisville Holy Cross with eight and seven points respectively.

Covington Holy Cross

19

15

12

7

-

53

Louisville Holy Cross

7

6

11

8

-

32

 

Covington Holy Cross

(53) -

Behrens 2, Lantry 18, Bass 14, Beiting 6, Noll 6, Sinclair 2, Burk 2, Dorning 3.

Louisville Holy Cross

(32) -

Burgess 6, Schuler 7, Skaggs 0, Wright 8, Wilhite 2, Davis 2, Parker 3, Walker 4.

Game No. 3  Christian Academy of Louisville (17-3) (Region 7) vs. Pikeville (13-4) (Region 15)

Christian Academy of Louisville coach Don Rice started the following lineup:  5-10 Sr. Ali Shubert, 5-9 Sr. Kristen Blake, 6-2 Sr. Maggie McKemie, 5-10 Sr. Jessie Marshall, and 5-8 Jr. Merideth Marsh.  Pikeville coach Cindy Stuart Halbert countered with 5-11 Sr. Megan Harris, 5-4 Sr. Shawna Howard, 5-10 Sr. Evin Shockey, 5-3 Jr. Emily Colvin, and 5-5 Sr. Samantha Howard.

Christian Academy of Louisville overcame some hot perimeter shooting by Pikeville early in the game to earn a 47-34 victory.  Pikeville connected on three three point baskets in the first quarter to take an 11-7 lead at the end of the quarter.  However, CAL rallied in the second quarter to take a 25-22 halftime lead and held on for the victory.

CAL shot 34.9% from the field, connected on 14 of 27 free throws, and pulled down 35 rebounds.  CAL scored 17 points off 17 Pikeville turnovers.  Pikeville shot 27.7% from the field, was one of two free throws, and grabbed 32 rebounds.

Merideth Marsh led CAL with 14 points.  Maggie McKemie added 13 points and pulled down seven rebounds.  Kristen Blake chipped in with 12 points.  Shawna Howard and Samantha Howard led Pikeville with 13 and 11 points respectively, with each connecting on three three point baskets.  Megan Harris only tallied two points but she pulled down a game-high 10 rebounds.

Christian Academy of Louisville

7

18

8

14

-

47

Pikeville

11

11

5

7

-

34

 

Christian Academy of Louisville

(47) -

Shubert 8, Blake 12, McKemie 13, Marshall 0, Marsh 14.

Pikeville

(34) -

Harris 2, Shawna Howard 13, Shockey 3, Colvin 3, Samantha Howard 11, Martell 2.

Game No. 4  Murray (13-7) (Region 1) vs. Carroll County (16-3) (Region 8)

Murray coach Rechelle Turner started the following lineup:  5-10 Sr. Breanna Volp, 5-10 Jr. Whitney Sears, 5-5 Jr. Christina Dunn, 5-8 Sr. Katie Garland and 5-8 Sr. Lisa Thurman.  Carroll County coach Randy Mefford countered with 6-1 So. Whitney Ballinger, 5-9 Sr. Kendra Rassman, 6-3 Jr. Lyndsey Bevill, 5-9 Sr. Jenna Lowe, and 5-6 Sr. Brittany Beach.

Murray trailed Carroll County 33-28 entering the final period, but rallied, led by Lisa Thurman’s 12 points in the final period, to capture a 49-39 decision.  Murray shot 40.5% from the field, connected on 11 of 18 free throws, and pulled down 31 rebounds.  Carroll County shot 40% from the field, was four of six from the charity stripe, and grabbed 24 rebounds.  Murray scored 16 points off 13 Carroll County turnovers and held a 10-2 advantage in bench scoring.

Lisa Thurman led Murray with 21 points, including three three point baskets, and pulled down seven rebounds.  Katie Garland added 12 points and 6-1 Jr. Jordan Huston chipped in with 10 points and eight rebounds.  Whitney Ballinger led Carroll County with 16 points and eight rebounds.

Murray

6

10

12

21

-

49

Carroll County

8

14

11

6

-

39

 

Murray

(49) -

Volp 1, Sears 2, Dunn 3, Garland 12, Thurman 21, Huston 10.

Carroll County

(39) -

Ballinger 16, Rassman 4, Bevill 6, Lowe 6, Beach 5, McNamara 2.

