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Monroe holds on to beat Magoffin, All ‘A’ evening session results

Published 9:45 am Thursday, January 24, 2013

Magoffin Countys basketball team attacked the rim, got to the free throw line but couldnt convert.

When Magoffin was forced to foul in the fourth quarter, Monroe County rarely missed its free throws, and Monroe came away with a 54-43 victory in the final game of the Touchstone Energy All A Classic Wednesday night at the Frankfort Convention Center.

Fourth Region champion Monroe County (16-3) will meet Owensboro Catholic 1 p.m. Friday in the quarterfinals.

Magoffin County went 14 for 25 from the foul line, including 8 for 16 in the second half while the Lady Falcons were 18 for 21 for the game.

Thats what Ive talked about in three interviews and the post-game speech, Magoffin coach James Castle said. They missed three free throws, and we missed 11 free throws.

I dont expect us to step up and hit all of them, but if we do what were capable of it comes down to a one or two-possession game at the end, and its anybodys game with a couple of shots.

Monroe led 10-9 after the first quarter, but Magoffin (10-8) scored the first four points of the second quarter to go ahead 13-10.

A 3-pointer by Monroes Molly Harlin tied the game, and Kelsey Kirkpatrick followed to give the Lady Falcons a 15-13 lead.

Jassmine Howard answered with a layup for Magoffin to tie the game again, but Harlins second 3 gave the Lady Falcons a lead they kept the rest of the game.

Monroe was ahead 26-18 at halftime, but the Lady Hornets rallied to trail by just four, 31-27, at the end of the third quarter. In the third, Magoffin missed five free throws, including one front end of the bonus.

I was proud of the way we attacked the basket and got to the foul line, Castle said.

That was the area of the game that irked Monroe coach Dwayne Murray.

I wasnt pleased with the way we played defense, he said. They kept driving the right side, and we didnt take the right side away. We let them have the right side.

We didnt do a good job executing the defensive scheme of things.

The fouls at one point in the second half were 8-3 with the Lady Falcons having eight. Monroe had one player foul out, another player with four fouls and two with three.

We overcame some foul trouble, Murray said. Weve played a lot of ball games, and when we have the lead we know to handle the game if its a close game.

Monroe scored the first four points of the fourth quarter to push its lead to eight points, and the Lady Falcons kept it in the eight to 12-point range most of the period.

Monroes largest lead was 14 points, 52-38, with 3:06 remaining.

In the final 4 minutes of the game the Lady Falcons were 13 for 14 from the foul line.

Im pleased with the win, and Im pleased the team held their composure at the end, Murray said. We werent doing real well on offense, so we decided wed try to win the game at the free throw line.

Magoffin County, the winner of the 15th Region, was making its second straight appearance in the tournament.

Monroe County won the tournament in 2006 and was the runner-up in 2010. The Lady Falcons are in the tournament for the third straight year and have four starters back from last season.

Madison Clements led the Lady Falcons with 18 points, 10 rebounds and three steals. Kayla Murray scored 15 points, and Harlin finished with 10.

Jamie Castle was Magoffins leading scorer with 15 points, followed by Morgan Arnett with 11 and Howard with 10.

This is the sixth game weve had our starters together as a unit, coach Castle said. Weve been dealing with injuries the whole season, and were still in the healing process.

Hopefully well keep playing and get to the big one, and maybe we can shoot free throws there.

Lou. Holy Cross 59, Leslie Co. 48

Trailing 24-21 at halftime, Holy Cross outscored Leslie County by 10 points in the third quarter and went on to a first-round victory Wednesday afternoon.

The Lady Cougars (12-10) shot 37.5 percent in the first half but went on a tear in the second half, hitting 61 percent of their shots.

The first quarter ended in a 13-13 tie, but Leslie County (19-6) outscored Holy Cross 11-8 in the second period to take the lead at halftime.

The Lady Eagles shot 41 percent in the first half and 31 percent in the second.

