High School Basketball

All 'A' MVP Greenwell sparks Owensboro Catholic girls to title

Sidney Riney (10) and the Owensboro Catholic Lady Aces held off a rally by Monroe County to claim the championship trophy at the All "A" Classic at Eastern Kentucky University.
Sidney Riney (10) and the Owensboro Catholic Lady Aces held off a rally by Monroe County to claim the championship trophy at the All "A" Classic at Eastern Kentucky University. TIM WEBB

RICHMOND — When Owensboro Catholic's girls absolutely, positively needed somebody to deliver clutch plays in the finals of the Touchstone Energy All "A" Classic, Coach Ray Zuberer knew whom to call on: Becca Greenwell.

With the Lady Aces and Monroe County locked in a tight game in the second half, Zuberer told his star, "Becca, you're the best player in the state, so daggone it, take over this basketball game."

Greenwell did just that, scoring 17 consecutive points for her team during one stretch and sparking Owensboro Catholic to a 65-60 victory in EKU's McBrayer Arena Sunday afternoon.

Greenwell, a 6-foot-1 sophomore, finished with 33 points and 14 rebounds. She was the obvious choice for All "A" MVP. Her 122 points in four games broke the tournament scoring record, and her 56 rebounds were one shy of tying a record.

"She's a great player," Monroe County Coach Dwayne Murray said. "She just took over. At one time, we had four people on her, but she still managed to score."

Greenwell got support from Lauryn Yevincy (13 points) and Mary Kate Clemens (eight points, seven rebounds, four assists, four steals).

The All "A" is a small-school tournament, but Greenwell said, "It's a huge title for us to win. It's awesome, and it feels amazing."

Owensboro Catholic appeared to be headed for a relatively easy time in the finals when it built an 11-point halftime lead. But Monroe County stormed back and took a 40-38 lead.

The Lady Aces weren't down for long, though. Greenwell hit a driving layup to end the third quarter, then swished a three-pointer to start the fourth. Monroe County would get no closer the rest of the way.

Owensboro Catholic sealed its victory at the free-throw line where it hit 17 of 18 for the afternoon.

"I believe we ran out of gas," Murray said of his Lady Falcons. "I think I have the best team, but Owensboro Catholic was better today."

Caylan Bybee led Monroe County with 21 points and 10 rebounds. Madison Clements had 19 points.

Monroe County was trying to win its third title in three tries. It won the small-school championship in its only other appearances in 1995 and 2006.

This was Owensboro Catholic's six trip to the All "A", and it made the most of its first time in the finals.

"It's nice to have our name up there with all the other great schools that have won it," Zuberer said.

MONROE COUNTY (16-6) Bybee 8-15 5-6 21, Clements 6-18 4-4 19, Murray 3-6 0-0 6, Harlin 3-9 0-0 8, Moore 2-3 0-1 4, Turner 0-0 2-4 2, Gordon 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 22-52 11-15 60.

OWENSBORO CATHOLIC (19-7) Greenwell 12-22 6-6 33, Yevincey 4-7 2-2 13, Greathouse 2-4 3-4 7, Riney 1-4 2-2 4, Clemens 2-10 4-4 8. Totals 21-47 17-18 65.

Monroe Co. 12 8 20 20—60

Owensboro Cathollic 15 16 9 25—65

All-tournament: Becca Greenwell (MVP), Leah Greathouse, Laura Riney, Mary Kate Clemens of Owensboro Catholic; Caylan Bybee, Madison Clements, Kayla Murray of Monroe County; Kristen Jacob, Katelin Bundy of Lexington Christian; Brittany Fryer, Kiley Bartels of Newport Central Catholic; Carla Booth of Sheldon Clark; Essence Grey of Danville.