Game No. 5  Webster County (16-5) (Region 2) vs. Somerset (16-5) (Region 12)

Webster County coach Alan Vaughn started the following lineup:  5-8 Caitlin Owen, 5-6 Brittany Ray, 5-10 Lauren Cottingham, 5-3 Nicole Eagles, and 5-8 Paula Carver.  Somerset coach Jim Brown countered with 5-9 Sr. Madison Flowers, 5-9 Jr. Ashley Kimberl, 5-7 So. Chelsea Gomez, 5-7 Sr. Ashley Ray, and 5-8 So. Katie Cowan.

Webster County’s Brittany Ray nailed a 15 foot jump shot with seven seconds on the clock to give the Lady Trojans a 50-49 overtime victory over Somerset.  Somerset raced out to a 48-41 lead in overtime but Webster County mounted a furious rally and Somerset missed several key free throws down the stretch.  Somerset was also hampered by the loss of Madison Flowers who fouled out with 3:04 remaining in the fourth quarter.

Webster County shot 33.3% from the field, connected on 17 of 23 free throws, and pulled down 41 rebounds.  Somerset shot 38% from the field, could only manage seven of 18 free throws, and grabbed 33 rebounds.

Caitlin Owen led the victors with 21 points and 19 rebounds.  Paula Carver added 13 points.  Madison Flowers led Somerset with 14 points and seven rebounds.  Katie Cowan added 11 points and Chelsea Gomez chipped in with nine points and six rebounds.

Webster County

10

9

12

10

9

-

50

Somerset

5

20

8

8

8

-

49

 

Webster County

(50) -

Owen 21, Ray 4, Cottingham 6, Eagles 4, Carver 13, Nance 2. 

Somerset

(49) -

Flowers 14, Kimberl 6, Gomez 9, Ray 2, Cowan 11, Clay 7.

Game No. 6  West Carter (14-5) (Region 16) vs. Clinton County (17-3) (Region 4)

West Carter coach Von Perry started the following lineup:  5-9 Jr. Whitney Bocook, 5-8 Jr. Leigh Audra Perry, 6-0 Jr. Brandi Rayburn, 5-7 So. Kristin Burchett, and 5-4 So. Ashley Shelton.  Clinton County coach Ronnie Guffey countered with 5-8 Sr. Brittany Abbott, 5-6 Jr. Jessica Cummings, 5-10 Sr. Dorothy Papineau, 5-8 Sr. Paige Guffey, and 5-7 Sr. Amber Guffey.

Clinton County raced out to a 50-26 halftime lead and withstood a second half rally by West Carter to earn an 86-72 victory.  Clinton County shot 61% from the field, including seven of 14 from the three point line.  The Lady Bulldogs connected on 29 of 32 from the free throw line, and pulled down 31 rebounds.  West Carter shot 39.7% from the field, connected on 19 of 25 free throws, and grabbed 24 rebounds.  West Carter scored 34 points off 23 Clinton County turnovers.

Amber Guffey led Clinton County with 30 points and 12 assists.  Amber connected on 15 of 16 free throws.  Paige Guffey added 30 points and seven rebounds and was 12 of 14 from the free throw line.  Brittany Abbott chipped in with 16 points including four three point baskets.  Brandi Rayburn led West Carter with 20 points and eight rebounds.  5-7 Fr. Sydnie Cox added 13 points including three baskets from beyond the arc.  5-8 So. Erika Webb chipped in with 12 points.

West Carter

12

14

21

25

-

72

Clinton County

24

26

11

25

-

86

 

West Carter

(72) -

Bocook 2, Perry 5, Rayburn 20, K. Burchett 9, Shelton 2, Cox 13, Webb 12, C. Burchett 9. 

Clinton County

(96) -

Abbott 16, Cummings 0, Papineau 6, P. Guffey 30, A. Guffey 30, Brown 2, Thurman 2.

Game No. 7  Caverna (13-4) (Region 5) vs. Whitesburg (16-5) (Region 14)

Caverna coach Trent Milby started the following lineup:  5-7 Fr. Tacarra Hayes, 5-8 Sr. Rudy Brents, 5-8 Sr. Brenetta Bradley, 5-8 Jr. Cantera Ford and 5-7 Jr. Katie Peterson.  Whitesburg coach Dickie Adams countered with 5-9 Sr. Whitney Hogg, 5-10 Jr. Stephanie Whitaker, 5-10 Sr. Camille Cook, 5-5 Jr. Autumn Morris, and 5-7 Jr. Tiffany Lowe.

