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Pendlton County Serves Notice -
Upset Stangs In MCIT Semi-Finals

Post staff report

Senior guard Phillip Carter scored a game-high 21 points, including a 12-for-12 effort from the free-throw line, as Pendleton
County upset Bishop Brossart, 69-62, Friday night at the Mason County Invitational. The tournament-tested Wildcats, playing
in their fourth tournament of the year, used an up-tempo attack to offset the Mustangs' superior height.

Derrick Rhoden, Brossart's 7-foot center and dominant inside presence, never got into his offensive flow and ended up
scoring five points in only six minutes of action. Keaton Belcher scored 16 points and Joey Verax added 15 for the Wildcats,
who hit nine three-pointers for the game.

The two teams were tied 46-46 heading into the fourth quarter, but Pendleton scored the first six points of the final period, all
free throws from Carter, and never looked back. As a team the Wildcats connected on 15 of 16 free throws in the fourth
quarter to protect their lead.

The Mustangs, who came into the game ranked No. 4 in the latest area coaches' poll, were led by Ryan Anderson's 20 points.

The win for Pendleton avenges a 46-41 loss to Brossart on Dec. 5 on the Mustangs' home court.

PENDLETON COUNTY   18   8  20  23 -- 69
BISHOP BROSSART        13 23  10  16 -- 62

PENDLETON COUNTY (69): Carter 3 12 21, Belcher 6 1 16, Verax 5 3 15, Mains 3 2 8, O'Hara 3 0 7, Crozier 1 0 2.
                 Totals 21 18 69.

BISHOP BROSSART (62): Anderson 4 10 20, Doyle 5 3 13, McCarthy 4 1 11, McDole 4 0 8, Rhoden 2 1 5, Smith 1 2
4,                            Cooper 0 1 1. Totals 20 18 62.

Three-pointers: PC-Belcher 3, Carter 3, Verax 2, O'Hara. BB-Anderson 2, McCarthy 2.
Records: Pendleton County 9-5, Bishop Brossart 8-2.
A funny thing happened on the way to the highly anticipated 2004 MCIT Championship Game with Mason County on
January 10th - we were upset by Pendleton County in the semi-finals after having enjoyed a 36-26 halftime lead and
appeared to be on track to extend our win streak over these Wildcats which dated back to at least the early 90's.  The Cats
would outscore the Stangs 20-10 in the third quarter knotting the score at 46 and paving the way for the Wildcat upset.  
Little did we know that two more Wildcats wins would ensue in 2004-05 as the Cats made their run to the 10th Region
Still reeling from their loss to Pendleton County the Stangs would take another hit in their very next game a 49-40
overtime loss to Holy Cross in Latonia.  They would then reel off ten straight wins beating Simon Kenton in the
Hack's Classic at NKU, Newport at Newport, Lloyd at Lloyd, Harrison County at home, and then Silver Grove in the
opening round of the 10th Region "A" Tournament at Nicholas County, followed by a win over Augusta in which we
scored 96 points, and topped off by a 62-41 win over Bracken County in the 10th "A" Finals sending the Mustangs
to EKU for the second straight year.  We would blitz Somerset 53-32, and take out an excellent University Heights
team and their blue-chip guard Joshua Mack 60-50, and then face and defeat NCC 38-35 in the semi-finals setting
up a date with the Hazard Bulldogs in the 2004 "A" State Championship Game.   
Title chase starts with rout -
Brossart tops Somerset
By Terry Boehmker
Post staff reporter

RICHMOND, Ky. -- Bishop Brossart lived up to its reputation as one of the top defensive teams in the state with a 53-32 win
against Somerset in the opening round of the Touchstone Energy All "A'' Classic boys' small-school basketball tournament on
Thursday. Brossart came into the game with a 44.1 defensive average and held Somerset to 12 points less than that. It was the
eighth straight win for the 16-3 Mustangs, who will play six-time classic champion University Heights in a quarterfinal game at
8 p.m. today.

"One thing we take a great deal of pride in is our defense," said Brossart coach Willie Schlarman. "I think our guys have a good
feel for the game and they know if you don't play good defense you're not going to win very many games."

Brossart took a 10-5 lead in the first quarter by holding Somerset to one field goal and two free throws during the first eight
minutes. In the third quarter, the Briar Jumpers went nearly four minutes without scoring and the Mustangs opened up a 38-20
lead. Somerset ended up shooting just 25.6 percent (11 of 43) and committed 19 turnovers in the game.

Brossart shot 42.5 percent (17 of 40) from the field and got most of its points from 6-foot-6 junior forward Evan McDole and
junior guard Jason Cooper. McDole scored a game-high 15 points from his low post position and Cooper made a pair of
three-point goals to account for half of his 12 points. The Mustangs commited 10 turnovers in the first half, but Somerset had
a hard time applying its full-court defensive pressure during the final two quarters.

