HALL OF FAME
HOOPS ROUNDUP: Trojans top Tigers in thriller
February 22, 2013Bardstown High School
Saturday, February 16, 2013 at 1:43 pm
Basketball is said to be a game of runs. One team gets hot, but then cools off and the other team gets hot. That was certainly the case when 5th Region favorites North Hardin and Bardstown met.
Unfortunately for the Tigers, they cooled off at the wrong time.
North Hardin trailed by five in the fourth quarter before rallying for an 84-77 victory over homestanding Bardstown on Friday night to close out the regular season on a seven-game winning streak.
“It was two good teams that really wanted to win,” Bardstown coach James “Boo” Brewer said. “It was a great basketball game and a learning experience for us. We took several quick shots when we had a lead. We had some critical turnovers and they capitalized on them.”
Bardstown (22-8) came back from deficits of eight and nine in the first half, and the Trojans built a 10-point lead in the third quarter only to watch it evaporate.
“It was a great basketball game,” North Hardin coach Ron Bevars said. “We would make a run and then they would make a run. It was back and forth all night. It was a battle between two good teams.”
The loss spoiled Senior Night for the Tigers, who went 1-3 against 17th District teams. Senior Devonte Grundy led the Tigers with 30 points and 11 rebounds. Sophomore L.J. Cowherd had 20 points and six assists, while Jared Hickman chipped in with 16 points.
Trailing 64-59, North Hardin senior guard Nick Lewis made an off-balance runner in the lane and senior Tyler Landry hit two free throws. On Bardstown’s next possession, senior Ruben Gosa came up with a steal and fed Lewis for a layup. Lewis was fouled on the play and capped the three-point play to give the Trojans a 66-64 lead with 4:45 remaining.
The Trojans pulled out to a 70-66 lead on two free throws by Gosa and a layup by Lewis, but the Tigers used four consecutive foul shots to tie the score for the sixth time.
The score remained that way for only 12 seconds as the Trojans quickly answered. Gosa drove in for a layup, King came up with a steal and buried a 10-footer in the lane and Landry had a putback after another Bardstown turnover to give the Trojans a 76-70 lead with 2:07 left.
“We forced them into two or three turnovers and that got us back in it,” Bevars said. “We played well defensively in the second half. We were reaching a lot in the first half and it got us into foul trouble. We did a better job in the second half.”
Grundy made back-to-back shots and Hickman drained a 3-pointer to pull within 79-77 with 50 seconds remaining.
But Lewis made 5-of-6 free throws in the final 38 seconds to seal the win for the Trojans, who are hitting 69.3 percent of their foul shots this season.
“We need to make better decisions,” Brewer said. “Our defense wasn’t as tight as it usually is. We started settling for threes. We weren’t hitting them as well as we usually do. We needed to attack the basket. We just lost focus. We need to learn from this and look at what we need to do better.”
Gosa finished with a game-high 32 points and dished out four assists. Landry had 18 points, nine rebounds and eight blocks, while Lewis added 14 points. Junior Khalil Rasheed posted a double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds, while King had seven points, seven rebounds and five assists.
North Hardin built lead an eight-point lead in the first quarter and led by nine in the second quarter, but the Tigers came roaring back behind a 14-0 run to take a 31-26 lead with 2:51 left before halftime.
The Trojans came back to grab a 39-38 halftime lead and built a 53-43 lead after two free throws by Landry with 3:46 remaining in the third quarter. But the lead quickly evaporated as Bardstown used a 12-0 run to take a 55-53 lead.
In other games:
BOYS: Holy Cross 69, Bethlehem 67 2OT
The Cougars (9-20) rallied from a double-digit halftime deficit, outscoring the visiting Eagles 14-6 in the fourth quarter to finish out the upset and stop a five-game Bethlehem win streak.
The Eagles (23-5) got 34 points from Jordan Cooper-Livers and 13 from Shane Beisler. Holy Cross’ Dominique Mack netted 31.
Bethlehem faces host Washington County (6-20) at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the 19th District semifinals.
GIRLS: Generals, Cards win; Tigers fall
Thomas Nelson (4-22) finished their first regular season on a high note, using a 15-3 second quarter run to pull away and halt an 11-game skid on the eve of the 19th District tournament in a 47-26 win over Taylor County (3-21).
Evelyn Tichenor and Hannah Wolf combined for 25 points and 10 boards, while Kaylee Dickson notched 11 points, nine rebounds and six blocks.
Thomas Nelson is in action at 6 p.m. Monday against Bardstown in the opening round of district play at Washington County.
The Tigers fell to 5-24 on the season as visiting North Hardin (23-6) took control with a 20-0 first-half run.
Chanel Roberts led North Hardin with 20 points, 18 of them before halftime.
The winner of the Thomas Nelson-Bardstown matchup will face top seed Nelson County (24-5) in Thursday’s semifinals at 6 p.m., followed by Bethlehem (7-14) v. Washington County (14-12) at 7:30. Results of Bethlehem’s Friday home finale against Danville were unavailable as of press time.
Nelson County won its fourth straight, escaping with a Senior Night win over Collins (14-13).