Southern pulls away late to beat North in district clash

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By Mike Farner

      HEBRON ESTATES – A pair of back-to-back games within the 23rd District ended with a split and a probably third-place seed for North Bullitt in the upcoming tournament that the Eagles will host next week.

     On Tuesday, North Bullitt had numerous chances to stay close with Southern, but a two minute stretch at the of the third quarter pushed the Trojans forward and they won 50-35.

     A night later, the green and gold bounced back in fine form as they blew past Evangel 76-42.

     Against Southern, North Bullitt only trailed 19-13 at halftime and head coach Brian Courtney felt his team should have been even closer if they could have converted some free throws on a technical foul call before giving up a lay-up.

     In the third quarter, North Bullitt pulled within two points and it was still a six point game when Southern closed out the frame on an 8-0 surge that put them up 14 in the fourth quarter. That was more than the Eagles could overcome.

     Senior Lucas Johnson led the Eagles with a dozen points.

     A night later, the Eagles were back at home and they liked their surroundings as they blasted visiting Evangel 76-42.

     North Bullitt was up 29-13 at halftime and they then exploded for 28 points in the third quarter to put the game out of reach.

     “The kids played really hard,” Courtney said later in the week. “The kids knew what was needed for us to finish third in the district and not have to play that extra game. We just have to win one game to get to the regional tournament.”

     Jarred George, a junior, had a big game for North Bullitt with 27 points while Johnson tossed in 16 points while Zack Geralds posted 14 points.

     After a busy weekend, the Eagles will play the last two games of the regular season. The green and gold will travel to Meade County on Tuesday before closing out the season at home on Friday against Spencer County.

Wednesday at North Bullitt

     EVANGEL 42 (6-7-13-16) Smith 11, Sellinger 3, Gabbard 17, Golvan 3, Montgomery 2, Miller 6.

     NORTH BULLITT 76 (15-14-28-19) Jarred George 27, Jared Free 2, Zac Lamkin 1, Lucas Johnson 16, Aaron Key 8, Zack Geralds 14, Dominique Ellis 4, McKenzie 2, Henson 2.

Tuesday at Southern

     NORTH BULLITT 35 (6-7-10-12) Jared Free 3, Jarred George 8, Zac Lamkin 6, Zack Gearlds 2, Dominique Ellis 2, Lucas Johnson 12, Jalen Ratliff 2.

     SOUTHERN 50 (6-13-18-13) Bennett 4, Wilson 9, Pickett 13, Yelder 13, Marshall 3, Means 2, Hamilton 2, Dewbons 2, Bell 2.

Lady Eagles Roll

     On Tuesday, the North Bullitt Lady Eagles wrapped up the number one sed for the upcoming 23rd District Tournament in dominating fashion as they rolled past struggling Southern 54-12.

     This one was over early as the green and gold jumped on top 20-13 after one quarter and then held the Lady Trojans scoreless as they jumped on top 38-3 at halftime. That set the new ‘mercy’ rule into action and the clock ran constantly in the second half as the Lady Eagles won for the 15th times this season in 25 games.

     Coach Amber Courtney’s team had 11 different players score. The only player in double-digits was senior center Caitlin Montgomery who scored 12 points.. Erin Dolan finished with nine points off the bench.

     With the win, North Bullitt will face Southern again in the first-round of the 23rd District Tournament which the Lady Eagles will be hosting starting next week.

     After playing twice over the weekend, the Lady Eagles will complete the regular season when they play host to North Oldham on Wednesday before closing out the season on Friday at home against Spencer County.

Tuesday at Southern

     NORTH BULLITT 54 (20-18-12-4) Rachel Badgett 4, Kelsey Raikes 2, Blankenship 2, Maria George 2, Savannah Morrison 6, Erin Dolan 9, Katie Downey 6, Shelby Morrison 7, Caitlin Montgomery 12, Reba Stice 2, Kasey McCoy 2.

     SOUTHERN 12 (3-0-0-9) Bell 1, Hilliard 11.