The Harrison County Thorobreds faced the 15th rated Collins Titans Saturday night on the Hilltop in a game that had an all too familiar ending for the Thorobreds.
After compiling a 12-point halftime lead, the Thorobreds were outscored 33 to 19 in the second half to lose the Senior Night game.
The game started with the four seniors, Dillon Pulliam, Mason Ritchie, Landon Palmer and long-time manager Russell Crosthwaite in the line up along with junior D.J. Jenkins.
Crosthwaite made the first basket and departed the game after his basket was matched on the scoreboard for Collins.
For the longest time, it appeared that Crosthwaite’s basket was all the Breds were going to score but finally Pulliam hit on a three pointer from the corner to give Harrison County the lead.
Collins came back as the first quarter ended with a low scoring total of nine to eight in favor of the visiting Titans.
The Thorobreds warmed up in the second session while the Titans really cooled off making only one of 11 shots in the second period.
Harrison County made eight of 13 from the field to race out to the 25 to 13 lead at the end of the half.
The two teams battled evenly for the third period with Collins jumping out early reminiscent of the previous Saturday’s Harrison County collapse. This time the Breds fought back nearly matching the Titans from the floor in the period.
The issue for the Breds in the third quarter was turnovers as the Breds matched their first half total of five in the third quarter.
Harrison County still led 35 to 27 going into the final period.
The Titans, despite playing without leading scorer Ralphie Stone who was out with grade issues, battled back in the final period.
Junior guard Deion Cochran hit two three pointers and, along with fellow junior Brent Kidwell, led Collins to a 19-to-9 advantage in the fourth period to secure the win.
The Thorobreds had one last chance with 10 seconds left in the game. The inbounds pass could not go to junior guard Jenkins as diagramed but instead was passed to senior Grant Carr.
Carr, with time running out and his fellow teammates stationary, drove to the basket where he collided with Collins’ senior Paul Miller. Carr was charged with an offensive foul which allowed the clock to run out and Collins to secure the victory.
“It was frustrating to watch,” said Thorobreds’ coach Larry Kendall. “Hopefully we will learn from it. The schedule is not getting any easier.”
Cochran with 15 and Kidwell with 14 led the Titans in scoring. Juniors Trent Thompson with 14 and Jenkins with 12 led the Thorobreds.
Monday night was an example of it not getting any easier as the Breds traveled north to do battle with 7th ranked Holmes.
The Bulldogs feature one of the best players in the state in junior guard James “Beetle” Bolden. However, they were coming off a confidence-shaking, 15-point loss the previous weekend to No. 5 Newport Central Catholic.
Bolden was eight minutes late for a practice Sunday so he sat for the first quarter and part of the second.
Not to be outdone, Harrison County also sat one of its better players, leading scorer Jenkins, who missed all of Sunday’s practice. The two teams were each missing a key cog in their machinery.
The game started slowly for both teams as neither could connect from the floor on a regular basis in the first half.
Harrison County was slightly more accurate than the Bulldogs as they took a 20 to 14 lead into the locker room at halftime.
After the break, the Thorobreds again were able to edge out further on the Bulldogs. They grabbed the biggest lead of the game halfway through the stanza at 27-16.
The play of the game happened with 3:14 to play in the third period when an unnecessary forearm by sophomore Markel McClendon gained him and the Holmes team a technical foul.
While the Holmes bench protested, Jenkins made one of two free throws for a 30-to-20 Harrison County lead.
The momentum was changing as the Bulldogs were motivated by the technical. They began to play their controlled havoc game which took the Thorobreds out of their game plan.
The next three minutes saw the Bulldogs score 11 unanswered points to take the lead at 31 to 30.
This was the first lead for Holmes since the score was 1 to 0 in the beginning of the game.
Jenkins made a couple of free throws for a 32-31 lead for the Breds at the end of the third period but the lead that was once 11 points was gone.
The final period saw a dual between Bolden and Jenkins beginning with Bolden.
He made seven of his teams’ next 10 points as the Bulldogs shot out to a 41-to-35 lead with a little over five minutes to play.
The Thorobreds were in jeopardy of losing their third double digit lead in three games.
The lead ballooned to 46 to 39 before Jenkins started to drive through the Holmes defense for two baskets making the score 46 to 43.
After a Bulldog free throw, Jenkins again slashed to the basket for a lay up cutting the score to 47 to 45.
The teams traded baskets and a free throw each so with 1:33 left in the game, Harrison County trailed 49 to 48.
Holmes scored to make it 51 to 48 and on the next possession put the ball on ice causing the Breds to have to foul. When the Breds fouled, the Bulldogs made their free throws as they made eight down the stretch to win the game 59 to 54.
For the game, the Bulldogs hit on 14 of 18 free throws as they were calm and cool under pressure at the line.
Holmes also outrebounded Harrison County 31 to 26 led by seniors Marcus Hill and Quinton Chames who each grabbed 10. Dillon Pulliam led the Thorobreds with seven.
Bolden was the game’s leading scorer with 19 points while Hill was also in double figures for Holmes with 12 points.
Jenkins led the Thorobreds with 18 points while Thompson scored 17 and Pulliam added 11.
Holmes improved to 21-5 with the win while the Breds dropped to 11-15.
The Breds finish the schedule Thursday with a 6 p.m. match up with Estill County on the Hilltop in a boy/girl doubleheader and on Friday with an 8 p.m. match up at Montgomery County in another boy/girl battle.