Bullitt Central teams split opening games of season

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By Mike Farner

 SHEPHERDSVILLE - It was two totally different worlds for Bullitt Central’s basketball teams as they opened the 2012-13 season playing programs at two totally different ends of the talent spectrum.

On one hand, the Bullitt Central Cougars, with one of the area’s most inexperienced teams, had to go on the road to take on a traditionally strong North Oldham squad that posted a  19-11 record a year ago.

While the defense played well, the expected offensive problems were too much to overcome as North Oldham came away with a 51-36 victory.

On the girls’ side, Bullitt Central traveled into Jefferson County take on Doss.

The first tip-off to the way this one would turn out was when Doss wanted to play a single varsity game with no JV contest.

Bullitt Central jumped on top early and by the midway point of the third quarter the clock was running all the time under the new ‘mercy’ rule of 35 points as the Lady Cougars rolled to a 60-10 victory.

The outcome will go down as the first win for new Bullitt Central head coach Kyle Roach.

Cougars Stumble

Even with the youthful outlook for the team this season, Bullitt Central put up a good fight on Tuesday at North Oldham. 

In fact, the Cougars only trailed 35-32 entering the fourth quarter but then scored only four points over the final eight minutes before losing 51-36.

The four-point woes in the fourth quarter had pretty much duplicated in the second quarter. Bullitt Central led 11-9 after one quarter, but then scored only three points to fall behind 22-14. The Cougars then outscored the Mustangs 18-13 in the third before being held to four points over the final eight minutes.

The Cougars did get nine points each from a pair of juniors -- point guard Jacob Wampler and center Brett Bourland.

At North Oldham

BULLITT CENTRAL 36 (11-3-18-4) Jacob Wampler 9, Aaron Duckett 5, Zach Humphrey 7, Jake Gillard 4, Brett Bourland 9, Ken Dockery 2.

NORTH OLDHAM 51 (9-13-13-16) Burton 14, Yates 6, Levitch 16, Espindloa 2, Cameron 11, Cundiff 2.

Lady Cougars Roll

Bullitt Central had crushed Doss last season and with three starters back this season the Lady Cougars had no trouble winning the opener.

“We started bad in the first quarter,” Roach said. “It was only 10-3. Then in the third quarter it was 22-0. That got it going.”

The new ‘mercy’ rule for high school basketball this season kept the score from being a lot worse as the two teams combined for just 13 points in the final frame.

At Doss

BULLITT CENTRAL 60 (10-18-22-10) Kayla Riggs 18, Kristin Collins 10, Selena Yunt 10, Belle Leonard 8, Shelby Flener 2, Kristyn Harned 1, Katie Hutchison 4, Haley Johns 4, Kasey Renfrow 2, Chasity Hodge 1.

DOSS (3-4-0-3) Dobbins 4, Kidd 1, De. Philpott 2, Da. Philpott 3.