Fillies, Breds sweep Augusta on Thursday

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By Mike Aldridge

Two games that were thought to be tough battles played out that way for the basketball Fillies, but the Thorobreds had a running clock in their game as the two Harrison County squads swept by Augusta Thursday night in Augusta.  
The Fillies were coming off one of their better performances of the year in Lewis County and they continued where they left off Saturday.  
Madison Philpot and Jordan Doram combined for all 14 of the Fillies’ first quarter points as they rushed out to a 14-8 first-quarter advantage.  
Harrison County also dominated the boards in the first period by a 10-to-three advantage.  
The second period was more of the same as the Fillies caused eight Lady Panther turnovers as they advanced the lead to 29-18 at the half.  
Junior Jerica Kelsch had half of the points for the home team scoring nine.
Augusta was ice cold from the field with the Fillies defense rushing their shots as they hit only six of 23 attempts from the field.  
The Fillies on the other hand were making 14 of 29 shots in the first half.  
Augusta stayed as close as they were by hitting six of 10 from the foul line in the half.  
The one issue for the Harrison County girls was fouls as Doram along with junior starters Whitney Gray and Chelsea Ingram each had at least two fouls in the first half.
The Augusta girls made a comeback in the second half cutting the Fillies lead to eight by the third quarters end.  
Senior Kaitlyn Whiteman came to Kelsch’s aid and the two propelled the Lady Panthers closer to the Fillies.  Harrison County’s shooting went cold and they turned the ball over six times in the third period to help the Lady Panthers’ cause.  
Augusta cut into the lead getting as close as three points with a little more than four minutes to play but the Harrison County girls settled down and pulled out a victory over the Augusta five by a 52-44 margin.  
Kelsch led all scorers in the game with 23 points along with 11 rebounds. Whiteman, who fouled out with one minute to play, added 13 points.  
Harrison County had three players in double figures with Doram leading the way with another double double. The 6-foot-tall senior had 22 points and 11 rebounds for the game.  
Philpot scored a season high 17 points and Ingram fought off her foul trouble to add 10 points.  
Freshman Taylor Reffett was the only other of the Fillies to score as she added three points to go with seven rebounds. The win evened the Fillies record at 7-7 while Augusta dropped to 8-5.
The boys’ game figured to be a real battle as the Thorobreds had beaten the Panthers in Mason County on Dec. 21 by a narrow 75-68 margin and the Augusta boys are tough on their floor.  
Nothing could have been further from the truth, however, as the Breds roared out to a 14-2 lead and never looked back in an 85-42 rout of the Panthers.  
Harrison County’s defense made scoring difficult on Panther star Brent Bach and the frustrated 6-foot-2-inch senior got into foul trouble and had little positive effect for the Augusta team.  
The Thorobreds led by 22-12 at the end of the first period and 42-27 at the half.  
The Panthers, like their female counterparts, could not hit the basket as they were 10 of 43 from the field in the first half and an equally poor five of 12 from the foul line.  
Harrison County in contrast was 17 of 37 from the field and five of nine from the line.  Neither team hit well from the three-point line in the first half.
The Harrison County faithful who made the trip expected a rally from Augusta as the second half began, but there was none to be seen.  
Harrison County pulled away by a bigger margin as the Panthers continued to miss and the Thorobreds shot an even better percentage in the last half.  
Harrison County even started making its three-point attempts so the point spread went to 59-33 at the end of the third period and ended with the final 85-42 verdict.  
The Breds made 16 of 31 second-half attempts including a red hot four of seven from behind the arc.  Harrison County also out-rebounded Augusta by a gaudy 48-29 margin for the night.  
Trenton Thompson and Dillon Pulliam led the scoring for the Thorobreds as each tossed in 21 points.  
Thompson had a night that a young player dreams of as he also pulled down 17 rebounds.  
D.J. Jenkins scored 17 points and Grant Carr put in 11 for four double figures scorers for Harrison County.  
A couple of other notable efforts by the Thorobreds were from junior Austin Short, who came in late and put in seven points, and Landon Palmer, who grabbed five rebounds.  
Bach led the scoring for Augusta with 16 points and sophomore Connor Maddox added 15 for the Panthers who fell to 10-6 with the loss.  
The win improves the Thorobreds to 6-9.