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Breds romp past Frankfort in Homecoming tilt

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By Lee Kendall

The Harrison County Thorobreds played strong defensively and pulled away in the fourth quarter to make for a happy Homecoming night on Tuesday, defeating the visiting Frankfort Panthers, 61-42.

Harrison County took the lead early and led by as many as 14 points in the first half, but could never quite put the Panthers away. In the second half, Harrison County expanded its lead to 18 points in the third quarter, but allowed the Panthers to pull to within nine.

Harrison County put the clamps on Frankfort in the fourth quarter, holding them to just eight points.

The Breds got 18 points and 10 rebounds from Malcolm Thomas and 17 points from Eric Case.

On Saturday night, Harrison County dropped a tough one-point loss to Bell County, 58-57, in the final game of the four-game Sweetheart Classic on the Hilltop.

The Breds fought back from an 18-9 first quarter deficit and actually led by seven points with three minutes left in the game, but couldn’t hold on for the victory.

Fonze Custard led the Breds with 14, John Michael Reitz had 13 and Ryan Puckett finished with 12.

On Friday night, Harrison County played 10th Region favorite Mason County well for the second time this season, but for the second time, dropped an eight-point decision.

The Breds trailed by two points with just more than a minute left in the first half, but gave up a pair of three-pointers and trailed 35-26 at halftime.

Harrison County fought back in the third quarter and outscored the Royals 16-3 to take a 42-38 lead into the fourth period. The Breds hit the skids in the first four minutes of the period, however, as the Royals stormed back to take control of the game, winning 60-52.

Custard led the Breds with 15, Thomas had 12 and Puckett had 10.

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The Harrison County Fillies notched their eighth win of the year last week, defeating visiting Nicholas County on Wednesday, 47-40.

After a slow start, the Fillies got going in the second quarter and led the Lady Jackets 24-21 at halftime. Charley Hatfield had nine points in the quarter, and 13 in the first half to pace the Fillies.

In the third quarter, Harrison County once again had trouble scoring as Nicholas County led 31-30 going to the fourth quarter.

Kaitlyn Johnson and Lorraine Dennie both hit clutch free throws down the stretch as the Fillies pulled away late to earn the victory.

Hatfield led the Fillies with 20, and Brittany Murphy finished with 10.

On Saturday night, another slow start plagued the Fillies as they fell behind Scott High School 19-8 after one period.

Harrison County pecked away at the lead and were within 58-54 late in the game, but could get no closer as the Eagles won, 63-56.

Hatfield had another solid game for the Fillies with 24. Murphy finished with 11, Johnson had eight, Dennie chipped in with seven and Tiffany Snider had six.

On Monday night, Harrison County ran into a buzz-saw and was thrashed by home-standing Highlands, 87-37.

Harrison County led 5-2 early in the first quarter, but saw the bottom drop out from there on out.

Harrison County had no player register double figures, but was able to give several younger players valuable minutes against the top-ranked team in the ninth region and a top 10 team, state-wide.

Emily Little scored her first career points, including a three-pointer. She had five points on the night.