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Breds split scrimmages, prepared to battle St. Pat

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By Mike Aldridge

The Harrison County Thorobreds played two scrimmages last week in preparation for Wednesday’s opener at Maysville St. Patrick’s tiny gymnasium.  
The Warriors of Pulaski Southwestern visited the Hilltop last Tuesday night for the first scrimmage and the Breds traveled to Grant County on Saturday and played the Braves.
The Tuesday scrimmage featured last year’s state semi finalists in the Warriors and while they graduated four seniors, they still look formidable.
Led by powerful point guard David Kapinga, Southwestern won the first four of six “quarters” of the scrimmage 68 to 48 with the Breds winning one of the four quarters.
Of course, in a scrimmage, gaining experience and the coach having a chance to see different combinations is the focus rather than the score, but there has to be some sort of measuring stick.  
The score in the scrimmage was erased after each quarter as both first-year Harrison County coach, Larry Kendall, and veteran Southwestern mentor, Steve Wright, played different combinations in each period looking for answers.
The Thorobreds started slowly but Kendall inserted Grant Carr and Tyler Wagner and the Breds pulled within three points at 18-15 by the end of the first period.  The second group was unable to contain the Warriors, especially Kapinga and Justin Edwards, and the visitors won by a 26-13 count in the second period.  
The second half saw the Breds struggle from the field at first but the defense did pick up led by Scott Kendall on Kapinga.  Harrison County lost the third period 15-5, but came back to take the fourth 15-9.
The Grant County scrimmage saw the Breds win by a 79-74 score in a contest that allowed no one to be disqualified by five fouls.  
Therefore, the Breds took 50 free throws for the game which in some instances became a ridiculous fouling situation.
Some bright notes for the Breds were their ability to get out for some easy lay ups and above the 50 percent field goal percentage from the two-point area.  
The Breds were 33 of 50 from the free throw stripe for a fair percent early in the season, but were only 25 percent from the three-point line in 16 attempts.  
“Overall, I was pleased,” stated Coach Kendall.  “Obviously we have some things to work on but I liked the way we got out with the ball for the second scrimmage and our hustle.”
Sophomore Trenton Thompson led the Breds with 14 points followed by junior Dillon Pulliam with 13 and senior Elijah Gross with 10.  Seniors Jordan Martin, Tyler Wagner and Gross led the rebounding for the Breds while Martin led in assists.
Harrison County’s opening opponent has a veteran line up of five seniors and four juniors returning to a St. Patrick’s squad that was 15-13 last year.  
Wednesday will be the Breds’ opener, but will be the second game for St. Patrick’s as they face Paris Tuesday.
Harrison County’s home schedule opens with St. Henry on Friday. The Crusaders were 12-14 last year and also return a veteran lineup of seniors and juniors. They are picked 8th in the 9th Region in the preseason poll.