HALL OF FAME
5th REGION ALL A CLASSIC: Bardstown girls and boys advance to semifinals
February 15, 2013Bardstown High School
Tuesday's games postponed because of weather
Tuesday, January 15, 2013 at 6:10 pm
Three of the four local teams advanced during Monday’s first-round play in the Touchstone Energy 5th Region All A Classic.
Bardstown’s boys and girls swept a doubleheader at Campbellsville Monday, advancing both squads into Wednesday's semifinals at Fort Knox. They were originally scheduled for Tuesday, but the threat of a winter storm led to the games being postponed. Bethlehem's boys were originally to play at Fort Knox in the semifinals, but those games were postponed until Thursday. Friday's championships are schedule for 6 p.m. for the boys and 7:30 p.m. for the girls.
In girls’ play, Bardstown built a double-digit halftime lead over Campbellsville, but had to hang on for dear life as the Eagles rallied late. However, Kasia Stone — who led the Tigers with 19 points and nine rebounds — came up with the game-winning layup and got a steal on the ensuing possession to seal a 56-54 win for Bardstown.
Tiger coach Jamie Neal credited Shannon Coleman (nine points) with hitting several key shots and Karis Rogers for her strong play on the defensive end.
The Tigers were able to overcome a rough shooting night and a disadvantage on the rebounding glass by forcing 31 Campbellsville turnovers.
The win stopped an eight-game skid for Bardstown (3-16), who face Green County (11-6) — 76-52 winners over defending All A region champ Washington County (7-7) — Wednesday with a berth in Friday’s championship on the line.
In the other girls’ first-round matchup, Bethlehem (4-8) dropped a 62-45 decision at Caverna (12-7). The Colonels face Fort Knox at 7:30 p.m. Thursday.
In boys’ play, things went as expected with Bethlehem and Bardstown both advancing.
The Tigers (13-5) took the first step toward defending their region championship Monday, getting on top of Campbellsville (6-13) with a 17-4 first quarter and never looking back in a 67-38 win. Devonte Grundy led the winners with 21 points and seven rebounds as Bardstown held Campbellsville to just 11-for-44 shooting and forced 17 turnovers.
With the win, Bardstown set a 6 p.m. Wednesday date with Green County (5-14) — 60-59 winners over Washington County Monday — after press time for this edition.
Also in action Monday was Bethlehem’s boys, who grabbed a 58-39 win at Caverna (11-7). The Eagles (14-2) got on top of the Colonels early on with a big first quarter and cruised from there, as Jordan Cooper-Livers and Harrison Rogers had 14 points apiece and Collin Crawford added 10.
Bethlehem is in action Thursday at 6 p.m. at Fort Knox (4-10). With semifinal wins by Bardstown and Bethlehem, the two teams would meet in Friday’s championship, also at Fort Knox.
Region champions advance to next week’s statewide All A Classic at the Farnham-Dudgeon Civic Center in Frankfort.