Danville climbs out of 13-point hole against Bishop Brossart in All 'A' girls' quarterfinals

mmaloney@herald-leader.comJanuary 31, 2014 

It took a half or so, but Danville's pressure defense turned the tide Friday.

The Admirals rallied from 13 points down to edge Bishop Brossart 60-58 in the quarterfinals of the Touchstone Energy All "A" Classic in the Frankfort Convention Center.

"We never quit," winning coach Judie Mason said. "That's what's so much fun about them, and they're so much fun to coach."

Next up for the Lady Admirals is Newport Central Catholic in Saturday's 11:30 a.m. semifinals.

C.J. McPherson and Alyvia Walker led Danville (12-4) with 14 points each. Zenoviah Walker added 10.

Sarah Futscher had 17 points and nine rebounds for Brossart. Abby Stadtmiller had 10 points, while Emily Schultz had nine points and 13 rebounds.

Bishop Brossart (16-2) led 32-22 at halftime and went up 40-27 early in the third quarter.

But Danville's full-court pressure began to take a toll on the Lady 'Stangs.

"The second half, we took bad shots," Brossart Coach Josh Feldman said. "Foul trouble on Sarah hurt us. She'd been the release. You break the press on the back side and you've got mismatches down low, and you're able to convert to Sarah, which is what we did early in the game."

Danville scored nine points in a row to cut Brossart's lead to 40-36. The 'Stangs led 47-41 through three quarters.

"We were willing to give up some easy shots to get them in a running game, and I think they kind of, in the fourth quarter, got into a running game with us," Mason said. "And that was the difference in the game.

"We wanted to just make them shoot out of their comfort zone, not catch the ball on the block and turn around."

Alyvia Walker and McPherson combined for Danville's first nine points of the fourth quarter as the Ads pulled to within 51-50.

Sydney Shannon sank a free throw to make it 52-50 for Brossart with 3:17 left.

Zenoviah Walker then gave Danville its first lead since the opening minutes, draining a three-pointer with 3:07 left.

A Futscher bucket and a Danville free throw by Laken Grey tied the game at 54 with 2:32 left.

Stadtmiller scored against the press with 1:45 left to give Brossart its final lead, 56-54.

McPherson nailed a three-pointer with 1:36 left for a 57-56 Danville lead.

After the last of Brossart's 16 turnovers, Alyvia Walker made two free throws.

Futscher hit two for Brossart to make it a 59-58 game with 21.9 seconds left.

Both teams wilted at the foul line as Zenoviah Walker fired two blanks with 9.7 seconds left, and Futscher missed the front end of a one-and-one with 8.1 remaining.

Kennedy Walker's free throw with 7.2 seconds left gave Danville its two-point margin.

Brossart had a last chance to tie or win, but the ball was knocked out of bounds with six-tenths of a second left.

After a timeout, Morgan Verst got off a wild three-point shot ahead of the horn, but wasn't close.

Danville finished with advantages of 20-14 at the free-throw line and 19-7 in points off turnovers.

Owensboro Catholic 77, Leslie Co. 61: A pair of 13-0 runs in the second half carried the Lady Aces.

Catholic's first flurry turned a 34-32 deficit into a 45-34 lead. The second expanded a 51-44 lead to 64-44.

Annabel Moore led the Aces (19-2) with 21 points, seven rebounds and four steals. Kaylyn Pearson had 20 points, nine rebounds and two steals. Destiny Howard added 13 points.

Brooke Asher and Madisyn Combs each scored 14 points for the Eagles (14-7). Katie Moore had 12 points and 11 rebounds, and Emily Griffith also had 12 points.

Glasgow 53, University Heights 46: Bree Glover and Shalika Smith posted double-doubles to lead the Lady Scotties.

Glover totaled 19 points and 19 rebounds, while Smith had 11 points and 17 boards.

Glasgow (16-6) battered the Blazers on the boards 57-34.

