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HEBRON ESTATES - After winning five straight games, the North Bullitt Eagles were looking forward to a big weekend as they were to play twice.
The green and gold got the winning streak to six games with a 61-51 victory over Washington County, but that run ended on Saturday when the Eagles hit the road and returned with a disappointing 66-43 loss to LaRue County.
While the Eagles did get the one win, first-year head coach Brian Courtney did not think his team played well in either game over the weekend.
“A win is a win. You always take a win,” the coach said a few days later. “We just made a lot of mistakes. A lot of mental errors. Things we haven’t been doing.”
North Bullitt got off to a good start against Washington County, leading 17-7 after the first quarter. However, the teams were then even over the last three quarters. The Eagles did manage to push the lead out to 15 points in the third quarter and the Commanders never made a strong run down the stretch.
Brandon Goeing led the way for the Eagles with 23 points and the Eagles also got 15 points from fellow senior Adrien Wethington.
A night later, the Eagles were on the road to Hodgenville to take on LaRue County. That little gym has become the Eagles’ Little Shop of Horrors as the green and gold fell to the Hawks 66-43. North Bullitt went 1-2 in the same gym during the National Guard Holiday Tournament a month ago.
The 43 point total for the Eagles was the lowest of the season and only the third time in 18 games that they have failed to reach 50 points.
“We started out well and had a lot of energy,” Courtney said. “We were up four going into halftime and it could have been eight. We had some turnovers late.”
That lack of momentum certainly carried over into the second half as the Eagles were outscored 22-0 in the third quarter. The first possessions of the third quarter for the green and gold all ended with turnovers.
In the final eight minutes, North Bullitt did have a seven point surge, but they could get no closer than 12 points.
“I don’t plan on going back to LaRue County,” Courtney said with a smile.
“The kids looked tired, especially in the second half,” the coach added. “Playing as many games as we did in a short period of time takes a toll on you.”
North Bullitt had played five games in eight days.
After playing a district game with Evangel earlier this week, the green and gold will play another two game set this weekend. On Friday, the team travels into Jefferson County to take on Shawnee and will then travel to Green County on Saturday.
Friday at North Bullitt
WASHINGTON COUNTY 51 (7-17-5-22) Abell 9, Marshall 19, Burkhead 4, Curtsinger 5, Pettes 3, Young 11.
NORTH BULLITT 61 (17-4-15-25) Brandon Goeing 23, Zach King 8, Zac Lamkin 7, Lucas Johnson 8, Adrien Wethington 15.
Saturday at LaRue County
NORTH BULLITT 43 (11-17-0-15) Brandon Goeing 16, Ryan Collins 4, Zach King 2, Jared George 4, Ricky Dunnavan 7, Zac Lamkin 6, Lucas Johnson 1, Shane Hardin 2, Shelby Rose 1.
LARUE COUNTY 66 (5-19-22-20) Harmon 2, Ford 27, Meredith 14, Key 6, Venegas 13, Firquin 4.