Whitesburg held a 39-21 rebounding margin today in a 61-52 victory over Caverna.  Whitesburg led 44-41 at the end of three quarters and outscored Caverna 17-11 in the final period.  The victors shot 58.5% from the field, including four of six from the three point line.  The Lady Jackets connected on nine of 12 free throws.  Caverna shot 37.7% from the field and connected on 10 of 22 free throws.  Caverna scored 23 points off 23 Whitesburg turnovers.

Whitney Hogg led Whitesburg with 20 points including four of five from the three point line.  Hogg also pulled down seven rebounds, dished out eight assists, and recorded two steals.  Camille Cook added 20 points and seven rebounds. Tiffany Lowe added nine points and Stephanie Whitaker recorded six points and 12 rebounds.  Tacarra Hayes led Caverna with 25 points and eight rebounds.  Cantera Ford and Rudy Brents added 11 and nine points respectively.

Caverna

9

14

18

11

-

52

Whitesburg

21

14

9

17

-

61

 

Caverna

(52) -

Hayes 25, Brents 9, Bradley 4, Ford 11, Peterson 0, Bragg 3.

Whitesburg

(61) -

Hogg 20, Whitaker 6, Cook 20, Morris 4, T. Lowe 9, Sexton 2.

Game No. 8  Paris (14-5) (Region 10) vs. Lexington Christian Academy (13-4) (Region 11)

Paris coach Terence Brooks started the following lineup:  5-8 Jr. Alisha Tucker, 5-4 Sr. Iona Caulder, 5-7 Sr. Natalie Tubbs, 5-7 Sr. Sarah Yeiser, and 5-6 Jr. Taylor Christman.  Lexington Christian Academy coach Donna Murphy countered with 5-9 Sr. Leah Anderson, 5-10 Sr. Cara Johnson, 6-1 Jr. Kirby Barnhart, 5-6 So. Emily London, and 5-7 Sr. Kayla Yates.

Paris led 38-32 in the third quarter before Lexington Christian went on a 25-1 run to take control in a 60-48 victory over Paris.  LCA shot 41.9% from the field including four of eight from the three point line.  The Lady Eagles connected on 20 of 26 free throws and pulled down 29 rebounds.  LCA scored 32 points off 23 Paris turnovers.  Paris shot 40.5% from the field, including six of 23 from beyond the arc.  The Lady Hounds connected on eight of 10 free throws, and grabbed 27 rebounds.  They scored 22 points off 15 LCA turnovers.

Lexington Christian Academy was led by Emily London with 15 points including three three point baskets.  Leah Anderson added 13 points, seven rebounds, and eight steals.  Cara Johnson added 11 points.  Iona Caulder led Paris with 21 points and eight rebounds.  Taylor Christman and Natalie Tubbs added nine points each.

Paris

11

16

11

10

-

48

Lexington Christian Academy

20

5

21

14

-

60

 

Paris

(48) -

Tucker 2, Caulder 21, Tubbs 9, Yeiser 7, Christman 9.

Lexington Christian Academy

(60) -

Anderson 13, Cara Johnson 11, Barnhart 4, London 15, Yates 9, Brittain 7, Wilson 1.

 

Friday, February 4th - Day 2  (Quarterfinals)

Game No. 9  Covington Holy Cross (17-3) vs. Butler County (10-10) Quarterfinal #1

Covington Holy Cross coach Rob Kues started the following lineup:  5-10 Fr. Katie Behrens, 5-11 Jr. Rachel Lantry, 6-0 Sr. Brittany Bass, 5-6 Sr. Kimmie Beiting, and 5-9 Sr. Amie Noll.  Butler County coach Tim Wilson countered with 5-7 Sr. Shira Hankins, 5-10 Jr. Katie Lee, 5-7 Fr. Fallon Brosnan, 5-3 So. Jodi Southerland, and 5-3 Sr. Fawn Brosnan.