Holy Cross, winner of the 6th Region, outrebounded Leslie County 36-25.

Sydney Morabito and Jillian Epperson both recorded double-doubles for Holy Cross. Morabito had 18 points and 11 rebounds, and Epperson finished with 14 points and 11 rebounds.

Teammate Josie Hockman chipped in 18 points.

Katie Moore scored 18 points to lead 14th Region champion Leslie County and was the only Lady Eagle in double figures.

Madisyn Combs was LCHS leading rebounder with six. Combs and Kacey Stidham both scored nine points for the Lady Eagles.

Holy Cross plays Gallatin County 11:30 a.m. Friday.

Owens. Catholic 65, Green Co. 49

Owensboro Catholic (13-5) used one big quarter to win its opener against Green County.

The Lady Aces, winners of the 3rd Region, led just 22-20 after the first quarter but outscored Green 22-12 in the second.

That gave Owensboro Catholic a 44-32 halftime lead, and OCHS outscored the Lady Dragons 21-17 in the second half.

Rebecca Greenwell, who has committed to Duke, led the Lady Aces with 21 points and six steals. She also had seven rebounds.

Teammate Kaylyn Pearson had a double-double with 12 points and 11 rebounds, and Mikayla Berry finished with 10 points.

Mya Schrembs, Laura Houk and Allison Ingram all scored 11 points to lead Green County (13-7), winner of the 5th Region.

Owensboro Catholic plays Monroe County 1 p.m. Friday in the quarterfinals.

Gallatin Co. 64, Danville 59, OT

Danvilles Essence Grey hit a shot with one second left in regulation to send the game into overtime, but Gallatin County led the entire extra period in winning Wednesday.

Eighth Region champion Gallatin County (18-2) jumped out to a 16-8 lead at the end of the first quarter, but the Lady Admirals outscored GCHS 20-7 in the second period to lead 28-23 at halftime.

The Lady Wildcats picked up a point in the third quarter, trailing 45-41 going into the fourth.

Gallatin County was behind 52-51 with 16 seconds left in regulation when a basket by Brooke Dossett gave the Lady Wildcats a 53-52 advantage.

Kelsea Satchwell extended Gallatins lead to 54-52 with a free throw with five seconds left, but Grey tied the game just before the buzzer.

Dossetts layup with 3:44 left in overtime gave GCHS a 56-54 lead, and the Lady Wildcats didnt trail again.

Gallatin County shot 45.7 percent for the game compared to 38.3 percent by Danville.

The Lady Wildcats had four players in double figures, led by Hannah Dossett with 19 points and a game-high 14 rebounds.

Mikkah Hignite and Brooke Dossett both had 14 points, and Satchwell finished with 11. Brooke Dossett finished with five assists, and Satchwell had four steals.

Kasey Young scored a game-high 21 points for 12th Region champion Danville, followed by Essence Grey with 15 points and Laken Grey with 11. Essence Grey also had five assists and three steals.

Touchstone Energy All A Classic

Frankfort Convention Center




8:30 a.m. Carlisle Co. (14-7) vs. Bardstown (15-5)

10 a.m. Model (17-3) vs. University Heights (8-9)

11:30 a.m. Butler Co. (13-8) vs. Russell (18-4)

1 p.m. Lou. Collegiate (11-6) vs.

Bishop Brossart (17-3)

5 p.m. Pineville (13-7) vs. Lou. Holy Cross (4-15)

6:30 p.m. Somerset (14-5) vs.

Newport Central Catholic (17-2)

8 p.m. Clinton Co. (13-6) vs. Knott Co. Central (15-5)

9:30 p.m. Middlesboro (11-7) vs. Owen Co. (15-3)


Quarterfinals at 5 p.m., 6:30 p.m.,

8 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.


Semifinals at 6 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.


Championship game at 2:30 p.m.

Linda Younkin: (502) 227-4556 EXT 257. Email: lyounkin@state-journal.com. Twitter: @frankfortsports

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