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Lady Eagles come up short offensively in their own tourney

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Girls' Basketball

By The Staff

HEBRON ESTATES - Amber Courtney knows that rebuilding the North Bullitt Lady Eagle basketball program will be a gradual process.

With only two seniors and one junior on the roster, Courtney is prepared for a few potholes in the rebuilding path.

But after playing seven games in a 10-day period, Courtney is seeing some positive signs in her young Eagles.

That optimism comes after the team had just lost all three games it played in its own First Citizens Bank Classic.

“We are being more aggressive on a more consistent basis,” said Courtney, following a 45-31 loss to Moore, which was a perfect 3-0 in the round-robin tourney. “It’s frustrating but we’re so young. They’re starting to put things together.”

In the opener, North Bullitt pulled to within 38-31 to open the fourth quarter. But the visitors pulled away for a 57-43 victory.

The Lady Eagles were led by eighth-grader Savannah Morrison, who had 15 points. No one else reached double figures but all eight Lady Eagles scored.

On Wednesday, it was a battle against the Atherton Lady Rebels and the host team got off to a quick 15-14 start in the first quarter.

However, the offense hit a drought in the third quarter, where North Bullitt was outscored 20-10. And things didn’t get any better in the fourth quarter, where Atherton won that stanza by an 11-2 margin.

Atherton went to 5-7 on the year with the 58-40 victory.

In the finale, Moore displayed why it was the most talented squad in the tournament.

With the Lady Mustangs hitting from the inside and outside, North Bullitt fell behind 15-4 at the end of the first quarter.

Down 25-10 at intermission, North Bullitt made a dent in the lead.

Holly White opened with a jumper and Bree Kuffner hit a pair of free throws. Reba Stice scored and Kuffner connected with a three-pointer to cut the lead to eight.

However, Moore would stretch the lead to 14 at the end of the third quarter en route to the 45-31 victory.

“We’re starting to stick to the game plan and the offense is slowly coming together,” said Courtney. “We are running the plays but we just can’t score.”

She said with young players, including a pair of eighth-graders and a ninth-grader, they become tentative if their shots are not falling.

But the encouraging point is that she feels the team is getting better.

“We’re just so young,” said Courtney. “But we are improving.”

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First round

NORTH BULLITT (13-10-8-12) 43 - Savannah Morrison 15, Breanne Kuffner 6, Holly White 6, Shelby Morrison 4, Hunter Roeder 4, Macenzie Ellis 3, Meri Brian 2, Taylor McCoy 2

Henry County (15-18-5-19) 57 - Crawford 16, Bouher 13, Vaughn 9, Mings 7, New 7, Clark 5

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Second round

NORTH BULLITT (15-14-10-2) 40 - Breanne Kuffner 14, Holly White 9, Savannah Morrison 5, Meri Brian 4, Hunter Roeder 4, Reba Stice 2, Shelby Morrison 2

Atherton (14-13-20-11) 58 - Schell 19, Schultz 14, Corley 9, Thorn 8, Goodlet 4, Vrebac 4

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Third round

NORTH BULLITT (4-6-10-11) 31 - Breanne Kuffner 18, Holly White 9, Reba Stice 2, Hunter Roeder 1, Savannah Morrison 1

Moore (15-10-8-12) 45 - Guy 10, Jones 9, Horsman 6, Parker 6, Ward 6, Shaw 4, Black 2, Lane 2