The St. Henry Crusaders defeated the Frankfort Panthers 77-70 to capture their 2nd All “A” Championship. Their star player, Wyatt Vieth led the way with 30 points and 6 rebounds. He was named tournament MVP. Vieth’s uncle was a member of the Crusader’s 2003 All “A” title team.
The Crusaders used disruptive defense and efficient offense to keep the Panthers at bay. Trailing 17-16 entering the second quarter, St. Henry got 6 straight points from Ryan Butler to build a lead they would never relinquish.
Frankfort went cold in the 2nd quarter and St. Henry was there to rebound the Panthers missed shots. Cody Teeten also had a couple of key blocks for the Crusaders.
Frankfort, who trailed by 16 points after 3 quarters, battled back to cut the lead to 4 points, but St. Henry relied on their excellent free-throw shooting to close out the game.
Jackson Twombly led Frankfort with 17 points. Will O’Bryan, Chaz Austin and Twombly represented the Panthers on the All Tournament team. From St. Henry, Jude Bessler, Luke Maher, and Butler joined Vieth on the all tourny team.
St. Henry, who plays in Northern Kentucky’s loaded 9th region, has all the tools to make it to Rupp Arena. They will likely need to bring their “A” game in March to get by powerhouses like Covington Catholic and Ft. Thomas Highlands.