Breds rip Cougars, 84-35, Tuesday night in Covington

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By Mike Aldridge

The Harrison County Thorobreds improved to 4-1 on the season as they roared past a short-handed Calvary Christian Cougar squad, 84-35, in Covington Tuesday.  
Calvary Christian was playing without two starters who were suspended for reasons not disclosed following Monday night’s first win of the season over Silver Grove.  
The loss left the Cougars with a 1-5 record for the season.
The Breds were never threatened in this contest as they rushed out to a 20-6 first quarter lead though they did not use their full court press, which has been a big factor in the other victories.  
The Thorobreds used their superior size and quickness to force 10 turnovers in the first quarter as they established the tempo of the game.   
Coach Larry Kendall substituted liberally throughout the game as all of his players who were dressed had a chance to show what they could do.  
“I wanted to try several combinations tonight after we established a good lead,” Kendall commented. “We got out on them early which allowed us to work on some things that we haven’t used in games yet.”
The second quarter saw the Breds out-score the Cougars by 11 and stretch the half time lead to 25 points.  
The third quarter saw an even bigger lead as Calvary Christian scored only two points in the period to 25 for Harrison County.  
The new running clock rule took effect in the third period with about three minutes to play and ran through the last stanza.  
The game mercifully ended with the Breds up by the final 84-35 margin.  
Nick Whitt, a senior, led the Cougars and all scorers with 21 points and five rebounds.  He was the only Cougar in double figures.     
Junior Dillon Pulliam scored 18 to lead the Thorobreds followed by Scott Kendall with 15.
Tyler Wagner grabbed eight of the team total 36 rebounds to lead in that category.  
Senior Jordan Martin had an all around game with nine points, a team leading four assists and four rebounds.
The Harrison County junior varsity, led by Mason Ritchie’s 14 points, defeated the Calvary Christian junior varsity 72-21.  
The Breds will next play Friday night as they host the senior-laden Covington Holy Cross Indians. Holy Cross features 6-foot-9 Antonio Campbell who has signed with Ohio University and the very talented guard Christian McClendon as their team leaders.