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St. Henry 43 Holmes 34 (9th Region Quarterfinal)

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St. Henry outscored Holmes 18-10 in the 4th quarter to secure the victory. St. Henry's front line was the difference. St. Henry also shot well from the line down the stretch. It was an ugly game for the first three quarters. St. Henry now 25-6 on the season. I would think the the 25 wins has to be a school record. It's gonna take a heroic effort to make it a game against Boone on Friday night.

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HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, Ky. -- St. Henry beat Holmes for the third time this season, 43-34, in a 9th Region quarterfinal at Northern Kentucky University.


The Lady Crusaders (25-6) came alive in the fourth quarter, turning a slim 1-point lead into a comfortable win behind senior forward Jessica Knaley's eight second-half points. Knaley, who finished the game with 11 points, led a balanced night for St. Henry. Fellow senior Jill Bauer scored 10 in the winning effort, while freshmen Savannah Neace and Jessica Coburn chipped in nine and eight, respectively.


"It's tough to beat any team three times in a season, and they played us pretty tough tonight," said St. Henry coach Brian Coburn. "We were very stagnant in the first half, not looking to drive the middle. When they extend the zone that far, there are going to be holes there, but we didn't take advantage of it until the second half, when we started to get a little more confident."


Holmes held a lead for most of the deliberate first half after going up 4-0 on Tamra Holder's layup three minutes into play. They kept that four-point cushion until Savannah Neace's turnaround jump shot from the free throw line brought the Crusaders within a point. Holmes responded by pushing their lead back up to five points midway through the second quarter, but St. Henry pulled back to within one on Knaley's basket and free throw with 3:19 left in the half. Jill Bauer's driving jump shot with 17 second before the half knotted the game at 14.


St. Henry got the edge in the third quarter, led by Knaley's six points.


"Jessica's our leading scorer, our leading rebounder. When we're looking for someone to take over and get something done, she's it," said Coburn. "But we had balance tonight, too."


Then, in the fourth quarter, the Crusaders hit 12 of 13 free throw attempts — including a five of six from Annie Fugate — to seal their bid for Friday's regional semifinal against Boone.


Holmes finished their season with a top performance by freshman guard Deja Turner, who finished with 17 points, and 12 points from Holder, a junior.


HOLMES 8- 6-10-10—34

ST HENRY 4-10-11-18—43


HOLMES (16-14): Turner 5 6 17, Holder 4 4 12, Williams 2 1 5. Totals: 11 11 34.


ST. HENRY (25-6): Knaley 5 1 11, Bauer 4 2 10, Neace 4 1 9, Coburn 1 6 8, Fugate 0 5 5. Totals: 14 15 43.


3-pointer: H- Turner.


Read more: St. Henry pulls away from Holmes late

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paNDA, were you a paying customer, or did you have a pass with the camera in tow?


Somehow statman I ended up with multiple passes. BOK will not let you take pictures without a pass, extrordinarily strict. NDA always pass lists me, a good buddy connected with BOK, who shall remain nameless, set me up and Tri State Inernet sports put me on their list. It is my favorite week of the year.


I should also add my wife put me on her pass list so I can attend the full week of games, I am one lucky guy.

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