Both coaches said they could see it coming, but it didn't make the final score any less eye-popping for the fans watching the quarterfinals of the Republic Bank Holiday Classic.
No. 12 Sacred Heart upset previously unbeaten and top-ranked Marion County 52-40 at Lexington Catholic on Tuesday.
Valkyries Coach Donna Moir said she knew this was a possibility, even when she saw the tournament draw.
"This is awesome," Moir said of the win. "It's a good feeling. ... We're capable of beating anybody any night."
Knights Coach Trent Milby said he knew his team was beatable.
"I've been trying to tell them since the season started," he said. "I've been trying to tell them it's coming, but they've been shrugging it off. ... We could get beat again tomorrow."
The Valkyries held the Knights, who lost just one game to an in-state opponent last season, to just six points in the fourth quarter.
In the second half, Marion County (7-1) missed 13 of its 17 shot attempts. The total of 40 points was the fewest by the Knights since December of last season.
SHA made its shots, hitting 64.3 percent from the field in the second half. The Valkyries (8-0) closed out the game with a 13-0 run.
Morgan Clemons led SHA with 17 points and eight rebounds. Maddie Peabody added 12 points, four rebounds and three assists and Jade Tubb scored 10 points, including a key three-pointer early in the fourth quarter that put Sacred Heart up 44-40 with three minutes to go.
"We didn't do what we were supposed to do defensively," Milby said.
While Milby could see this loss coming from miles away, he's not sure what he'll see from the Knights now.
"In a couple weeks we'll see if this was a good learning experience," he said.
No. 2 Manual 70, No. 10 Elizabethtown 53: Four Crimsons finished in double figures, led by Mechael Guess's 15 points and three steals as they remained unbeaten and advanced to Wednesday morning's semifinals.
Manual (5-0) outrebounded the Panthers 33-26, including 15-6 on the offensive end. It helped the Crimsons outscore Elizabethtown (8-1) 15-4 on second tries. Reserve Destony Curry led Manual in that stat with seven boards and 10 points.
No. 9 Bowling Green 81, Lou. Christian 54: After a slow start, the Purples blew by CAL (5-2), outscoring the Centurions 29-11 in the second quarter.
Bowling Green had two 20-point scorers in Alexis Lawrence, who had 23 points and six rebounds and Adrienne Tarrence, who added 21 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists.
Zoe Sibalich had 17 points and six boards for the Purples, who won their eighth straight.
No. 5 Mercy 73, No. 6 Boone Co. 64: Juliann Miller put on a dominant performance, scoring a game-high 27 points and grabbing four rebounds in a battle of two top-10 teams.
Miller had plenty of help, though, with the defending champion Jaguars getting double-digit scoring from Emily Goetz (13 points), Christine Roush (12) and Lauren Faris (12).
Mercy (6-0) shot 58.8 percent for the game, including a hot 69.2 percent in the second half.
The Rebels (5-3) cut it to one point on a Sydney Moss putback with 5:17 to go before Mercy responded with a 10-2 run to help put the game out of reach. Moss led Boone County with 21 points, 14 rebounds, three assists, three steals and two blocked shots.
■ Kendall Noble had 29 points, 11 rebounds, six assists and seven steals, and No. 7 Perry County Central held off Lexington Catholic in the fourth quarter of a 76-73 win.
Alex Botkin had 10 points and 13 boards to lead the No. 22 Knights.
■ Lacinda Hack scored 22 points, and Ashli Mayes added 20 to lead Franklin County past St. Joseph (W.Va.) 78-61. The Flyers (5-1) will take on Ryle on Wednesday.