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Breds outrun Colts down the stretch

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By Lee Kendall

The Harrison County Thorobreds notched their biggest win of the regular season on Tuesday night as they defeated visiting West Jessamine, 81-72.

In a fast-paced game, Harrison County took the lead for good in the second quarter, led by as many as 15 points in the fourth quarter and held on to escape with the win over the 12th Region’s top-ranked team.

“This was our first ‘signature’ win of the year,” said a happy Mike Reitz after the game. “We’ve started to gather a little momentum with a week or two left in the regular season. Hopefully we can sustain this for a while longer.”

Balanced scoring was once again a big key for the Breds. Five players scored in double figures, led by Ryan Puckett with 19. Malcolm Thomas scored 17, John Michael Reitz had 13, Eric Case finished with 12 and Fonze Custard had 11. Jared Martin finished with nine.

Harrison County needed nearly every one of those points to offset a fine performance by Colts’ junior guard Jarrod Polson who led a furious charge in the fourth period. Polson scored 18 of his game-high 38 points in the final quarter, slicing through the Breds’ defense for lay-up after lay-up.

Harrison County returns to the Hilltop on Saturday evening when they take on Bell County in the nightcap of the four-game Valentine Classic.  That game is set to tip-off at 5 p.m.

In the opener on Saturday, Nicholas County plays Bellevue at noon. At 1:45 Deming plays Newport and at 3:30 p.m., Pendleton County squares off against Henderson County.

Tomorrow night, Harrison County plays its last regular season road game as the Breds travel to Maysville to take on Mason County.

On Tuesday, Harrison County will host Frankfort on the Hilltop. This game has been designated as Homecoming for Harrison County. All of the Homecoming festivities will take place at halftime of the game.

Next Thursday, Harrison County will  wrap up regular season play hosting Montgomery County in a senior night contest. Thorobred seniors Eric Case, Fonze Custard, Ryan Puckett and John Michael Reitz will be honored prior to the game.

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On Sunday, Harrison County rode the hot shooting of Ryan Puckett early and defeated district foe Pendleton County, 83-65.

Puckett lit up the Wildcats for five first-quarter three-pointers. He scored 20 first-half points as the Breds led by as many as 19 in the first two quarters.

Pendleton County battled back to within 55-53 heading into the fourth quarter, but Harrison County pulled away down the stretch to notch the win.

“We easily could have folded up and lost that game, especially after losing such a big lead,” said Reitz on Monday. “I think that game showed a little maturity by our kids and showed that we have a little toughness about us.”

On Friday night, Harrison County broke open a close game at halftime and blitzed visiting Nicholas County, 73-32.

Harrison County led just 26-19 at halftime, but put the game to bed in the third quarter, outscoring the Bluejackets, 25-6. Puckett led Harrison County with 20. Thomas had 15.

The night before the win over Nicholas County, Harrison County again showed it was a closer down the stretch, winning over visiting Sayre, 67-51.

In that one, Harrison County outscored the Spartans 38-27 in the second half. Thomas scored 17 to lead the Breds. Case added 14 and Custard had 13.