FRANKFORT — It took Lexington Christian Academy almost seven minutes to get its first field goal against Bardstown in the boys' Touchstone Energy All "A" Classic Thursday afternoon.
The Eagles never did completely cure what ailed its offense and wound up losing the first-round game 58-46 in Frankfort Convention Center.
Bardstown's quick, swarming defense earned credit for the victory. LCA hit 30 percent from the field, including 4-for-19 on three-pointers.
"They were tough to score on," LCA Coach Tommy Huston said of the Tigers. "They made it hard for us to get open looks on our threes."
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Bardstown took advantage by building a 22-14 halftime lead, then scored the first 10 points of the third quarter to make it an 18-point margin.
LCA's defense sparked a rally that closed the gap to 46-40 with four minutes left, but the comeback ended there.
"I was happy with my bunch," Bardstown Coach James "Boo" Brewer said. "We came out aggressive on defense and kept our poise in certain situations.
"I thought Jordan (Brewer) controlled the game real well and I thought Cody (Ramos) did an excellent defensive job on (LCA's Jon Lannertone)."
Anthony Myrks and Devonte Grundy led Bardstown with 12 points apiece. Ramos had 10 points and limited Lannertone to three.
Jordan Brewer, the coach's son, had nine points, seven rebounds and four assists.
LCA, which has been without injured star Taylor Barnette for three weeks, was led by Taylor Blair and Tyler Harville with 11 points each. Travis Branham had 10.
Huston saw a silver lining in the loss. When LCA couldn't get its outside shots to fall, it started taking the ball to the rim.
"I was proud of the way these guys, especially Taylor, attacked the basket in the second half. I think we found a new strength for our team."
Heath 47, Betsy Layne 45: Chase Bradley's driving layup with 22 seconds left lifted Heath into the quarterfinals for the second year in a row and eliminated the defending champion Bobcats.
It was Bradley's second game-winning shot in a week. His three-pointer with two seconds left beat St. Mary 61-58 in the region finals.
Betsy Layne had a chance to tie but missed the front end of the bonus with seven seconds left. The Bobcats got the rebound but couldn't convert that either.
Drew Winkle led Heath with 16 points. Jacob Jett, a 6-5 senior who had 12 points and 10 rebounds, said it was "huge" to win a first-round game two years in a row on the "big stage" of the All "A."
Coach Burlin Brower said his Pirates were lucky to win considering it had a long scoring drought in the first half, made 11 turnovers and hit only five of 10 free throws.
"You take the win, go back to the hotel and be happy," he said.
Betsy Layne Coach William Newsome Jr. said his team was handicapped by senior Andrew Roberts' foul trouble, which kept him on the bench for 10 minutes. "We miss his scoring when he's not in there."
But Newsome was proud of the way his young guys rallied after falling behind by eight in the second half.
"We had three freshmen and two sophomores in there when we made the big run," he said. "The future looks bright for Betsy Layne."
Peyton Case, one of those freshmen, led the Bobcats with 17 points and five rebounds. Dustin Rogers, also a freshman, had nine points.
Glasgow 73, McLean County 40: Glasgow, one of the tournament favorites, had an easy time against the lowest-rated team in the field.
Glasgow dominated from the start, rolling to a 33-16 halftime lead and building on it the rest of the way.
Jalen Sublett had 20 points and Parker Cash had 18 for the Scotties, who got to the rim whenever they tried, which made their 0-for-6 three-point shooting irrelevant.
Glasgow had a 43-10 edge on the boards, led by Lajuan Smith's 11 rebounds.
Jacob Revlett had 13 points for McLean County, which got 20 fewer shots than the Scotties.
Covington Holy Cross 57, Barbourville 47: The Indians' duo of Jake Burger (23 points, 8 rebounds) and Tony Campbell (18 points, 17 rebounds) were too much for Barbourville.
Holy Cross was pushed most of the way. It led only 45-42 with three minutes left, but used a 7-0 run to secure the victory.
Josh Hildebrand led Barbourville with 27 points, including seven three-pointers.
Owen County 55, Buckhorn 37: Owen County used balanced scoring — Jarrod Ball (12 points), Carson Williams (11 points), Zach Ripy (9 points) and Sawyer Williams (8 points) — to slip by Buckhorn.
Matt Day led Buckhorn with 21 points.
Louisville Collegiate 57, Bishop Brossart 52 (OT): Andrew Steggeman's 18 points and seven assists sparked Collegiate, rated 15th in the 16-team field, to an upset of the Mustangs. Will McAnulty hit three 3-pointers and had 11 points for the winners. Brossart was led by Justin Saunders' 11 points.
Collegiate outscored Brossart 8-3 in the overtime, with Steggeman getting four points and two rebounds.
Brossart took only three-point shots in the overtime, hitting just one of six.
Drew Burns, who came off the bench to score 10 points for Brossart, tied the game with a basket with 10 seconds left in the regulation. Collegiate's Will McAnulty missed a three-pointer at the buzzer.