2015 Houchens Industries/KHSAA Girls Sweet 16® Basketball Tournament
Allen County-Scottsville vs. Covington Holy Cross (Championship)
Western Kentucky University
Bowling Green, KY
March 15, 2015
This season ended up rather abruptly with the postponement of the championship due to the corona virus pandemic so I was looking back through some of my files remembering some of the happier memories.
Allen County-Scottsville coach Brad Bonds started the following lineup: 5-10 8th Grade Sarah Sutton, 5-11 Sr. Morgan Rich, 6-1 Sr. Holly Robinson, 5-6 Jr. Jordan Brooks, and 5-8 Jr. Savannah Gregory. Covington Holy Cross coach Kes Murphy countered with 5-10 Sr. Abby Hassert, 5-7 So. Aleah Tucker, 6-2 Sr. Ally Mayhaus, 5-7 Jr. Dajah McClendon, and 5-8 Sr. Deja Turner.
Abby Hassert scored a basket and free throw with 5.5 seconds remaining on the clock to give Covington Holy Cross a 35-32 victory over Allen County-Scottsville. The score was tied at 32-32 when Covington Holy Cross’ Dajah McClendon stole the ball and after a timeout Hassert found an opening down the lane for the winning score. These were Hassert’s only points of the game. Allen County-Scottsville had one more chance but a last second three point attempt missed the mark. Holy Cross also captured the All “A” Classic.
The Lady Indians did not have an easy path as they defeated Bell County featuring Kentucky signee Maci Morris. Next was a victory over tournament favorite Elizabethtown featuring two times Kentucky Gatorade Player of the Year Erin Boley. Their semifinal victory was over a good Male team and captured the championship over Allen County-Scottsville featuring Kentucky signee Morgan Rich.
Covington Holy Cross shot 48.4% from the field including two of four from the three point line. The Lady Indians connected on three of five free throws, pulled down 14 rebounds, and scored 14 points off 12 Allen County-Scottsville turnovers. Allen County – Scottsville shot 36.7% from the field including four of six from beyond the arc. The Lady Patriots connected on six of 11 free throws, pulled down 23 rebounds, and scored three points off seven Covington Holy Cross turnovers.
Deja Turner led Covington Holy Cross with 13 points and five rebounds. Ally Mayhaus added 10 points and two blocked shots. Dajah McClendon recorded five points, four assists, and two steals.
Morgan Rich led Allen County-Scottsville with 20 points including three three point baskets. Savannah Gregory added five points and seven rebounds. Holly Robinson pulled down seven rebounds and blocked two shots.
Covington Holy Cross,9,9,9,8,35
Allen County-Scottsville (32) – Sutton 2, Rich, 20, Robinson 2, Brooks 3, Gregory 5.
Covington Holy Cross (35) – Hassert 3, Tucker 4, A. Mayhaus 10, McClendon 5, Turner 13.
All Tournament Team – Maci Brown (Henderson County), Erin Boley (Elizabethtown), Bailey Daniel (Johnson Central), Alyssa Barnard (Graves County), I’Liyah Green (Male), Taylor Jackson (Male), Whitney O’Mara (Mason County), Jordan Frodge (Mason County), Morgan Rich (Allen County-Scottsville), Savannah Gregory (Allen County-Scottsville), Holly Beth Robinson (Allen County-Scottsville), Dajah McClendon (Covington Holy Cross), Ally Mayhaus (Covington Holy Cross), and Deja Turner (Covington Holy Cross) (MVP).
A special thanks to WL Stats and the KHSAA for providing the up-to-date results of this event.