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Girls’ All ‘A’ Classic first round highlights: Walton-Verona marks return to tourney with win in opener

Harlan players helped teammate Jordan Brock off the floor after she and a Bracken County player collided. Harlan defeated the Polar Bears 55-30 in the first round of the All “A” Classic in Frankfort on Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2016.
Harlan players helped teammate Jordan Brock off the floor after she and a Bracken County player collided. Harlan defeated the Polar Bears 55-30 in the first round of the All “A” Classic in Frankfort on Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2016. jmoore@herald-leader.com

Hailey Ison thinks her most effective way of scoring is driving to the hoop and drawing contact. That was evident as she scored 29 points, including 12 at the charity stripe, in Walton-Verona’s 60-51 win over Presentation in the opening round of the All “A” Classic on Wednesday at the Frankfort Convention Center.

Ison, the state’s fifth-leading scorer at 25.3 points per game, shot 8-for-16 from the floor and 12-for-17 at the free-throw line. She scored 16 points in the fourth quarter as the Bearcats held off a Toppers team that got hot from three-point territory down the stretch.

Double and triple teams started becoming a common hurdle last season, Ison said.

“You just can’t get away from it,” she said. “But I have really awesome teammates who back me up, and they score to give me scoring opportunities. If I don’t get so many points in the first couple of quarters, I don’t worry about it cause I know my teammates got my back.”

Walton-Verona won the All “A” Classic in 2012 but ended a three-year absence this season. It came out flat, especially from beyond the arc, where it went 2-for-16 in the first half.

“We’ve never come to something like this,” Ison said of her class of seniors. “Once we got over that, hump I guess you would say, we were fine.”

Ison’s committed to Georgetown College and said she’ll probably sign with the Tigers in the coming weeks. She’s excited to play close to home.

The Bearcats’ next opponent is No. 8 Murray, which defeated Green County 64-48 in the first round.

“Murray’s gonna be a tall task, let’s put it that way,” Walton-Verona Coach Mike Clinkenbeard said with a laugh. “… Every game from here on out is a tall task.”

Murray Coach Rechelle Turner said her team would enjoy its win for a little while before getting ready for Walton-Verona. Ison presents some problems, but the Beartcats have “other kids that can make shots” and will be very well-coached.

“We respect them a whole lot,” Turner said. “We’re gonna be prepared and ready to go on Friday.”

Alexis Burpo had 23 points and 16 rebounds in the Tigers’ win. Macey Turley chipped in 16 points, six assists, five rebounds and five steals.

Harlan 55, Bracken County 30

Jordan Brock connected on her first six shots as Harlan jumped out to a 25-11 first quarter edge and cruised to a 55-30 win over 10th Region representative Bracken County. The Dragons will meet Frankfort in the quarterfinals at 10 a.m. Friday.

Brock ended with 18 points and eight rebounds on 8-for-17 shooting in a little under 25 minutes. Brooklyn Massingill scored 14 and had three steals.

Harlan, the favorite to go to the Sweet Sixteen out of the 13th Region, is in its seventh All “A” Classic in the last nine years but hasn’t reached the semifinals since their only trip in 1997.

Shelby Valley 62, Danville 52

Lakyn Mullins had 20 points and eight rebounds for Shelby Valley, which earned its first ever All “A” Classic win.

Summer Rose (13 points) and Kayla Newsom (11 points) also finished in double-figures for the Wildcats, who reached the small-school tournament only once before this season. They lost to Ballard Memorial 56-49 in their All “A” debut in 2008.

Ivy Turner had a game-high 21 points and seven rebounds for Danville, which lost in the first round for the third time in four years. The Admirals reached the finals in 2014, falling to Glasgow 53-43.

Josh Moore: 859-231-1307, @HLpreps

Owensboro Catholic 68, Kentucky Country Day 31

KCD (9-11) — Scott 8, Smith 3, Eisenbrei 7, Green 6, Dowling 4, Ledford 3.

OCath (18-4) — Berry 10, Marshall 3, Mitchell 6, Moore 24, Hayden 11, Keelin 5, Clemens 2, Lyon 2, Kanipe 5.

KCD

9

9

8

5

31

OCath

22

28

10

8

68

Shelby Valley 52, Danville 42

Danville (10-12) — Z. Walker 2, Gonzales 2, A. Walker 15, Turner 21, K. Walker 2.

Shelby Valley (17-2) — Rose 13, Mullins 20, Tackett 5, Wright 3, Newsome 11.

Danville

4

7

12

19

42

Shelby Valley

9

13

6

24

52

Harlan 55, Bracken County 30

Bracken County (12-6) — Ruf 6, Florer 7, Cummins 7, Kalb 7, Wolfe 3.

Harlan (18-3) — Brock 18, Charles 4, Bianchi 9, Massingill 14, K. King 3, M. King 7.

Bracken County

11

5

10

4

30

Harlan

25

7

13

10

55

Walton-Verona 60, Presentaton 51

Walton-Verona (15-5) — Ison 29, Simpson 18, Lehkamp 1, Anderson 4, Rodgers 6, Perry 2.

Presentation (12-11) — D. Jackson 6, C. Jackson 10, Nunnelly 3, Vogt 7, Stephenson 16, Thompson 9.

Walton-Verona

11

12

12

25

60

Presentation

13

10

5

23

51

Murray 64, Green County 48

Murray (21-1) — Lawson 3, Mayes 10, Burpo 23, Waldrop 9, Turley 2, Campbell 1.

Green County (18-4) — Schrembs 13, Howell 9, Hedgespeth 5, Judd 14, Perian 3, Parrott 2, Richards 2.

Murray

18

12

16

18

64

Green County

13

4

12

19

48

Newport Central Catholic 59, Livingston Central 27

NewCath (14-6) — Davenport 19, Schalk 5, Pangallo 2, Green 6, Martin 3, Rice 12, Bridewell 2, Zimmerman 4, Sykes 4, Kremer 2.

Livingston Central (6-11)— Campbell 10, Padon 3, Wring 1, Adams 1, Williams 9, Stafford 3

Livingston Central

17

16

18

8

59

NewCath

11

3

3

10

27

All “A” Classic quarterfinals

Friday at Frankfort Convention Center

8:30 a.m.: Owensboro Catholic vs. Shelby Valley

10 a.m.: Harlan vs. Frankfort

11:30 a.m.: Walton-Verona vs. Murray

1 p.m.: Newport Central Catholic vs. Glasgow-Breathitt County winner

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