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Bullitt Central Homecoming: Friday night slights for Central

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By The Staff

    SHEPHERDSVILLE - The running joke is that for homecoming, you schedule a team you think you have a chance to defeat.

    For Bullitt Central, there was no cakewalk on Friday.

    As a matter of fact, the Cougars faced two of the most athletic teams in Jefferson County.

    While the king and queen may have gone home happy, there was little joy in the Bullitt Central locker rooms.

Turnovers kill Lady Cougars

    Coach Bryan Bates never saw it coming. Playing well the past couple of weeks, Bates could only watch as his Lady Cougars had more turnovers than points in a 58-29 loss to Butler.

    Butler is the second-rated team in the Sixth Region but Bullitt Central was only a few spots behind. On Friday, it was no contest.

    By the end of the first quarter, Bullitt Central was behind 24-6. Things did not get any better.

    “I never saw it coming,” said Bates, whose team is now 10-9. “We had been playing well.”

    The problem Friday was simple - turnovers.

    The Lady Cougars committed 35 turnovers on the evening and many of them were not forced.

    “We made so many turnovers because we were in a rush,” said Bates.

    He didn’t think the distractions of homecoming had anything to do with the miscues. Bates hoped it was just one of those games.

    “We didn’t handle the pressure,” said Bates. “If you can’t get the ball up the court, you can’t score.”

    He said Butler is a very good team but the pressure wasn’t so great that Bullitt Central should have committed 35 turnovers.

    “On top of that, we didn’t play good defense,” said the veteran coach.

    He was pleased with the hard play of his team, especially Carra Dukes and Rebecca Farber.

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At Bullitt Central

BULLITT CENTRAL (6-6-12-5) 29 - Keoka Hillard 11, Ashleigh Pollard 4, Janie Baumgardner 3, Carra Dukes 3, Logan Wood 2, Kaitlyn McKnight 2, Kayla Riggs 2, Kristen Collins 2

Butler (24-11-14-9) 58 - Smith 11, Cureton 11, Wheat 7, Moore 6, Corey 6, Martinez 5, Stallard 3, Bell 3, Schmidt 2, Lawrence 2, Schweitzer 2

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Athletic Tigers win big

    Facing a tall, athletic team from Fern Creek, Bullitt Central’s Joe Pat Lee had his offense in a deliberate mode during the early stages Friday night.

    Unfortunately, the tempo increased and the Tigers pounded the backboards to claim a 74-35 victory.

    Behind the play of Caleb Craddock and Ryan Schnellenberger, the home team was down 14-11 after Travis Stepp hit a three-pointer at the buzzer.

    The Cougars frustrated their Seventh Region opponent as they worked the ball for a good shot.

    In the second quarter, the bottom fell out for the Cougars.

    The visitors would score 21 of the 23 points scored in the second quarter to take a 35-13 lead into the locker room.

    Bullitt Central would not score its only points until 30 seconds remained in the quarter when John Sullivan hit a jumper.

    Fern Creek’s Antone Warren would score six points inside and Orlando Rutledge scored from inside and outside en route to a game-leading 18 points.

    Things never got any better after intermission for the Cougars.

    Fern Creek went to 9-8 on the season while Bullitt Central fell to 6-13.

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At Bullitt Central

BULLITT CENTRAL (11-2-8-14) 35 - Caleb Craddock 11, Randy Hurst 5, Damon Shepherd 4, Miciah Ocasio 4, Travis Stepp 3, Ryan Schnellenberger 3, Zach Meredith 3, John Sullivan 2

Fern Creek (14-21-19-20) 74 - Rutledge 18, Warren 12, Hobbs 11, Snider 8, Moore 6, Robertson 5, Robinson 4, Parrish 3, Irvin 3, Smith 2