FRANKFORT — Bardstown's 63-43 rout of Glasgow in the quarterfinals of the boys' Touchstone Energy All "A" Classic Friday night could be called second-round revenge.
Last fall Glasgow beat Bardstown 15-9 in the second round of the football playoffs and the Scotties went on to play for the state title.
The Tigers were more than happy to settle that score on the Frankfort Convention Center basketball court.
Jordan Brewer, one of eight football guys on Bardstown's basketball roster, said revenge was on their minds against Glasgow. "We talked about it all day, about getting them back for football."
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Coach James "Boo" Brewer, Jordan's dad, agreed that it was "nice and sweet" for the Tigers to turn the tables on Glasgow.
Devonte Grundy led the Tigers with 15 points and 11 rebounds. Anthony Myrks had 14 points and four assists.
Bardstown's defense was the difference, though. It played zone for the first time in two years. "Boo" Brewer said his players had been "bugging" him to try a zone and he finally relented.
"I think it threw (Glasgow) off a little bit."
That's an understatement.
The Scotties, whose basketball lineup is stocked with football guys, shot as if they were outfitted in pads and helmets. They were 11-for-60 (18 percent) from the field, including 3-for-21 on threes.
Coach Jeff Hall said it was much his team's inability to finish around the rim as anything, but he did credit Bardstown. "I told my team that some nights you've gotta hand it to your opponent."
Heath 48, West Carter 42: Heath's tried-and-true triangle-and-2 defense kept West Carter's two big scorers in check and the Pirates earned a trip to the All "A" semifinals for the first time since 1994.
"It's not something we came up with yesterday," Heath Coach Burlin Brower said. "The kids love it and believe in it."
Heath's "D" gave an early indication what was to come as West Carter misfired on 13 of its first 14 shots and fell behind 17-6.
The Comets eventually warmed up and rallied to within two points in the second half. But Heath never relinquished the lead and held on despite some uncharacteristically shaky foul shooting.
Jacob Jett led the Pirates. The senior overcame some foul trouble to get 14 points and 10 rebounds.
Jett said it was a bit of vindication for last year when he thought his foul problems were the reason Heath lost to Danville in the quarterfinals.
Jett and the Pirates from Paducah didn't miss their opportunity to reach the semifinals this time around.
"Words can't describe what it means to get there my senior year," Jett said.
Drew Wrinkle had 13 points for Heath.
West Carter's top scorer was Dustin Black, who came off the bench to get 12 points. Cody Stamper had 10.
Kyle Brown and Derek Lawson, who average 33 points between them, couldn't get much going against Heath's triangle-and-2.
Brown, a junior guard, had seven points on 2-for-11 shooting. Lawson, a 6-4 senior, got only five shots and scored four points. He also had 11 rebounds.
Brower credited Chase Bradley for his defense on Brown. Jett's size negated Lawson's effectiveness inside.
West Carter shot 36 percent and missed 10 of 12 from three-point range.
Brower's only quibble with his team's performance was its 16-for-25 foul shooting.
"That's just not typical of us," he said.
Covington Holy Cross 48, Owen County 35: The Indians' go-to guys, Jake Burger and Antonio Campbell, led them to a hard-earned victory.
Burger, a senior guard, had 20 points, 10 rebounds and three steals. Campbell, a 6-8 junior center, had 13 points, seven rebounds and six blocked shots.
This game was physical and close most of the way. Owen County had the momentum early before Holy Cross battled back to lead by eight early in the fourth quarter.
Owen County rallied to within 36-33 before the Indians finished it off with a 9-2 run in the last four minutes.
Holy Cross Coach Erik Goetz said he expected Owen County to play with a lot of emotion early, backed by a big crowd that remembered the Rebels' 45-0 loss in the football playoffs to the eventual Class 2A state champs.
"We had to stem that surge, we thought over four quarters our depth and our pace would get to them at some point and we could gain control of the game," Goetz said.
Owen County had 18 turnovers that Holy Cross converted into 23 points.
The Rebels were led by Stone Osborne and Justin Shelton with nine points apiece. Sawyer Williams added seven points and nine rebounds.
Louisville Collegiate 54, Danville 48: The Titans broke a 40-40 tie by outscoring Danville 14-8 in the fourth quarter to reach the semifinals.
Ryan Perry and David Keyer each hit a pair of free throws in the last 15 seconds to seal the victory. Perry finished with 14 points and six rebounds to lead Collegiate. Bryce Overstreet added 11 points and 5 rebounds. Danville was led by Tryston Ford’s 20 points.