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Henry Clay bedevils Breds with deep, quick lineup

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By Mike Aldridge

The Harrison County Thorobreds fell to 9-11 on the season Tuesday night as they dropped a fast-paced game 70-54 on the Hilltop.  
The Thorobreds were playing without senior forward Dillon Pulliam who sprained his ankle in a shoot around earlier in the day.  
Pulliam, according to Coach Larry Kendall, will miss Wednesday’s game at Woodford County and could even miss the Friday homecoming battle with Pendleton County.  
“Dillon’s absence caused our rotation to be off tonight especially in the ball-handling department,” noted Kendall.  “We had to move Zack (Pulliam) up to start which had people in unfamiliar spots.”
Harrison County battled the Blue Devils evenly for the first part of the game, matching scores with the 11th Region foe at 14 points each through the first four minutes.  
The Blue Devils then went on a 13-point run to make the score 27-15 early in the second stanza.  
Harrison County battled back but Henry Clay took a 14-point lead into the halftime break at 42-28.  
The halftime stats had the Breds just a few under in rebounds at 16 to 12 and with only five turnovers to Henry Clay’s three. Neither team was hitting their foul shots as the Breds were five of 11 at the half while Henry Clay was five of 10.
Harrison County battled back in the early minutes of the third period with junior guard D.J. Jenkins scoring seven points at the start of the period. The Thorobreds cut the Henry Clay lead back to single digits, but the highly rated Lexington five pushed the score back to 52-37 to end the quarter.  
Harrison County continued its fight in the fourth quarter, but senior Jordan Green was too much for the Breds. Green and his sidekick, junior Jeremiah Tisdale, combined for 12 points in the final period to hold the Thorobreds at bay and send the Henry Clay squad home with a 70-54 win.  
Coach Daniel Brown’s Blue Devils improved their season record to 12-8 with the victory.  
Green was the leading scorer for the game as he poured in 22 points to go along with seven rebounds.  
Tisdale had 17 points and eight rebounds while junior Colby Barnes also grabbed seven rebounds for the game.  
Henry Clay out-rebounded the Thorobreds by a 31-to-25 margin for the night.  
Jenkins and fellow junior Trenton Thompson each scored 18 points to lead the Thorobreds. Thompson also garnered 11 rebounds for a double double.  
Free throw shooting was an issue for the Thorobreds as they were only eight for 17 on the night while Henry Clay was 14 of 20.  
The preliminary games saw Harrison County’s freshman team edge Henry Clay, 35-32, and the junior varsity Breds fall to Henry Clay, 44-35.  
The Breds travel to Woodford County (11-10) Wednesday night to do battle with the Yellowjackets and their star guard Eli Boggess.   
Harrison County returns to the Hilltop on Friday to host the Pendleton County Wildcats (6-12) in a homecoming tilt at 7:30 p.m.