Presentation basketball ends All 'A' Classic drought

Presentation basketball ends All 'A' Classic drought

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Presentation basketball ends All 'A' Classic drought

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After five straight years of watching Holy Cross represent the Sixth Region, the Presentation Academy basketball team is heading back to the Touchstone Energy All “A” Classic state tournament.

The Toppers knocked off Holy Cross 55-45 in Friday’s regional final and will face Murray (19-2) at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday in a state tournament opener at the Frankfort Convention Center.

The All “A” event, which is open to the state’s smallest 120 high schools, will run through Sunday, with the girls’ final at 12:30 p.m. and the boys’ final at 2:30 p.m.

Presentation last advanced to the All “A” state tournament in 2009, falling to Paris in the first round.

“These seniors really wanted to do it,” Presentation coach David Jackson said. “They thought they had a shot last year and didn’t make it, so they really set their sights on this year. They were a little more focused last week (during the regional) than they’ve been the rest of the year.”

The Toppers knocked off Shawnee 81-55 in Thursday’s semifinal before beating Holy Cross in the final. Senior Alex Hibbs posted 22 points and 15 rebounds and is averaging a double-double (17 ppg, 10 rpg) for the season.

“She’s our only presence in the middle,” Jackson said. “She’s 5-10, which isn’t big anymore, but she’s doing well inside for us. She has to be on the boards for us.”

Junior Dara Jackson, the coach’s daughter, ranks second on the team in scoring at nine points per game.

Presentation faces a tough first-round matchup against a Murray team that is No. 12 in the state in The Courier-Journal’s Litkenhous Ratings. No. 5 Covington Holy Cross (16-3) is the other Top 20 team in the field.

Seventh Region champion Kentucky Country Day (9-9) will face Eighth Region winner Gallatin County (13-6) in another first-round game at 8 p.m. Wednesday.

On the boys’ side, No. 4 Newport Central Catholic (15-3) is gunning for its third straight All “A” state title and will open against Hancock County (11-7) at 11:30 a.m. Thursday.

The Louisville representatives are Sixth Region champion Shawnee (10-9) and Seventh Region titlist KCD (10-9).

Williamsburg (16-0), which entered Tuesday’s game against Whitley County as the only undefeated team in the state, will face Danville (14-9) at 9:30 p.m. Thursday in the final first-round game of the All “A” event.

TOUCHSTONE ENERGY ALL ‘A’ CLASSIC

* When: Wednesday-Sunday.

* Where: Frankfort Convention Center.

* Wednesday’s first-round schedule (girls): Owensboro Catholic (14-6) vs. Harlan (14-7), 8:30 a.m.; Bath County (8-8) vs. Caverna (12-7), 10; Covington Holy Cross (16-3) vs. Danville (17-4), 11:30; Sayre (15-2) vs. Clinton County (20-3), 1 p.m.; Leslie County (18-3) vs. University Heights (17-4), 5; Presentation (11-10) vs. Murray (19-2), 6:30; Kentucky Country Day (9-9) vs. Gallatin County (13-6), 8; East Ridge (15-6) vs. Bracken County (13-7), 9:30

* Thursday’s first-round schedule (boys): University Heights (5-16) vs. Buckhorn (13-6), 8:30 a.m.; Lexington Christian (15-6) vs. Shawnee (10-9), 10; Newport Central Catholic (15-3) vs. Hancock County (11-7), 11:30; Kentucky Country Day (10-9) vs. Elliott County (14-4), 1 p.m.; Campbellsville (8-11) vs. Shelby Valley (13-9), 5 p.m.; Augusta (16-6) vs. Owen County (19-2), 6:30; Murray (16-6) vs. Monroe County (19-2), 8; Williamsburg (16-0) vs. Danville (14-9), 9:30

* Friday’s schedule: Girls’ quarterfinals at 8:30 a.m., 10, 11:30 and 1 p.m.; boys’ quarterfinals at 5 p.m., 6:30, 8, 9:30

* Saturday’s schedule: Girls’ semifinals at 10 a.m., 11:30; boys’ semifinals at 6 p.m., 7:30

* Sunday’s schedule: Girls’ final at 12:30 p.m.; boys’ final at 2:30

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