George Rogers Clark owned an eight-game winning streak over the Harrison County Thorobreds until Tuesday night on the Hilltop.
If someone would have said that the Breds were going to hit 50 percent from the foul line, 30 percent from the three point arc and 36 percent from the field and win by 11, hardly anyone would have believed it.
That is just what happened Tuesday as the Breds, after a determined if not artistic start, bested the Cardinals in a game where the lid that was on the basket was rarely removed.
George Rogers Clark did its share to help as they made only 31 percent form the field, 20 percent from the three point line and 58 percent from the charity stripe.
The Cardinals shot only 12 free tosses while Harrison County attempted 30 making 15.
Harrison County took the game under full control in the second stanza out scoring GRC by 11 to expand the lead to 16 at the half 36-20.
While Harrison County was making 13 of 32 shots from the field, the Cardinals were ice cold hitting only eight of 32 tries.
Couple the poor shooting, which was largely due to forced shots and poor shot selection, with eight first-half turnovers, and the Cardinals were in a hole they could not fly out of in the second half.
George Rogers Clark did out score Harrison County by five points in the second half but still came away with the short end of the 58-47 score.
Coach Larry Kendall was not too concerned about the lack luster scoring effort.
“I thought we started the game inspired and did some nice things in the first half,” he said. “We made some poor decisions with the ball during the game but we still battled against a team with some speed and quickness. The fourth quarter was when we decided to play a limited possession game to prepare ourselves for a close game down the road.”
The Breds attempted only two field goals in the final period as they worked the ball through the offense and perfected their ball handling against the hard-working defense of the Cardinals.
Harrison County won the rebound battle for the game 41 to 32.
Senior Jordan Martin led the way with eight boards.
Cardinal junior Khmarkis Blanton was the leading rebounder for the night grabbing 10.
The Thorobreds had 19 turnovers to 17 for the Cardinals. Senior Elijah Gross led three Thorobreds into double figures as he hit for a game high 13 points. Dillon Pulliam, who was given a commemorative ball in a pregame ceremony marking the scoring of his 1,000th point on Jan. 4, scored 12 and Jordan Stubbs made 11.
George Rogers Clark placed only one player in double figures, junior Riley Caudill who had 11 points.
The loss dropped George Rogers Clark to 6-11 while the Thorobreds improve to 11-5 with a home match up with 12-4 Augusta on Friday.
Augusta features the outstanding junior guard Brent Bach who has had some Division One offers as a junior.
Friday night will also see the return of Coach Mike Reitz who will be recognized in a pre-game ceremony.
The junior varsity rallied from as much as eight points down late in the game to win by a 48-47 score.
Junior Mason Ritchie blocked a shot that would have won the ball game for George Rogers Clark had it connected.