SHEPHERDSVILLE - The Bullitt Central offense was in high gear on Tuesday as the senior-dominated Cougars crushed visiting Holy Cross 95-73.
The offensive explosion was the most points scored by a Bullitt Central team since the team suffered a 106-99 loss to Hart County on Dec. 27, 2003, but that game had four overtimes. The last time the Cougars exceeded 95 points in a regulation game came on Dec. 1, 2000 when coach James Hurley's team beat Walden 99-60.
"We came out really focused," Bullitt Central head coach Joe Pat Lee said a few days later. "They really wanted to stop Caleb (Craddock) and he got the ball to Ryan (Schnellenberger) and Damon (Shepherd)."
Many of those assists went to Schnellenberger who connected on a six three-pointers while scoring 31 points. Shepherd added 18 points including a pair of the long bombs.
Craddock finished with a career-high 15 assists while also scoring 14 points.
A lot of the offense was set up by the defense.
"We did a real good job on defense," Lee noted. "We got out and we got the pace that we wanted. We got out and ran. It was one of our better games."
Bullitt Central had the lead up to 30 points early in the fourth quarter before Lee substituted heavily.
After playing twice over the weekend, the Cougars will be back at home on Tuesday when they play host to Evangel. For the first time, this will be a district game and the contest will have seeding implications for the post-season as this is the only meeting between the two schools during the regular season.
At Bullitt Central
HOLY CROSS 73 (15-9-16-33) Couch 11, Kaelin 2, Ellis 9, Bickel 14, Mack 4, McGohon 1, Schmitt 10, Stahl 2, Hammerstrom 8, Keith 10, Nalley 2.
BULLITT CENTRAL 95 (17-20-19-37) Caleb Craddock 14, Ryan Schnellenberger 31, Damon Shepherd 18, Corey Smith 9, Luke Whitmore 4, John Sullivan 7, Zach Meredith 1, Aaron Duckett 6, Kevin Ford 3, Jake Gillard 2.
Lady Cougars Stumble
So far, the 2011-2012 season has been a real roller-coaster ride for the Bullitt Central Lady Cougars.
Coach Bryan Bates' team has won every other game. After a disappointing loss to Bullitt East, the team bounced back to beat Bethlehem. That momentum did not continue into the next game as a poor start doomed the maroon and gray in a 64-37 setback to Sixth Region rival Holy Cross.
This was the first meeting between the two teams since they met in the first round of the Sixth Region Tournament last season. The Lady Cougars, playing without senior Keoka Hillard that day after she was hurt the day before in practice, lost to Holy Cross by a point.
On Tuesday, the outcome was over early as the visitors jumped out to a 15-3 lead in the first quarter and then never looked back.
"We didn't come out ready to play," Bates said later. "We couldn't make a shot. We got down and got frustrated and just got beat by a better team right now.
"We weren't ready to play," the coach added. "I asked by assistants before the game and they said they saw it in their eyes. We didn't have it."
Bullitt Central dropped to 2-2 with the loss while Holy Cross moved to 2-1.
"Holy Cross is a good team," Bates pointed out. "When you play a good team like them and you play as badly as we played, you will get beat by 27 points."
Senior Kaitlyn McKnight led the Lady Cougars with 10 points.
Holy Cross got 16 points from Maya Hardin and 11 from Sydney Morabito.
On Tuesday of this week, Bullitt Central will travel to Oldham County to take on the Lady Colonels in a junior-varsity/varsity contest.
At Bullitt Central
HOLY CROSS 64 (15-10-20-19) Hardin 16, Mingus 8, Skaggs 8, Epperson 6, Morabito 11, Hockman 8, Webber 2, Miller 3.
BULLITT CENTRAL 37 (3-10-9-15) Seaera Minyard 9, Kaitlyn McKnight 10, Kayla Riggs 5, Kristen Collins 2, Chasity Hodge 3, Kristyn Harned 5, Emily Ratliff 3.
Tough Loss for NB
The North Bullitt Eagles continue to look for a first win under new head coach Brian Courtney after they fell to 0-2 with a 64-57 loss to Valley on Wednesday.
The young team is still learning what it takes to survive every night.
"We didn't play with any energy," Courtney said later in the week. "We had no enthusiasm in that game.
"It's a learning process to teach the kids that they just can't walk out and beat people," the coach added. 'We can't just go out and win. We have to work hard every game to be successful."
It was a close game throughout, but the Eagles could not get the lead in the second half. The two Sixth Region teams were tied at 13-13 after one quarter before the Vikings took a five point lead at halftime. The lead never reached double digits, but North Bullitt could not get ahead either.
"It was four or five points most of the night," Courtney pointed out. "We just dind't play hard enough to get over the hump."
Once more, senior Brandon Goeing led the Eagles, scoring 25 points. Adrian Wethington added 10 points, but no other North Bullitt player scored more than six points.
Robert Crittenden scored 19 for Valley while Demorray Woodard added 18 points for the Vikings.
North Bullitt will be back at home on Tuesday when they take on Kentucky Country Day in the second game of a girl/boy doubleheader that starts at 6 p.m.
At North Bullitt
VALLEY 64 (13-15-19-17) Hailey 3, Terry 2, Thompson 4, Farris 10, Crittendon 19, Rucker 6, Woodard 18, Whitaker 2.
NORTH BULLITT 57 (13-10-16-18) Brandon Goeing 25, Ryan Collins 6, Zac Lamkin 2, Adrian Wethington 10, Brandon Wilder 2, Lucas Johnson 4, Jalin Ratliff 3, Ricky Dunnavon 3, Jared George 2.