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Cougars pick up seventh win; Girls still struggling

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Basketball

By Mike Farner

    SHEPHERDSVILLE - It has been a struggle at times this season for the Bullitt Central Cougars, but the team has already scraped together three more wins than all of last season with a month still remaining in the regular season.

    The Cougars got win number seven on Tuesday as some sharp free throw shooting lifted the maroon and gray to a 63-56 victory at Kentucky Country Day. This was the second time that Bullitt Central had defeated KCD by seven points this season. The two teams played a 67-60 game in the opening round game of the North Bullitt holiday tournament.

    While the Cougars still didn’t shoot the ball well, they won by turning the ball over only nine times and also making 20 of 25 free throws.

    “It was a two point game with two minutes to go,” Bullitt Central head coach Joe Pat Lee said later in the week. “We did a good job closing it out.

    “The first time we played them we were down 15, but this time we were only down three at halftime,” the coach added. “They are just so big (three 6-6 players). We were able to spread it out and drive it and they played us man-to-man.”

    Bullitt Central pulled ahead 43-41 by the end of the third quarter. The Cougars maintained the lead throughout the fourth quarter.

    Most of the time, Bullitt Central put the ball into the hands of senior Travis Stepp and sophomore Caleb Craddock. Stepp finished with a game-high 26 points as he converted 12 of 15 chances at the foul line including 10 of 11 in the fourth quarter.

    Craddock added 14 points as the guard hit seven of eight at the foul line. Bullitt Central also got 13 points from junior Miciah Ocasio.

    “Travis and Caleb shot it really well,” Lee said. “Travis did a good job taking over late and getting to the line.

    “We did a nice job defensively in that game,” the coach added. “We brought good intensity.”

    Bullitt Central made 50 percent of its shots inside the arc, but was only three of 30 on three-pointers.

    The Cougars played in this game without sophomore starter Damon Shepherd who has mono. He is going to miss at least a week of play.

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At Kentucky Country Day

BULLITT CENTRAL 63 (10-14-19-20) Travis Stepp 26, Jordan Peercy 5, Caleb Craddock 14, Ryan Schnellenberger 2, Miciah Ocasio 13, Corey Smith 2, John Sullivan 1.

KENTUCKY COUNTRY DAY 56 (13-14-14-15) Pachal 10, Geer 12, Simple 10, Resinger 4, Schwartz 11, Bade 9.

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Lady Cougars Stumble

    If a high school basketball season is like a roller-coaster ride, then the Bullitt Central Lady Cougars are at the bottom of a big plunge right now. After winning four straight games, the maroon and gray lost at home for the second straight time on Tuesday, falling to Oldham County 59-53.

    “It’s a game we could have won,” Lady Cougar head coach Bryan Bates said later in the week. “We missed a ton of lay-ups. Still, it was a two-point game with 90 seconds to play.”

    Bullitt Central could not stop Oldham County senior Emily Lape who scored 28 points including a trio of three-pointers.

    The Lady Cougars made just five three-pointers and got 13 points from senior Logan Wood and ten points from sophomore Kaitlyn McKnight.

    Bullitt Central does not have a game the first part of this week. Some early schedules had the Lady Cougars taking on Doss on Tuesday, but that game has been rescheduled for Friday, Feb. 19, the last night of the regular season.

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At Bullitt Central

OLDHAM COUNTY 59 (16-17-14-12) Hardin 11, J. Leanhart 5, McMurtey 3, Lape 28, Pehlke 5.

BULLITT CENTRAL 53 (14-11-16-12) Logan Wood 13, Keoka Hilliard 8, Janie Baumgardner 8, Seaera Minyard 1, Valerie Terry 7, Kaitlyn McKnight 10, Kayla Riggs, Carra Dukes 5.