Owensboro Catholic and Newport Central Catholic entered the girls semifinals in the Touchstone Energy All “A” Classic with the best records of the final four teams.
Both teams came into Saturday’s games with just two losses, and Owensboro Catholic had the added prestige of being defending champions.
But when the games ended, it was Glasgow and Danville that were still standing. The two teams will meet for the All “A” Classic championship today at noon.
Glasgow 54, Owensboro Catholic 39
Glasgow led at every quarter break, but not by much.
Not until the fourth quarter.
That’s when the Lady Scotties (17-6) outscored Owensboro Catholic 20-9 to finally take control of the game.
Glasgow led by nine points with two minutes left and six points, 45-39, with 1:24 remaining, but the Lady Scotties ended up running away with the game.
“We’re a good transition team,” Glasgow coach John Tinsley said. “We got out and ran, got in transition and got easy shots.
“We do what we do. We stay in attack mode no matter what.”
By the end of the game, even the shots that weren’t easy were falling.
Late in the game, Glasgow’s Bree Glover fired a long pass to Shalika Smith, who was driving to the basket.
The pass was a tad long and Smith, trying to keep the ball from going out of bounds, threw it back into play with her back to the court.
The pass hit Glover, who was running to the basket, in stride for a layup.
“We work good together,” Glover said. “We’ve been playing together forever. She knew I was going to be right behind her for the rebound, and she got it to me for a basket.”
The Lady Scotties closed the game with a 9-0 run, going 5 for 6 from the free throw line.
Smith finished with 17 points and 10 rebounds, and Glover had 11 points and 13 rebounds. Both players had four blocked shots, and Glover had four assists and four steals.
“Those two big girls, Bree and Smith, they’re hard to contain,” Owensboro Catholic coach Ben Murphy said. “They took over at the end, and that was the difference in the ballgame.”
Owensboro Catholic (20-3) was led by Kaylyn Pearson with 17 points and 11 rebounds. She was the only OCHS player in double figures as the Lady Aces shot just 26.4 percent from the field. They went 0 for 10 from 3-point range.
Glasgow shot 39.6 percent. Elli Bartley was in double figures for the Lady Scotties with 10 points.
Danville 71, Newport Central Catholic 55
Danville is a guard-oriented team, but that didn’t concern the Lady Admirals Saturday.
DHS continually drove inside on the much larger Newport Central Catholic team and came away with layups.
The Lady Admirals (13-4) led by 10 at halftime, 34-24, but NCC came back to tie the game at 47 after three quarters.
With 4:42 left in the game NCC’s Loren Zimmerman hit two free throws, giving the Thoroughbreds a 55-54 lead.
Those turned out to be the last points Newport Central Catholic scored.
Danville ended the game with a 17-0 run. In the last 1:49 the Lady Admirals went 10 for 12 on foul shots.
“You can look at stats, the game plan,” Danville coach Judie Mason said, “but what won this game is heart. They’re a better team than us. If we played them 10 times they’d beat us 9½.
“We were not going to lose this ballgame because we were tired. It would have devastated me to lose the ballgame because we were outhustled.”
That didn’t happen. Danville put four players in double figures, led by Essence Grey with 23 points and five assists. Alyvia Walker scored 16 points, followed by Cameron McPherson with 13 and Ne Ne Chenault with 10.
Laken Gray finished with nine points and 10 rebounds for Danville.
NCC’s Nicole Kiernan had 16 points and 17 rebounds as the Thoroughbreds held a 38-33 rebounding advantage.
Stephanie Lewis scored 14 points for NCC (19-3), and Michaela Ware had five assists.