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"All A" Classic Scores: New Cath Puts Up a 55-Point Victory Over Villa

Newport Central Catholic and Villa Madonna are both Catholic schools but on the hardwood the similarities end there. One lineup is primarily dominated by upperclassmen; the other, freshmen and sophomores. One is consistently a key player in the Northern Kentucky basketball scene; the other, still trying to carve out a niche of its own.
 
From tipoff, the Thoroughbreds dominated the smaller, younger Blue Lightning of Villa on Monday, 84-29, at the 9th Region All A Classic at Bellevue. New Cath used its size and experience to jump out to a big lead in the first quarter, 29-10. Taking advantage of its depth, New Cath began the second much like it had the first. A three pointer from reserve junior Brian Anderson put the Thoroughbreds up, 32-10; reserve junior John Ludwig ended the first with a three of his own. With over three minutes remaining in the half, Villa junior Alex Kenkel put his team on the scoreboard, ending a prolonged drought to give the Blue Lightning a dozen points.
 
On its ensuing possession down the floor,  New Cath countered with a basket by sophomore Trey Wurtz, to give the Thoroughbreds’ 50, two-and-
a-half minutes before the break. Villa was unable to take advantage of a slight lull in New Cath’s points barrage, only hitting one-of-four free throw attempts to go into halftime, down 50-14.
 
The second half was a carbon copy of the first, with New Cath dominating the glass, paint and everything in-between. Coming off a loss on Friday evening, does a coach enjoy a bounce-back game like this? Simply, no, according to Thoroughbreds’ head coach Ron Dawn. “No. It’s hard. You feel bad for them. The good thing is, we got everybody in and everybody scored,” Dawn said, referencing how his team uses the opportunity to work on fundamentals and defense. “We worked on a zone offense here a little bit in the second half, moving the ball, getting the ball moving, sharing the ball, that kind of thing,” he said. “You get in some bad habits sometimes playing a game like this. You get up, you don’t really do a good job defensively. They want to get it (the ball) and go down and score. You try to keep them from doing that, but it’s hard, it’s tough,” Dawn said.
 
Senior Drew McDonald led New Cath with 11 points. Villa’s Kenkel finished with nine.
 
New Cath faces Heritage on Tuesday night in the tournament's quarterfinals.
 
Other boys scores from Monday night:
 
Newport 76, Dayton 39. The Wildcats advance to face Lloyd on Wednesday.
Holy Cross 65, Ludlow 52. Indians will play St. Henry on Wednesday.
Beechwood 70, Covington Latin 25. Tigers move on to play Bellevue on Tuesday night.
 
Written by Jason Finnell, RCN contributor