Two games in two days could not have been more different.
Friday night the Thorobreds traveled to Paris and hammered the Bourbon County Colonels, 83-47, in a game where Harrison County could name the score and actually took it easy on the host team.
All that the Colonels could claim in a positive manner from the game was that Charles Johnson was the game’s leading scorer with 25 points.
After Johnson, the next high man for Bourbon County was sophomore Von Harris with five.
The Breds had three men in double figures, led by senior center, Tyler Wagner, who had 16 points with fellow senior Jordan Stubbs next with 13 and sophomore DJ Hicks adding 11.
In total 15 Harrison County players got into the game and 12 of them scored.
Wagner had 10 points and six rebounds in the first period as the Thorobreds pulled away to a 26-9 advantage by the stanza’s end.
By halftime the lead had been expanded to 50-20 with Harrison County playing a multitude of lineups and trying some different offensive sets.
“We were aware of the difficulty that the coaching staff has been having at Bourbon County and rather than run the score up we tried to get people into the game,” said Coach Larry Kendall. “We also wanted to run some new offensive sets but didn’t get much of a chance with the continuous clock starting in the third period.”
The Breds had a 45-point lead at the third quarter’s end and the running clock mercifully got the game over quickly.
Wagner was also the rebounding leader for the Breds as he grabbed eight rebounds.
Harrison County dominated the game with a 42-27 rebounding edge and a much better shooting percentage than Bourbon County, including a 67 percent to 33 percent advantage from the charity stripe.
The loss dropped Bourbon County to a 4-13 record including eight losses in their last nine games.
The Breds improved to 13-5 with the win.
Saturday’s Martin Luther King Classic at George Rogers Clark was an old-fashioned barn burner for Harrison County and the South Laurel Cardinals.
The 12th Region Cardinals are just getting healthy and were a much better team than their 7-10 record indicated at game time.
Harrison County jumped out to an 18-7 lead midway through the first quarter and appeared ready to make short work of the South Laurel quintet.
That was not to be the case as, after senior guard Scott Kendall picked up his second foul and went to the bench and Coach Larry Kendall made a mass substitution, the underdogs roared back with 15 straight points to take an 22-18 lead at the end of the period.
The Harrison County team seemed to get tentative in the second period and, behind some timely three point shooting, the Cardinals rolled out to a 40-28 halftime lead.
South Laurel continued to increase the lead in the early stages of the third quarter until they led by 19 at 54-35 with just over three minutes to play in that period.
The Breds then went on a scoring run scoring the last nine points of the quarter for a 57-51 Cardinal lead going into the last segment of regulation.
Harrison County outscored the Cardinals early in the fourth to tie the game at 57 each and then take a 58-57 lead with two minutes left.
South Laurel rallied behind some key play by senior Zack Jones to take a 61-58 lead before a last second three point shot by Stubbs put the game into overtime.
Each team scored only two points in the first overtime and the 63-all tie forced a second extra period.
Harrison County sprinted out to a six-point lead in the second overtime but again the Cardinals fought. A stray shot at the buzzer was off to the right by senior Blake Sanders and the Breds escaped 71-70.
Wagner again had a big game for Harrison County. He was the second leading scorer with 16 points and the leading rebounder for the Breds with 12 boards. Stubbs was the scoring leader for Harrison County with 19 points including the big three to send the game into overtime and a big three point play on a rebound basket in the second overtime.
Scott Kendall, whose second half play was instrumental in Harrison County’s rally, was also in double figures with 14 points. The 6-foot-4 sophomore, Zac Baxter, led South Laurel (7-11) with 21 points and five rebounds.
As a team Harrison County again dominated the boards with a 43-25 margin.
Free throw shooting was an issue for the Thorobreds as they were a paltry 14 of 30 for 47 percent.
The win improved the Harrison County record to 14-5 with a Tuesday date with 11th Region power Woodford County (11-9) on the Hilltop. The Breds then travel Wednesday to Campbell County to make up a snowed out game with the Camels (7-11).
Friday night the Breds take on Pendleton County (11-9) in Falmouth as part of the boy/girl doubleheader.