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HEBRON ESTATES - After starting the season 3-2, the North Bullitt Eagles will spend the first part of Christmas at home this week as the program hosts the Sarah Major Barger Memorial Tournament.
This will be the second year for the event which is named in honor of the late mother of North Bullitt head coach Lee Barger.
There will be a new champion this year as defending champion Spencer County is not entered. The Bears defeated North Bullitt 71-55 in the final game last season a night after defeating Bullitt Central in the semi-finals.
Once again, the tournament field will include both North Bullitt and Bullitt Central. The two local rivals are in opposite brackets and can only meet in action on Wednesday.
Play will start at 4 p.m. on Monday with Pike County Central taking on Waggener. The second game that day is set for 5:30 p.m. and will have Bullitt Central taking on Collegiate, another team returning to the field from last season.
In the lower bracket of the eight-team event, Atherton will take on Whitefield Academy at 7 p.m. on Monday. North Bullitt will then close out the first day of games by taking on St. Francis at 8:30 p.m. St. Francis also played in last year’s event.
All eight teams will be back in action on Tuesday with game’s in the loser’s bracket being played at 4 and 5:30 p.m. The first semi-final will then take place at 7 p.m. with the second semi-final slated for 8:30 p.m.
On Wednesday the time schedule does change a little. The 7th-place contest will start at 2 p.m. with the 5th-place contest slated for 4 p.m. The third-place game will then be played starting at 6 p.m.
The tournament’s championship game will be played at 8 p.m. on Wednesday.
North Bullitt will enter its own tournament coming off a tough loss on Tuesday by a 74-60 count at Kentucky Country Day. The Eagles were not scheduled to play late last week and that turned out to be just fine as school was canceled on Thursday and Friday because of bad weather.
Tuesday’s setback on the road was frustrating for the Eagles. The green and gold exploded for 30 points in the first quarter, but then could score only that many points over the final three frames. Still, North Bullitt was only down 55-52 entering the fourth quarter only to have the offense fizzle with only eight points over the final eight minutes.
The Eagles converted nine three-pointers in the game including five by Brandon Goeing. The junior led all players in scoring with 23 points. Marcell Hull pitched in with ten points.
Kentucky Country Day had a more balanced attack as four players scored in doubles figures. Jason Geer led the way with 17 points while Blake Scinta finished with 16 points.
KCD moved to 3-3 with the win while North Bullitt lost for the second straight game to fall to 3-2.
At Kentucky Country Day
NORTH BULLITT 60 (30-11-11-8) Tony Majors 6, Brandon Goeing 23, Blake Hardy 3, Ryan Key 6, Marcell Hull 10, Cody Montgomery 5, Alan Crowe 2, Ryan Collins 5.
KENTUCKY COUNTRY DAY 74 (22-18-15-19) Geer 17, Scinta 16, Schwartz 10, Miller 10, Paschal 7, Blade 7, Ferguson 7.
Three OT Heartbreaker
In the first game on Tuesday, it took a long time before the girls’ game was decided. It took three overtimes in fact before KCD pulled out a 64-61 victory over the Lady Eagles.
There was actually a lot of good news for North Bullitt as put together a strong effort against a good opponent. The win was the fourth this season in six games for KCD.
Finally, the youthful Lady Eagles just ran out of gas. KCD got five straight points from Shelbi Hendricks in the third overtime to grab the win.
North Bullitt played strong to force the game to continue. At the end of regulation, freshman Savannah Morrison converted a three-point play with :02.5 showing on the clock to force the game into overtime. In the second overtime, freshman Maria George calmly stepped to the foul line and converted a pair of chances at :01.8 to tie the game at 59-59.
North Bullitt was led in scoring by seventh-grader Katie Downey who finished with 16 points, a total that included a trio of three-pointers. George also had a pair of the long shots and finished with 13 points. Morrison collected 15 points for the Lady Eagles.
The Lady Eagles could not stop Hendricks, though, as she finished with 28 points.
North Bullitt fell to 1-3 with its third straight loss. The team did not have a game scheduled late last week. The young team will head out on Monday to take part in the Campbellsville Holiday Tournament where they will take on Adair County at 8 p.m.
At Kentucky Country Day
NORTH BULLITT 61 (18-11-7-12-7-4-2) Holly White 2, Reba Stice 3, Caitlin Montgomery 4, Kasey McCoy 8, Maria George 13, Savannah Morrison 15, Katie Downey 16.
KENTUCKY COUNTRY DAY 64 (15-10-9-14-7-4-5) Alford 5, Hodes 5, Resinger13, Bush 13, Hendricks 28.