Fillies, Thorobreds advance in district play Monday

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By Mike Aldridge

The Harrison County Fillies and Thorobreds advanced to the championship games of the 38th District Monday night as they each won easily over Nicholas County.  
The Fillies jumped out to a 10-0 lead and were never threatened as the Ladyjackets were ice cold from the field and could not prevent the Fillies from scoring.
Nicholas County managed only 10 points for the half as they made only three of 17 attempts from the field.  
Although the Fillies were whistled for 10 fouls to three for the Ladyjackets, the Nicholas County girls made only four of nine from the line to negate the advantage.  
The halftime score was 36-10 as the Fillies dominated in all facets of the game.
The second half was no better for Nicholas County as the lead multiplied to 37 points at the end of the third period 54-17. This would equal the biggest lead of the game as both teams substituted freely in the last quarter leading to some ragged play.  
Harrison County’s shooting eye was in focus Monday as they hit 67 percent from the field on 30 of 45 attempts.  They also nearly doubled the Nicholas County rebounding total grabbing 37 caroms to 21 for the Ladyjackets.  
Jordan Doram led the way with her 18th double-double of the season. The freshman center grabbed 11 rebounds to go along with her game leading 24 points.  
Senior Pam Custard led a balanced attack for the rest of the Fillies as she added 10 points and seven boards.  Juniors Mariah Nichols and Kelsey Cummins each scored eight points and senior Tiffany Snider and sophomore reserve Morgan Florence each chipped in with seven points.  
Sophomore Reesa Martin was the only Nicholas County player in double figures as she scored 13 of her teams 28 points.  
The 68-28 victory advances the Fillies to Thursday night’s championship game where they will face Pendleton County who defeated Deming in Tuesday’s semi final action.  
Nicholas County ends the season with a 6-16 record.
The Breds had a little tougher go of it at the start as Nicholas County came out and executed their game plan very well and took the early lead.  
The game seesawed back and forth through most of the first period before the Breds took an 11-9 lead late in the quarter and never trailed from that point.  
In fact, through the end of the first through the midway point of the second stanza, the Breds scored 19 straight to put the game away.  
During this time, seven Thorobreds scored and this balanced attack gave the Jackets more than they could handle.  
The third quarter was when the game became a runaway as Harrison County outscored Nicholas County by 25-13 to stretch the lead at the end of the period to 30 points at 61-31.  
Everyone from both rosters played in the fourth period and the Breds ended with a 70-43 win over the neighboring Bluejackets.  
Coach Mike Reitz was proud of his team’s effort yet cautious about games to come.  
“I knew that Nicholas County would come out ready to play. Greg Letcher is too good of a coach for that not to happen,” said the veteran Reitz. “This Nicholas County team is young and if they know what’s best, Letcher will be the coach over there. He knows what he is doing.”  
Caleb Ford and Nick Slucher, the junior duo, led the scoring with 12 and 10 points respectively.  
The Breds, like the Fillies, had a very balanced attack with sophomore Jordan Stubbs hitting for eight, fellow sophomore Tyler Wagner scoring seven, and three players, including Walker Hill off the bench, scored six points.  Wagner led the Breds with seven rebounds.  
The Bluejackets did not have a scorer in double figures as two players, sophomore Zack Howard and freshman Dalton Pope each scored eight points.  Freshman Ben Duncan added four points for Nicholas County.  Nicholas County ends the season with a 2-21 record while the Thorobreds advance to Friday’s final with a 15-14 mark.
The Breds will face Pendleton County a 49-37 winner over Deming in Tuesday night’s semi final.