St. Patrick Girls

St. Patrick's Allison Hughes (15) dribbles the ball around Ironton St. Joseph's Alyson Johnson (12) in the first quarter, Friday, Dec. 2, 2016, in the first game of the St. Patrick Catholic Classic basketball tournament.

In the three years the St. Patrick Catholic Classic has been played in downtown Maysville, the Saints have never dropped a game.

They’ll try to continue that success when it tips off again on Friday.

This year, the boys’ field will consist of St. Patrick, Ironton St. Joseph Central and Villa Madonna, while the girls’ side will feature the Lady Saints, Ironton St. Joseph Central and Bethlehem.

The event has a different format this year. Because a team dropped out at the last minute, there will not be an actual tournament with a championship game as there has been in the past, according to St. Patrick athletic director Angie Brant. There will be a Most Valuable Player awarded for each team after each game.

“Even though the classic has changed this year, I feel it will still provide a great atmosphere for the small schools who participate in it. The schools invited to this event have the same mission and value system as St. Patrick School - faith, academics and service,” said Brant. “There may not be a championship trophy given out this year, but we will still be offering competitive basketball games for the fans to watch. We look forward to another successful weekend of basketball and we hope the Maysville community will come to the games and support the teams involved.”

The Lady Saints will be the ones getting the action started at 6 p.m. on Friday when they take on St. Joseph Central. St. Patrick was beaten by the Female Flyers last year, 54-23, after having to play with only four girls at one point in the game. It was St. Patrick’s first-ever loss in the tournament.

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St. Patrick is also scheduled to play Bethlehem at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday. Bethlehem and St. Joseph Central will play at 2:30 p.m.

The Saints were crowned champions of the last three tournaments, going a combined 6-0 in Catholic Classic games. Last season, they knocked off Piarist School, 78-18, in a semifinal game, and beat St. Joseph Central, 72-70, in the final. They’ll open this year’s Catholic Classic against the Flyers at 7:30 p.m. on Friday and will take on Villa Madonna at 10 a.m. on Saturday.

Villa Madonna and St. Joseph Central will play at 1 p.m. on Saturday.

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