Some updates from the All-A Classic State Tournament in Richmond…
Frankfort knocks off Murray in OT, Advances to All “A” State Championship Game
Big man Jackson Twombly scored 26, Chaz Austin totaled 16 points and 12 rebounds, and the upstart Frankfort Panthers upset Murray 49-47 in overtime.
With Frankfort trailing 13-4 early, Twombly kept the Panthers in it with his inside scoring and smooth jump shots. He scored 13 of his team’s first 16 points. Austin made key plays down the stretch, including an old fashioned 3-point play in the final seconds of overtime.
Darius Duffy had 6 points, 18 rebounds, and 5 blocks for Murray. He and Twombly both put on quite a show. Murray’s other key player, Grant Whitaker, struggled with foul trouble all game.
Frankfort struggled to start the season, losing 12 of their first 17 games. They had to replace their leading three scorers from last year’s historic 28-6 squad. No one expected them to match last year’s success but they are hot at the right time and will play in the finals tomorrow at 2 p.m. in Richmond.
St. Henry overcomes 9-point half-time deficit, knocks off Hazard
Trailing by nine at the half, St. Henry needed a spark. They decided to speed up the game, and fire up 3-pointers, and it worked like a charm. They knocked down 5 of 7 3-pointers to fuel a 23-7 run in the third quarter, and held on down the stretch to defeat Hazard 55-41. Wyatt Vieth and Jude Bessler hit back-to-back 3-pointers to open up the 2nd half barrage for the Crusaders. They each finsihed with 14 points. Wade Pelphrey had 14 points for the Hazard Bulldogs, who suffered their first defeat in-state defeat this season.
St. Henry continued their hot streak of free throw shooting, going 11 of 13 from the stripe. For the tournament they are an astounding 32 of 34 from the free throw line. They play Frankfort tomorrow at 2 p.m. for the All “A” state championship. St. Henry won the title back in 2003, while Frankfort is seeking their first title.