Game 7: Elizabethtown vs. Sacred Heart, 7:30 p.m. Thursday

Game 7: Elizabethtown vs. Sacred Heart, 7:30 p.m. Thursday


Game 7: Elizabethtown vs. Sacred Heart, 7:30 p.m. Thursday




* Tim Mudd.Coach:

* 2009 (lost to Iroquois 55-47 in OT in final).Last trip to State:

* The Panthers, winners of the 1998 state title, are riding a 14-game winning streak, are the state’s No. 1 team, according to Litratings, and have a bright future with only one senior, Mudd’s daughter, Kinsey. E’town has star power in Boley, who is one of the best sophomores in the country, a solid post presence in Cleaver, and guards (Warden, Huff and Bowling) who understand their roles.What to watch:

* Boley, the nation’s No. 3 player in the 2016 class by the All-Star Girls Report, has a list of major scholarship offers that includes Connecticut, Tennessee, Stanford, Louisville and Kentucky. Mudd said she reminds him of 2013 McDonald’s All American Rebecca Greenwell of Owensboro Catholic, who’s now at Duke. Boley shoots 55 percent from the floor, including 42 percent from 3-point range, and has the size and versatility to play anywhere on the floor.Key player:

* “They’re as talented as any teams that I’ve had, but we’re still so young. … Some of my other teams have had more senior leadership. … But these kids are pretty battle-tested, so I feel good about them. We’re going to enjoy the experience, and we’re going down there to win four games.”Coach-speak:


21-Erin Boley

6-1, So., 20.5 ppg, 9.2 rpg

3-Livie Bowling

5-9, Jr., 5 ppg, 3.9 rpg

23-Reauna Cleaver

6-2, Jr., 12 ppg, 7.4 rpg

2-Darien Huff

5-8, Jr., 11.6 ppg, 3.2 rpg

12-Rachel Warden

5-7, So., 4.6 ppg, 2.1 rpg

Key reserves

4-Kinsey Mudd

5-4, Sr., 4.9 ppg, 1.1 rpg

Jada Stinson

5-7, Fr., 4.6 ppg, 1.3 rpg

Taylor Thomas

5-10, Fr., 4.1 ppg, 3.1 rpg



Donna Moir.* Coach:

2004 (Beat Lexington 43-34 in final).Last trip to State:

The Valkyries, under 23rd-year coach Moir, are back in the state tournament for the first time since winning consecutive titles from 2002 to ’04, and they are battle-tested, having knocking off talented Ballard 46-39 in the regional final. SHA also won the Louisville Invitational Tournament this season. DaiJia Ruffin, who has signed with Tennessee-Martin, and Raven Merriweather (Bellarmine) give SHA one of the best duos in the state, and both can score, rebound and pass. Samsel has made a team-high 62 3-pointers, and Moir said the development of players around that top three has been the difference.What to watch:

It’s hard to pick just one because Ruffin and Merriweather are co-leaders, but Ruffin, a Miss Basketball finalist, is SHA’s top scorer and rebounder and shoots a team-high 57.5 percent from the floor. Ruffin, who played on Butler High’s varsity while in middle school, is a physical player who has a series of moves and is tough to stop on drives to the goal.Key player:

“To get back after 10 long years, everybody is happy for us. … I imagine E’town will bring a great crowd. Hopefully we’ll bring a great crowd. … It’s going to be a very good first-round matchup. … I definitely think (the field) is open. … I think whoever is playing well is going to win, and I like our chances.”Coach-speak:


10-Gretchen Samsel

5-4, Jr., 9.8 ppg, 2 rpg

22-Raven Merriweather

5-6, Sr., 16.6 ppg, 6.5 rpg

23-Meghan Colley

5-7, So.,3.4 ppg, 1.9 rpg

25-DaiJia Ruffin

Sr., 5-9, 18 ppg, 9.5 rpg

33-Lydia Taylor

So., 5-10, 3.4 ppg, 3.5 rpg

Key reserves

1-Ashley Johnson

5-4, Jr., 7.1 ppg, 2.2 rpg

11-Maggie Colley

5-11, So., 2.4 ppg, 2.7 rpg

21-Meghan Randal

5-6, Jr., 1.9 ppg, 1.9 rpg

24-Meredith Moir

5-6, Jr., 2 ppg, 0.8 rpg


School W-L Nickname Location Region Enrollment Litrating Sweet 16
ELIZABETHTOWN 29-4 Panthers Elizabethtown Fifth 762 110.0 7th (13-5)
SACRED HEART 27-7 Valkyries Louisville Seventh 842 98.6 6th (16-1)

— Steve Jones


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