HEBRON ESTATES – After not playing the previous weekend because of bad weather, the North Bullitt Lady Eagles almost lost another game on Tuesday of last week when school was called off again.
However, this time conditions improved enough in the afternoon that Oldham County opted to make the trip to Bullitt County for a game. It turned out to wrk in North Bullitt’s favor as the green and gold hung on to claim a 63-61 victory.
“It was a pretty sloppy game for both teams,” Lady Eagle head coach Amber Courtney said later in the week. “It was free throws. We were awful for the game, but then we hit four of six in the last minute or so to win the game.”
For the contest, North Bullitt shot just 52 percent from the line.
“We had a nice lead and didn’t get back on defense a few times and they started chipping away at us,” Courtney recalled. “We just hit some free throws at the end.”
Oldham County had a 16-15 lead after the first quarter before North Bullitt managed to pull ahead 25-22 at halftime. In the second half, the green and gold led the entire time, but could not put the visitors away.
North Bullitt had balanced scoring in the contest as they were led by sophomore Katie Downey who finished with 16 points. The Lady Eagles also got 12 points from senior Savannah Morrison and 10 points from junior Megan Goeing.
The Lady Colonels were led by senior guard Ashley McMurtrey who exploded for 33 points.
The setback dropped Oldham County to 0-2 on the season.
A night later, North Bullitt was back on the court in another game with weather-related aspects. This time the opponent was Collegiate in a game that was rescheduled from the bad weather the previous Saturday.
This time the Lady Eagles let the defense do their talking as they rolled past the home team 45-27. Collegiate did not score more than eight points in any quarter of the game.
“We won, but it was low scoring,” Courtney admitted. “My upperclassmen pulled it out and did what I asked.”
North Bullitt got another strong offensive outing from Downey as she led all scorers in the game with 15 points. The Lady Eagles also got 10 points from Maria George and nine from Morrison.
The two wins improved North Bullitt’s record to 3-0 heading into a busy weekend that included games against Bullitt Central and Assumption (see story’s in Wednesday’s editions).
Early this week, North Bullitt will be in action at home as they will play Iroquois on Tuesday. The varsity girls’ game will start around 7:30 p.m.
At NORTH BULLITT
OLDHAM COUNTY 61 (16-6-17-22) Stewart 6, Kirk 4, McMurtrey 33, Davis 12, Brooks 6.
NORTH BULLITT 63 (15-10-19-19) Savannah Morrison 12, Maria George 8, Katie Downey 16, Erin Dolan 9, Rachel Badgett 8, Megan Goeing 10.
NORTH BULLITT 45 (13-12-13-7) Rachel Badgett 2, Maria George 10, Hailey Free 2, Erin Dolan 3, Katie Downey 15, Lauren Deel 2, Megan Goeing 2, Savannah Morrison 9.
COLLEGIATE 27 (6-6-7-8) Severtson 4, Overstreet 3, Wright 11, Kommor 4, Cooper 4, Blackford 1.