Young, Bullitt East too much for ‘young’ Lady Eagle team

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Girls' Basketball

By Thomas Barr

  MOUNT WASHINGTON - The North Bullitt Lady Eagles had no answer for Lindey Young and her Bullitt East Lady Charger teammates.

A big second-quarter run gave the host Lady Chargers all the points they would need as they raced out to a 73-47 victory over North Bullitt in a key district battle.

Young, one of the top performers in the Sixth Region, looked as if she might score all the Bullitt East points. In the end, she settled for 23 points and gathered in 13 rebounds.

For the first four minutes, Young and Lady Eagle Savannah Morrison looked to be in a personal dual as each scored their teams’ first eight points.

From that point on, it was all Bullitt East and its pressure defense.

Meredith Polson scored for a 10-8 lead and Taylor Blain followed with a free throw and Rachel Broughton hit two charity tosses to expand the lead to 13-8 at the end of the first quarter.

The second quarter saw North Bullitt’s offensive drought continue. The visitors would be outscored 10-0 over an eight-minute stretch over the first two quarters.

By halftime, the lead had ballooned to 36-18.

The lead continued to grow as Bullitt East got to use a big rotation of players.

Lady Charger coach Chris Stallings laughed when asked if he got bored calling Young’s number. His goal is to get a good balance.

“I was more impressed that she went out and moved to get some rebounds and to get herself into offensive position,” said Stallings. “We knew North Bullitt really didn’t have any size to handle us inside.”

For years, the Bullitt East offense has been fueled by its defensive pressure. Friday night was no different.

Following a tough low-scoring victory on Monday, Stallings said his team wanted to push the tempo.

“It’s a big district game against a county rival,” said Stallings. “I felt we played better the final three quarters with our intensity on defense.”

With the big lead, Stallings said the team could come out and try some different plays and some different players.

“You want your team to play hard,” said Stallings. “I think everyone who got out on the court did that.”

A lot of time over the past week was spent on defense, said Stallings. “We worked hard on what we need to do and we don’t worry as much about the opponent.”

Stallings was pleased that the administrators from the two school could find a way to play the game on Saturday. It allowed homecoming festivities to be held between games.

Lady Eagle coach Amber Courtney said her team couldn’t do a lot to stop Young.

“We don’t have anything with the size to  handle her,” said Courtney. “We rotated well and we were trying to do the things that had to be down.”

Playing with a squad of underclassmen, Courtney said the full-court pressure made her youngsters to speed up. That was not want North Bullitt wanted to do.

She felt the offense moved the ball well but the team just couldn’t hit shots.

“I thought we played pretty well but they are just a very good team. They got just about any ball they wanted,” said Courtney.

Courtney was still proud of the team that has just one junior on the squad.

Seventh-grader Katie Downey led the Lady Eagle scoring with 15 points.  She was joined in double digits by Caitlin Montgomery with 10 points.

For the Lady Chargers (15-5), Young got help from Ashley Duvall with 11 points.

At BULLITT EAST 73 (13-23-16-21) Lindey Young 23, Ashley Duvall 11, Nikole Isabel 9, Sable Logsdon 7, Meredith Polson 6, Courtney Pfister 4, Carly Coulter 3, Whitney Stansbury 2, Rachel Broughton 2, Maggie Smith 2, Sara Stevens 2, Emily Fryman 1.

NORTH BULLITT 47 (8-10-12-17) Katie Downey 15, Savannah Morrison 14, Caitlin Montgomery 10, Bre Stewart 4, Reba Stice 2, Maria George 2