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SHEPHERDSVILLE - It was supposed to be a slow start to the week anyway as area basketball teams get ready for the holiday basketball season, but bad weather early last week cut down an already slim slate of games.
The one team that battled through the conditions were the Bullitt Central Cougars. They had an early game on Monday with Waggener that started at 6 p.m. so that game got played. The Cougars were then supposed to play Oldham County on Tuesday, but because there was no school in either school system that day, the game was pushed back and played on Wednesday.
Unfortunately, both of those games turned out to be losses for Bulltit Central against two teams that both have 4-1 records.
On Wednesday, the Bullitt East Lady Chargers remained undefeated in 24th District play as they played host to Fairdale and picked up an easier than expected 61-26 victory.
One set of games that did not get played was a girl-boy doubleheader between North Bullitt and Spencer County that was slated for Tuesday. Those contests will be rescheduled.
Bullitt Central Stumbles
Bullitt Central boy’s coach Joe Pat Lee said before the season began that his pre-holiday schedule was going to be very tough and that has certainly been the case. The Cougars have started 1-5 with all five losses coming to teams with winning records.
Following the team’s first win of the season, three days earlier against North Bullitt, the Cougars had to travel into Louisville to take on Waggener, a team that won 20 games a year ago.
An old problem for the Cougars came into play again as they were outscored 20-8 in the third quarter after trailing by just a point at halftime. That led to a 74-60 setback.
In addition, the Cougars could not stop Waggener senior Dayvon Sloan who exploded for 39 points in the Wildcat’s win. Sloan scored 17 of those points in the fourth quarter.
Bullitt Central was led by Michael Kean who scored 18 points, his best scoring night of the season, while fellow junior T.J. Flener tossed in 17 points.
Two days later, the Cougars were back on the road, heading to Buckner to take on an old Eighth Region rival, Oldham County. Bullitt Central was within six points heading into the fourth quarter but then went cold again, falling 67-50 as they were outscored 19-8 in the final frame.
Flener had another big game as he tossed in 32 points including four three-pointers. Unfortunately, no other Cougar scored more than six points.
Bullitt Central will not be playing again until after Christmas. The Cougars’ two holiday tournaments are still to come. They will play in LaRue County the week after Christmas and then play in a tournament at Moore the week after New Year’s Day.
BULLITT CENTRAL 60 (17-11-8-24) T.J. Flener 17, Jeremy Bennett 8, Chris Taylor 6, Michael Kean 18, Jason Creason 7, Jesse Vittitoe 2, Dakota Masden 2.
WAGGENER 74 (17-12-20-25) Spencer 3, Steele 6, Kirby 4, Sloan 39, Bradshaw 8, Holland 2, Stover 4, Fields 3, Enkh-Ulzii 5.
At Oldham County
BULLITT CENTRAL 50 (12-13-17-8) T.J. Flener 32, Jeremy Bennett 2, Chris Taylor 4, Michael Kean 6, Caleb Craddock 2, Dakota Masden 2, Travis Stepp 2.
OLDHAM COUNTY 67 (10-25-13-19) Dunlap 19, Davis 20, Denise 2, Sims 2, Cook 7, Mason 17.
Lady Chargers Stay Hot
In the first meeting between the two teams since last season’s 24th District final at Fairdale, the Bullitt East Lady Chargers rolled past the Lady Bulldogs 61-26.
It was an impressive performance for coach Chris Stallings’ team against a foe that in some publications were ranked above the Lady Chargers’ in the Sixth Region for this season.
Now, Bullitt East (4-1) is the only undefeated team left in the district as they stand at 3-0. The red and gold still have to play North Bullitt in the first rotation before facing the other four teams in the district again.
The game on Wednesday was close for a quarter as Bullitt East could manage only an 11-8 lead after one quarter. It was quickly over after that as the red and gold’s depth paid off with a 19-4 surge in the second quarter. It was still 39-21 entering the final frame before Bullitt East put together another big run, outscoring the Lady Bulldogs 22-5 over the final eight minutes.
Kayla Thacker led Bullitt East with 13 points while Lindey Young came off the bench to score 11.
Wenisha Mack led Fairdale with eight points.
The Lady Bulldogs are 4-2 with the losses coming to Bullitt Central and Bullitt East.
The two teams will meet again at Fairdale on Jan. 9 and that will be part of a girl-boy doubleheader.
At Bullitt East
FAIRDALE 26 (8-4-9-5) Toogood 2, Mack 8, Thompson 1, Sleets 4, Gaines 6, Peterson 5.
BULLITT EAST 61 (11-19-9-22) Jaime Simpson 8, Whitney Stansbury 2, Shelby Romine 8, Kayla Thacker 13, Lindey Young 11, Kelly Cunningham 5, Jackie Stevens 6, Samantha Johnson 8.