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North girls start last, finish fast

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By Mike Farner

 BARDSTOWN - The North Bullitt Lady Eagles were the last of the Bullitt County varsity teams to take the court, but there was no rust visible on Thursday as the green and gold blasted Bardstown 76-24.

This one was over early as North Bullitt jumped out to a 29-11 lead after one quarter and then stretched that to 50-18 by halftime. It took less than three minutes into the second half before the Lady Eagles had pushed the lead past 35 points, putting into action the new rule that keeps the clock running constantly (with a few exceptions) until the end.

That quick clock was nothing new for the Lady Tigers. They had opened the season earlier in the week with a 73-20 setback to Oldham County and then a night later had fallen to John Hardin 69-39.

Lady Eagle head coach Amber Courtney knows her players can easily access the type of information that shows how much Bardstown has struggled during the first week of the season, but she was pleased that her team stuck to the game plan and took care of their business.

“I can’t complain,” the veteran coach said. “They were focused. We don’t talk much about what the other team is doing. We don’t look ahead. We just focus on what we need to do right.”

There was little Courtney could find wrong in this victory. The Lady Eagles did commit 15 fouls in the first half, but otherwise it was smooth sailing.

“That was a very good start,” Courtney said. “We kept it to 12 turnovers and I was pleased with that.”

Courtney doesn’t feel that confidence will never be a problem for this team, but it was nice to get that first ‘W’ out of the way.

“This was the first game so you never know how they will come out,” the coach said. “You always like to win the first one. I’m not worried about their confidence.”

Bardstown did have a 4-3 lead two minutes into the contest, but North Bullitt scored 11 of the next 12 points and took control of the game. The last basket in that run was a three-pointer from senior forward Reba Stice, the first of four she hit in the contest.

The Lady Eagles could pretty much press at will. That was obvious in the second quarter as an 18-0 surge took any doubt out of the way the second half would unfold.

All five of the North Bullitt starters scored at least eight points in the win.

“That’s what we want to see,” the coach said. “We want them equally putting up the points.”

North Bullitt was led in scoring by junior Savannah Morrison who had 17 points while Stice finished with 14 points. Senior Kasey McCoy scored 13 points and just missed a double-double as she finished with nine rebounds. The other two starters, Katie Downey and Caitlin Montgomery, each finished with eight points.

The leading scorer for Bardstown was Kasia Stone with eight points.

The Lady Eagles were back on the road on Friday to play at Owen County. The green and gold will then take a week off before they travel down Highway-44 to take on Bullitt Central for a rematch of last season’s 23rd District final that North Bullitt won.

Courtney’s team will final get to play at home on Saturday night when they host Collegiate in a girl/boy doubleheader.

At Bardstown

NORTH BULLITT 76 (29-21-13-13) Savannah Morrison 17, Katie Downey 8, Reba Stice 14, Kasey McCoy 13, Caitlin Montgomery 8, Shelby Morrison 2, Rachel Badgett 5, Maria George 7, Keeley Hughes 2.

BARDSTOWN 24 (11-7-6-0) Rogers 6, Coleman 1, Stone 8, Calbert 3, Smalley 3, Shouse 2, Kimberland 1.