High School Basketball

Girls' All 'A' Classic: Summary of Wednesday's opening session

Newport Central Catholic's Olivia Huber brought the ball upcourt against Owsley County.
Newport Central Catholic's Olivia Huber brought the ball upcourt against Owsley County. TIM WEBB

FRANKFORT — Newport Central Catholic epitomized its nickname in Wednesday's opening round of the girls' Touchstone Energy All "A" Classic at the Frankfort Convention Center.

The Thoroughbreds led wire-to-wire in a 69-32 thrashing of Owsley County.

Nicole Kiernan, a 5-foot-10 sophomore, personally outscored the Owls 10-5 to start the game.

With a 12-7 lead, the 'Breds went on a 14-0 run to open a 19-point lead in the first quarter.

Owsley lost the ball on seven consecutive possessions during the run, leading to layup after layup. That was part of a 22-turnover day that led to 28 NewCath points.

"I felt like we were a better team," NewCath Coach Ron Dawn said. "And the more you let a team hang around with you, the more confidence they get, and sometimes you have a tendency to tighten up. So it was good to jump out on them early."

Kiernan finished with 20 points and 13 rebounds.

Jamie Kohls, a 5-9 senior, added 14 points. Aubrey Muench totaled eight points, six assists and four steals.

The winners won without benefit of a three-point goal.

NewCath (12-4) won the All "A" in 2010 and reached the semifinals last year. The Thoroughbreds will meet Green County in Friday's quarterfinals.

Owsley (12-7) got 13 points, 14 rebounds, two assists and four blocks from Peyton Wright, a 5-8 senior.

The Owls shot 3-for-20 in the second half and were 12-for-43 (27.9 percent) overall.

Louisville Holy Cross 48, Raceland 35: The Lady Cougars scored 25 points off of 23 turnovers and outscored the Lady Rams 18-8 in the paint.

Sydney Morabito hit three three-pointers en route to scoring 17 points. She also grabbed six rebounds.

Maya Hardin had eight points, four assists and three steals for the Cougars (18-3).

Raceland (13-7) was led by Micah Leslie, who shot 5-for-8 from three-point range to rack up 15 points. The Rams' Brooke Gee grabbed 10 rebounds, to go with six points.

Trailing 22-14 at halftime, Raceland got back-to-back threes by Leslie to pull to within 22-20.

That's as close as it got, though, and Holy Cross led by as many as 15 down the stretch.

Bishop Brossart 54, Harlan 31: The Lady Stangs went from outhouse to penthouse in 16 minutes, trading places with Harlan.

Harlan led 21-11 after Brossart shot 15.8 percent (3-for-19) in the first half.

Brossart (18-3) scored the first 12 points of the second half, then blew the game open by finishing with a 21-1 run.

Harlan was held to six points in the third quarter and four in the fourth.

Sarah Futscher, a 6-foot sophomore, scored four to fuel the 12-0 run. She added five in the game-ending flurry, while Madison Eisenman scored eight of her 10 points in the last 4:36.

Futscher finished with 19 points, eight rebounds and three blocks. Eisenman had five steals and helped Brossart outscore Harlan's bench 21-2.

After the miserable first half, Brossart shot 54.2 percent (13-for-24) in the second half.

Harlan made 45.5 percent (10-for-22) the first half, 18.8 (3-for-16) the rest of the way.

The Dragons (14-7) also had more than twice as many turnovers as the Stangs, 31-14, and were outscored 19-2 at the free-throw line.

Harlan's Ashley Mullins notched 16 points, eight rebounds and six blocks.

Owensboro Catholic 41, Murray 40: Leah Greathouse scored 12 points and Destiny Howard pulled down 12 rebounds as Owensboro Catholic edged Murray in a game with eight lead changes.

Murray got a game-high 18 points from Janssen Starks.

The teams' shooting percentages were nearly identical but Catholic outrebounded Murray 32-24. The losers kept it close by hitting 12 of 15 free throws.

Magoffin County 75. University Heights 67: Jamie Castle scored 26 points as Magoffin held off University Heights. Magoffin built on its six-point halftime lead with a big bulge, 28-14, in the third quarter. UHA's 23-11 advantage in the fourth quarter wasn't enough.

UHA outshot Magoffin 57 percent to 42 percent but turned the ball over more, 27-16.

The losers got 24 points from Denayia Holmes and 17 from Dannika Prater.

Walton-Verona 82, Kentucky Country Day 41: In a battle of Bearcats, the Northern Kentucky school doubled up the Louisville school.

Kara Taulbee led Walton-Verona with 25 points and Katie Slavey had 17. Selbi Hendricks had 21 for the losers.

Country Day turned the ball over 31 times, while Walton-Verona lost it only nine times