By G. MICHAEL GRAHAM
Fort Thomas Matters Sports Reporter
The Newport Central Catholic Thoroughbreds did not have any bumps in earning another trip back to the All “A” State Tournament.
The Thoroughbreds (15-3 overall) handled the St. Henry Crusaders (12-9) by an 85-44 count Saturday at Covington Holy Cross. NewCath has won three straight All “A” 9th Region crowns and will be aiming for its third consecutive All “A” State championship in Frankfort this week.
The Thoroughbreds saw Zack Pangallo take home most valuable player honors with Drew McDonald and Grant Moeves making the all-tournament team. McDonald had a double-double of 22 points and 14 rebounds with Pangallo scoring 18. Ben Weyer followed with 12 and Moves had 10.
NewCath travels to Highlands on Tuesday for a 7:30 p.m. contest before beginning the All “A” State Tournament on Thursday. The Thoroughbreds battle either Edmonson County or Hancock County on at 11:30 a.m. at the Frankfort Civic Center.
Basketball, Boys:Boone County 61, Highlands 42:
The Bluebirds (6-10) could not come up with their third 9th Region win of the season on the road.
Highlands had two players score in double figures. They were Mitch Cain with 12 and Parker Harris with 10.
Highlands takes on Newport Central Catholic in Fort Thomas on Tuesday. Game time is 7:30 p.m.
Basketball, Girls:Newport Central Catholic 55, Bishop Brossart 33:
The Thoroughbreds downed their county rivals in a non-region game on The Hill.
NewCath (12-7 overall) saw Ansley Davenport score 22 points and Loren Zimmerman tally 16.
The Thoroughbreds take on Covington Holmes on Monday. Game time is 7:30 p.m.