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Holy Cross dims Central's lights

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By Mike Farner

SHEPHERDSVILLE - There was no joy in Shepherdsville on Tuesday as visiting Holy Cross took a bite out of both of the local teams in a battle of teams with the same nickname (Cougars) and school colors (maroon and gray).

Just three nights after the Bullitt Central boys picked up their second win of the season, there was no good fortune left as coach Joe Pat Lee’s team dropped a 69-54 decision to Holy Cross.

The visitors jumped on top early and led 19-14 after one period. They led after each of the other breaks, including a 40-29 edge in the second half.

Bullitt Central did get a big game from sophomore Caleb Craddock, who led his team with 18 points. The Cougars also got 12 points from senior Jordan Peercy. Peercy’s total included three of the six three-pointers that the Cougars converted in the loss.

The setback dropped Bullitt Central to 2-2 overall.

Holy Cross moved to 2-0. They were led by Adam Troutman who pumped in 22 points while the visitors also got 16 points from Justin Emberez and 13 from Tyran Morris.

Bullitt Central played Beth Haven at home on Friday and they will be back in action on Tuesday of this week when they will take on visiting Southern in a key 24th District contest. That will be the only meeting between the two schools during the regular season and will be the game that counts in the seeding process for the post-season district tournament.

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At Bullitt Central

HOLY CROSS 69 (19-10-25-15) Kaeilin 2, Troutman 22, Hagerman 5, Bronger 4, Emberez 16, Vittitoe 5, Morris 13, Black 2.

BULLITT CENTRAL 54 (14-11-18-11) Jordan Peercy 12, Travis Stepp 5, Caleb Craddock 18, Damon Shepherd 5, John Sullivan 8, Corey Smith 2, Miciah Ocasio 4.

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Lady Cougars Fall

For the second time in as many games, the Bullitt Central Lady Cougars squared off against one of the top teams in the Sixth Region and they again came out on the short end of a lop-sided score.

On Tuesday it was Holy Cross who beat the Lady Cougars 80-53. Four nights earlier, Bullitt Central fell to 40 points to Bullitt East.

The loss dropped coach Bryan Bates team to 1-2 overall. Holy Cross is 3-0.

The first half was close with Holy Cross able to maintain slim leads. The visitors were up 21-18 after one quarter and they moved that to 35-30 by halftime. That was the end of the close play right there as Holy Cross outscored Bullitt Central 45-23 over the last two quarters.

Bullitt Central did get scoring from ten different players. Leading the way was sophomore Seaera Minyard with 12 points while senior Logan Wood added ten points.

The home team could not stop the Lady Cougars’ Robin Deckard who finished with 25 points in her team’s win.

The Lady Cougars traveled to Pleasure Ridge Park last Friday (see Wednesday’s paper for that story) and they will play two district games this week. On Tuesday they will host Southern and on Friday they will travel to North Bullitt.

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At Bullitt Central

HOLY CROSS 80 (21-14-23-22) Deckard 25, Mingus 6, Moore 11, Roark 4, Rickert 5, Richardson 5, Hardin 10, Skaggs 2, Morlito 4, Wimberg 8.

BULLITT CENTRAL 53 (18-12-13-10) Logan Wood 10, Keoka Hilliard 6, Janie Baumgardner 5, Seaera Minyard 12, Valerie Terry 1, Danielle Biven 4, Rachel Farber 2, Kaitlyn McKnight 5, Ashleigh Pollard 4, Carra Dukes 4.