In a ball game that saw 59 fouls called, five players disqualified with fouls and 68 free throws, the Scott High Eagles improved their season record to 3-2 as they edged Harrison County 83-79 on the Hilltop Tuesday night.
It was the first loss in three games for Harrison County who, according to Coach Larry Kendall, didn’t adjust to how the game was being called and were not able to get a flow going for the biggest part of the night.
“It is hard to get any rhythm when play is stopped so often with a foul call,” said the first-year coach. “We didn’t adjust and it took us out of our game.”
The officiating, according to Kendall, was a tale of two halves.
Thirty-one fouls were called in the first half, many of the tick tack variety, and then in the second half a lot of contact was allowed.
“I will never blame the officials,” said Kendall. “We have got to play smarter and not focus on anything but what we are doing.”
The Breds jumped out to an early lead and played pressure defense for the first quarter, which did disrupt the veteran Eagles for a few minutes.
The play got sloppy though and before the quarter was over, the Breds were already in the double bonus.
Harrison County led 26-23 at the end of one period.
The Eagles got their composure in the second quarter and handled the pressure much more efficiently while the Breds backed off a little.
Led by senior Nick Jackson, who scored 22 of his team high 28 points in the first half, the Eagles matched their first quarter total of 23 points while holding the Thorobreds to 15 to take a 46-41 half time lead.
The Eagles were into the double bonus with four minutes left in the first half.
Junior Grant Carr opened the scoring in the second half with a three pointer cutting the lead to two at 46-44 but the Eagles ran off four straight to push the lead to six and the Breds didn’t get any closer until late in the game.
The third period saw Scott beating the Breds down the floor and out-hustling Harrison County for loose balls.
Harrison County also had a period of poor shot selection to add to the success Scott High was having and the Eagles pushed the lead to 10 at 64-54 going into the final period.
Scott pushed the lead to 15 early in the fourth period before Harrison County mounted a comeback, which cut the lead to 78-74 with 32 seconds left.
At this point, Jordan Martin picked off an inbounds pass and Scott Kendall went in for a basket but it was nullified because one of the officials said that Scott High had called a time out.
Scott High then pushed the lead back to six but Dillon Pulliam scored an old fashion three-point play with 23 seconds left to cut the lead to 80-77.
But Harrison County had to foul and Scott High’s Jackson made three of four free tosses for the final 83-79 win.
The leading scorers in the game were Jackson for Scott High and senior guard Scott Kendall for Harrison County. Each had 28 points.
Jackson also had nine rebounds to lead his team to the 31 total boards that the Eagles grabbed on the night.
Kendall added five assists to his scoring to lead the Breds in that department.
Junior Dillon Pulliam added 22 points and three rebounds for Harrison County. Carr was the next high scorer for the Thorobreds with eight.
Elijah Gross was the leading rebounder for Harrison County with six of the Breds’ team total of 24.
The next Harrison County game will be Friday night as they play the second game of a girl/boy doubleheader at Nicholas County beginning at 8 p.m.
The Fillies will face the Lady Bluejackets at 6 p.m.
The Breds will then host Holy Cross of Covington next Tuesday, Dec. 14.