RICHMOND — Even the hero had her doubts.
Owensboro Catholic trailed three-time defending Touchstone Energy All "A" Classic champion Lexington Christian by six points late in the fourth quarter in the quarterfinals.
LCA had slowed the game down, hoping to run out the McBrayer Arena clock on a challenging game.
Rebecca Greenwell looked at the scoreboard and wondered how Owensboro Catholic could come back from that kind of deficit.
"I was having doubts that we could win," she said.
But Greenwell was the Aces' ace in the hole in a 57-55 last-second win over the Eagles.
Greenwell, already coveted by several Division I schools around the nation, hit two three-pointers in the final minute and assisted on the game-winner to help lift Catholic.
She hit one three-pointer with 49 seconds to go (just her second of the game) that pulled the Aces within a point 53-52, then she hit another from 23 feet to tie it at 55 in the waning seconds.
The Aces (11-12), who had been knocked out of this small-school state tournament by LCA three straight times, got a Kaitlyn Elder steal on the long inbounds pass, and then Greenwell found Mary Kate Clemens for the winner as time expired.
"That's a phenomenal play; I don't care what grade you're in, that was a phenomenal play," LCA Coach Jason Seamands said.
Greenwell finished with 26 points, 14 rebounds, five steals and four assists.
Even though there were mere tenths of seconds, Clemens had enough time to have this race through her mind: "I was like, 'Man, I have the ball,' " she recalled. "Then I was like, 'Man, I hope I don't miss it.' Then I was like, 'Man, we just beat LCA!' "
Clemens had 13 points and six rebounds for the winners, who advanced to face Louisville Holy Cross in the first semifinal game on Saturday.
Greenwell's AAU teammate Sarah Beth Barnette seemingly did enough to give the Eagles a win.
With her future coach, the University of Kentucky's Matthew Mitchell, in attendance, Barnette put on a show, scoring 30 points (including four three-pointers), grabbed 15 rebounds and had four blocks and three steals.
But it wasn't enough.
"We didn't help her much today," Seamands said. "Sarah Beth was awesome. She'll make the All-Tournament team, and this will be her fourth year in a row."
Seamands said people will talk about those final minutes — he'll probably rethink them a few times, too — but it was really a problematic game from the beginning.
"It felt like we were a car that couldn't get started," Seamands said. "We couldn't get in a rhythm."
Barnette was just sad to see LCA's historic All "A" run come to an end.
"Winning three straight championships and setting a record, it was awesome to do that," she said. "I wish we could have done that this year, too, but we had a really great run."
No. 7 Newport Central Catholic 51, Green County 35: The Thoroughbreds held Green County to four field goals in the second half and ran away, outscoring the Dragons 28-14 after intermission.
Both Mariah Tabor and Courtney Sandfoss had 11 points for NewCath, which had five players score seven points or more en route to its 11th straight victory.
The Breds forced Green County into 33 turnovers and scored 25 points off of those miscues.
Louisville Holy Cross 61, Harlan 32: Guards Kim Mingus and Robin Deckard put up 21 points apiece to help the Cougars (19-5) advance easily to the semifinals.
Mingus made nine of her 10 shot attempts and had four rebounds. Deckard made five three-pointers and added four assists and three steals for the Holy Cross, which won its sixth straight.
The Dragons, led by Ashley Mullins' 10 points, fell to 13-9.
Murray 55, Walton-Verona 33: The Tigers clamped down on defense in the second half and held the Bearcats to 21 percent shooting, including an 11.1 percent clip from three-point range to win out.
Walton-Verona was held scoreless for the entire third quarter and made 23.4 percent of its baskets.
The Tigers won their 10th straight behind 16 points and seven rebounds from Haley Armstrong.