Covington Holy Cross used their inside strength to gain a 44-23 advantage in rebounding in a 62-47 victory over Butler County.  Covington Holy Cross shot 45.5% from the field, connected on 21 of 34 free throws, and held a 14-0 advantage in second chance points.  Butler County shot 34.8% from the field and connected on 14 of 22 from the charity stripe.

Covington Holy Cross center Brittany Bass turned in an excellent performance with 19 points, 20 rebounds, and four blocked shots.  Rachel Lantry added 14 points and Amie Noll chipped in with 13 points, eight assists, and three steals.  Shira Hankins led Butler County with 22 points and five rebounds.  Katie Lee added 10 points.

Covington Holy Cross

13

17

17

15

-

62

Butler County

7

12

16

12

-

47

 

Covington Holy Cross

(62) -

Behrens 4, Lantry 14, Bass 19, Beiting 6, Noll 13, Burk 6.

Butler County

(47) -

Hankins 22, Lee 10, Fallon Brosnan 1, Southerland 3, Fawn Brosnan 6, McKinney 2, Hatcher 3.

Game No. 10  Murray (14-7) vs. Christian Academy of Louisville (18-3) Quarterfinal #2

Murray coach Rechelle Turner started the following lineup:  5-10 Sr. Breanna Volp, 5-10 Jr. Whitney Sears, 6-1 Jr. Jordan Huston, 5-8 Sr. Katie Garland and 5-8 Sr. Lisa Thurman.  Christian Academy of Louisville coach Don Rice countered with 6-4 Sr. Ashley Fishback, 5-9 Sr. Kristen Blake, 6-2 Sr. Maggie McKemie, 5-10 Sr. Jessie Marshall, and 5-8 Jr. Merideth Marsh.

Murray pulled to within three points, 23-20, with 5:18 remaining in the third quarter before Christian Academy of Louisville pulled away for a 49-33 victory.  The CAL defense held Murray to 27% shooting from the field and scored 22 points off 17 Murray turnovers.  CAL shot 36.2% from the field and connected on 13 of 16 free throws, while Murray was only eight of 15 from the free throw line.

Merideth Marsh led CAL with 15 points and eight rebounds.  Jessie Marshall and Maggie McKemie added eight points each and McKemie pulled down six rebounds.  Lisa Thurman led Murray with 16 points, including three three point baskets.  5-5 Jr. Christina Dunn came off the bench to add eight points.  Breanna Volp chipped in with five points, eight rebounds, four assists, and three steals.

Murray

4

13

5

11

-

33

Christian Academy of Louisville

10

13

10

16

-

49

 

Murray

(33) -

Volp 5, Sears 0, Huston 0, Garland 4, Thurman 16, Dunn 8.

Christian Academy of Louisville

(49) -

Fishback 2, Blake 6, McKemie 8, Marshall 8, Marsh 15, Smith 2, Kom 2, McGee 2, Shubert 4.

Game No. 11  Clinton County (18-3) vs. Webster County (17-5) Quarterfinal #3

Clinton County coach Ronnie Guffey started the following lineup:  5-8 Sr. Brittany Abbott, 5-6 Jr. Jessica Cummings, 5-10 Sr. Dorothy Papineau, 5-8 Sr. Paige Guffey, and 5-7 Sr. Amber Guffey.  Webster County coach Alan Vaughn countered with 5-8 Caitlin Owen, 5-6 Brittany Ray, 5-10 Lauren Cottingham, 5-3 Nicole Eagles, and 5-8 Paula Carver.

Clinton County raced out to a 21-8 lead after the first quarter and never looked back in a 76-37 victory over Webster County.  The victors shot 46.4% from the field, including 10 of 27 from the three point line.  The Lady Bulldogs connected on 14 of 18 free throws and pulled down 42 rebounds.  Webster County shot 28.3% from the field, was four of nine from the free throw line, and grabbed 32 rebounds.

Clinton County was led by Amber Guffey with 24 points, 12 rebounds, five assists, and five steals.  Amber was eight of nine from the field and seven of seven from the free throw line.  Paige Guffey added 22 points including five three point baskets.  5-8 Sr. Leslie Brown chipped in with nine points and six rebounds.  Paula Carver led Webster County with 15 points including three three point baskets.  Caitlin Owen added 10 points and pulled down nine rebounds.

