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Chargers put the LIT behind them with two wins

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Boys' Basketball

By Mike Farner

    MOUNT WASHINGTON - Coming off the emotional one-point loss to Pleasure Ridge Park in the Louisville Invitational Tournament, the Bullitt East Chargers had almost an entire week in the middle of the season to re-energize their batteries.

    The time was obviously put the good use as the red and gold returned to the court last week and picked up a pair of wins in a 24-hour period.

    On Monday, the Chargers played a game for the first time in six days and they responded with a 72-55 victory over former Eighth Region rival Oldham County. A night later, the red and gold hit the road and managed to overcome the slowdown tactics of Nelson County for a 55-43 win.

    Those two games improved Bullitt East to 12-5 overall.

    “In both of those games we were still searching for confidence,” Bullitt East head coach Troy Barr said later in the week. “Now we have our swagger back and we’re just looking to get better for the district (tournament).

    “We feel good about where we are,” the coach added. “We still have some tough games left.”

    Against Oldham County, the Chargers won each of the four quarters as they slowly pulled away for the 14-point victory.

    “It was closer than the final score,” Barr noted. “We did get up about 20 early in the fourth quarter. Oldham County was always in the game. Coach (Jason) Holland does a good job with them. They just didn’t shoot it well that night.”

    Bullitt East got 18 points from junior Hayden Sweat and another 14 from junior Corey Washburn as well as 12 points off the bench from sophomore Kory Caufield.

    Oldham County was led by the 11 points of Tyler Wesley.

    The pace was a lot slower on Tuesday in Bardstown, but the Chargers managed to beat Nelson County 55-43, mainly on the strength of holding the Cardinals to just three points in the fourth quarter.

    Nelson County had the early advantage and led 14-11 at the first stop. The Chargers then rallied to take a 27-19 edge at halftime.

    “Nelson County plays a controlled tempo game,” Barr said. “We had a hard time with that early and we didn’t shoot well early. They wanted to run a minute off the clock (each time they had the ball) and they wanted to shorten the game.”

    Almost all of the scoring for the Chargers came from three players, led by Sweat with 23 and also included 11 from freshman Rusty Troutman and 10 from Washburn.

    Nelson County dropped to 8-7 with the setback.

    Bullitt East will be back in action on Tuesday when they travel to North Oldham.

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At Bullitt East

OLDHAM COUNTY 55 (8-15-16-18) Cook 8, Obradovic 4, Simms 10, Dennis 2, Wesley 11, Payne 9, Flores 2, Simpson 2, Masters 7.

BULLITT EAST 72 (12-22-20-18) Trey Rakes 5, Cody Mattingly 8, Rusty Troutman 5, Hayden Sweat 18, Kory Caufield 12, Chase Troutman 6, Adam Edge 4, Corey Washburn 14.

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At Nelson County

BULLITT EAST 55 (11-16-18-10) Trey Rakes 5, Rusty Troutman 11, Hayden Sweat 23, Chase Troutman 5, Adam Edge 1, Corey Washburn 10.

NELSON COUNTY 43 (14-5-21-3) Brooks 11, Kays 2, Collins 9, Ricketts 10, Martinez 1, Mudd 5, Greer 3, Adams 2.