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Lady Eagles cruise past Central Hardin

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Girls' Basketball

By Mike Farner

 HEBRON ESTATES - Playing for the first time in a week, the North Bullitt Lady Eagles picked up a nice win on Monday as they cruised past visiting Central Hardin 63-57.

The game was the first for the green and gold since they scored just 34 points in a setback to John Hardin. North Bullitt is now 4-3 in January and 13-7 overall.

The game against Central Hardin is the only game presently on the schedule in a two week span, but North Bullitt head coach Amber Courtney said after the game that the Lady Eagles are hoping to schedule a game with Metcalf County on either Friday or Monday before the schedule picks back up next Thursday with a trip to Waggener and then a key district game on Friday against Moore.

“It was huge for us to get this win,” Courtney said after the game.

The Lady Eagles have had a lot of practice time and most of the work has been on the defensive end.

“We’ve been focusing on defense,” the coach said. “We have worked on our rotation and anticipating passes and going to the ball as well as knowing where we need to be. We need to know where we are in both man and zone defenses.”

North Bullitt had good energy against Central Hardin (7-14) and early in the game were beating the Lady Bruins’ press for easy shots. The green and gold were up 13-12 at the end of the first quarter and with the first six points of the second quarter got the momentum that peaked when they were up 29-20 with two minutes remaining in the half.

That lead dwindled down to four points when Central Hardin scored the last five points of the half. The visitors opened the second half with a three-pointer and then tied the game at 35-35 midway through the third quarter. North Bullitt answered with a quick basket inside from Kasey McCoy and that started a 13-3 run that pushed the Lady Eagles back ahead for good. Downey, an eighth-grader, had seven points in the surge including a three-pointer.

In the fourth quarter, Central Hardin could get no closer than three points as Savannah Morrison scored ten of the 15 points that North Bullitt would get in the fourth quarter. The Lady Eagles converted 10 of 14 free throw chances in the final frame and were 23 of 30 for the game.

“We’ve been inconsistent,” Courtney said when asked about the foul shooting. “When we are on, we shoot it well, but there are times it gets in our heads and we’re not so good.”

Morrison paced North Bullitt with 21 points while Downey scored 19. Senior Hunter Roeder came off the bench and scored nine points. Roeder just recently became eligible for the Lady Eagles after transferring back to North Bullitt from Pleasure Ridge Park.

“They are playing well as a team,” Courtney said of her squad settling into a rotation. “They know their roles and responsibilities. They all know what they need to do. They are supposed to click at the end and we’re in the home stretch now.”

Central Hardin got 14 points each from Abbi Goedde and Aislynn Barnes.

North Bullitt will play Metcalf County either on Friday on the road or at home on Monday depending on some results from the All-’A’ Classic events that involve that school. Courtney said it would be Wednesday before that date is known.

 

Monday at North Bullitt

CENTRAL HARDIN 57 (12-13-17-15) Goedde 14, Smallwood 10, Norton 8, Ai. Barnes 14, Al. Barnes 9, Monroe 1, Jaggers 1.

NORTH BULLITT 63 (13-16-19-15) Savannah Morrison 21, Reba Stice 2, Caitlin Montgomery 4, Katie Downey 19, Kasey McCoy 8, Hunter Roeder 9.