Tied at 43, Glasgow ran off eight straight points to put away the win.

DeNayia Holmes topped UHA (17-2) with 20 points. Demetria Snorton and LeLe Grubbs scored 12 each.

Newport Central Catholic 65, Trimble Co. 48: Nicole Kiernan and Alexus Mayes combined for 40 points and 16 rebounds for the Thoroughbreds (19-2).

Kiernan totaled 21 points, seven rebounds, three blocks, three steals and three assists. Mayes added 19 points and nine boards. Michaela Ware chipped in with 10 points, four assists and nine steals.

NewCath cashed in at the foul line, making 26 of 35 shots to Trimble's 7 of 10.

Paige Black topped the Lady Raiders (13-6) with 18 points, five rebounds, four assists and four steals.

Danville 60, Bishop Brossart 58

DANVILLE (12-4) — McPherson 14, A. Walker 14, L. Grey 7, Chenault 7, E. Grey 7, Z. Walker 10, Walker 1. Totals 18-47 20-32 60.

BISHOP BROSSART (16-2) — Verst 5, Stadtmiller 10, Schultz 9, Young 5, Futscher 17, Shannon 7, King 5. Totals 21-37 14-25 58.

Danville 9 13 19 19 — 60

Bishop Brossart 15 17 15 11 — 58

Three-point goals — D 4-19 (Z. Walker 2-3, McPherson 2-12, Walker 0-1, Chenault 0-1, E. Grey 0-2), BB 2-5 (Verst 1-2, Stadtmiller 0-2, King 1-1).

Glasgow 53, University Heights 46

UNIVERSITY HEIGHTS (17-2) — Holmes 20, Storling 0, Snorton 12, Grubbs 12, Kaye 2, Totals 15-56 11-14 46.

GLASGOW (16-6) — Alexander 7, Glover 19, Barley 8, S. Smith 11, Depp 0, A. Smith 8. Totals 18-58 14-26 53.

University Heights 6 13 14 13 — 46

Glasgow 10 11 13 19 — 53

Three-point goals — UHA 5-17 (Holmes 3-9, Grubbs 2-6, Kaye 0-1, Hamby 0-1), G 3-11 (A. Smith 0-1, Alexander 1-5, Glover 0-2, Bartley 2-2, Chapman 0-1).

Owensboro Catholic 77, Leslie Co. 61

OWENSBORO CATHOLIC (19-2) — Berry 9, Garvin 5, Moore 21, Pearson 20, Howard 13, Marshall 3, Hayden 3, Wilson 1, Maggard 2. Totals 31-68 10-17 77.

LESLIE CO. (14-7) — Farler 7, Moore 12, Asher 14, Combs 14, Griffith 12, Gay 2. Totals 21-45 14-16 61.

Owensboro Catholic 10 20 24 23 — 77

Leslie County 12 17 15 17 — 61

Three-point goals — OC 5-17 (Berry 3-7, Marshall 1-2, Garvin 0-2, Moore 1-5, Wilson 0-1), LC 5-11 (Farler 1-1, Combs 4-8, Griffith 0-2).

Newport Central Catholic 65, trimble co. 48

TRIMBLE CO. (13-6) — E. Gonterman 0, P. Black 18, Clifford 8, Consley 7, Dunlap 8, S. Black 7. Totals 20-50 7-10 48.

NEWPORT CENTRAL CATHOLIC (19-2) — Davenport 6, Ware 10, Lewis 7, Mayes 19, Kiernan 21, Zimmerman 2. Totals 18-40 26-35 65.

Trimble County 13 12 12 11 — 48

Newport Central Catholic 16 20 8 21 — 65

Three-point goals — TC 1-7 (P. Black 0-2, Clifford 0-4, S. Black 1-1), NCC 3-10 (Davenport 1-2, Lewis 0-1, Mayes 2-4, Neace 0-3).

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