February 21st, 2011

District Tournaments Set To Kick Off Monday

Chris Jung

Senior Writer


District Tournaments Set To Kick Off Monday
photo from Mercy Academy

Nine area Catholic teams looking to make postseason run

After months of practice, game play, and preparation, the high school basketball postseason is upon us.

And beginning on Monday night, nine Louisville area Catholic schools will kick off playoff action and attempt to make a deep run into the tournament.

But before teams can begin thinking about regional tournament championships and state tournament berths, they must first focus on district tournament brackets. In order for a team to stay alive and advance to its respective regional tourney, it must at least reach and play in the district championship game.

Below is district tournament information for all nine of the Catholic teams participating, including schedules, players to watch, locations, dates and more. Check back to LouisvilleCatholicSports.com all week for wall-to-wall district coverage, as every game that is played will be covered.

BOYS

21st District Tournament

  • Who: No. 4 seed Holy Cross (14-15 overall; 1-3 district)
  • Where: Western High School
  • When: Monday, Feb. 21 through Friday, Feb. 25
  • Holy Cross players to watch: Kendall Hammerstrom & T.J. Schuler
  • Schedule: Holy Cross vs. Beth Haven (Feb. 21 @ 7:30pm); Holy Cross vs. Western (Feb. 23 @ 7:30pm in semifinal – if necessary); Holy Cross vs. PRP or Valley (Feb. 25 @ 7:30pm in finals – if necessary)
  • The X-factor: Cody Couch’s 3-point shooting
  • Summary: Of all the Catholic teams in district action this week, the Holy Cross boys squad has the toughest road ahead, as the Cougars must win three games in order to capture the district title. HC has lost four of its last six games and will have to get strong shooting from Kendall Hammerstrom and Tyran Morris, along with offensive rebounding and senior leadership from T.J. Schuler to stay alive.

22nd District Tournament

  • Who: No. 2 seed DeSales High School (14-15 overall; 2-1 district)
  • Where: Butler High School
  • When: Wednesday, Feb. 23 through Friday, Feb. 25
  • DeSales players to watch: Brandon Brooks & Jake Sliter
  • Schedule: DeSales vs. Butler (Feb. 23 @ 7:30pm); DeSales vs. Doss or Iroquois or Evangel Christian (Feb. 25 @ 7:45pm in finals – if necessary)
  • The X-factor: Leadership of six DeSales seniors
  • Summary: The Colts turned its season around down the stretch and have been playing inspired ball since the team’s run through the All “A” Classic. The offense is led by a hot-shooting Brandon Brooks and DeSales will find success this week if they can convert defensive turnovers into offensive output.

25th District Tournament

  • Who: No. 1 seed St. Xavier High School (16-10 overall; 2-0 district)
  • Where: Male High School
  • When: Tuesday, Feb. 22 through Thursday, Feb. 24
  • St. Xavier players to watch: Michael Ising & Nathan Lilly
  • Schedule: St. Xavier vs. Louisville Collegiate (Feb. 22 @ 6pm); St. Xavier vs. Male or DuPont Manual (Feb. 24 @ 7pm in finals – if necessary)
  • The X-factor: Six-foot-seven sophomore Brock Kiesler’s minutes
  • Summary: As the top seed in District 25, St. X receives a favorable draw atop the bracket, but in the semifinals will face a Collegiate team that has won five games in a row. The Tigers rely heavily on its outstanding guard play and hope to have senior PG Michael Ising (ankle) at close to full strength for its postseason run. The St. Xavier frontcourt of Chris Mitchell, Patrick Cecil and Brock Kiesler must have a presence for Head Coach Kevin Klein’s team.

27th District Tournament

  • Who: No. 3 seed Trinity High School (21-7 overall; 1-3 district)
  • Where: Trinity High School
  • When: Wednesday, Feb. 23 through Friday, Feb. 25
  • Trinity players to watch: Charles Foster & Nathan Dieudonne
  • Schedule: Trinity vs. Ballard (Feb. 23 @ 7:30pm); Trinity vs. Seneca or Waggener (Feb. 25 @ 7:30pm in finals – if necessary)
  • The X-factor: Keeping Nathan Dieudonne and Chancellor Armstrong out of foul trouble
  • Summary: The 27th District semifinal game between Trinity and Ballard is most likely the best “non-finals” district tournament game in the state, and will end the season for either the Bruins or the Shamrocks. Ballard beat Trinity by 20 points in the LIT semifinals on Jan. 15, but the Rocks have won 10 of 11 since that game (including six in a row to end the regular season) and have an explosive offensive trio of juniors in Charles Foster, Troy Saxton, and Nathan Dieudonne.

