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2010 starts ever so slowly for local programs

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Basketball

By Mike Farner

SHEPHERDSVILLE - The first night of the regular season in 2010 turned out to be a long one for four of the area basketball programs as the teams at both Bullitt Central and North Bullitt got the new year off on the wrong foot with losses.

The most frustrating of the losses was a 59-53 loss for the Bullitt Central Lady Cougars in a showdown with Fairdale. The Lady Cougars had blitzed the Lady Bulldogs 49-32 back on Dec. 20 in the second round of the Doss Holiday Tournament.

This time, Bullitt Central was up 27-24 at halftime, but then were outscored by nine points after the break including a 20-16 shortfall in the fourth quarter.

Bullitt Central played without starting guard Keoka Hilliard and that allowed Fairdale guard Wenisha Mack to run wild, scoring 31 points including 13 in the fourth quarter. Mack had just seven points in the first meeting between the two district rivals and did not score at all in the first half of that game.

The Lady Cougars countered with 19 points from junior guard Janie Baumgardner and 13 points from sophomore Kaitlyn McKnight.

The two teams have already played twice this season and it certainly appears that they will meet once again in the semi-finals of the 24th District Tournament which will be played at Southern during the final week of February. While there are still a number of games to be played, it seems likely that Fairdale will have the number two seed with Bullitt Central third.

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At Fairdale

BULLITT CENTRAL 53 (9-18-10-16) Janie Baumgardner 19, Logan Wood 6, Seaera Minyard 8, Valerie Terry 2, Kaitlyn McKnight 13, Kristen Collins 2, Cara Dukes 2.

FAIRDALE 59 (9-15-15-20) Mack 31, Gaines 7, Turner 12, Ashby 4, Maguire 5.

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In the boys’ game on Tuesday, Bullitt Central missed its wake up call and then could never recover as they were beaten by Fairdale 74-52.

Fairdale, the defending 24th District champions, jumped on top 24-7 in the first quarter and never looked back. The bright spot for the Cougars was that they were only outscored by five points over the last 24 minutes of the game against one of the better teams in Jefferson County.

Bullitt Central was led by the 15 points of sophomore Caleb Craddock while junior Miciah Ocasio and sophomore Damon Shepherd each scored 10 points.

Fairdale got a lot of its offense from three pointers as Quintrel Morris led the way with 22 points while Anthony Claypool finished with 19 points and Josh Stroud had 13.

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At Fairdale

BULLITT CENTRAL 52 (7-10-15-20) Caleb Craddock 15, Cory Smith 4, Damon Shepherd 10, Luke Whitmore 6, Jordan Peercy 3, Miciah Ocasio 10, Randy Hurst 2, Dean West 2.

FAIRDALE 59 74 (24-12-21-17) Vincent 2, Sweatt 1, Payne 8, Stroud 13, Claypool 19, Crabtree 5, Morris 22, Gonzalez 4.

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Eagles Find Trouble

The North Bullitt Eagles and Lady Eagles went their separate ways on Tuesday, but both had trouble finding enough offense to remain competitive against area foes.

The Lady Eagles (2-11) stayed at home and hosted Jeffersontown and dropped a 69-31 decision to one of the surprise teams in Jefferson County this season. The Lady Chargers are 11-2 this season after years of struggling in the Seventh Region.

Jeffersontown jumped on top 17-8 after one quarter and stretched that to 36-16 at halftime and never looked back. North Bullitt did not score more than nine points in any one quarter.

Savannah Morrison and Meri Brian each scored six points for North Bullitt.

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At North Bullitt

JEFFERSONTOWN 69 (17-19-21-12) Dawson 9, Roan 18, Holt 10, Bell 3, Calderon 14, Betts 8, Downing 2, McDee 2, Holbert 3.

NORTH BULLITT 31 (8-8-6-9) Bre Kuffner 4, Taylor McCoy 2, Hunter Roeder 5, Savannah Morrison 6, Reba Stice 2, Macenzie Ellis 2, Meri Brian 6, Shelby Morrison 4.

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The outcome was no better on the road for the Eagles as they were ambushed 70-42 by South Oldham.

North Bullitt only trailed 32-23 at halftime, but then was outscored 38-19 in the second half.

The Eagles did get 12 points each from senior Travis Ridley and James Whitfill while Kenton Aubrey collected nine points. No other North Bullitt player scored more than three points.

South Oldham is one of the top teams in the Eighth Region this season with a 12-2 mark.

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At South Oldham

NORTH BULLITT 42 (10-13-10-9) Brandon Goeing 3, Travis Ridley 12, Jared Slaughter 2, Kenton Aubrey 9, James Whitfill 12, Alan Crowe 2, Jason Sutton 2.

SOUTH OLDHAM 70 (17-15-22-16) Bowling 4, Jackson 18, Jewett 10, Fields 8, Schumn 10, Maleug 4, Dogan 5, Martin 4, Carrithers 3, Gordon 4.