"We played good defense and that made it harder for Somerset to get into their press because they couldn't score and set it
up," Cooper said.

"Our object was to come down here and play well," Schlarman said. "We really feel like we've got a shot to win this thing."

SOMERSET     5   8   7 12 -- 32
BROSSART    10 12 16 15 -- 53

SOMERSET (32): Bray 3 3 9, Jamison 1 0 2, Ray 2 2 6, Thompson 2 4 8, Megalgel 1 0 2, Green 1 0 2, Holton 1 1 3. Totals
11 10 32.
BROSSART (53): Reilly 0 4 4, Clark 1 2 4, Doyle 1 1 3, Anderson 1 2 4, McCarthy 1 0 2, Cooper 4 1 11, Smith 3 2 9,
McDole 6 4 16. Totals 17 16 53.

Three-pointers: B-Cooper 2, Smith. S-None.
Records: Brossart 16-4, Somerset 10-8.
Brossart Ousts University Heights From
"Their Tournament" 60-50

Brossart, NCC meet in semis

By Terry Boehmker
Post staff reporter

RICHMOND -- Two of the top teams in Northern Kentucky boys' basketball will face each other more than 100 miles from
home in the semifinal round of the Touchstone Energy All "A" Classic today at Eastern Kentucky University's McBrayer
Arena. Newport Central Catholic, ranked No. 2 in the local coaches poll, will play No. 5 Bishop Brossart at 4:30 p.m. The
winner will advance to the championship game at 3 p.m. Sunday.

Brossart (17-3) defeated six-time classic champion University Heights, 60-50, in the
quarterfinals on Friday. NewCath (18-2) followed suit with a 43-38 win against Lexington

Some of the players on the two semifinal teams live near each other and grew up playing in
the same youth leagues.
"I know a lot of the Brossart guys pretty well," said NewCath senior guard Michael
Zimmerman. It'll be pretty exciting to play them down here, especially in the semifinals."

Brossart is one of the top defensive teams in the state so the Thoroughbreds are going to
face another tough challenge in today's semifinal game. "It's going to be tough because they guard people so well and they're
big and well-coached," Detzel said of Brossart. "It's going to be a matter of the team that plays better will win."

Brossart took a 30-19 lead in the first half of its quarterfinal game by handling University Heights' full-court pressure and
running its half-court offense. "That's stuff we work on all the time in practice," Schlarman said. "I thought we did a very
good job of taking care of the basketball against the press in this game." The Mustangs continued to control the tempo during
the second half.

"We just tried to utilize our size advantage on the low post against them and get back quickly on defense so they couldn't
pernetrate and take the ball to the hole on us," said Brossart junior forward Evan McDole.

Brossart 7-foot senior center Derrick Rhoden scored 10 of his 12 points in the first half.

UNIV. HEIGHTS   11  8  6   25  -- 50
BROSSART          10 20  7  23  -- 60

BROSSART (60): Reilly 0 4 4, Doyle 1 3 5, Anderson 1 2 4, McCarthy 3 0 7, Cooper 3 4 11, Smith 2 5 9, Rhoden 5 2
12.                        McDole 4 0 8. Totals 19 20 60.
UNIVERSITY HEIGHTS (50): Mack 6 5 19, Leavell 4 0 10, Stallons 2 0 5, Owen 1 0 2, Evans 0 1 1, P. Metcalfe 1 0 2,
H.                          Metcalfe 0 2 2, Rager 3 2 9. Totals 17 10 50.

Three-pointers: UH-Mack 2, Leavell 2, Stallons, Rager. B-McCarthy, Cooper.
Hazard Edges Brossart For "A" Title
Brossart falls in defensive struggle
By Terry Boehmker
Post staff reporter

RICHMOND -- Damage control was the first thing on coach Willie Schlarman's mind after his Brossart boys' basketball team's
43-38 loss to Hazard in the championship game of the Touchstone Energy All "A'' Classic on Sunday at Eastern Kentucky
University's McBrayer Arena. While the Hazard players were celebrating at midcourt, Schlarman gathered his dejected players
together into a huddle on the sideline. "I just told them I was proud of them and there was no reason for them to hang their
heads," Schlarman said.

"The one thing they have to realize is our season is far from over and we're just starting to click as a team." The Mustangs
have to put the loss behind them in a hurry because they have a home game against defending state champion Mason County at
7:30 p.m. Tuesday. It's such a big game that Brossart moved it to a bigger gym at Campbell County Middle School in

During the All "A'' Classic state tournament, the Mustangs held two of their first three
opponents to less than 40 points and they played defense so well against Hazard that it
was the lowest scoring championship game in the 25-year history of the event.

