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BC, BE grab wins at Girls' Bullitt County Challenge

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Rare 5-point play lifts BC past LaRue

By Mike Farner

    SHEPHERDSVILLE - Trailing by three points with just 1:15 remaining in the highlight game of the 2010 Bullitt County Challenge, Bullitt Central head coach Bryan Bates had just one option - call for a five-point play.

    The coach didn’t exactly draw it up that way of course. But the rare play was the turning point on Saturday as the Cougars rallied with the final eight points of the game to beat the Lady Hawks 53-47.

    Bullitt Central (9-8) led 42-40 entering the fourth quarter and pushed that to four points with the first basket of the frame. Unfortunately, that was the only basket for the maroon and gray for over five minutes. LaRue County scored seven straight points to take the lead before Bates called time-out at 1:15.

    The play was actually not that complicated. The coach wanted Kaitlyn McKnight to set a screen at the top of the free throw circle to free up senior Logan Wood for a three-point shot. It worked to perfection as Wood came free and drained the three-pointer. At the same time, the defender pushed McKnight out of the way trying to get to Wood.

    McKnight then stepped to the foul line and hit both free throws to complete the rare five-point play.

    LaRue County had two misses and a turnover in the final minute while Bullitt Central was getting two free throws each from Keoka Hilliard and Wood to account for the final score.

    “We need more of those,” Bates said with a smile when asked about the five-point player. “That was a huge possession. The girls ran the play perfectly. They had to push to go through the screen.”

    The win was the third straight for the Lady Cougars since a poor stretch around the first of the year. The difference is easy to see as the maroon and gray are once again shooting the ball well. Bullitt Central had seven three-pointers in this game after making 12 the night before in the win over North Bullitt.

    Wood has been the hottest of the Lady Cougars as she led the way in this game with 19 points and a trio of three-pointers. McKnight added 11 points to the total.

    Lindsey Whitlock led Meade County with 19 points.

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Girls’ Bullitt County Challenge At Bullitt Central

Game Three

LARUE COUNTY 47 (10-17-13-7) Boley 5, L. Whitlock 19, Howell 1, V. Whitlock 4, Najdel 3, Brown 11, Brewer 4.

BULLITT CENTRAL 53 (6-15-21-11) Logan Wood 19, Keoka Hilliard 2, Janie Baumgardner 2, Seaera Minyard 7, Valerie Terry 4, Rachel Biven 5, Kaitlyn McKnight 11, Cara Dukes 3.

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Lady Chargers Roll

    Bullitt East remained undefeated for the month of January on Saturday with a 65-50 victory over Male in the second game of the Girls’ Bullitt County Challenge.

    The game was close early as the two teams were tied at 13-13 after one quarter. Male even scored the first five points of the second frame before Bullitt East scored the next 19 points to take control of the game. Kayla Thacker and Shelby Romine each had six points in the big second quarter surge as the red and gold took a 32-18 lead into halftime.

    Bullitt East (16-2) pushed the lead to as many as 18 points in the second half before coasting to the win.

    The game was the fourth in five days for Bullitt East. That is good preparation for next week’s Louisville Invitational Tournament as well as post-season play.

    “I thought our kids responded pretty well,” Bullitt East head coach Chris Stallings said after the game. “We had some rough stretches, but it was our fourth game in five days. We might have been mentally fatigued at times.

    “I was really proud of everybody,” the coach added. “The kids off the bench had energy.”

    Bullitt East had beaten Central the night before without starting guard Jessica Philpott who was ill. The junior did play in this game, but came off the bench as Stallings opted to start his biggest line-up with 6-1 junior Lindey Young in the post.

    Young responded with 15 points to lead the Lady Chargers in scoring. Shelby Romine finished with 14 points and 11 rebounds. Both Philpott and Thacker handed out five assists.

    Male got 18 points each from Andrea Owen and Ashley Spratt.

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Game Two

MALE 50 (13-5-13-19) White 4, Owen 18, Gomez 2, Messex 6, Spratt 18, Jones 2.

BULLITT EAST 65 (13-19-15-18) Jessica Philpott 3, Nikole Isabel 6, Whitney Stansbury 2, Shelby Romine 14, Jade Troutman 6, Kayla Thacker 8, Lindey Young 15, Jackie Stevens 4, Samantha Johnson 7.

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Lady Eagles Stumble

    A night after playing one of their best games of the season, the North Bullitt Lady Eagles were AWOL on Saturday on the same court at Bullitt Central as they dropped a 79-34 decision to Meade County in the first game of the Girls’ Bullitt County Challenge.

    North Bullitt was relatively close at halftime, down 44-27, but then scored just one point in the third quarter and seven points for the entire second half.

    “They just didn’t show up,” North Bullitt head coach Amber Courtney said after the game. “They were not mentally prepared to play. We didn’t do the things we know how to do.

    “Then when we got down we quit,” the coach added. “Last night we didn’t do that. We didn’t have any togetherness.”

    North Bullitt’s leading scorer was Hunter Roeder with eight points.

    The Lady Eagles have the first part of this week off before hosting Bullitt East on Friday at 6 p.m.

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Game One

MEADE COUNTY 79 (22-22-18-17) Adams 3, Powers 7, Wilson 16, Wathen 8, Powers 13, Evans 12, Raley Johnson 4, Luney 6, Rachel Johnson 2, Smith 2, Brown 6.

NORTH BULLITT 34 (17-10-1-7) Reba Stice 5, Savannah Morrison 7, Bre Kuffner 2, Hunter Roeder 8, Meri Brian 3, Shelby Morrison 3, Macenzie Ellis 4, Katie Downey 2.

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Tough Win for BE

    On Friday night, Bullitt East picked up a key win within the Sixth Region as they turned back visiting Central 54-39. The Lady Yellowjackets are ranked among the top five teams in the region this year and now have a 10-5 record.

    “They were very quick and athletic,” Stallings said of Central. “Our girls did a nice job of playing for four quarters. We were able to get out on their shooters and contain the dribble drive.”

    Bullitt East outscored Central in each of the firth three quarters. The red and gold were up 32-23 at halftime and pushed that margin out to 16 points heading into the fourth quarter.

    Thacker paced Bullitt East with 18 points while fellow senior Samantha Johnson finished with ten points.

    Brianna Averette led Central with 17 points.

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At Bullitt East

CENTRAL 39 (10-13-7-9) Coleman 14, Brents 7, Jackson 1, Averette 17.

BULLITT EAST 54 (17-15-14-8) Nikole Isabel 6, Shelby Romine 4, Jade Troutman 6, Kayla Thacker 18, Lindey Young 6, Jackie Stevens 4, Samantha Johnson 10.