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All ‘A’ Classic quarterfinals: NewCath girls survive overtime battle with Glasgow

Danville’s Matthew Turner (12) readied a shot in the Admirals’ game against Newport Central Catholic in the quarterfinals of the All “A” Classic on Friday, Jan. 29, 2016.
Danville’s Matthew Turner (12) readied a shot in the Admirals’ game against Newport Central Catholic in the quarterfinals of the All “A” Classic on Friday, Jan. 29, 2016. jmoore@herald-leader.com

Ansley Davenport scored 35 points, including 10 in overtime, to get Newport Central Catholic past Glasgow, 70-65, in the quarterfinals of the girls’ All “A” Classic Friday at the Frankfort Convention Center.

NewCath reached the semifinals, where it meets No. 8 Murray, for the 11th time in its 13 total appearances. The Thoroughbreds won their only All “A” Classic in 2010.

Up 56-50 with 1:06 left and Glasgow star Bree Glover on the bench with five fouls, things looked pretty good for NewCath.

But the Scotties went on an 8-2 run at the end of regulation, led by a three-pointer by Elli Bartley as well as a trio of free throws earned after she got hit on an attempt with 22 seconds left.

The teams traded leads in overtime before a crucial stretch at 64-64 when Davenport scored a layup inside then hit four straight free throws, two on an intentional foul and two off a drive to the rim, to put the game on ice.

“We’ve been proving people wrong all year,” NewCath Coach George Stoll said. “Before the game we talked about it again today ... even if it’s just one person, a whole team or everybody in the stands.”

The Thoroughbreds are 15-6 but ranked seventh in the 9th Region by the Cantrall Ratings. They upended Covington Holy Cross, the defending All “A” and state champions, 52-50 in overtime to reach this year’s edition of the small-school tournament.

They’ll be underdogs by any metric when they go up against No. 8 Murray, the tournament favorite. The Tigers have beaten their opponents by an average of 27.6 points this season, third best in the state, and cruised in their quarterfinal matchup with Walton-Verona.

“(Murray) has such length and athleticism,” Stoll said. “They’re good. ... It’ll be tough but if there’s one thing I can say about our team, it’s that they won’t back down to absolutely anybody.”

Stoll contrasted the Tigers’ balance with Glasgow’s 1-2 punch of Bartley and Glover, a Mississippi signee, who scored 28 and 25 respectively. The idea coming into Friday was to keep a close eye on each of them.

Cordia goes wire to wire

Anthony Nelson scored 20 points and blocked three shots for Cordia, which led the entire game against University Heights in the boys’ All “A” Classic quarterfinals on Friday.

The Lions jumped out to an 8-0 lead. UHA never than 17-15 in the second quarter. The Blazers got to within 45-40 with 3:15 to play but missed four of their final six shots and turned the ball over twice inside the final three.

Ajanee Chisolm had 13 points for Cordia and went 8-for-8 from the free-throw line. He played having learned of his grandmother’s passing Friday morning.

“I think that messed my game up a little bit but I had to get the win for my team,” Chisolm said.

Cordia reached the finals in 2014, its only other previous trip to the All “A” Classic. In the next round it gets another shot at Newport Central Catholic, which knocked it out that season.

▪ Ben Weyer scored 38 points and tied a single-game tournament record with 22 rebounds in Newport Central Catholic’s 61-44 win over Danville. It was the Thoroughbreds’ 16th straight win in the small-school tournament.

▪ No. 22 Owen County survived a tough quarterfinal against Morgan County, 64-58. Carson Williams had a 29-point, eight-rebound night for the Rebels, who advanced in spite of Jordan Perry’s 37-point effort for the Cougars.

Boys’ scoring record falls in first round

Dominique Compton scored 48 points in Green County’s 79-66 win over Shelby Valley in the first round of the boys’ All “A” Classic on Thursday. He passed the previous record of 41 set by Caverna’s Marcus Boyd in 1994.

It was the second scoring record to fall in the 2016 edition of the small-school tournament. BriAnna Burbridge set a new girls’ single-game record with 48 points against Menifee County on Wednesday.

