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SHEPHERDSVILLE - The two Bullitt Central basketball teams traveled to Dixie Highway on Tuesday and came away with a split of games against Sixth Region rival Holy Cross.
In the girls' contest, the Lady Cougars could not overcome an early deficit and fell to the other Lady Cougars by a count of 73-58. It was the first loss of the season for Bullitt Central.
In the nightcap, the Cougar boys picked up a nice win as they rallied from a third quarter deficit and beat Holy Cross 53-44. It was the second win this season for the young Cougars.
Bullitt Central has a lot to learn this season as they work to replace all five starters from last season, but they learned a good lesson Tuesday as they defeated Holy Cross 53-44.
"Coach (Jesse) Curry and coach (Shawn) Ryan did a good job scouting them," Bullitt Central head coach Joe Pat Lee said later in the week. "They pressed us all night and they attacked us and we handled it well.
"It was a great win," the coach added. "A big win. We've had good teams go over there and struggle and then a young team goes in there and wins."
Bullitt Central had a five point lead entering the fourth quarter, but they could not handle the ball on a few trips down the floor and Holy Cross moved ahead by three. The maroon and gray then rallied to go up by four points and they sealed the win at the foul line, including junior point guard Jacob Wampler hitting all four of his chances.
Ken Dockery, a junior, had the hot hand for Bullitt Central as he led all scorers in the game with 17 points. Junior center Brett Bourland scored 11 points and pulled down 17 rebounds.
At Holy Cross
BULLITT CENTRAL 53 (11-13-15-14) Jacob Wampler 6, Zach Humphrey 17, Aaron Duckett 7, Jake Gillard 8, Brett Bourland 11, Ken Dockery 2, Kevin Ford 2.
HOLY CROSS 44 (13-7-14-10) Mack 7, Stahl 10, Lehmann 8, Schmitt 6, Ellis 6, Nalley 7.
Lady Cougars Fall
After trailing by 12 points heading into the fourth quarter, the Lady Cougars pulled to within seven points and then had back-to-back chances to get closer but turned the ball over.
For the game, Bullitt Central committed 30 turnovers.
"We had those turnovers and we were still right there," Bullitt Central head coach Kyle Roach said of his team's first loss. "Our defense wasn't very good. We pressed and gave up 70 points. The turnovers killed us."
Bullitt Central did get 21 points from senior guard Selena Yunt along with 19 points from point guard Kayla Riggs.
At Holy Cross
BULLITT CENTRAL 58 (8-19-16-15) Kayla Riggs 19, Kristen Collins 4, Selena Yunt 21, Belle Leonard 7, Shelby Flener 6, Chasity Hodge 2.
HOLY CROSS 73 (17-19-19-18) Weber 5, Marraito 19, Hockman 19, Epperson 12, Miller 12, Lockland 3, Marabito 3.