The Touchstone Energy All “A” Classic state tournament saw Newport Central Catholic repeat as boys’ champion and Glasgow’s girls win their first-ever title Sunday at the Frankfort Convention Center.
Newport Catholic beat Cordia 72-61, earning its second straight and third overall state title. Glasgow beat Danville 53-43 in the girls’ state championship game.
In the boys’ final, the Thorobreds (20-3) — No. 7 in The Courier-Journal’s Litkenhous Ratings — took control in the first half of the second quarter. A 13-2 run stretched NewCath’s lead out to 27-11, and Cordia (16-6) never got closer than eight points the rest of the game.
Five players scored in double figures for the Thorobreds. Zach Pangallo had 15 points — including 11 of 15 free throws; Drew McDonald 14 points and 11 rebounds; and Jake Schulte 14 points, seven rebounds and three blocked shots.
NewCath, which won the state title in 2000, made its 11th appearance in the state tourney.
Christen Cunningham scored 32 points for the Lions.
In the girls’ final, Glasgow (18-6) led 15-5 after one quarter. However, Danville (13-5) gradually closed the gap and stayed right with the Lady Scotties up to the final couple of minutes.
The Lady Scotties scored the final eight points of the game in the last minute and 38 seconds. Shalika Smith scored five of her game-high 22 points in that clinching run; she also pulled down 19 rebounds and blocked three shots.
Glasgow made two appearances in the All “A” — 1997 and 2010 — and exited both years in the opening round.
Essence Grey had 14 points for the Lady Admirals.