FRANKFORT — Confusion reigned Friday morning, and so did Bishop Brossart.
Abby Stadtmiller's buzzer-beating layup gave the Lady 'Stangs a 41-40 victory over Frankfort in the quarterfinals of the girls' All "A" Classic basketball tournament.
Brianna Burbridge's three-pointer with 11 seconds left had given Frankfort a 40-39 lead.
With both teams out of timeouts, Brossart beat the Panthers' press with no time to spare.
Madison Eisenman got the ball to Maria Greis near mid-court, and Greis fired to a breaking-to-the-bucket Stadtmiller for a contested layup.
"I knew it was close, but I have no idea how close it actually was," Stadtmiller said. "I knew when Madison got it there was less than 10 seconds left, and I just ran down the floor as fast as I could."
Officials signaled the shot was good, but then conferred at the scorer's table while Brossart fans celebrated.
A "waive off" signal was mistakenly interpreted by many in the Frankfort Convention Center that the basket was no good.
Frankfort backers rejoiced.
Not so fast, though.
"First of all, the basket was good," Stan Steidel, president of the All "A" and tournament chairperson, said after conferring with the officials. "All the officials saw it that way. The discussion was about whether to shoot the free throw. And the rule states you don't shoot the free throw.
"The (waving off) signal at the end was 'the score is on the board and the game's over.' He was saying the game's over, not anything to do with the basket."
So Bishop Brossart (18-4) will play Newport Central Catholic, a 55-35 winner over Webster County, in Saturday's semifinals.
Sarah Futscher led the Lady 'Stangs with 18 points, 10 rebounds, two blocks, two assists and a steal. Stadtmiller finished with 15 points.
Shauntae Brown paced Frankfort (13-5) with 18 points and seven rebounds. Twin sister Shanae Brown had seven points and 12 rebounds.
"We talked about it in the last timeout, if they scored, what we wanted to do with our press-break as far as hitting, looking opposite-long," Brossart Coach Josh Feldmann said of the final moments. "And they executed on that last play. It was probably one of the few times during the game we executed our press-break, but to our girls' credit they picked the best time to do it."
Frankfort led by as many as seven in the first half, and was up 21-16 at intermission.
Brossart caught up at 25 and took a 30-29 lead into the fourth quarter.
Futscher's three-point play with 1:42 left tied the game at 37.
After a Frankfort miss, Brossart took a 39-37 lead on Rachel Hartig's layup with 1:03 left.
The Panthers missed two shots, but got the rebound both times, then called their final timeout with 18 seconds remaining.
That led to Burbridge's three-pointer.
Brossart took it from there, in the nick of time.
"They fought through (the press) and they just made a good play and they got a shot at the bucket," Frankfort Coach Deron Norman said. "I just can't fault these girls. They just played so well in this situation, where nobody expected. I can't fault anything."
Newport Central Catholic 55, Webster County 35: Nicole Kierman racked up 31 points, 15 rebounds and five blocks to fuel the Thoroughbreds (17-4).
Kiernan, a 5-foot-10 junior post player, made 10 of 15 field-goal attempts and 11 of 16 free throws. She missed her only three-point try.
NewCath scored the first seven points, led 19-6 through one quarter and was never challenged.
Stephanie Lewis added seven points for the winners.
Mariah Herrera topped the Lady Trojans (17-3) with 11 points.
Gallatin County 53, Louisville Holy Cross 41: The Lady Wildcats took control with a 20-7 second-quarter blitz and buried the Cougars with a three-point goals.
Gallatin (19-2) finished with a 30-6 advantage from long range, making 10 of 19 attempts.
Mikkah Hignite made four treys and finished with 16 points and nine rebounds. Hannah Dossett added three treys and totaled 12 points and five assists. Kelsea Satchwell also had a three among her 11 points.
Josie Hockman scored 14 for Holy Cross (12-11). Rebecca Miller added 10 points, and Jillian Epperson had 10 rebounds.
Owensboro Catholic 53, Monroe Co. 36: Duke signee Becca Greenwells double-double of 19 points and 11 rebounds propeled the Aces past top-rated Monroe.
Greenwell, a 6-foot-1 senior, shot 7-for-16 from the floor, including 3-for-7 from three-point range, and sank her only two free-throw attempts. She added three assists, two steals and a block.
The Aces (14-5) shot 52.4 percent (22-for-42) and got all their points from the starting five. Kaylyn Pearson backed Greenwell with 11 points and Destiny Howard had nine.
Madison Clements totaled 17 points, seven rebounds, two assists and two blocks for the Lady Falcons (16-4).
All "A" Classic
At Frankfort Convention Center
5 p.m. — Bardstown (16-5) vs. Model (18-3)
6:30 p.m. — Russell (19-5) vs. Bishop Brossart (18-3)
8 p.m. — Louisville Holy Cross (6-15) vs. Newport Central Catholic (19-2)
9:30 p.m. — Knott Co. Central (19-3) vs. Owen Co. (17-3)
■ Semifinals at 6 and 7:30 p.m.
■ Championship at 2:30 p.m.
Bishop Brossart 41, Frankfort 40
Newport Cath. 55, Webster Co. 35
Gallatin Co. 53, Louisville Holy Cross 41
Owensboro Catholic 53, Monroe Co. 36
11:30 a.m. — Louisville Holy Cross (12-10) vs. Gallatin Co. (18-2)
1 p.m. — Owensboro Catholic (13-5) vs. Monroe Co. (16-3)
10 a.m. — Bishop Brossart (18-4) vs. Newport Central Catholic (17-4)
11:30 a.m. — Gallatin Co. (19-2) vs. Owensboro Catholic (14-5)
■ Finals at 12:30 p.m.
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