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SHEPHERDSVILLE – As December games go, the Bullitt Central Cougars couldn’t have picked up a more important win on Wednesday when they rolled past Southern 61-42.
The win was the first for the Cougars over Southern since the two schools shifted to the 23rd District. In each of the past two seasons, Bullitt Central has had to play the ‘feed-in’ game in the district tournament (beating Evangel twice) and then taking on the number one seed in the semi-finals.
Now, with this win, the Cougars will be looking at a much better seed position that should keep them away from the first-round game as well as the number one seed.
“We’ve beaten Southern before, but to go in there and win on the court where the district tournament will be played was huge,” Bullitt Central head coach Joe Pat Lee said. “It was a good win, but we’re not where we need to be and we still have a lot of room for growth.”
The game was pushed back a day when both Jefferson County and Bullitt County schools were called off because of bad weather conditions on Tuesday.
Bullitt Central had the early advantage in this game as they led 10-5 after one quarter, but Southern got back within 23-22 by halftime. It was the second half that impressed Lee so much as the Cougars outscored the Trojans 38-20.
“Zach Martin had a huge game with eight points and ten rebounds,” Lee said. “Then Zach Humphrey did a nice job getting to the basket.”
Humphrey led all scorers in the game with 22 points and the Cougars also got ten points each from seniors Brett Bourland and Jacob Wampler.
Southern, which fell to 1-2, got 15 points from B.J. Kelly while sophomore Michael Durbin had 12 points, all on three-pointers.
The Cougars will be back in action on Monday of this week when they play host to North Oldham. The evening will start at 5 p.m. with two girls’ games against John Hardin, but then there will be the boys’ varsity contest at 7:30 p.m.
BULLITT CENTRAL 61 (10-13-13-25) Chase Craddock 4, Zach Humphrey 22, Jacob Wampler 10, Cameron Dukes 4, Colin Trent 3, Zach Martin 8, Brett Bourland 10.
SOUTHERN 42 (5-17-9-11) Hill 2, Durbin 12, Burdick 2, Warren 2, Marshall 2, Kelly 15, Sulzer 5, Burks 2.
Lady Cougars Roll
On a team with no seniors and very little varsity experience, you couldn’t blame Bullitt Central head coach Kyle Roach for looking for a couple of early season games to help build his team’s confidence.
The coach found exactly that last week as the Lady Cougars squared off with Beth Haven and then Southern in games early last week. Both turned out to be blow-outs as the maroon and gray first beat Beth Haven 73-18 before crushing 23rd District rival Southern 63-21.
Both games saw the second half eventually played with a running clock as the lead expanded past 35 points.
“Beth Haven and Southern weren’t very good,” Roach admitted later in the week. “We got on them early. We played hard. We could have named the score.
“I think it was good with us being so young and getting some early season confidence,” the coach added. “We got two wins and some experience. Plus beating Southern was big as it was a district win.”
Bullitt Central stood 3-0 after the Southern win with all three wins coming on the road.
Against Beth Haven, a dozen different players scored for the Lady Cougars. Junior Stephanei Still led the way with 14 points, but no other Lady Cougars scored more than the eight points that Cortney Johns scored off the bench.
Roach played it a little closer to the vest on Wednesday as eight of the Lady Cougars got into the scoring column. Johns, a sophomore, led the way with 15 points while fellow sophomore Lexi Graham finished with 11 points.
After two games over the weekend, the Lady Cougars will be back in action tonight when they play host to John Hardin. There will be a junior-varsity girls’ game at 5 p.m. and then the girls’ varsity game will start at around 6:15 p.m. There will then be a boys’ varsity game against North Oldham that will start after the girls’ game is complete.
At Beth Haven
BULLITT CENTRAL 73 (21-20-17-15) Lexi Graham 4, Breanna Richardson 7, Kasey Renfrow 6, Stephanie Still 14, Belle Leonard 2, Shelby Ross 9, Cortney Johns 8, D.J. Toogood 4, Bethany Peercy 4, Jordan Dawson 6, Sierra Graham 4, Carlie Walls 3, Kaitlyn Graham 2.
BETH HAVEN 18 (5-5-1-7) Bowles 5. A. Brown 5, L. Brown 8.
BULLITT CENTRAL 63 (18-18-16-11) Sierra Graham 3, Breanna Ricahrdson 8, Lexi Graham 11, Cortney Johns 15, Shelby Ross 3, Kasey Renfrow 5, Belle Leonard 10, Bethany Peercy 4, Stephanie Still 4.
SOUTHERN 21 (3-13-5-0) White 4, Wells 2, Bell 6, Lee 2, Hilliard 7.