Clinton County

21

19

14

22

-

76

Webster County

8

11

11

7

-

37

 

Clinton County

(76) -

Abbott 7, Cummings 3, Papineau 6, P. Guffey 22, A. Guffey 24, Beard 2, Brown 9, Ostertag 3.

Webster County

(37) -

Owen 10, Ray 0, Cottingham 0, Eagles 6, Carver 15, Daugherty 2, Keeney 2, Eaden 2.

Game No. 12  Lexington Christian Academy (14-4) vs. Whitesburg (17-5) Quarterfinal #4

Lexington Christian Academy coach Donna Murphy started the following lineup:  5-9 Sr. Leah Anderson, 5-10 Sr. Cara Johnson, 6-1 Jr. Kirby Barnhart, 5-6 So. Emily London, and 5-7 Sr. Kayla Yates.  Whitesburg coach Dickie Adams countered with 5-9 Sr. Whitney Hogg, 5-10 Jr. Stephanie Whitaker, 5-10 Sr. Camille Cook, 5-5 Jr. Autumn Morris, and 5-7 Jr. Tiffany Lowe.

Whitesburg led 41-37 with 5:23 left in the game but Lexington Christian Academy turned up the defense and pulled away for a 61-44 victory.  Whitesburg trailed 49-43 with 4:05 remaining on the clock when Camille Cook picked up her fifth foul and the Lady Jackets chances for a comeback went to the bench with her.

LCA shot 45.8% from the field, connected on 14 of 20 free throws, and pulled down 30 rebounds.  LCA scored 25 points off 28 Whitesburg turnovers.  The Lady Eagles recorded 20 steals.  Whitesburg was 42.9% from the field, connected on eight of 17 from the free throw line, and grabbed 28 rebounds.  Whitesburg scored 17 points off 23 LCA turnovers.

Lexington Christian Academy was led today by Leah Anderson with 18 points and eight steals.  Emily London added 16 points and dished out five assists.  Camille Cook led Whitesburg with 20 points and five rebounds.  Whitney Hogg added nine points.

Lexington Christian Academy

11

10

16

24

-

61

Whitesburg

12

8

16

8

-

44

 

Lexington Christian Academy

(61) -

Anderson 18, Cara Johnson 4, Barnhart 5, London 16, Yates 6, Brittain 8, Wilson 4.

Whitesburg

(44) -

Hogg 9, Whitaker 4, Cook 20, Morris 0, T. Lowe 4, Watts 4, Sexton 3.

 
 Saturday February 5th - Day 3 (Semifinals)

Game No. 13  Christian Academy of Louisville (19-3) vs. Covington Holy Cross (18-3) Semifinal #1

Christian Academy of Louisville coach Don Rice started the following lineup:  5-10 Sr. Ali Shubert, 5-9 Sr. Kristen Blake, 6-2 Sr. Maggie McKemie, 5-10 Sr. Jessie Marshall, and 5-8 Jr. Merideth Marsh.  Covington Holy Cross coach Rob Kues countered with 5-10 Fr. Katie Behrens, 5-11 Jr. Rachel Lantry, 6-0 Sr. Brittany Bass, 5-6 Sr. Kimmie Beiting, and 5-9 Sr. Amie Noll.

Christian Academy of Louisville point guard Merideth Marsh picked up her third foul in the first four minutes of the game and was relegated to the bench for the remainder of the half.  However, the veteran CAL team overcame this obstacle to defeat Covington Holy Cross by a score of 50-46.  Fr. point guard Brookie Willoughby did a good job of directing the team to a 22-18 halftime lead.  Marsh returned in the second half and helped insure the victory by connecting on nine of 12 free throws.

CAL shot 42.9% from the field including 61.5% for the second half.  The Lady Centurions connected on 20 of 29 free throws and pulled down 33 rebounds.  Covington Holy Cross could only manage 28.1% from the field, connected on 10 of 14 free throws, and pulled down 34 rebounds.

The victors were led by Maggie McKemie with 16 points, eight rebounds, and three blocked shots.  Merideth Marsh added 11 points and Ali Shubert chipped in with six points and 11 rebounds.  Brittany Bass led Covington Holy Cross with 14 points and 15 rebounds.  Amie Noll turned in a courageous effort coming back in the game with an ankle injury to also tally 14 points.  Rachel Lantry added 11 points.

