Cougars and Chargers back to winning ways

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Boys' Basketball

By Mike Farner

 SHEPHERDSVILLE – After a few bumps in the road, the Bullitt Central Cougars and the Bullitt East Chargers got back to their winning ways late last week as each team won a pair of games.

The two programs are gearing up for a meeting next Tuesday in Shepherdsville that will part of a girl/boy doubleheader, the only meeting in the regular season between the two teams this season.

Cougars Roll

On Thursday, coach Joe Pat Lee’s team had no trouble on the road as they cruised past St. Francis 69-36.

It was a big game for senior Brett Bourland who led all scorers in the game with 18 points. The Cougars also got 11 points from sophomore point guard Chase Craddock.

It was a much tougher game on Friday as the Cougars traveled to Taylorsville to continue a long-running rivalry with Spencer County. This time Bullitt Central turned in a strong defensive effort to beat the Bears 49-32.

After a pretty mundane first half, Bullitt Central outscored the host team 32-18 in the second half.

Bourland once again led the Cougars with 21 points and 15 rebounds and the team also got nine points from senior guard Jacob Wampler.

“This was a huge road win for us,” Lee said over the weekend. “Anytime you can go into a tough environment this late in the season and win by 17 points it is great. Our defensive effort was tremendous the whole game.”

Thursday at St. Francis

BULLITT CENTRAL 69 (19-19-7-24) Chase Craddock 11, Jacob Wampler 4, Zach Humphrey 9, Brett Bourland 18, Zach Martin 5, Cameron Dukes 8, Roy Crable 6, Javi Ferrell 3, Kevin McKnight 1, Brandon Krebs 2.

ST. FRANCIS 36 (8-9-13-6) Adams 4, Hamilton 6, Hall 9, Mack 8, Von Feldt 9.

Friday at Spencer Co.

BULLITT CENTRAL 49 (13-4-11-21) Chase Craddock 8, Jacob Wampler 9, Zach Humphrey 3, Brett Bourland 21, Cameron Dukes 4, Roy Crable 2, Kevin McKnight 2.

SPENCER COUNTY 32 (10-4-6-12) Miller 7, Fitts 3, Cordoba 12, Smith 4, Downs 2, Newman 2, Mitchell 1, Currie 1.


East Snaps Back

It’s always more fun when you have all the pieces of the puzzle.

After four straight losses, none in which senior point guard Rhett Troutman was on the floor at the end, the Bullitt East Chargers picked up a pair of wins late last week with Troutman available from start to finish. Troutman had been out after suffering a severely sprained ankle in the LIT loss to Fern Creek.

On Thursday, Troutman scored 14 points and the Chargers got 47 points from their guard corp as they beat visiting Manual 76-71. Bullitt East got 17 points from Tyler Sharpe and 16 from Bailey Rakes off the bench.

Bullitt East got nine three-pointers in the win including two each from the three-guard rotation.

Two nights later, the Chargers made it look easy as they traveled to John Hardin High School to meet North Hardin in the Nathan McMurray Classic. The Chargers outscored the Trojans 23-7 in the second quarter and never looked back as they won 72-49.

Sharpe led the way in this one with 22 points as the sophomore connected on four three-pointers. The Chargers also got 14 points from senior Ezra Troutman.

Thursday at Bullitt East

MANUAL 71 (17-22-9-23) Comstock 8, Harness 4, Sutton 24, West 7, Horton 8, Chilton 14, Boyd 6.

BULLITT EAST 76 (23-16-18-19) Rhett Troutman 14, Ezra Troutman 7, Tyler Bacon 10, Brandon Klefot 7, Kyle McKinley 3, Bailey Rakes 16, Tyler Sharpe 17, Garrett Wilson 2.

Saturday at John Hardin

BULLITT EAST 72 (17-23-20-12) Rhett Troutman 3, Ezra Troutman 14, Tyler Bacon 7, Austin Wheeler 4, Garrett Ezell 2, Jared Farris 8, Brandon Klefot 7, Tyler Sharpe 22, Garrett Wilson 3, Austin Zurschmeide 2.

NORTH HARDIN 49 (14-7-11-17) Davis 10, Alexander 4, McDonald 2, Simmons 2, Harris 1, Maxwell 2, Jackson 10, Bogle 4, Boone 5, Freeman 9.