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Trojans trip up Tigers

February 21, 2012
Bardstown High School

North Hardin heads into the postseason with a season-long winning streak and a wave of confidence.

The Trojans won their seventh consecutive, knocking off defending 5th Region champion Bardstown, 65-52, on Friday night at Ron Bevars Gymnasium.

“It was very important to them,” Bardstown coach James “Boo” Brewer said. “We are the top team, one of the top teams, in the region. To beat us on senior night and homecoming, it gives them a lot of momentum. But we are a great team. We’ll just move forward to district.”

Senior guard Jermaine Ruttley paced the Trojans (10-16) with 25 points, five rebounds, four assists and two steals, while senior forward Jauan Akins had 23 points, seven rebounds and two assists. Senior guard Duwayne White grabbed 10 rebounds and senior center Adam Hendrix had nine points, nine rebounds and two blocked shots.

Bardstown (21-9) saw a three-game winning streak end as it shot only 25.9 percent from the field, including going 7-of-34 from behind the 3-point arc.

“We didn’t shoot well at all, but that’s basketball,” Brewer said. “We usually shoot a very good percentage. And we’re a good rebounding team. They played a great game.”

The Tigers were led by junior guard Devonte Grundy, who had 23 points and 11 rebounds. Senior guard Anthony Myrks had 12 points, six rebounds, five assists and four steals.

Bardstown built a 15-7 lead after a Grundy 3-pointer with 1:42 left in the first quarter and led 19-14 after a tip-in by senior center Cody Ramos with 6:22 remaining before halftime.

But the Trojans came storming back. Ruttley made two free throws and then Akins had back-to-back baskets, including a dunk to give North Hardin a 20-19 lead with 5:16 left in the second quarter.

Trailing 21-20, Hendrix made a layup, Akins put back a missed shot, White added a layup and Hendrix hit two free throws as North Hardin took a 28-21 lead.

After a three-pointer by Tiger senior guard Jordan Brewer, Akins scored five consecutive points, including a three from the top of the arc with time winding down to stretch North Hardin’s lead to 33-24.

North Hardin led 40-30 late in the third quarter, but Bardstown began to mount a rally. Junior guard Marcus Cosby made a layup and Grundy nailed a three to close the quarter. Cosby opened the fourth quarter with two free throws to slice the lead to 40-37 with 7:16 left.

Akins made a 15-foot baseline jumper, but Cosby hit a short jumper along the baseline and Myrks sank two free throws to pull Bardstown within 42-41 with 6:01 remaining.

On a missed free throw by White, Akins was fouled by Myrks going after the rebound. Akins made both free throws to ignite an 8-0 run to build a 50-41 lead with 1:53 left.

“That’s was a huge turning point in the game,” Brewer said. “They shoot a free throw and miss and Myrks gets his fourth foul. That hurts.”

The Tigers started fouling, sending North Hardin to the line for 24 free throws in the final 1:46. The Trojans made 14 of them as Bardstown never got closer than seven the rest of the way.

Bardstown takes on Washington County (6-21) at home Thursday in the 19th District tournament.

Courtesy of Chuck Jones

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