FRANKFORT — Gallatin County put three scorers in double figures en route to a 48-35 victory over Bracken County in Friday's quarterfinals of the Touchstone Energy All "A" Classic in the Frankfort Convention Center.
The win vaults the Lady Wildcats (15-6) into Saturday's semifinals against Murray, the top-rated team in the tournament.
"Murray's going to be a challenge. We knew that," Coach Holly Roberts said. "But any time you play in this tournament, everybody's a challenge. Bracken County's a very good team. ... But at this point I think you just let everything go and see what happens."
What happened Friday was a come-from-behind effort, sparked by Autumn Bowen's 18 points. Danielle Wesley followed with 14 points, while Hannah Dossett had 11.
Bracken County (14-8) was led by Kinley Ruf and MacKenzie Jefferson with eight points each. Bailey Cummins, averaging 24 points, was held to five on 1-for-10 shooting from the floor.
The Lady Bears had problems shooting all game, finishing 13-for-49 (26.5 percent). Gallatin was just enough better at 18-for-48 (37.5 percent).
Bracken scored the first eight points of the game, getting back-to-back three-pointers by Ruf and a put-back by Kara Jones.
Gallatin battled back to tie 10-10 through one quarter and finished the half on a 4-0 mini-run to lead 24-18.
"They jumped out on us 8-0, hit a couple of threes. I think we covered the shooter better, No. 10 (Ruf)," Roberts said. "She had an off game last game, but you could tell she could shoot the ball. I think taking her away (helped).
"And we knew the key was 'are we going to be able to stop penetration?' And if we were able to do that and rebound we thought we could get out on the floor and get some scores. Of course, they had us scouted well. They came out chasing us and we've seen that about 15 times this year, so I guess it's prepared us for this occasion."
Gallatin's lead was only 32-26 late in the third quarter.
But the Lady Wildcats scored 14 of the next 16 points, including nine in a row by Bowen, to blow the game open.
"I thought Kinley did a good job early, hitting two threes right off the bat to give us a 6-0 lead," Bracken Coach Patrick Kelsch said. "Once they saw that she could shoot the ball ... they went to their triangle-and-two, and we've got some girls who just aren't confident enough. When they're wide open, they'd rather somebody (was) running at them.
"I don't think we just hit enough shots. If you look at our defense in the first half we held them to shooting 31 percent; we shot 25 percent. ... We held Dossett, a 2,000-point scorer, to 11 points. If you'd tell me before the game we'd hold her to 11, I'd feel pretty good about our chances."
Murray 64, Leslie Co. 33: Maddie Waldrop totaled 17 points and six rebounds as the Lady Tigers never trailed.
Macey Turley chipped in with 11 points for Murray (21-2).
Katie Moore and Brooke Asher scored 11 points each for Leslie (18-4).
"We felt like we had a good game plan going into it,' winning coach Rechelle Turner. "We knew the Moore kid was exceptional. We had to limit her touches and make everything hard for her, and our kids really bought into the game plan. And I thought as the game wore on our pressure wore them down."
Covington Holy Cross 60, Clinton Co. 46: Deja Turner scored 20 points as the Indians (17-3) led wire-to-wire.
Ally Mayhaus, who scored her 1,000th career point, added 14 points.
Kayla Dicken and Ansley Stalcup each scored 15 for Clinton County (21-4).
Owensboro Catholic 61, Caverna 54: The Lady Aces (16-6) had a 14-4 advantage in points off turnovers and 30-22 on points in the paint.
Annabel Moore paced the winners with 19 points. Mikayla Berry added 12 points and eight rebounds.
Ciara Waggoner netted 17 points and five assists for Caverna (13-8). Andrea Davis had 11 points for the Lady Colonels, while Madison Faulkner had 10 points and 13 rebounds.