The Larry Kendall era started with a bang last Wednesday night in Maysville and continued Friday night on the Hilltop with two big wins for the Thorobreds.
The Breds started a little slow on Wednesday night as the size of the gym and the excitement of the new season caused some missed shots and turnovers.
The St. Patrick’s squad who was playing for the second time in 2012-13, having beaten Paris on Tuesday, was a little more relaxed.
The score was tied at 11 each at the end of the first quarter.
The second quarter began with the Breds pressing full court and the Saints being taken completely out of their game as they either turned the ball over or forced some bad shots to try and relieve the pressure.
The Breds outscored St. Patrick’s by a 22-4 margin in the second quarter to take a commanding 33-15 lead into the dressing room at the half.
The full court pressure continued in the third stanza and the Breds took advantage again out-scoring the home team by a 24-13 margin to take a 57-28 lead into the fourth period.
Although they continued to press, the Breds coaching staff substituted freely to give all 15 players who dressed an opportunity on the hardwood.
The final score of 71-42 really wasn’t indicative of the vast superiority that Harrison County held over St. Patrick’s.
The Thorobreds did not shoot particularly well, in fact shot only 38 percent for the game including 13 percent from behind the three point arc.
The Breds did shoot their free throws well hitting on 15 of 20 for 75 percent.
The Breds committed 21 turnovers in the game but forced 31 for the Saints.
Junior Dillon Pulliam led Harrison County in scoring with 15 points followed by senior Tyler Wagner, who had 13 along with seven rebounds and eight blocked shots.
Senior guard Scott Kendall was the only other Bred in double figures with 10. Senior guard Cory Jodrey led St. Patrick’s with 20.
The Harrison County junior varsity began the season with a hard-fought 39-27 win as freshman Zack Pulliam led the way with 11.
The Friday night home opener with St. Henry was an exciting up-and-down-the-floor game from the tip as the now 0-3 Crusaders were willing to run the floor with the deep, talented Thorobreds.
St. Henry was coming off a close seven-point defeat at the hands of Bishop Brossart and was considered to be a very competitive team.
At some point, St. Henry may be a competitive team but it wasn’t on Friday as the Breds came out red hot and pressing full court to win the game going away 88-61.
Harrison County jumped out to a 25-17 lead in the first quarter as they were hitting on all cylinders from the beginning of the game.
The full-court pressure and fast-paced offense put the Crusaders at a disadvantage even after point guard Kendall picked up an early second personal foul.
Grant Carr came in and made a couple of quick steals that led to easy baskets and the Breds were up by a commanding 51 to 29 half time score.
During the first half Coach Kendall used his bench to the team’s advantage as he substituted for fresh legs and kept the St. Henry squad playing faster than they wanted to play.
The second quarter also saw the return of the hot shooting three point trio of seniors Jordan Martin and Jordan Stubbs along with junior Dillon Pulliam.
The combination of good rebounding, a pressing defense and hot shooting had the Crusaders in a real hole at the end of the first half.
The Crusaders continued to battle in the third quarter against what appeared to be a hopeless situation.
They were able to cut into what was at one time a 30-point deficit at one point shaving the lead to 15 points. But the Breds, after being outscored by three points in the third quarter, added eight more to the margin in the fourth for the final 88-61 win.
For the game, the Harrison County squad hit on 30 of 63 overall and a sparkling 12 of 22 from behind the three point line for a 47 percent performance from the field.
The foul shooting fell off a little as Harrison County was 16 of 26 for 61 percent.
St. Henry hit on 26 of 61 overall but only 2 of 13 from the three point line.
The Crusaders only had 13 chances at the foul line making seven.
Harrison County out rebounded St. Henry by a 30-21 margin but committed 16 turnovers to St. Henry’s 13. One of the big factors in the game was steals as the Breds swiped the ball 10 times while St. Henry grabbed six.
The leading scorer for the night was junior Jordan Noble of St. Henry with 20 points. His teammates, junior Nick Rechtin and senior Darius Meiman each had 10.
The Thorobreds were led by junior Dillon Pulliam with 19 points followed by seniors Jordan Stubbs with 18, Tyler Wagner with 15 and Scott Kendall with 10 points.
Fellow seniors Elijah Gross and Jordan Martin had nine points each to barely miss being in double figures. Wagner led the rebounding for the game with eight. Kendall and Carr each had five assists.
Harrison County’s junior varsity rolled to a big win over St. Henry by a 56-36 score. Zach Pulliam led the scoring with 20 points.