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SHEPHERDSVILLE - Getting a combined 23 points from Qualeatha Bennett and Lindsay Hester was just what the doctor ordered for the Bullitt Central Lady Cougars last Tuesday as they opened the 2008-09 season with an impressive 64-61 victory over Holy Cross.
The Lady Cougars trailed early by eight points but then rallied to within a point at the end of the first quarter. Bullitt Central then led 33-30 at halftime and pushed the margin to as many as eight points in the second half.
“That was just a game of runs,” Bullitt Central head coach Bryan Bates said later. “We were down eight or nine points and then we made a run. It was two good teams battling it out. Luckily, we came out on top.
“That’s a good win for us because they were number five (in the pre-season coaches’ poll of the Sixth Region),” the coach noted. “We went over there and beat them at their place.”
Bullitt Central’s most experienced players turned in big games.
Bennett finished with a game high 23 points and the junior also had seven steals, seven deflections and five rebounds.
Hester added 20 points to the win as the senior connected on five three-pointers. Hester also had five assists and five rebounds.
Bullitt Central also got ten points from sophomore Keoka Hilliard who handed out six assists and had a trio of three-pointers.
At Holy Cross
BULLITT CENTRAL 64 (14-19-17-14) Lindsay Hester 20, Qualeatha Bennett 23, Janie Baumgardner 8, Keoka Hilliard 10, Valerie Terry 3.
HOLY CROSS 61 (15-15-13-18) Geraghty 4, Roarx 14, Moore 11, Deckard 20, Floyd 4, Boone 6, Richardson 2.
Third Quarter Woes
In the boys’ game that followed, Bullitt Central was within 36-28 at halftime, but then was outscored 26-7 in the third quarter en route to a 77-48 setback.
“We had 15 turnovers and seven shots in the third quarter,” Cougar head coach Joe Pat Lee said later in the week. “We did a decent job in the first half and we were up one after one quarter.”
Lots of teams are going to put defensive pressure on the Cougars this season.
“They didn’t do anything different,” Lee said of Holy Cross’ play in the third quarter. “When we start turning it over it just snowballs. It just feeds on itself. We try to do more and go faster and it gets worse.”
Bullitt Central was led by junior T.J. Flener who collected 12 points while fellow juniors Jeremy Bennett and Michael Kean finished with 11 and 10 points, respectively.
At Holy Cross
BULLITT CENTRAL 48 (16-12-7-13) Jesse Vittitoe 4, T.J. Flener 12, Jeremy Bennett 11, Jason Creason 3, Michael Kean 10, Dakota Masden 2, Corey Brown 3, Travis Stepp 3.
HOLY CROSS 77 (15-21-26-15) Hazelwood 9, Morrison 18, Nauert 15, Ebrenz 3, Vittitow 6, Schuler 2, Skaggs 24.