SHEPHERDSVILLE - The two Bullitt Central programs put some mileage on the buses over the weekend and even played on a holiday, but the results were all the same as the two teams combined to lose three games over the weekend.
On Saturday, Bullitt Central traveled to East Jessamine High School for a Coaches vs. Cancer event. The Cougars were no match for the home team as they lost 80-51.
After playing Bullitt East last Thursday, the Lady Cougars were right back on the court 24-hours later and the maroon and gray played better in this game than the night before but it still wasn’t enough as the squad lost to Male 58-50.
On Monday night, despite not being in school for the Martin Luther King holiday, the Lady Cougars traveled to Radcliff and dropped a 66-34 decision to the Lady Trojans, one of the top teams in the Fifth Region.
While the Bullitt Central boys had some games earlier in the week, the main focus for squads this week comes on Friday as they will return home to take on Spencer County in a girl-boy doubleheader set to start at 6 p.m. That night will be homecoming for the Cougars with the crowning of the Queen and King set for between the two games.
Cougars Fall Saturday
After a long trip to Nicholasville for a Coaches vs. Cancer Showcase event, the Cougars had a little trouble getting started as a poor second quarter put the team behind 38-25 at halftime, a deficit they could not overcome.
The loss dropped Bullitt Central to 6-13 overall as they have lost seven consecutive contests. The team has not won in January, dropping five straight games.
“Our struggles are continuing and those will continue until we get all the kids to buy in on and off the court to be a successful team,” Bullitt Central head coach Joe Pat Lee said on Tuesday. “We scored well early, but we didn’t defend. We didn’t defend the whole game.”
Bullitt Central only trailed 18-16 after the first quarter of play but then scored only 15 points over the next two frames as they were outscored by 27 points.
“The guys are playing hard, but if you don’t do the little things and talk and communicate you can’t win,” Lee pointed out “That’s the big problem that we’re not talking and communicating on defense.”
The Cougars played this game without their most experienced player, senior Aaron Duckett who sat out one game for a violation of team rules. He will be back with the team for all three games this week.
Leading the way for Bullitt Central junior Zack Humphrey who scored 17 points as he drained a trio of three-pointers. Senior Jake Gillard added 13 points.
Before battling for homecoming on Friday, the Cougars played at DeSales on Tuesday. The maroon and gray also had a 24th District game on Wednesday at Evangel.
Coaches vs. Cancer at East Jessamine
BULLITT CENTRAL 51 (16-9-6-20) Jacob Wampler 1, Zach Humphrey 17, Jake Gillard 13, Brett Bourland 4, Colin Trent 2, Javi Ferrell 2, Dawson 12.
EAST JESSAMINE 80 (18-20-22-20) Carson 23, Harper 12, Jones 6, Bradshaw 10, Smith 5, Reed 3, Madden 2, Dean 4, Mulchany 2, Downey 7, Cox 2, Harmon 4.
Lady Cougars Stumble
After a bad outing the night before against Bullitt East, the Bullitt Central Lady Cougars played better on Friday when they traveled into Jefferson County and took on Male. Still, the outcome was the same as it has been for every other game in January as they were sidelined the Lady Bulldogs 58-50.
“We were pleased as a staff with that game,” first-year Bullitt Central head coach Kyle Roach said on Tuesday. “We played good against Male. We played well and we didn’t have many turnovers. We took are of the gall and some of the seniors played well.”
Kayla Riggs once again paced the Lady Cougars as she scored 17 points. Fellow senior Haley Johns added nine points in the loss while freshman Alexis Graham came off the bench to score eight points.
The task was a lot more difficult on Monday night at North Hardin against the Lady Trojans, one of the top teams in a very strong Fifth Region this season.
Bullitt Central could not reach double-digits in scoring in any single quarter of the game. Riggs had 15 points in the loss to North Hardin, but no other Lady Cougar scored more than three points.
“They are pretty good,” Roach said. “Still, we gave a good effort and battled. I’ve been happy with the effort and the battling. We’re just struggling to score and that will probably continue.”
Roach is looking for one break-out game to get his team over the hump. The team has struggled mightily since losing senior Kristin Collins for the season to a knee injury.
“It would help if we could shoot it well against Spencer County,” Roach said of Friday’s homecoming game. “I think we have some games coming up that we can be competitive with and have a chance to win.”
The two losses dropped the Lady Cougars to 6-15 overall.
At Male High School
BULLITT CENTRAL 50 (15-10-11-14) Kayla Riggs 17, Kristyn Harned 3, Katie Hutchison 1, Emily Ratliff 3, Haley Johns 9, Alexis Graham 8, Stephanie Still 2, Belle Leonard 6, Kasey Renfrow 1.
MALE 58 (14-18-11-15) Vestal 9, Stephenson 11, Buckel 12, Jackson 15, Green 7.
At North Hardin
BULLITT CENTRAL 34 (9-8-9-8) Kayla Riggs 15, Katie Hutchison 2, Emily Ratliff 3, Haley Johns 3, Chasity Hodge 1, Shelby Flener 2, Richardson 2, Belle Leonard 3.
NORTH HARDIN 66 (23-13-14-16) Taft 9, Roberts 19, Barrick 17, Edwards 15, Pass 5, Jackson 1.