The Harrison County Thorobreds improved to 10-5 for the year with a 58-53 home win Friday over Bracken County and a 96-58 smashing of Paris in the Bourbon County seat on Saturday night.
Coach Larry Kendall, while certainly happy to win, thought the Bracken County game could have been played much better by the Thorobreds.
“We do not ever seem to grasp what a target we are for the smaller schools from the surrounding counties,” noted the first-year coach. “I told them before the game Friday that beating us would make Bracken County’s season, but it didn’t seem to sink in with the players.”
The Polar Bears took the lead 13-12 at the end of the first quarter thanks to a lot of missed easy shots and several turnovers.
Harrison County had what would really be its only productive quarter in the second period by out scoring Bracken County 22-15 to take the lead of 34-28 into the locker room.
The highlight of the second period was junior Dillon Pulliam scoring his 1,000th point as a Thorobred making him one of five juniors to do so in the long annul of the school.
Harrison County played just well enough to hold off the Bears and came away with the 58-53 victory over the 3-12 Bracken County squad.
Pulliam and senior Tyler Wagner each scored 12 points to lead the Breds while Jordan Stubbs added 10 to complete the double-figure scoring for Harrison County.
Elijah Gross added nine points scoring some key baskets in the fourth period.
Pulliam led the game in rebounds with 12 as the Breds grabbed 31 caroms to 24 for Bracken County.
The Crawfords led the way for Bracken County with eighth grader Austin scoring 16 and senior Grant totaling 13. Senior Phillip Jefferson added 10 points for the Polar Bears.
On Saturday night, the Harrison County boys took a 14-mile drive south to Paris and after a slow start, walloped the Greyhounds, 96-58.
After the score was tied at 11 points each at the end of the first period, the Thorobreds went on a tear and put 26 points on the board in the second stanza for a 37-20 halftime lead.
The halftime talk for the Thorobreds inspired them to a 33-point third quarter as they pushed the lead to 70-41 with the final eight minutes yet to play.
Kendall played many of his reserves in the final half especially in the fourth quarter as they gained valuable experience while increasing the lead to the final 38-point margin.
Sophomore guard Robbie Stroub celebrated his 16th birthday by scoring nine points in the final two periods for his high varsity game of the year.
Senior guard Scott Kendall bounced back from a foul plagued Friday night to lead the Thorobreds with 20 points. He also had a team-high five assists in 20 minutes of play.
Harrison County had four others in double figures as Tyler Wagner had 16, Pulliam and Gross had 11 points each and sophomore D.J. Hicks added 10 points to continue his strong play.
Kobe Garrard led the 1-14 Paris team with a game high 27 points followed by James Clark with 10 points.