Compton, the No. 2 scorer in the state, also obliterated the previous tournament record for made free throws in a single game, connecting on 32 of 39 attempts. The previous mark of 17, by Glasgow’s Cameron Hall, was tied by McLean County’s Sam Miller in a loss to Morgan County earlier Thursday.

“I know I shot a lot of free throws. I shot 39. That’s crazy,” Compton said with a laugh when asked if he knew he’d broken the record during the game. A bone bruise in his knee flared up during the third quarter and caused him to miss a few minutes before re-entering in the fourth quarter, in which he hit 15 of his shots from the stripe.

There were 74 total fouls called in a game that clocked in just shy of two hours. Five Shelby Valley players fouled out including Hunter Swindall, the state’s third-leading scorer, who picked up his final two fouls 28 seconds apart early in the third quarter. Chad Emmons, who finished with 15 points and five rebounds, was among four Green County players who were disqualified.

“People tell me they play hard but that was a war,” Green County Coach Keith Young said. “ ... We told our kids to expect that and I thought they did pretty good.”

Compton had a more colloqiual way of describing Shelby Valley’s physicality.

“They’re from the mountains. That’s the way of it.”

Josh Moore: 859-231-1307, @HLpreps

Girls: Owensboro Catholic 54, Shelby Valley 37

Shelby Valley (17-3) — Rose 3, Mullins 15, Tackett 8, Wright 1, Newsom 6, Hampton 4.

OCath (19-4) — Booth 1, Berry 17, Moore 22, Hayden 10, Mitchell 2, Thompson 2.

Shelby Valley

6

11

12

8

37

OCath

13

7

10

24

54

Girls: Murray 64, Walton-Verona 36

Murray (22-1)— Lawson 10, Mayes 11, Ma. Turley 5, Waldrop 12, Ramey 17, Burpo 2, Grogan 2, Curtis 3, Burdine 2.

Walton-Verona (15-6) — Kinmon 2, Meyer 3, Ison 10, Lehkamp 3, Simpson 7, Anderson 5, Rodgers 3, Poore 3.

Murray

20

12

10

22

64

Walton-Verona

8

6

14

8

36

Girls: Newport Central Catholic 70, Glasgow 65 (OT)

Glasgow (14-7) — Lee 6, Burd 2, Bartley 28, Glover 25, Viers 4.

NewCath (15-6) — Davenport 35, Schalk 14, Breen 11, Martin 2, Zimmerman 8.

NewCath

8

12

17

21

7

65

Glasgow

12

17

14

15

12

70

Boys: Cordia 57, University Heights 44

University Heights (11-11) — Summers 2, Ta. Hollowell 6, McGowan 6, Tr. Hollowell 15, Tandy 15.

Cordia (12-6) — Mercado 8, Chisolm 13, Biallas 2, Keita 6, Nelson 20, McDonald 2, Henry 6.

University Heights

7

10

11

16

44

Cordia

13

12

9

23

57

Boys: Newport Central Catholic 61, Danville 44

NewCath (17-3) — Hall 4, Anderson 3, Pangallo 3, Moeves 8, Anderson 1, Weyer 38, Neff 4.

Danville (11-10) — Southerland 7, J. Turner 5, Wilson 6, McKinney 19, M. Turner 5, Roney 2

NewCath

12

21

14

14

61

Danville

10

7

11

16

44

Boys: Owen County 64, Morgan County 58

Owen County (19-2) — Osborne 4, McDonald 4, Toftness 14, Williams 29, Dunaway 10, Forsee 2, Tackett 1.

Morgan County (15-5) — Banks 13, Adams 3, Perry 37, Prater 5, Sparkman.

Owen County

10

14

18

22

64

Morgan County

12

13

9

24

58

All ‘A’ Classic semifinals

Saturday at Frankfort Convention Center

Boys: Cordia vs. Newport Central Catholic, 6 p.m.; Owen County vs. Murray-Green County winner, 7:30 p.m.

Girls: Owensboro Catholic vs. Harlan, noon; Murray vs. Newport Central Catholic, 1:30 p.m.

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