GIRLS

21st District Tournament

  • Who: No. 1 Holy Cross High School (19-7 overall; 4-0 district)
  • Where: Western High School
  • When: Wednesday, Feb. 23 through Friday, Feb. 25
  • Holy Cross players to watch: Kim Mingus & Maya Hardin
  • Schedule: Holy Cross vs. Valley or Beth Haven (Feb. 23 @ 6pm); Holy Cross vs. PRP or Western (Feb. 25 @ 6pm in finals – if necessary)
  • The X-factor: Keeping Julie Skaggs out of foul trouble
  • Summary: After a “one-and-done” performance at the All “A” State Tournament, the Lady Cougars have been attempting to get back its footing and reestablish itself as the 19-win team that it is. Holy Cross, which gets heavy contributions from freshmen and sophomores on the squad, has not lost to a district opponent this season.

23rd District Tournament

  • Who: No. 2 seed Presentation Academy (11-12 overall; 3-1 district)
  • Where: Central High School
  • When: Monday, Feb. 21 through Thursday, Feb. 24
  • Presentation players to watch: Bailey Reeder & Shelby Adams
  • Schedule: Presentation vs. Shawnee (Feb. 21 @ 8pm); Presentation vs. Central or Brown or Portland Christian (Feb. 24 @ 8pm in finals – if necessary)
  • The X-factor: Self-inflicted mistakes; the Toppers must minimize turnovers
  • Summary: As junior guard Bailey Reeder goes, so does Presentation go. Reeder is fearless and scores often for her team. As opposing defenses pick up on this, however, Reeder’s supporting cast of Shelby Adams, Rachel Russ, and Ashlee Kirchner must be ready to step up and supplement in the offense department when called upon. The Toppers will face one of the most dominant girls basketball forces in the state – Shawnee’s Tearra Banks – in the tourney semifinals.


25th District Tournament

  • Who: No. 2 seed Mercy Academy (21-6 overall; 2-2 district)
  • Where: Male High School
  • When: Monday, Feb. 21 through Wednesday, Feb. 23
  • Mercy players to watch: Juliann Miller & Lauren Faris
  • Schedule: Mercy vs. Male (Feb. 21 @ 7:30pm); Mercy vs. DuPont Manual or Collegiate (Feb. 23 @ 7pm in finals – if necessary)
  • The X-factor: The versatility of the Roush sisters
  • Summary: Mercy Academy begins defense of its 2009-10 Kentucky state championship and is on a collision course to face Manual in the district tournament finals, which would be the fourth meeting between the Jaguars and Crimsons this season. The Jags are an aggressive team that thrives with heavy-pressure defense that turn directly into fastbreak layups or transition jumpers. Mercy lost three of its final six regular season games, but is certainly a playoff-tested and ready team that will be a difficult matchup for whomever they face throughout the postseason tournament(s).


26th District Tournament

  • Who: No. 1 seed Assumption High School (14-12 overall; 4-0 district)
  • Where: Atherton High School
  • When: Wednesday, Feb. 23 through Friday, Feb. 25
  • Assumption players to watch: Maggie Hartlage & Dee Dee Sliter
  • Schedule: Assumption vs. Atherton or Whitefield Academy (Feb. 23 @ 7:30pm); Assumption vs. Moore or Fern Creek (Feb. 25 @ 6pm in finals – if necessary)
  • The X-factor: Morgan Foley’s contributions on both ends
  • Summary: After a change in head coach mid-season, the Rockets have finally rediscovered its identity and could cause problems for teams in the playoffs. Led by lone senior Maggie Hartlage, Assumption is a team that executes with text-book approach and precision and will be successful if they play as a cohesive unit and keep from panicking if they fall behind during the game.


27th District Tournament

  • Who: No. 1 seed Sacred Heart Academy (21-5 overall; 3-0 district)
  • Where: Sacred Heart Academy
  • When: Tuesday, Feb. 22 through Thursday, Feb. 24
  • Sacred Heart players to watch: Morgan Clemons & Monica McGreal
  • Schedule: Sacred Heart vs. Waggener (Feb. 22 @ 6pm); Sacred Heart vs. Ballard or Seneca (Feb. 24 @ 6:30pm in finals – if necessary)
  • The X-factor: Hannah Washle’s free throw shooting & Raven Merriweather’s minutes
  • Summary: Arguably the most experienced team in the state, Sacred Heart Academy starts five seniors and is of the biggest threats to Mercy’s state championship defense. The Valkyries have three frontcourt players – Morgan Clemons, Monica McGreal, and Annamarie Campbell – who have the ability to score at will, but must be aggressive in attacking the basket. Another senior, Maddie Peabody, is the floor general and fills up the box score with hustle stats on a nightly basis. If Peabody can also be affective from the three-point line, SHA could be tough to beat.
 

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