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FERN CREEK - It took a few minutes for the Bullitt East Chargers to get their Kentucky Legs back under themselves after spending five days in Missouri, but once they did on Tuesday, the red and gold cruised past 24th District rival Fern Creek 60-40.
The win was the 18th this season for the Chargers who have only one loss against a team from Kentucky.
Bullitt East will try to lock up the number one seed for the upcoming 24th District Tournament when they play at Jeffersontown on Thursday of this week.
"Anytime you travel like that and are away from home for five days, it's going to make it difficult," Bullitt East head coach Troy Barr said after the win. "We didn't get to practice yesterday because of some illness."
The Chargers trailed 6-3 two minutes into the contest but then got a big lift from Mr. Basketball front-runner Derek Willis who scored the next 11 points for the red and gold. That push gave Bullitt East a 14-12 lead at the first break.
The second quarter then belonged to the Chargers as they went on an 18-4 run that broke the game open.
Willis finished with a game-high 23 points.
"That's what he has been doing since the South Oldham game when he took over in the third quarter," Barr said of Willis. "Then at the Bass Pro event he averaged 21 points a game and he just picked up where he left off. He made all six of his shots from the field and was one of two on three-pointers along with being three of four at the line. You can't complain about that."
In the second half, Bullitt East pushed the lead to 20 points at 39-19 and Fern Creek never got closer than 13 points the rest of the way.
"It wasn't pretty, but it wasn't ugly either," Barr concluded. "It was a 20 point win in the district. We'll take that."
At Fern Creek
BULLITT EAST 60 (14-18-15-13) Trey Rakes 5, Rusty Troutman 17, Hunter Noffsinger 4, Elliott Young 11, Derek Willis 23.
FERN CREEK 40 (12-4-16-8) White 2, Johnson 5, Avery 6, Wimberley 4, Jackson 13, Scott 2, Moore 8, Scott 2.
Lady Chargers Roll
In the opening game on Tuesday, not even a malfunctioning scoreboard nor a inadvertent fire alarm could slow Bullitt East as coach Chris Stallings squad rolled to an impressive 63-22 victory.
Despite the two distractions before the game was even a minute old, Bullitt East was not confused. After Fern Creek scored first, the Lady Chargers reeled off 21 straight points and led 23-3 after one quarter. By halftime, the margin had swelled to 41-6.
The second half was played with the running clock.
"In this game we showed maturity," Stallings said. "We're at a little different place than Fern Creek at this point. I thought the girls did a nice job being ready and refocusing."
Bullitt East (15-5) had 11 different players score in this game led by senior Cady Cornell with 11 points while Lindsey Duvall came off the bench and scored nine points.
At Fern Creek
BULLITT EAST 63 (23-18-15-7) Emily Fryman 6, Courtney Pfister 6, Lindsey Duvall 9, Kaleigh Sharpe 5, Alyssa Peak 3, Cady Cornell 11, Taylor Blain 7, Mackenzie Bass 6, Kylee Willis 2, Raegan Williams 6, Sara Stevens 2.
FERN CREEK 22 (3-3-9-7) Brown 1, Rogers 4, Jackson 6, Hawkins 4, Coulter 3, V. Thomas 2, A. Thomas 2.