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LIT a tough rock for the Eagles to crack Tuesday

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By Mike Farner

LOUISVILLE - The North Bullitt Eagles’ first trip to the Boys’ Louisville Invitational Tournament was a short and sour affair as the green and gold were eliminated on Tuesday with a 67-23 loss to the Trinity Shamrocks.

As he had done four years ago in a 24th District upset for Fairdale, North Bullitt head coach Lee Barger drew up a game plan that called for the Eagles to hold the ball against a more talented foe. Unfortunately, that plan didn’t work this time, mainly because Trinity scored two baskets before North Bullitt ever got the ball over half-court.

It was all down hill for the Eagles from that point.

Trinity was up 9-0 before North Bullitt even attempted a shot and there were just five seconds remaining in the first quarter before the Eagles made a shot, a three-pointer by freshman Brandon Goeing.

The stat sheet for the first quarter showed the Eagles taking just two shots, making one (the other was blocked). The team also made one of two free throws as they trailed 16-4.

“We tried to slow the tempo down to stay in it,” Barger said outside his team’s dressing room after the game. “As coaches we didn’t think we could stay with them. We knew they had superior talent to us.

“Unfortunately, they got out big early,” the coach added. “I just thought Trinity was a very good team and we couldn’t compete with them. Our kids tried, but the better team won.”

Trinity came into the LIT as the fifth-seeded team from Jefferson County and had a 14-2 mark after the win. The Shamrocks have been ranked among the top-20 teams in the state at various times this season.

Unlike that game four years ago when North Bullitt had time to prepare for holding the ball, this time the team had just one practice at the new offense. The Eagles had played three games the previous weekend.

“We did it for one day,” Barger said. “I don’t know if that was the problem. We struggled doing the basics. We’ll work to correct it, but it’s difficult things to correct.”

There was no doubt that Trinity had the superior talent.

“They have a couple of college caliber kids and we don’t,” the Eagle coach said. “We thought there was no way to go up-tempo with those guys. North Oldham and South Oldham (earlier North Bullitt losses) really beat us down when we tried to go up-tempo so we were afraid of going up-tempo.”

After the 16-4 hole in the first quarter, North Bullitt made just two shots in the second frame, three-pointers by Goeing and C.J. Parker. Trinity was up 33-10 at halftime as North Bullitt took just six shots over the first 16 minutes.

Until the fourth quarter, North Bullitt really didn’t come out of its slow down tactics. Barger’s team took just 17 shots in the game (making six). The Eagles did convert five of nine on three point attempts and were six of 12 at the foul line.

Trinity dressed 13 players for the game and all 13 of those players were on the court for at least seven minutes. Aaron Bisig led the Shamrocks with 19 points off the bench while another sub, Phillip Leopold, had 11 points in the game.

North Bullitt got six points each from Goeing and Parker.

Before the LIT, North Bullitt played on three consecutive nights starting last Thursday. The stretch started with a bang as the green and gold beat Spencer County 68-56, but then it fizzled with losses to Fern Creek and North Oldham.

The win over Spencer County was the third of the season for the Eagles.

“The kids played really hard against Spencer County,” Barger said. “Travis (Ridley) had a spectacular game with intensity and fire.

“We also got a good game from Brandon Goeing,” the coach added. “Those kids are giving us the most offensive punch. If those two don’t score, we’re having trouble getting points.”

Ridley scored 21 against Spencer County and Goeing added 14.

Louisville Invitational Tourney

At Bellarmine University

First Round

NORTH BULLITT 23 (4-6-2-11) Brandon Goeing 6, Travis Ridley 3, C.J. Parker 6, Tony Majors 1, James Whitfill 5, Blake Hardy 2.

TRINITY 67 (16-17-17-17) Corbett 3, Netherton 2, Epley 2, Harrison 4, Leopold 11, Hammon 2, Swewll 7, Armstrong 4, Little 9, Kupper 4, Bisig 19.

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At Spencer County

NORTH BULLITT 68 (15-23-10-20) Brandon Goeing 14, Travis Ridley 21, Justin Higdon 7, Cody Purtiliar 10, Ivan Tischendorf 4, Kenton Aubrey 12.

SPENCER COUNTY 56 (12-19-11-14) Wyatt 16, Dunbar 23, Miller 2, Baird 4, B. Thacker 8, J. Thacker 3.

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At Fern Creek

NORTH BULLITT 49 (7-12-11-19) Brandon Goeing 5, Justin Higdon 4, Travis Ridley 5, C.J. Parker 1, Tony Majors 2, Cody Purtiliar 16, Tyler Shewmaker 1, James Whitfill 8, Kenton Aubrey 7.

FERN CREEK 76 (12-20-20-24) Hobbs 1, Jimenez 9, Moore 9, Parrish 2, Newby 2, Smith 7, Mosby 6, Rutledge 18, Davis 11, Robinson 3, Irvin 2, Warren 5, Hibbs 1.

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At North Oldham

NORTH BULLITT 67 (16-20-16-15) Brandon Goeing 13, Travis Ridley 22, Justin Higdon 5, James Whitfill 6, Matt Mudd 2, Kenton Aubrey 3, C.J. Parker 3, Addison Thomas 6, Cody Purtiliar 2, Tony Majors 5.

NORTH OLDHAM 88 (20-30-17-21) Watson 2, Foley 35, Julian 4, Tingle 14, Menefee 8, Feuquay 4, Creech 3, Tuller 9, Rowan 2, LaGrange 3, Menke 2, Stump 1, Clausen 1.