"We were able to get off to a nice start to begin the game, then (Holy Cross) made a nice run at us to end the quarter," Danville coach Justin Schommer said. "I thought they were a step quicker than us and their height and depth began to wear us down in the second quarter. We spent a lot of energy just trying to get the ball up the floor."
Holy Cross coach Rob Kues said Danville's penatration into the lane hurt his team early and the Admirals did a nice job of rotating the ball back outside if the shot wasn't there.
"We worked hard to stop them from getting into the lane, and it wasn't until we stopped them that we were able to get back into the game," Kues said. "I can't remember playing when two teams have gotten up and down the floor like we did in the first quarter."
Kues had his team change defenses throughout the game. They used a man-to-man, 1-3-1 zone and half court trap to cause five second quarter turnovers and the Admirals connected on just 2 of 12 shots during the period.
"We knew we had to do a better job on the perimeters," Kues said. "(Vonderbrink and Jackson) were just lighting it up from the outside and we eventually had to use a box and chaser on Vonderbrink to try to limit her shots."
"They switched to a zone and our shots began to come up short," Schommer said. "They did a nice job trapping us in the second quarter during their run and they had a lot of two-on-one advantages."
Vonderbrink compared the Indians' press to Mercer County.
"It seemed like they had hands flying all around the place," the Danville senior said. "We just didn't have time to set up and get the ball down the floor."
Ads outrebounded 38-13
When they did get the ball down the floor, the Ads usually were able to get only one shot at the basket. Holy Cross, which had only three players shorter than 5-7 on its roster, outrebounded Danville 38-13. That included a 12-2 advantage on the offensive glass and the Indians had a 17-3 advantage on second chance points.
They scored eight of those points during a 24-2 run as Danville went without a field goal for 7:10 late in the first period and three and a half minutes into the second and trailed 40-26 at the half.
Back-to-back 3-pointers from Jackson and Renee Chiu trimmed the lead to 40-32 as the second half began, and Danville closed the period on a pair of 3-pointers by Vonderbrink and one by Amber Wood to trail 51-43 entering the final stanza.
Danville connected on just 1 of 8 tries from the field in the final period while in catch-up mode as Holy Cross (19-3) hit on 5 of 7 tries to put the game out of reach.
Overall, Schommer was disappointed with the loss, and he realizes the experience of playing in the All "A" will help his team down the stretch.
"It's tough to play in a State Tournament in the middle of the season, but I have four seniors that realize what's ahead of us," the Danville coach said. "We have Lincoln County coming up Friday and Boyle County Saturday."
"We were able to get a taste of what a state tournament is like," the senior guard said. "It was a good experience."
HOLY CROSS (19-3) - Amie Noll 4, Kimmie Beiting 2, Amanda Hinkel 3, Rachel Landry 18, Jennifer Lea 6, Cara Randall 5, Brittany Bass 24.
DANVILLE (11-5) - Amber Wood 3, Renee Chiu 5, Monica Vonderbrink 17, Shatoniah Miller 5, Krystal Jackson 13, Tasha Milby 3.
Program cover designed by Burgin student
This year's All "A" Classic program cover was designed by Burgin's Meredith Lear. She received a $500 prize for the winning design.
Burgin's Amanda Cocanougher designed one of two honorable mention winners, earning $100.