Lady Eagles stay hot, but boys fall hard to Southern

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By Thomas Barr

    HEBRON ESTATES - Tuesday evening offered mixed results for the Courtney household.
    For Amber Courtney, it was a pretty good night as her North Bullitt Lady Eagles took care of business with a 61-34 victory over Southern.
    But for husband Brian Courtney, it was another frustrating night against an athletic Southern Trojan squad.
    Lady Eagles coast
    When Savannah Morrison hit the first basket of the game, it was all North Bullitt (16-8) as the Lady Eagles never trailed in the homecoming contest.
    Although the team did go through a three-minute scoring drought in the opening period, North Bullitt had too many weapons for the visitors.
    The lead ballooned to 34-12 at intermission.
    "I'm pleased that we came out and took care of business," said Courtney, whose team is now assured of a second seed in the district tournament.
"We felt we should win this game but you never take anything for granted."
    She was pleased that Savannah Morrison was able to get some minutes after suffering from illness last week. And she was pleased that the bench got to play a lot of minutes.
    Her only frown came at the charity stripe, where North Bullitt struggled.
    Courtney was pleased that her team was able to work on its man-to-man defense as it might be needed in tournament play.
    At NORTH BULLITT (12-22-24-3) 61 - Katie Downey 9, Shelby Morrison 9, Catlin Montgomery 8, Erin Dolan 7, Savannah Morrison 6, Reba Stice 6, Hunter Roeder 5, Kasey McCoy 4, Holly White 4, Megan Goeing 2, Rachel Badgett 1
    Southern (6-6-8-14) 34 - Jamiya Young 10, Makaila Hillard 9, Kaitlin Wells 7, Candace McCoy 4, Davice Woods 2, Daphne White 2
Eagle offense sputters
    After suffering a big setback on Friday, the offensive efficiency didn't improve a whole lot on Tuesday.
    Trailing by as many as 20 early in the game, North Bullitt could get no closer than 11 in a 57-41 loss to the Trojans.
    North Bullitt (14-10) seemed to get a little momentum going into the final quarter as Ryan Collins hit a half-court shot at the buzzer to close the gap to 47-30.
    When Shelby Rose hit a short shot with 6:15 left in the game, the Eagles had closed to within 12.
    But that would be the high-water mark as North Bullitt would be outscored 7-3 the rest of the way.
    "Our offense must continue to work on screens and back door cuts," said Brian Courtney. "You just can't beat people off the dribble every time."
    With early-season success, Courtney said the 14-10 Eagles are running into better competition and that should prepare his team for the post-season.
    The biggest problem on Tuesday was the lack of rebounding. Southern (19-6) pounded the boards and got 16 points off the offensive glass.
    "We can't have that," said Courtney. "We have to work to get into better position."
    Leading scorer Brandon Goeing has been struggling but Courtney said that is due to not using his screens well. The coach said defenses are paying much attention to Goeing and the senior can't simply dribble his way to a good shot.
    "We're just not executing as a team," said Courtney.
    Effort is not a problem but Courtney said there must be better execution and better commitment by the players to do what they are taught.
    At NORTH BULLITT (6-12-12-11) 41 - Ryan Collins 9, Adrian Wethington 8, Zack King 7, Shelby Rose 6, Jarred George 5, Brandon Goeing 5, Lucas Johnson 1
    Southern (17-11-19-10) 57 - Goodall 15, Horsley 12, Yelder 11, Baker 7, Almanza 5, Blevins 3, Pickett 2, Gravens 2