SHEPHERDSVILLE - One victory for the North Bullitt Eagles seemed like a month ago early last week as the green and gold dropped two more games, leaving head coach Lee Barger frustrated.
It was just the previous Friday night that the Eagles beat Southern, the number one seed for the upcoming 24th District Tournament. Since that night, North Bullitt lost three straight games in four days, erasing all the positive thoughts from that earlier outcome.
On Monday, there was no homecoming joy as the Eagles could not make a second half run at LaRue County, a mediocre Fifth Region squad, losing 59-44.
Two night earlier the Eagles took it on the chin from another Fifth Region team, falling on the road at Washington County 51-45. North Bullitt had beaten the Commanders back in December. The frustration continued on Tuesday as the green and gold fell behind early and never could recover in a 78-46 defeat at Oldham County.
Obviously, the Eagles are not scoring a lot of points and that is putting the team behind the eight ball. The team falls behind early and then doesn’t have the firepower to mount a comeback.
Against LaRue County, North Bullitt managed to stay close longer than in some games this season. The score was knotted at 10-10 after one quarter and the contest was still tied at 18-18 before the Hawks hit back-to-back three-pointers en route to closing out the first quarter on a 13-2 run.
“I thought we had really good defense in the first quarter,” Barger said after the setback on homecoming night. “I thought if we could have connected on some shots we could have been up six or eight points. We missed some easy shots.
“That second quarter we really relaxed on defense and gave up 21 points,” the coach added. “We took some trips off. We challenged them in the locker room at halftime. They came out and battled back and got to within three. We needed a stop at the end of the quarter and we didn’t get it.”
Over the last three minutes of the third quarter, North Bullitt went on a 10-2 surge that included a three-pointer by Justin Higdon and four points by Cody Dewitt and they were within 38-35 when Travis Ridley converted two free throws with just ten seconds remaining in the frame.
LaRue County quickly got the ball up the court and Tyler Hornback scored on a lay-up just before the buzzer. When North Bullitt couldn’t score for the first four minutes of the final quarter, LaRue County moved out to a 48-35 lead and the Eagles could not muster another rally.
“I thought the final score didn’t portray how the game was played,” Barger noted. “It got away at the end.”
Even with the loss, Barger thinks his team is getting better.
“Over the last two weeks I’m seeing a lot of changes for the good,” the coach said. “I think they are coming around at the right time. I see a lot of intangibles that they weren’t doing earlier.”
Ridley led North Bullitt with 14 points while Dewitt scored 12. No other Eagle player scored more than seven points.
Christian Seymour, who connected on five three-pointers, led LaRue County with 22 points.
Washington Co. Downs NB
Just 24-hours after the upset of Southern, North Bullitt had nothing left in the tank and were beaten by Washington County 51-45.
The big problem came in the third quarter when the green and gold managed just one basket. North Bullitt was up 25-21 at halftime, but then found themselves down 35-27 heading into the final frame. The only basket for the Eagles in the third quarter was posted by Matt Mudd.
Ridley scored 22 points for the Eagles and Higdon had 11 points but there was no other support as no other North Bullitt player scored more than four points.
Oldham County Woes
Four games in five days proved to be too much for the Eagles on Tuesday as they hit the road and the road hit back as they lost to former Eighth Region rival Oldham County 78-46.
North Bullitt was outscored 17-8 in the first quarter and then 28-11 in the second frame to fall behind 45-19.
Ridley had another strong game as he finished with 21 points, a total that included the only two three-pointers that North Bullitt made in the loss. Addison Thomas added ten points.
North Bullitt fell to 4-20 with the loss with a week remaining in the regular season. The green and gold will face Meade County on Tuesday and will then be at home on Thursday for the final game of the regular season as they will take on Rock Creek Academy from Indiana.
At Washington County
NORTH BULLITT 45 (12-13-2-18) Travis Ridley 22, Justin Higdon 11, C.J. Parker 2, Matt Mudd 4, James Whitfill 3, Cody Dewitt 3.
WASHINGTON COUNTY 51 (11-10-14-16) Mudd 16, Abel 3, A. Simms 3, J. Simms 4, Hamilton 17, Purdom 4, Hale 4.
At North Bullitt
LARUE COUNTY 59 (10-21-9-19) A. Brewer 4, Bault 13, Seymour 22, Nall 4, Hornback 8, L. Brewer 8.
NORTH BULLITT 44 (10-10-15-9) Travis Ridley 14, Justin Higdon 5, C.J. Parker 2, Matt Mudd 1, James Whitfill 7, Addison Thomas 3, Cody Dewitt 12.
At Oldham County
NORTH BULLITT 46 (8-11-11-16) Tony Majors 4, Travis Ridley 21, Justin Higdon 2, C.J. Parker 2, Cody Dewitt 4, Addison Thomas 10, James Whitfill 1, Brandon Goeing 2.
OLDHAM COUNTY 78 (17-28-20-13) Obrandovich 7, Dunlap 14, Davis 6, Denise 6, Sims 4, Cooke 15, Mason 11, Masters 3, Potts 3, Smith 8, Combs 1.