Christian Academy of Louisville

11

11

15

13

-

50

Covington Holy Cross

9

9

12

16

-

46

 

Christian Academy of Louisville

(50) -

Shubert 6, Blake 7, McKemie 16, Marshall 8, Marsh 11, Fishback 2, Willoughby 0.

Covington Holy Cross

(46) -

Behrens 0, Lantry 11, Bass 14, Beiting 7, Noll 14.

Game No. 14  Lexington Christian Academy (15-4) vs. Clinton County (19-3) Semifinal #2

Lexington Christian Academy coach Donna Murphy started the following lineup:  5-9 Sr. Leah Anderson, 5-10 Sr. Cara Johnson, 6-1 Jr. Kirby Barnhart, 5-6 So. Emily London, and 5-7 Sr. Kayla Yates.  Clinton County coach Ronnie Guffey countered with 5-8 Sr. Brittany Abbott, 5-6 Jr. Jessica Cummings, 5-10 Sr. Dorothy Papineau, 5-8 Sr. Paige Guffey, and 5-7 Sr. Amber Guffey.

Clinton County trailed 28-25 at halftime but rallied to take a 56-51 decision over Lexington Christian Academy.  Paige Guffey tied the game at 32-32 in the third quarter on a three point basket and Dorothy Papineau gave Clinton County a 36-32 lead on two successive offensive rebounds and putbacks.  This proved to be a lead the Lady Bulldogs would not relinquish.

Clinton County shot 37.2% from the field, including five for 23 from the three point line.  Clinton County shot 19 of 21 from the free throw line and pulled down 31 rebounds.  LCA shot 45% from the field, including five of nine from beyond the arc.  The Lady Eagles connected on 10 of 11 free throws and grabbed 20 rebounds.

Amber Guffey led Clinton County with 18 points, six rebounds, and seven assists.  Paige Guffey and Brittany Abbott added 16 and 10 points respectively.  Dorothy Papineau chipped in with eight points and nine rebounds.  Emily London and Kayla Yates led Lexington Christian Academy with 19 and 14 points respectively, with Kayla Yates connecting on three of four three point attempts.  5-10 Jr. Katie Brittain came off the bench to add eight points and six rebounds.

Lexington Christian Academy

18

10

4

19

-

51

Clinton County

7

18

11

20

-

56

 

Lexington Christian Academy

(51) -

Anderson 6, Cara Johnson 0, Barnhart 4, London 19, Yates 14, Brittain 8.

Clinton County

(56) -

Abbott 10, Cummings 2, Papineau 8, P. Guffey 16, A. Guffey 18, DeForest 2.

 
 Sunday February 6th - Day 4 (Championship)

Game No. 15  Clinton County (20-3) vs. Christian Academy of Louisville (20-3) Championship

Clinton County coach Ronnie Guffey started the following lineup:  5-8 Sr. Brittany Abbott, 5-6 Jr. Jessica Cummings, 5-10 Sr. Dorothy Papineau, 5-8 Sr. Paige Guffey, and 5-7 Sr. Amber Guffey.  Christian Academy of Louisville coach Don Rice countered with 5-10 Sr. Ali Shubert, 5-9 Sr. Kristen Blake, 6-2 Sr. Maggie McKemie, 5-10 Sr. Jessie Marshall, and 5-8 Jr. Merideth Marsh.

Christian Academy of Louisville’s Maggie McKemie nailed a jump shot in the lane with slightly over three seconds remaining in the game to give her team a 34-32 victory over Clinton County.  The Lady Bulldogs had one last chance to tie the game with 1.4 seconds remaining in the game.  However, the inbounds pass was thrown out of bounds, ensuring the victory and championship for CAL.  Although there were several individual heroes, the CAL defense made the difference in the entire tourney.

Christian Academy of Louisville shot 39.4% from the field, connected on seven of nine free throws, and pulled down 15 rebounds.  Clinton County was 38.7% from the field, connected on four of six free throws, and grabbed 25 rebounds.

