The Scott High Eagles made a four-point half time lead a 14-point lead at the end of three quarters and went on to defeat the Harrison County Thorobreds, 70-54 Tuesday night in Cynthiana.
The Breds’ inexperience reared its ugly head again in the third period as nine costly turnovers in the stanza helped limit the Breds to only seven points while the Eagles hit for 17.
“We played hard,” noted Coach Mike Reitz. “We have to learn to value each possession more and make better passes. This will come with time.”
Scott High jumped out to an early lead on senior Cameron Haynes’ basket and a three by fellow senior Ryan Stivers.
The Breds fought back though and took one of four leads they would hold in the game with about two minutes left in the opening period at 16-14. Scott High tied the score at 16, but with a minute and a half to play in the quarter, Nick Slucher’s three gave the Breds their biggest margin 19-16.
The Eagles came back to grab a one-point lead at the first stop 19-20.
The Breds scored first in the second quarter on a Caleb Ford basket to regain the lead, but a Haynes’ three gave Scott the advantage again the next trip down the floor.
Sophomore Jordan Stubbs hit a three to give the Breds their last lead at 24-23 with two minutes gone in the period. Scott then scored six straight to take a lead they would never relinquish.
The lead fluctuated between three and five points for the rest of the stanza with the Breds going to half with a four-point deficit.
Scott High scored the first seven points of the second half and they were never threatened afterwards as the Breds managed only seven points for the period.
Harrison County did not give up, but could only get the lead down to eight points in the fourth quarter as the turnover bug continued to bite.
“We played a team with three good seniors and a lot of experience tonight,” he admitted. “They were not happy about how close we were at the half and came out and applied some extra pressure to start the second half. They knew they were in a game though and I am proud of the team for their effort.”
There were some bright spots for the young Breds.
Junior Caleb Ford led the scoring with 12 points and seven rebounds. Sophomore Eli Gross played an exceptional game around the basket and finished with 11 points and six boards.
Dillon Pulliam and Tyler Wagner each contributed seven points in the Harrison County effort. J.D. Kuntz was a work horse on the boards grabbing seven caroms on the night.
The Eagles had four players in double figures led by Haynes with 18. Fellow seniors Kellen Smith, Ryan Stivers and Phil Roberts totaled 34 points for the evening. Smith led the Eagle rebounding with nine for the night.
The Thorobreds out-rebounded the Eagles 29 to 25, but committed 28 turnovers to Scott High’s 20.
Scott High improves to 2-0 in the young season while Harrison County falls to 0-2. The Thorobreds next scheduled action takes place next Tuesday as they travel to Mount Olivet to face the Deming Black Devils.
Deming is currently 3-0 and will face Bracken County before the Breds visit on Tuesday.
The doubleheader scheduled for this Friday at Nicholas County has been moved to Thursday, Dec. 16, due to the new Nicholas County gym not being ready.
The Harrison County junior varsity also suffered its second defeat of the year, 50-35, to the Eagles. Todd Vaughn led the junior varsity with nine points.