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Central girls take three to halt slide

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By Thomas Barr

      SHEPHERDSVILLE - It is coming together like a great plan.

     Overcoming some early-season detours, the Bullitt Central Lady Cougars are back on track.

     On Tuesday, the Lady Cougars used a balanced attack to defeat an athletic Moore Mustang squad 48-37 in a district battle.

     Nine players hit the scoring column for coach     Kyle Roach. More importantly, everyone who stepped on the court contributed.

     “The kids are doing exactly what we asked,” said the first-year head coach. “They are playing hard and everyone is starting to contribute.”

     Bullitt Central overcame any Homecoming jitters Tuesday as Emily Ratliff came out firing. The senior nailed back-to-back three-pointers and fellow senior Kayla Riggs scored for a quick 8-2 lead.

     Holding the Mustangs scoreless in the first four minutes of the second quarter, Bullitt Central got a pair of baskets from Kasey Renfrow to take a 23-14 halftime lead.

     The visitors could not get closer than six points the rest of the way.

     Stephanie Still came in and got some key rebounds and contributed six points, while Alexis Graham, filling some of the minutes available when Kristin Collins went down with a knee injury, came in and scored seven.

     “Our goal continues to be to win the district tournament,” said Roach, whose team record improved to 7-16. “We can still obtain that goal.”

     The coach understands that a change in philosophy takes time, especially for a veteran team. But, he is now seeing a big difference in the team’s play.

     “We are getting contributions from a lot of players,” said Roach. “We are starting to put a few things together.”

     The injury to Collins, who was the early-season leading scorer, hurt and Roach said some of the younger players are now confident to fill valuable roles and play key minutes.

     He pointed to Graham, a freshman, who played point guard and allowed Riggs to be in more of a scoring position.

     And he said Still came in and played big inside.

     “We are doing things by committee,” said Roach. “On any given night, anyone could be our leading scorer.”

     At BULLITT CENTRAL (14-9-10-15) 48 -- Kayla Riggs 11, Emily Ratliff 9, Alexis Graham 7, Stephanie Still 6, Chasity Hodge 5, Kasey Renfrow 4, Belle Leonard 3, Selena Yunt 2, Shelby Flener 1

     Moore (8-6-9-14) 37 -- Ashley Adkins 17, Elizabeth Horsman 12, Amber Johnson 4, Anastasia Crawford 2, Mikayla Malone 2

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     The streak continued for the Lady Cougars as they turned back former district and regional foe, Spencer County, on Wednesday.

     Once again, it was scoring by committee as no Lady Cougar reached double digits. However, Riggs, Ratliff and Yunt all had nine points to leader the home team to a 53-34 victory.

     At BULLITT CENTRAL (13-20-9-11) 53 -- Emily Ratliff 9, Kayla Riggs 9, Selena Yunt 9, Kristyn Harned 8, Stephanie Still 7, Alexis Graham 7, Chasity Hodge 2, Belle Leonard 2

     Spencer County (10-4-5-15) 34 -- Pfeiffer 15, Myers 8, Nigh 5, Downs 3, Keown 3

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Rolls over Lady Bruins

     Playing for the third time in as many nights, Bullitt Central fell behind early but battled back to a 53-42 victory on Thursday after Central Hardin.

     Having fallen behind 9-8 in the first quarter, the visitors rallied to take a 21-15 halftime lead, an advantage they would not give up.

     It was a huge night for Riggs, who led the Lady Cougars with 29 points, all from inside the three-point arc.

     The victory improved Bullitt Central to 9-15 on the season.

     BULLITT CENTRAL (8-13-12-20) 53 – Kayla Riggs 29, Shelby Flener 7, Selena Yunt 5, Emily Ratliff 5, Kristyn Harned 3, Alexis Graham 2, Belle Leonard 1, Haley Johns 1.