You won't find a single Newport Central Catholic player among the state's top 50 scorers.
In fact, the seventh-ranked Thoroughbreds don't have a player averaging more than 10.5 points a game.
But scoring just isn't their main concern.
"Defense is our thing," Coach Ron Dawn said. "That has to be our thing. We have to play hard and play good team defense every night out to have a chance."
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If defense wins championships, then Newport Central Catholic has to be the odds-on favorite to win the Touchstone Energy All "A" Classic at Eastern Kentucky this week.
The Thoroughbreds (13-2) have one of the top two defenses in the 16-team field, holding opponents to 37.6 points a game.
Dawn doesn't mind being the favorite in this year's small-school state tournament.
"I'd rather be at the top than at the bottom of the ratings," he said. "I don't think it makes a whole lot of difference. People are going to be ready to play, and everyone at this tournament is going to be pretty good."
The Thoroughbreds are riding a nine-game win streak playing a tough schedule.
"It looks like Newport Central Catholic is by far the favorite," said Lexington Christian Coach Jason Seamands, who said he's happy to lose the "favorite" label after three straight years with it.
The Eagles made tournament history last season by becoming the first school — boys or girls — to win the tournament three straight times.
They will now try to defend their title without long-time starters Anna Martin (DePaul) and Courtney Clifton (Western Kentucky).
LCA does return Kentucky signee Sarah Beth Barnette, who is leading her team in nearly every statistical category.
And Seamands says that even though his team isn't the favorite this season, it will still be wearing something all too familiar.
"I'm sure people will be gunning for us just because of the three straight," he said. "We're kind of expecting a bulls'-eye to still be on us, too."
LCA's résumé coming into the tournament isn't too shabby, either. The Eagles have wins over several ranked opponents including No. 13 Louisville Christian, No. 20 Ryle, No. 21 Lexington Catholic and No. 22 Assumption.
But Christian and Newport Central Catholic aren't the only quality teams in Richmond this week.
According to Dave Cantrall's Rating the State, there is a slim seven points separating the second-rated team, LCA, from the eighth team, Owensboro Catholic.
The other top teams in the tournament include Murray, with its 19-1 record and eight-game win streak. The Tigers have the top-scoring offense, averaging 63.8 points a game.
Somerset has won three in a row and comes in 14-5. Louisville Holy Cross is 16-5 and has won seven of its last eight.
Walton-Verona (15-2) has won nine of its last 10 games and is allowing opponents to score just 35.6 points a game.
"It's a real strong field," Dawn said. "It's going to be a heck of a tournament."
But, for now, it looks like Newport Central Catholic's to lose. Its four-guard lineup is tough to match up with, and because several players hover at about 10 points a game, the team is hard to scout.
"We're very balanced," Dawn said. "Makes it hard for teams to focus on shutting down just one person. We run an offense that looks for whoever has the advantage. We don't focus on getting the ball to one person."
Catholic has never won the state tournament, but it has been runner-up twice, in 2001 versus Jackson County and in 2007 against LCA.
In fact, the Eagles have knocked the Thoroughbreds out of the tournament for three straight seasons. But this season, the teams are on opposite sides of the bracket, so the matchup would have to wait until the championship game.