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Girls’ All ‘A’ Classic: Small-school event will crown new champ

Danville's Alyvia Walker shoots over Covington Holy Cross' Ally Mayhaus, during the opening round of the girls Touchstone Energy All ‘A’ Classic, in Frankfort, Wednesday, January 28, 2015.
Danville's Alyvia Walker shoots over Covington Holy Cross' Ally Mayhaus, during the opening round of the girls Touchstone Energy All ‘A’ Classic, in Frankfort, Wednesday, January 28, 2015.

The statewide girls’ All “A” Classic basketball tournament gets underway Wednesday at the Frankfort Convention Center and one thing’s a given: a new champion will be crowned.

Covington Holy Cross, which defeated Murray by a point last season to claim its first All “A” crown before winning the true state tournament in March, isn’t in this year’s field. Murray’s Tigers, ranked eighth in the latest Cantrall Ratings, are back and will be the favorite to win the 2016 edition of the small-school showcase.

The snow that crashed into the state on Friday delayed many of the regional tournaments. The 11th Region played its finals on Monday after its semifinals were pushed to Sunday afternoon, usually a space free of interscholastic competition.

Frankfort advanced from the 11th Region after defeating Sayre 71-46 behind a tremendous outing from senior Brianna Burbridge: 42 points, 11 rebounds and nine steals in a little more than 27 minutes of action. The Panthers (9-8) ended the Spartans’ two-year streak of All “A” appearances and are back in the main event for the first time since 2013, their only prior appearance. They reached the quarterfinals that season.

Murray, Danville and Glasgow advanced to the statewide tournament on Monday, too.

Click here to view the girls’ All “A” Classic tournament bracket.

Like Frankfort, Murray played its semifinal game Sunday. Danville, which defeated Somerset 57-45, advanced a full week after its semifinal win over Washington County. Glasgow upset No. 15 Monroe County, 69-63, after the two teams cruised to semifinal wins about six hours earlier.

The Scotties were the last public school to win the All “A” Classic, in 2014. Private schools have won eight of the last 11.

Nine regions are represented by different schools than they were a season ago. In addition to Frankfort, they are: Livingston Central (2nd), Glasgow (4th), Green County (5th), Walton-Verona (8th), Newport Central Catholic (9th), Breathitt County (14th), Shelby Valley (15th) and Menifee County (16th).

Returning from the 2015 tournament are: Murray (1st), Owensboro Catholic (3rd), Harlan (13th), Danville (12th), Kentucky Country Day (6th), Presentation (7th), Bracken County (10th).

Josh Moore: 859-231-1307, @HLpreps

Cantrall Ratings

School

Rating

Murray

82.6

Owensboro Catholic

79.2

Glasgow

74.7

Harlan

72.5

Newport Central Catholic

70.7

Shelby Valley

69.6

Green County

69.3

Walton-Verona

65.3

Menifee County

64.2

Bracken County

63.9

Danville

63.8

Breathitt County

62.0

Frankfort

54.8

Presentation

52.7

Livingston Central

44.1

Kentucky Country Day

31.1

All ‘A’ Classic first round

At Frankfort Convention Center

(All games Wednesday; in bracket order)

8:30 a.m.: No. 18 Owensboro Catholic (17-4) vs. Kentucky Country Day (9-10)

10 a.m.: Shelby Valley (16-2) vs. Danville (10-11)

11:30 a.m.: Harlan (18-3) vs. Bracken Co. (11-5)

1 p.m.: Menifee Co. (14-7) vs. Frankfort (9-8)

5 p.m.: Presentation (12-10) vs. Walton-Verona (14-5)

6:30 p.m.: Green Co. (18-3) vs. No. 8 Murray (20-1)

8 p.m.: Livingston Central (6-10) vs. Newport Central Catholic (13-6)

9:30 p.m.: Glasgow (13-6) vs. Breathitt Co. (15-4)

Past winners

(x-won KHSAA state championship)

1991

Cumberland

1992

Cumberland

1993

x-Nicholas County

1994

Louisville Holy Cross

1995

Monroe County

1996

Louisville Holy Cross

1997

x-Hazard

1998

Hazard

1999

Bishop Brossart

2000

Somerset

2001

Jackson County

2002

Jackson County

2003

Clinton County

2004

Clinton County

2005

Louisville Christian

2006

Monroe County

2007

x-Lexington Christian

2008

Lexington Christian

2009

Lexington Christian

2010

Newport Central Catholic

2011

Owensboro Catholc

2012

Walton-Verona

2013

Owensboro Catholic

2014

Glasgow

2015

x-Covington Holy Cross

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