April 22nd, 2013

All-Catholic Girls Basketball Team

Staff Report

All-Catholic Girls Basketball Team
Kayla Richardson shoots a free throw against Bullitt East / file photo by Conor Revell

The players below performed at the highest level on the court this past year and were named to the 3rd Annual LouisvilleCatholicSports.com All-Cathoilc Team. The decision was based on nominations and voting from a panel of LCS writers/reporters who covered these teams and players during the 2012-13 season.

A number of the local schools saw plenty of success on the hardwood during the 2012-2013 season. Mercy Academy went to its first Sweet 16 since 2010 and Holy Cross advanced to the All-“A” Classic State Tournament.

Assumption advanced to the Seventh Region championship before bowing out in a heartbreaker to Manual 36-34. The Rockets finished their season with a 22-8 record and notched victories over archrivals Sacred Heart and Mercy. It was the first win over Mercy for the Rockets' senior class.

Holy Cross returned to the All-“A” Classic State Tournament in January and advanced to the quarterfinals. The Cougars finished the season 17-15 and opened some eyes with their solid play in a losing effort to Butler 66-57 in the first round of the Sixth Region tournament.

Presentation Academy opened the season with a 5-5 start, but the Toppers dropped 13 out of their next 15 games to finish the year with a 7-20 record. The Toppers' highlight of the season was advancing to the Sixth Region All-“A” Classic championship game.    

Mercy Academy overcame severe injuries to Victoria Dircksen and Kayla Richardson and won the Sixth Region championship by defeating Butler 66-54. Manual ended Mercy’s season in the first round of the Houchens Industries Sweet 16 74-60. The Jaguars finished the year with a 20-11 record.

Sacred Heart Academy suffered a heart wrenching loss to Manual 62-60 in overtime in the Seventh Region semifinals. That game included multiple technical fouls in the final five minutes of regulation. The Valkyries finished the season 22-9 and won the Nike Tournament of Champions in Phoenix, Ariz.

First Team

  • Whitney Hartlage (Mercy)
  • DaiJia Ruffin (Sacred Heart)
  • Kayla Richardson (Mercy)
  • Nora Kiesler (Assumption)
  • Katie Friedrich (Assumption)

Second Team

  • Sydney Morabito (Holy Cross)
  • DeeDee Sliter (Assumption)
  • Brandy Hunter (Assumption)
  • Morgan Doherty (Mercy)
  • Ashley Johnson (Sacred Heart)

Third Team

  • Meredith Degner (Presentation)
  • Jillian Epperson (Holy Cross)
  • Kristin Matula (Sacred Heart)
  • Malerie Martin (Mercy)
  • Gretchen Samsel (Sacred Heart)

Honorable Mention (Both suffered ACL tears but are worthy of being mentioned)

  • Raven Merriweather (Sacred Heart)
  • Victoria Dircksen (Mercy)

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