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High School Basketball | All 'A' Classic tips off Wednesday

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After leading his team to the semifinals of the Touchstone Energy All “A” Classic last season, Collegiate boys’ basketball coach Joel Morris believes the Titans can do even more damage this time around.

“Last year we were ranked 15th out of the 16 teams and made it to the final four as underdogs and were kind of the feel-good story,” Morris said. “I feel like if we can get past Bishop Brossart (in the first round) that we have a good chance to play (in Sunday’s championship game).”

The All “A” state tournament will tip off Wednesday with eight first-round girls’ games and continue through Sunday’s girls’ and boys’ finals at the Frankfort Convention Center. The Collegiate boys will face Bishop Brossart at 1 p.m. Thursday.

The Collegiate girls’ team also reached the state tournament, as did the Holy Cross boys’ and girls’ teams.

Here’s a brief look at the tournaments:

Boys

Collegiate (11-6) hasn’t played since a 59-46 loss to Eastern on Jan. 14 in the first round of the Republic Bank Louisville Invitational Tournament.

Point guard Andrew Steggeman (16.4 ppg, 6 apg, 4.5 spg) leads eight seniors on the Titans’ roster.

Morris said Steggeman keys a defense that is allowing just 56.9 points per game.

“He’s an absolute bulldog,” Morris said. “He’s all over the place and is a great on-ball defender. He’s good for one or two layups per game off of steals.”

Collegiate will face Bishop Brossart (17-3) in the first round for the second straight season. The Titans won 57-52 in overtime last year before falling to eventual champion Covington Holy Cross in the semifinals.

“Their front line goes 6-4, 6-5, 6-6, so they will definitely be towering over us,” Morris said. “They have one of the strongest programs in the All ‘A.’ “

Holy Cross (5-15) is in the All “A” state tournament for the first time since 2008 and will face Pikeville (13-7) at 5 p.m. Thursday.

The Cougars started the season 0-14 but have won five of their past six games. Junior guards Jack Schmitt (14.5 ppg) and Dominique Mack (13.8 ppg) are Holy Cross’ top scorers.

They’ll face a Pikeville team led by senior Ethan Rowe (22.9 ppg) and junior Ray Kasongo (14.6 ppg, 9.5 rpg).

With a Litkenhous Rating of 88.2, Newport Central Catholic (17-2) is the highest-rated team in the field.

Girls

Holy Cross (11-10), in the field for the fourth straight year and 11th time in 12 seasons, will face Leslie County (19-5) at 5 p.m. today. The Cougars are led by seniors Sydney Morabito (17.6 ppg, 6.3 rpg) and Jillian Epperson (10.4 ppg, 7.5 rpg).

Collegiate (7-5) will face Webster County (16-2) at 11:30 a.m. today.

Monroe County (15-3), No. 7 in the Litratings, leads the field. Newport Central Catholic (15-4) and Owensboro Catholic (12-5) are other top teams. Owensboro Catholic is led by senior Becca Greenwell (27.3 ppg, 6.9 rpg), who has signed with Duke.

TOUCHSTONE ENERGY ALL “A” CLASSIC

When: Wednesday-Sunday.
Where: Frankfort Convention Center.
Wednesday’s girls’ schedule: West Carter (7-10) vs. Frankfort (12-4), 8:30 a.m.; Murray (17-3) vs. Bishop Brossart (16-4), 10; Collegiate (7-5) vs. Webster County (16-2), 11:30; Newport Central Catholic (15-4) vs. Pineville (14-7), 1 p.m.; Leslie County (19-5) vs. Holy Cross (11-10), 5; Gallatin County (17-2) vs. Danville (11-6), 6:30; Owensboro Catholic (12-5) vs. Green County (13-6), 8; Monroe County (15-3) vs. Magoffin County (10-7), 9:30Thursday’s boys’ schedule: Carlisle County (14-7) vs. Bardstown (15-5), 8:30 a.m.; Richmond Model (17-3) vs. University Heights (8-9), 10; Butler County (14-8) vs. Russell (18-4), 11:30; Collegiate (11-6) vs. Bishop Brossart (17-3), 1 p.m.; Pikeville (13-7) vs. Holy Cross (5-15), 5; Somerset (14-5) vs. Newport Central Catholic (17-2), 6:30; Clinton County (13-6), vs. Knott County Central (18-3), 8; Middlesboro (12-7) vs. Owen County (15-3), 9:30Friday: Girls’ quarterfinals at 8:30 a.m., 10, 11:30, 1 p.m.; boys’ quarterfinals at 5 p.m., 6:30, 8, 9:30Saturday: Girls’ semifinals at 10 a.m., 11:30; boys’ semifinals at 6 p.m., 7:30Sunday: Girls’ final at 12:30 p.m.; boys’ final at 2:30

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