Breds ice Polar Bears, lose heartbreaker to Campbell County Camels

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By Mike Aldridge

The weekend of Thorobreds basketball went from a tremendous high on Friday with a 91-55 win at Bracken County to a low with a 63-61 loss at home to Campbell County on Saturday night.
The Bracken County game saw the Thorobreds start fast with an early lead as junior D.J. Jenkins and sophomore Zack Pulliam lit up the scoreboard with 15 of the Breds 21 first stanza points.  
The younger Pulliam was starting in place of junior Trenton Thompson, who was ill and unable to play. Pulliam took advantage of his chance.  
Hicks got his points driving to the basket as the Polar Bears did not have an answer for the junior’s cutting, slicing moves to the hoop.  
Only two Bracken County players scored in the opening period as the Breds led 21-8 at the first break.
The second quarter saw both teams pick up the scoring quite a lot. The Breds allowed 20 Bracken County points but scored 30 of their own for a 51-28 lead at the half.  
Pulliam and Jenkins continued their hot scoring and were joined by senior Mason Ritchie, who totaled eight of his 12 game points in the second period.  
The first half was totally dominated by Harrison County as they made 20 of 32 field goal attempts and grabbed 19 rebounds to Bracken County’s seven.  
At the half, Ritchie already had a good night with 10 points and six rebounds while freshman Austin Crawford for the Polar Bears was keeping them in the game with 18 first-half points.
The Thorobreds continued to pull away in the third period. They 19 more points on the board compared to 11 for Bracken County for a comfortable 70 to 39 lead going into the fourth period.  
Coach Larry Kendall played all reserves in the final period. This gave Landon Palmer and Austin Short an opportunity to shine against the Bracken County regulars.  
Palmer scored eight points in the period. Short hit for six in the fourth quarter while grabbing eight rebounds.  
The Thorobreds ended the game with the 91 to 55 total. The Breds grabbed 39 rebounds to 20 for the Polar Bears.  
Crawford led all scorers for the night with 30 as he was the only Bracken County player in double figures.  
Jenkins was the leading scorer for Harrison County in this game where everyone scored for the Breds with 18 points.  
Zack Pulliam added 17, Ritchie scored 12, Palmer 11 points and Dillon Pulliam chipped in with 10 for five Thorobreds in double figures.  
The Breds improved to 11-12 for the season while Bracken County dropped to 9-12.  In the preliminary games the Harrison County freshmen won in two overtimes and the junior varsity won 43 to 17 over their Bracken County opponents.
The varsity-only match up between the Campbell County Camels and the Thorobreds figured to be a potential preview of what could happen in the 10th Region tournament.  
Though the Thorobreds’ record is not as good as Campbell County’s, they are widely thought to be one of the best teams in Kentucky with a losing record.  
It would be fair to say that Harrison County shot out the lights in the first quarter of Saturday night’s ball game.  
Jenkins penetrated the Camels’ defense time after time for easy baskets as the Breds sprinted out to 26 to 11 lead at the end of the first quarter.  
The Thorobreds’ attack was balanced in the opening period with all five starters plus Zack Pulliam scoring led by Jenkins’ nine and Dillon Pulliam’s seven points.
The Breds kept the scoring up in the second period. Campbell County stopped the penetration but Harrison County continued to shoot well from the floor. The attack was led by Dillon Pulliam’s six second quarter points.  
The halftime score was 40 to 22 with Harrison County holding the 18-point advantage.
It is unusual for the wheels to come off in the locker room but something happened to Harrison County during halftime.  
Campbell County came out on fire led by junior Deondre Jackson, who scored 16 of his game high 26 points in the third quarter.  
Before the Harrison County squad or coaching staff could blink, the Camels had gone on a 22-to-two run. At the end of the period they trailed by only one at 52 to 51.
Senior Grant Carr did his best to keep the Breds from losing a game that had appeared to be in the bag as he scored seven of his team-high 15 points in the last period.  
The game was nip and tuck for the entire period as both the Camels and the Thorobreds tightened up and were unable to shoot well.  
The score was 61 all with around 40 seconds to play with Harrison County in possession. The Breds passed the ball around the perimeter until Carr was fouled with a little more than 10 seconds to play.  
The senior stepped to the line with one and the bonus but the first shot hit the front of the rim and was rebounded by Campbell County.  
After a timeout, the visitors worked the ball in for a shot, which was missed, but sophomore center Matt Wilson put the ball back in the basket with 1.4 seconds left on the clock.  
After the Breds called a couple of timeouts, Pulliam got off a shot from beyond half court which was missed and the Harrison County collapse was complete.   
Campbell County left the building with a 14-5 record and the Breds fell to 11-13 and a sick feeling that they had let one get away.  
Jackson scored 26 to lead all scorers with Wilson with 12 and senior Corey Holbrook the other two Camels in double figures.  
Carr’s 15 points was the most for the Thorobreds followed by Thompson and Pulliam with 13 points each.  Jenkins scored 11 points the majority in the first quarter and all in the first half.