LOUISVILLE - There was snow on the ground outside, but that didn’t have anything to do with the cold-shooting suffered by the Bullitt East Lady Chargers on Saturday afternoon in the Shooting for the Cure event at Cardinal Arena.
While the red and gold shot badly for the entire game, the lack of offensive firepower was most notable in the third quarter as Bullitt East was held to just two points after Assumption. That power outage allowed Assumption to move ahead after trailing 27-23 at halftime.
Despite shooting 38 percent for the game, the Lady Chargers still had a chance at victory before dropping a 54-53 decision in overtime.
A few days later, Bullitt East head coach Chris Stallings was saying that his team also connected on just 36 percent of its free throw attempts and finished shooting just 28 percent from beyond the arc.
Still, the Lady Chargers had a chance to pull out a victory.
“I thought we did a nice job of executing what we wanted to do,” Stallings said early this week. “It just broke down to us shooting badly. We had the right people taking the right shots.
“Our kids did a good job of being in position to win the game,” the veteran coach added. “We were fortunate to be in that position the way we shot the ball.”
Bullitt East rallied in the fourth quarter, having a two-point lead at one time. The team then missed the front end of the bonus at :08 that would have given them the lead. The teams combined to score 21 points in the overtime, but a free throw at :10 by Dee Dee Sliter gave Assumption a four-point lead. Nikole Isabel had a three-pointer at the buzzer for the final margin.
The Lady Chargers had a strong inside game as center Lindey Young scored 18 points and had 11 rebounds while forward Meredith Polson had 12 points and 11 rebounds.
Shooting for the Cure at Cardinal Arena
BULLITT EAST 53 (17-10-2-14-10) Whitney Stansbury 2, Meredith Polson 12, Lindey Young 18, Emily Fryman 4, Nikole Isabel 12, Rachel Broughton 3, Courtney Pfister.
ASSUMPTION 54 (12-11-10-10-11) Hartlage 12, Foley 6, Friedrich 6, Stiller 11, Durbin 11, Kaiser 8.
BULLITT EAST 70 (14-25-13-18) Emily Fryman 4, Courtney Pfister 4, Ashley Duvall 6, Nikole Isabel 16, Rachel Broughton 10, Taylor Blain 3, Meredith Polson 7, Lindey Young 8, Maggie Smith 10, Sara Stevens 2.
IROQUOIS 31 (2-10-11-8) Pryor 1, Cain 6, Glasser 24.
The Bullitt East Chargers picked up a 24th District win on Saturday, but it might not have been the team’s best effort of the season as they slipped pst Southern 77-66.
The game was tied after the first quarter and the Chargers only had a seven point lead at halftime. That margin did grow to double-digists in the third quarter.
Sophomore Derek Willis led the Chargers with a double-double with 18 points and 11 rebounds. The winners also got 13 points each from starting guards Trey Rakes and Hayden Sweat along with ten points from Rusty Troutman.
Bullitt East is now 1-0 in district play while Southern fell to 0-2.
BULLITT EAST 77 (15-15-25-22) Trey Rakes 13, Cody Mattingly 3, Rusty Troutman 10, Hayden Sweat 13, Kory Caufield 8, Elliott Young 2, Derek Willis 18, Reece Hardin 2, Corey Washburn 8.
SOUTHERN 66 (15-8-19-24) Almanza 17, Pickett 20, Goodall 3, Armstrong 8, Presley 7, Blevins 11.