BC rights ship after key loss with two wins

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By Mike Farner

    SHEPHERDSVILLE - After dropping the decision to North Bullitt at home on a Friday night, part of Bullitt Central head coach Joe Pat Lee wasn't looking forward to getting back into action just 24-hours later.
    As it turned out, it turned out to be a good thing for the Cougars as the maroon and gray have now won two straight games since the difficult district setback to their county rivals. The day after the loss to the Eagles, Bullitt Central traveled to Lebanon for the Marion County Autism Classic and there they beat the Spencer County Bears 60-40. That led into a 63-44 victory over Whitefield Academy three nights later.
    Because the Marion County event had games all day, Bullitt Central was actually back on the court just 16 hours following the loss to North Bullitt. The Cougars had a strong first half, taking a 31-19 edge into halftime, but then were outscored 13-5 in the third quarter. The Cougars then pulled away to beat their former district rivals.
    "We had a total debacle the night before with North Bullitt," Cougar head coach Joe Pat Lee said later. "We had a quick turnaround and we bounced back well. We played great defense and won by 20."
    "The quicker we put the North Bullitt game behind us the better," the coach added. "It stimulated the guys to get back up and play. We responded to it."
    It was a big game for the Cougars' big three as the senior group got 21 points from Caleb Craddock, 19 from Ryan Schnellenberger and 17 by Damon Shepherd.
    Bullitt Central and Spencer County will play again on Friday when the Cougars travel to Taylorsville for a girl/boy doubleheader.
    Three days later, Bullitt Central made it two in a row as they went into Jefferson County and raced past Whitefield Academy 63-44 for their 14th victory of the season.
    "That's a tough place to play," Lee pointed out. "They came out and used a box and chaser on Ryan the whole game. Caleb and Damon responded with the offense and then Corey (Smith) and Luke (Whitmore) did a good job on the boards."
    Bullitt Central couldn't quite get the pace to what they wanted, but they battled through to get the win.
    "Some teams just play slow," Lee said. "We don't have the size or quickness to force that. We can't force tempo so it was a slow-paced game. We had the lead up to like 24 before we subbed."
    Craddock led all scorers in the game with 21 points while Shepherd scored 17. Schnellenberger was held to ten points.
    Bullitt Central will be busy early this week. On Monday, the Cougars will play host to DeSales and then travel to Kentucky Country Day on Tuesday.
Tuesday at Whitefield Academy
    BULLITT CENTRAL 63 (19-15-13-16)
Caleb Craddock 21, John Sullivan 5, Luke Whitmore 2, Johnny Larison 2, Jake Gillard 2, Ryan Schnellenberger 10, Damon Shepherd 17, Corey Smith 2.
    WHITEFIELD ACADEMY 44 (8-12-3-21) Johnson 3, Hildreth 3, Adkisson 7, Stoltz 7, Patterson 9, Ramey 9, Campbell 6.
Previously Unreported
At Marion County

    BULLITT CENTRAL 60 (18-13-5-24) Caleb Craddock 20, Ryan Schnellenberger 19, Damon Shepherd 17, Corey Smith 1, Jake Gillard 3.
    SPENCER COUNTY 40 (11-8-13-8) Smith 11, Dennis 7, Goodwin 10, Hollar 5, Knotts 3, Carpenter 2, Miller 2.
Lady Cougars Win
    On Tuesday, the Bullitt Central Lady Cougars picked up the team's 12th win of the season as they roared past visiting Fern Creek 63-46.
    Bullitt Central had a scoring edge in each of the four quarters as the Lady Cougars rolled to their second straight win.
    The starting five for the Lady Cougars scored all but two of the team's points in the victory. Senior Kaitlyn McKnight led the way with 23 points while junior Kayla Riggs had 13. Senior Seaera Minyard tossed in 12 points.
    After playing Iroquois over the weekend, the Lady Cougars are off for the first part of this week. They will not play again until they travel to Taylorsville on Friday to take on Spencer County.
Tuesday at Bullitt Central
    FERN CREEK 46 (16-13-5-12)
King 4, Kendrick 7, Winstead 6, Rogers 2, Terry 22, Hawkins 5.
    BULLITT CENTRAL 63 (19-15-13-16) Kayla Riggs 13, Kristen Collins 9, Selena Yunt 4, Kaitlyn McKnight 23, Seaera Minyard 12, Kristyn Harned 2.