It was a series of missed scoring opportunities in the closing seconds that cost Brossart
the title. On their final four possessions, the Mustangs committed two turnovers, missed
two free throws and had a three-point attempt fall short.
Hazard was clinging to a 39-38 lead when Brossart senior Derrick Rhoden was fouled with
15 seconds left. The noise level in the arena was almost deafening when the 7-foot center
stepped to the line and missed both free throws.
"It was really nerve-wracking," Rhoden said. "I was praying they would both go in. I
thought I made the first one, but it was a too long and the second went a little off to
the side."

Hazard forward Stephen Sizemore was fouled on the rebound after the second miss. He
made both of his free throws to give the Bulldogs a 41-38 lead. With six second left, Brossart junior forward Steve McCarthy
launched a three-point shot from the right corner, but it fell short and Hazard came up with the ball again.

It was the first state title for the Hazard boys' basketball team since 1955.

Rhoden's two missed free throws in the final seconds cast a shadow on a remarkable performance. He scored a game-high 16
points, pulled down 10 rebounds and blocked four shots. "He always gets himself ready to play in big games," Schlarman said.
"He just did an excellent job at both ends of the floor." Rhoden was the only double-figure scorer for the Mustangs, who shot
30.2 percent (13 of 43) from the field and committed 17 turnovers.

Hazard scored 15 points off those turnovers and shot 34.9 percent (15 of 43) from the field.

"If we'd kept it under 10 (turnovers) I thought we'd have a heck of a shot," Schlarman said. "Their ability to make us turn it
over had a definite effect on the outcome."

BROSSART   4  13  10  11 -- 38
HAZARD       5  12  14  12 -- 43

BROSSART (38): Anderson 1 0 3, McCarthy 2 2 6, Cooper 2 0 4, Smith 2 2 7, Rhoden 6 4 16, McDole 0 2 2.
              Totals 13 10 38.
HAZARD (43): Gabbard 1 2 5, Lyttle 2 0 4, Patrick 0 1 1, Mullins 3 1 9, Sizemore 1 2 4, Carter 3 0 7, Williams 5 3 13.
              Totals 15 9 43.

Three-pointers: B-Anderson, Smith. H-Gabbard, Mullins 2, Carter. Records: Hazard 20-4, Brossart 18-4.
Brossart 38, Newport Central Catholic 35
Ryan Ernst
Low-scoring tilt has Mustangs riding high
By Ryan Ernst  The Cincinnati Enquirer

RICHMOND, Ky. - It was anything but pretty.  But ask Bishop Brossart boys basketball coach Willie Schlarman, and he'll tell
you what Saturday's game was - perfect.  Brossart set a tournament record for the lowest winning point total, beating
Newport Central Catholic 38-35 in the state semifinals of the All "A" Classic.  "Our guys played our type of basketball,"
Schlarman said. "We don't like to make it easy for the other team to score. We like to win the ugly ones."

Ugly or not, NewCath coach Rob Detzel said it was the best the tournament had to offer.  "I really felt that the winner of
tonight's game was going to win state," he said.

Kevin Smith blocked back-to-back NewCath 3-point attempts as time expired, sending the Mustangs into their first All "A"
final, at 3p.m. today against Hazard.  It was the same kind of perimeter defense that allowed only three NewCath players to
score and stymied the Thoroughbreds' 3-point shooting.

NewCath shot 4-for-15 from behind the arc, including 2-for-10 in the second half.
And when the Thoroughbreds weren't missing from 3-point range, they were
missing from the free throw line - NewCath shot 3-for-11 while Brossart secured the
win by scoring its last six points from the stripe.

Rhoden played only 14 minutes, but they were quality minutes in key stretches of the
game.  Early in the fourth quarter, Rhoden scored six points in a row to stretch the
lead back to six.  "Derrick's contribution today was huge," Schlarman said. " There
in the second half they had no answer for him."

Brossart started the game on a 6-0 run. Neither team scored more than five
unanswered points the rest of the way.
"We knew it was going to be a dogfight," Brossart forward Evan McDole said
. "I'm just happy we came out on top."

NewCath's Michael Zimmerman led all scorers with 17 points, followed by teammate
Mark Krebs, who tallied 14. McDole pulled down 12 rebounds. Those were the only double-figure individual statistic for the
Mustangs - all the pretty Schlarman needed.

"We're a team," he said. "There's not really one guy to stop."

NEWPORT CENTRAL CATHOLIC (35) - Krebs 6 0 14, Zimmerman 7 1 17, Gearding 1 2 4. Totals: 14 3 35.
BISHOP BROSSART (38) - Reilly 0 2 2, Doyle 1 1 3, Anderson 1 2 5, McCarthy 1 0 2, Cooper 1 1 3, Smith 3 2 8, Rhoden 4
0 8, McDole 2 3 7. Totals: 13 11 38.

NewCath  3-pointers: N 4 (Krebs 2, Zimmerman 2) B 1 (Anderson).