Holy Cross Girls Basketball Team Wins National Award
The Holy Cross Girls Basketball Team, which won the KHSAA Girls Basketball Sweet 16 in March, was honored with the 9th Annual MaxPreps Basketball Tour of Champions Award Presented by the Army National Guard on Friday.
Tom Townsend of MaxPreps Sports was on hand and explained that only 10 of the 22,000 schools across the United States receive the award, including Holy Cross. The number one criteria to win the award was for the school to have won the state championship which Holy Cross did in Bowling Greet this season, marking the the team's first ever state title. The Indians finished with a record of 33-3 with a single-season school record of 22 consecutive wins to finish their special year.
Army Staff Sergeant Ryan Creech of the Kentucky National Guard presented the award to the team. Staff Sergeant Creech was named Outstanding Non-Commissioned Officer of the Year in 2010 by the Kentucky National Guard.
“Watching you guys down there, you were amazing,” he said of the team. “You guys became something more than a basketball team, you became great. And when you become great, you inspire others to be great.”
Among those presented the trophy were seniors Deja Turner, Abby Hassert, and Ally and Cessie Mayhaus. Ally Mayhaus was named the 9th Region Girls Player of the Year and Turner was named the Most Valuable Player in the KHSAA Sweet 16 Tournament.
Not only did the team excel on the hardwood, they also succeeded in the classroom this year. Holy Cross Athletic Director Anne Julian said that the accumulated grade-point average of the team was 3.65.
Story and photos by Bryan Burke, associate editor