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SHEPHERDSVILLE – In a trio of mid-week games last week, there were mixed results before the snow arrived on Friday and forced all games that day to be postponed.
On Tuesday, the Bullitt East Lady Chargers opened the season with a short trip into Louisville and the red and gold made it look easy as they rolled past Seventh Region foe Presentation 74-28.
At the same time, North Bullitt was at home taking Henry County in the Eagles’ first game under new head coach Dick Briggs. It wasn’t the start that Briggs wanted as the Eagles fell to the Wildcats 72-54.
On Thursday, the Bullitt East Chargers beat the snow and beat Moore as the Chargers went to 2-0 on the season with a 70-59 win over the Mustangs.
All three of the teams lost games over the weekend to the weather. Some of the games may be rescheduled, but since both of the Bullitt East squads were playing in one-day ‘showcase’ events, it might be difficult for a new date to be found.
Still, the Bullitt East boys will play host to North Bullitt on Monday of this week, weather permitting. It is the only meeting scheduled between the two rivals this season.
On Tuesday, both of the Bullitt East squads will travel to Dixie Highway for a key early-season showdown with Sixth Region rival Butler. The girls’ game will match two of the top-25 teams in the state and will start at 6 p.m. The two boys’ teams are ranked among the top teams in the Sixth Region and will take the court around 7:30 p.m.
Lady Chargers Win
In the first game of the season, the Lady Chargers showed why they are one of the top teams in the area this season as they jumped all over Presentation early and then rolled to a 74-28 victory.
Coach Chris Stallings’ team led 18-6 after one quarter and stretch that to 39-17 by halftime. The red and gold then turned up the defensive pressure, holding the Toppers to three points in the third quarter and 11 for the second half.
It was a balanced offensive attack for the Lady Chargers as 11 different players got into the scoring column. Senior Taylor Blain led the way as her 19 points were fueled by four three-pointers. Bullitt East hit eight three-pointers in the win including two by Lindsey Duvall who had 14 points.
BULLITT EAST 74 (18-21-21-14) Emily Fryman 2, Courtney Pfister 7, Lindsey Duvall 14, Kaleigh Sharpe 8, Alyssa Peak 6, Kirstie Henn 5, Taylor Blain 19, Mackenzie Bass 4, Raegan Williams 5, Kelli Lutes 2, Shelby Flener 4.
PRESENTATION 28 (6-11-3-8) Lindsey 3, Reynolds 1, Schroeder 3, Johnson 11, Vogt 3, Denham 1, Stephenson 2, Hibbs 2, Kolb 2.
The first game of the season was not a good one for North Bullitt as the Eagles struggled at home on Tuesday, losing to Henry County 72-54.
In the first game under new head coach Dick Briggs, the Eagles were within 31-24 at halftime, but then came out of the break poorly, being outscored 23-12 in the third quarter and falling too far behind to catch up.
“Positives were few and far between,” Briggs said later in the week. “I was encouraged by the play of sophomore Jared Free and two of the sophomores off the bench, Ryan Henson and Chase McKenzie. All three of them displayed the effort I’m looking for.
“We were only down seven at halftime and thought we could make a run at them,” the coach added. “Until we realize just how hard we have to play on every possession, offense and defense, we will not improve.”
Free led North Bullitt with 13 points and Henson added 10 points.
Henry County had three players score at least 13 points led by James Wundrak’s 17 points. The Wildcats also got 15 points from Austin Young and 13 from Landon New.
At North Bullitt
HENRY COUNTY 72 (15-16-23-18) Young 15, Wundrak 17, New 13, Estes 7, West 8, N. Jeffries 4, Anesko 2, Tuggle 2, Jamison 2, J. Jeffries 2, Howard 2, Clark 2.
NORTH BULLITT 54 (9-15-12-18) Chase McKenzie 9, Jared Free 13, Jarred George 6, Ricky Dunnavan 9, Zack Geralds 1, Ryan Henson 10, Boss 4, Camden Davenport 2.
Chargers Roll Thursday
Bullitt East and Moore are not that far apart, but this might have been the first meeting ever between the two schools in basketball when they met on Thursday night in Okolona.
The Chargers jumped on top in the first quarter and never relinquished the lead. The red and gold were up 21-16 after one quarter and it was an 11-point difference at halftime.
Moore never got closer than ten points the rest of the way. The game ended up being an 11-point difference as Bullitt East went to 2-0 on the season with a 70-59 victory.
It was a good win for the Chargers, but head coach Bob Blackburn didn’t think the team responded as well on Thursday as they had in the opening win North Oldham two days earlier.
“They were much improved from their first game,” the interim coach said of the Mustangs who are now 0-2. “Their speed and quickness was very hard for us to duplicate in practice. We played well at times, but other times we didn’t listen to instructions as well as the first game.”
One big advantage for the Chargers came on the boards where the red and gold had a 37-25 rebounding lead. Bullitt East also turned it over just ten times while handing out 14 assists.
Junior Tyler Bacon led Bullitt East with 17 points and the Chargers also got 14 points from senior Ezra Troutman and 12 points from his cousin, Rhett Troutman. Sophomore Bailey Rakes and Tyler Sharpe each finished with 11 points.
BULLITT EAST 70 (21-18-13-18) Rhett Troutman 12, Ezra Troutman 14, Tyler Bacon 17, Jared Farris 2, Bailey Rakes 11, Tyler Sharpe 11, Garrett Wilson 3.
MOORE 59 (16-12-14-17) Stott 14, Smith 14, Richardson 12, O’Bannon 9, White 7, Evans 3