January 22nd, 2020

Holy Cross Boys and Girls Advance in All A Tournament


Ed Peak

Staff Writer

Holy Cross Boys and Girls Advance in All A Tournament
Photos from Holy Cross Basketball twitter accounts

These are good days for the Holy Cross boys and girls basketball teams. Both teams qualified for the All A Classic this week by winning the Sixth Region Tournaments.

The boys (12-5) rolled past both Portland Christian and Shawnee. The girls (9-7) beat Shawnee and rival Presentation to advance.

For the boys it will be the 14th time they have made it to the All A which is comprised of schools with an enrollment of less than 200 students. The boys have won a couple of first round games but haven't advanced beyond the second game.


The boys have been steady this season and just missed out on making the Louisville Invitational Tournament losing to Collegiate 49-46 that started a three game losing streak.


"I'm not making excuses," said boys coach Jody Thornsberry. "We had some kids with the flu, ear infections. We had a kid with a leg injury. Every team goes through something like that. I think we're getting healthier now."


Sam Bearden, a senior forward, leads the boys with a 17.9 points average and 6.6 rebounds. Bearden is shooting 57 percent from the field.

"He's looking to play at the next level," said Thornsberry. "He's having a great year. He's playing really well."


Thornsberry said Bearden has a good supporting cast around him. Senior forwards, Chase Davis and Josh Minor, along with juniors Chaz Geraghty, the starting quarterback on the football team and guard Luke Brutscher have played real well. 


Geraghty averages 10.2 points and 6.4 rebounds. Minor averages 7.3 points and 5.1 rebounds while Davis averages 7.3 points and 5.2 rebounds. Brutscher averages 4.6 points.


The boys don't take a lot of three point shots. Alonzo Coleman comes off the bench and has made 15 of 45 three's for 33.3 percent.


The boys open tournament play Thursday at 11:30 a.m. against Metcalfe County (12-7) at Eastern Kentucky University in Richmond, Kentucky. If the boys win they advance to play the winner between Murray (14-3) and University Heights (10-8), Friday at 6:30 p.m.


"We knew if we could use our length and strength inside we'd be able to compete," said Thornsberry. "Overall, we're surprised. But in some ways it was expected."


Thornsberry said winning an event like this tournament would mean a lot to his program. "It would mean. The world to us," said Thornsberry. "Sometimes people look down on this tournament. Some of these team will win their big regions. It's good basketball.


"We put a lot of our energy and efforts into it. We're very fortunate to be able compete for two state titles here."


As for the girls they open Wednesday against against Shelby Valley (12-5) at 9:30 p.m.


"It was very exciting with our girls and our fans around here when we play Presentation," said coach Olivia Schum, a 2010 Holy Cross graduate in her fourth season.


"I love coaching here," said Schum. "One of the first questions someone asked me. You are so young coaching high school girls. I think it has its advantages. I went through the same thing they did. I walked the same halls. It's pretty cool. We can connect."


Sophomore guard Callie Wiegandt leads the team with a 12.4 points per game average. Wiegandt is a 49 percent shooter from the field. "We've definitely rallied around Callie," said Schum. "Like the Pres game the other night she had great poise and led us form the point guard position."


Junior Mary Mathews adds 10.8 points a game and 9.2 rebounds. She is a 45 percent shooter from the floor.


Seniors, Sydney Brothers averages 5.8 points while Olivia Murphy averages 5.6 points and 5.8 rebounds.


"We lost the majority of our scoring from last year," said Schum. "A lot of the girls in the starting lineup were role players last year. A lot of people considered us to have a rebuilding year. The girls have worked really, really hard. 


"We have a different leading scorer every game. It's been one of my most enjoyable seasons."


This will be the girls 20th All A state Tournament. It won a championship and were runners twice including Schum's senior year when losing to Newport Central Catholic.


"We've got great senior leadership on this team," said Schum. "Playing Shelby Valley won't be easy. We're ready to give it a shot."


If the girls win they would play the winner of Walton-Verona (13-4) and Newport Central Catholic (10-7) Friday at 1 p.m.


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