All A Classic State Tournament Roundup: Lady Kats Finish Runner-Up

By: 
Teddy Paynter

RICHMOND — Shelby Valley stood toe-to-toe with Kentucky power Murray for all but a six-minute stretch in the third period.

It was those six minutes that was the difference in winning the All A Classic state title and finishing as runner-up.

Murray, which captured its second championship in three years, used a 13-0 run to take the lead away from the Lady Kats and hold on for a 53-40 win in the matchup played at McBrayer Arena on the campus of Eastern Kentucky University on Jan. 28.

“I was so proud of the way we played defensively against a great basketball team,” Shelby Valley head coach Rodney Rowe said. “You can’t allow a team like that [Murray] to go on a run.”

Despite the run, Valley, now 19-4, trailed only 35-30 when Summer Rose hit a three-point shot off the wing with 51 seconds left in the period. It was the Lady Kats only points.

“We were right there in the thick of it,” Rowe said. “We were down five and had possession two straight time and failed to score.”

Valley’s biggest lead was six on Kyleigh Tackett’s layup with 50 seconds remaining before halftime at 27-21. It was 38-33 with 6:08 left to play on Rose’s three-pointer.

The Lady Tigers, now 22-2, pulled away late on clutch free throws.

“We were in a battle for sure,” Murray head coach Wyatt Fouse said. “We are not use to team’s bringing pressure the way they [Shelby Valley] did today. We made that run in the third period or who knows how it ends.”

Rose led Valley with 10 points while Kyleigh Tackett added nine and Alyssa Elswick hit for eight.

Alexandria Mayes, one of three Division I prospects on the floor for Murray, tallied a game-high 22 points.

The Lady Kats became the first school in 15th Region history to reach the championship game.

“We just need to get back in the gym and go to work,” Rowe said. “This is the 13th time we’ve played on a college floor this season. It’s time to focus our attention on the remainder of the season and get ready for the 15th region tournament.”

 

At Richmond

(All A Classic championship)

SCORE BY QUARTERS:

MR (22-2)…..............................5  17  13  18 – 53

SV (19-4)…..............................10  17   3  10 – 40

Scoring:

Murray (53) – Parker Greer 1 3-4 5; Alexis Burpo 1 5-8 7; Alexandria Mayes 2(5) 3-5 22; Macey Turley 4(1) 2-2 13; and Elizabeth Curtis 0(2) 0-0 6. Totals: 8(8) 13-19 53.

Shelby Valley (40) – Kyleigh Tackett 1(1) 4-4 9; Kayla Newsom 1 0-0 2; Summer Rose 2(2) 0-0 10; Cassidy Rowe 1(1) 0-0 5; Tori Hampton 2 2-2 6; and Alyssa Elswick 2 4-4 8. Totals: 9(4) 10-10 40.

 

Shelby Valley…….....................49

Williamsburg……....................33

RICHMOND — Shelby Valley took the lead early in the opening period and pulled away to beat Williamsburg, 49-33, in the All A Classic semifinals played at Eastern Kentucky University’s McBrayer Arena on Jan. 27.

The Lady Kats, now 19-3, advance to the championship game against Region 1 and state powerhouse Murray on Jan. 28.

Summer Rose poured in a game-high 22 points and Kayla Newsom added 11 while Cassidy Rowe chipped in nine.

Rose’s three-point basket with 6:53 left in the third period gave Valley its biggest lead at 37-16.

Kelsey Tye paced the Lady Yellow Jackets (15-8) with 12 points.

 

At Richmond

(All A Classic semifinals)

SCORE BY QUARTERS:

WM (15-8)…..............................6   8   15  4 – 33

SV (19-3)…...............................12  19  11  7 – 49

Scoring:

Williamsburg (33) – Kelsey Tye 5 2-3 12; Tori Lester 2 0-0 4; Lillie Hall 2 0-0 4; Lillie Abbott 2 0-0 4; and Kayla Gibson 3 3-4 9. Totals: 14 5-7 33.

Shelby Valley (49) – Kyleigh Tackett 2 1-2 5; Kayla Newsom 4 3-5 11; Summer Rose 3(4) 4-4 22; Cassidy Rowe 3(1) 0-0 9; and Tori Hampton 1 0-0 2. Totals: 13(5) 8-11 49.

Shelby Valley….......................40

Nicholas County…...................31

RICHMOND – Shelby Valley continued its march in the All A Classic tournament with a 40-31 win over Nicholas County in a game played at McBrayer Arena on the campus of Eastern Kentucky University on Jan. 26.

The Lady Kats, now 18-3, advanced to the semifinals against Williamsburg, which upset Walton-Verona.

Cassidy Rowe led the scoring with 17 points while Tori Hampton added eight and Kyleigh Tackett finished with seven points and 12 rebounds, including 10 on defense.

Rowe’s three-point play with two minutes left to play gave Valley its largest lead at 38-24.

Samantha Sowell paced the Lady Jackets (15-6) with 12 points.

 

At Richmond

(All A Classic Quarterfinals)

SCORE BY QUARTERS:

NC (15-6)….................................8    5  8  10 – 31

SV (18-3)…................................10  12  9   9 – 40

Scoring:

Nicholas County (31) – Trina Hughes 4 1-2 9; Sydni Gifford 0 1-2 1; Samantha Sowell 4 4-5 12; Shelby Stafford 1 2-2 4; Allison Myers 0 2-2 2; and Kayley Letcher 0(1) 0-0 3. Totals: 9(1) 10-13 31.

Shelby Valley (40) – Kyleigh Tackett 1 5-6 7; Kayla Newsom 1 0-0 2; Summer Rose 1 0-0 2; Cassidy Rowe 5(1) 4-5 17; Tori Hampton 0(2) 2-3 8; and Alyssa Elswick 2 0-0 4. Totals: 10(3) 11-14 40.