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SHEPHERDSVILLE - A poor start and a horrific finish made it a long night for the North Lady Eagles and a large homecoming crowd.
Taking on Sixth Region rival Presentation, the Lady Eagles fell behind 8-0 after giving up six points in the first 30 seconds of the game. After rallying to within 12-11, North Bullitt scored just three points in the second quarter and fell behind 28-14. That was more than the green and gold could overcome in a 54-25 setback.
The game was not originally supposed to be homecoming and North Bullitt head coach might not have liked such a big crowd seeing his team struggle mightily with the basics of the game.
Anytime that the Lady Toppers slapped the full-court press on North Bullitt, the Lady Eagles turned it over or threw it away. That led Presentation to getting easy baskets and allowed them to score in bunches, something that the green and gold could not overcome.
“We have regressed with our ball-handling against pressure,” Robinette said after the game. “The one thing we talked about was their man press and that they would try to speed us up. We did that for them. Our ball handling gone way downhill.”
North Bullitt has never been a deep team this season and injuries have taken their toll. In a game two days earlier, the team lost junior forward Mecenzie Ellis when she suffered a torn patella tendon. She is not expected to be able to play the rest of the season.
Then on Monday against Presentation, senior guard Christina Dilley left the game with an ankle injury. It is not her first ankle injury of the season and her return with just two weeks remaining in the season was unknown.
Despite the very poor start, North Bullitt managed to narrow the gap to 12-11 after one quarter of play. That all went by the wayside when the green and gold scored only a three-pointer by Breanne Kuffner midway through the second quarter. Presentation scored six points before Kuffner’s shot and then scored the last ten points of the half to push the lead to 28-14.
When the visitors scored the first seven points of the second half, the outcome was no longer in doubt.
North Bullitt scored 11 points in the first eight minutes of the game and then only managed 14 points over the remaining 24 minutes.
“That’s been the story since Christmas,” Robinette said. “We’ll have one good quarter and then a bad one. We’ve had some good first quarters lately.
“We just wear ourselves out,” the veteran coach pointed out. “Then we get tired and our decision-making gets worse.”
North Bullitt did not have a player reach double-digits in scoring. The team was led by Kuffner and senior Ashley Goeing with eight points each.
Presentation (11-9) got 19 points from Susan Stein and 12 from Rachel Russ.
At North Bullitt
PRESENTATION 54 (12-16-12-14) Roberts 4, Roeder 2, Stein 19, Kirchner 3, Davis 3, Adams 2, Russ 12, Craven 6, Obst 3.
NORTH BULLITT 25 (11-3-8-3) Breanne Kuffner 8, Hunter Roeder 1, Holly White 2, Ashley Goeing 8, Chelsea Hoke 4, Taylor McCoy 2.
Just a night after beating Southern to snap a nine game losing streak, North Bullitt ran into more problems on Saturday night when they played host to Atherton.
Again, the Lady Eagles were up and down, scoring 21 points in the first quarter and then only nine points over the next two frames as the Lady Rebels pulled even. The teams traded baskets throughout the fourth quarter before Hoke scored with five seconds remaining to knot the score at 46-46.
Thinking that they were still trailing, North Bullitt committed an intentional foul with less than one second remaining in the game. Atherton then got the win when Lucijana Vrebac connected on both free throws.
Hoke led the Lady Eagles with 17 points while Kuffner collected ten points.
At North Bullitt
ATHERTON 48 (48 (13-10-7-18) Schell 12, Thorn 12, Schultz 9, Chung 6, Vrebac 5, Cook 2, Corley 2.
NORTH BULLITT 46 (21-3-6-16) Chelsea Hoke 17, Breanne Kuffner 10, Hunter Roeder 8, Christina Dilley 6, Ashley Goeing 4, Holly White 1.