Ali Shubert continued her excellent tourney play by leading CAL with 13 points. Merideth Marsh added 11 points and Maggie McKemie chipped in with nine points and six rebounds.  Amber and Paige Guffey led Clinton County with 11 and 10 points respectively.

Clinton County

8

9

6

9

-

32

Christian Academy of Louisville

8

8

8

10

-

34

 

Clinton County

(32) -

Abbott 5, Cummings 0, Papineau 2, P. Guffey 10, A. Guffey 11, DeForest 2, Brown 2.

Christian Academy of Louisville

(34) -

Shubert 13, Blake 1, McKemie 9, Marshall 0, Marsh 11.

All Tournament Team

Tacarra Hayes

Caverna

1 game

25.0 ppg

8.0 rpg

 

Caitlin Owen

Webster County

2 games 

15.5 ppg

14.0 rpg

 

Brittany Bass

Covington Holy Cross

3 games

15.7 ppg

14.0 rpg

 

Brandi Rayburn

West Carter

1 game

20.0 ppg

8.0 rpg

 

Camille Cook

Whitesburg

2 games

20.0 ppg

 

 

Lisa Thurman

Murray

2 games

18.5 ppg

 

 

Shira Hankins

Butler County

2 games

17.5 ppg

6.5 rpg

 

Emily London

Lexington Christian Academy

3 games

16.7 ppg

 

 

Dorothy Papineau

Clinton County

4 games 

5.5 ppg

7.8 rpg

 

Maggie McKemie

Christian Academy of Louisville

4 games

11.5 ppg

6.8 rpg

 

Paige Guffey

Clinton County

4 games

19.5 ppg

 

 

Amber Guffey

Clinton County

4 games

20.8 ppg

7.3 rpg

6.3 apg

Merideth Marsh

Christian Academy of Louisville

4 games 

12.8 ppg

MVP

 

Conclusion
 
This was an excellent tournament and an outstanding week of basketball.  Christian Academy of Louisville concluded an excellent tourney run with a championship and displayed excellent team defense.  CAL reached another milestone early this year by defeating Sacred Heart Academy to end their 100-game winning streak against in-state competition.  Coach Don Rice and his staff did an excellent job preparing their team against some excellent competition.  CAL is led by their point guard Merideth Marsh and Maggie McKemie who both deservedly made All Tournament despite Ms. McKemie being hampered by a mask worn to protect a broken nose.  Ali Shubert, in my humble opinion, should also have been selected for the All Tournament squad.

Clinton County played well this week and barely missed making it three in a row.  Paige and Amber Guffey are as good as advertised and Coach Ronnie Guffey made some excellent coaching decisions throughout the tournament.  Clinton County’s Dorothy Papineau embodies the phrase “blue collar player”.  She scores a few points, grabs a few rebounds, plays sound interior defense, sets picks and screens—and wins.

Covington Holy Cross and Lexington Christian Academy played well and LCA’s So. guard Emily London played well, making All Tournament.  It was touching to witness the emotion displayed by Sr. Camille Cook after she fouled out in Whitesburg’s quarterfinal loss to LCA.  Ms. Cook left the game in tears knowing that her run in the All “A” Classic was over and that her school Whitesburg would be swallowed up by consolidation next year.

This event was special and very touching for me.  I graduated from a school many years ago with a senior class of 37 students.  This tournament truly epitomizes the ideals and standards that the founders wisely saw in their crystal ball several years ago.  The talent was excellent, the fan support outstanding, and several of these teams should challenge for regional championships and berths in the Sweet 16 later this season.  Congratulations to all for a job well done.

Acknowledgements

A special thanks to All “A” Classic Secretary and Media Coordinator Mike Reeves for the hospitality extended me during the many hours spent at this event.  Also a note of appreciation to David Parke, Coordinator of Arena Facilities and to Hugh Davis  and the Eastern Kentucky University stats crew and All “A” Committee.  The All “A” Classic in my opinion is first class and is one of the most enjoyable events I have ever attended or worked.

Also, kudos to Mike Reeves and everyone contributing to the allaclassic.org website.  It was extremely well done with tons of comprehensive and very timely information.

Please feel free to send your comments and questions concerning the tournament, teams, or players to me at prephoops@yahoo.com .  

Ron Harrison’s reports on this and other basketball events appear on http://www.angelfire.com/ky/prephoops.