Thorobreds lose tough opener at Oldham County in overtime

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By Mike Aldridge

The Harrison County Thorobreds lost their opening game for the 2013-14 season Monday night in Buckner to the Oldham County Colonels 87-85 in overtime.  
The visiting Thorobreds seemed to have the game in control early as they jumped out to a 20-10 lead behind juniors Trent Thompson and D.J. Jenkins before the Colonels rallied to cut the lead to 21-15 at the first stop.
The second quarter saw the Thorobreds continue to lead taking advantage of hot shooting from the field.  
Reserve guard Hayden Hawes kept the Colonels in the game scoring nine points in the stanza as the Breds led 40-30 at the half.  
Harrison County was 14-24 from the field in the first half, while Oldham County was making only 12 of 32 and a miserable three of 10 free throws.  
The third quarter began as the first half had ended with the Thorobreds stretching the lead to 48-34 early in the period.  
Oldham County turned up the defensive pressure at that point forcing turnovers and poor shot selection by the Thorobreds.  
With Jenkins on the bench with foul trouble, the Colonels went on a 17-1 lead over the next four minutes to take a 51-49 lead.  
Junior guard Grant Carr and sophomore forward Zack Pulliam combined for 16 points in the third period to right the ship a little as the Breds took a 65-59 lead into the final period.  
Though it seemed that Harrison County may have victory within its grasp, Oldham County’s junior guard Conner Hicks had other plans for the night.  
He continually found holes in the Thorobreds’ defense scoring 24 of his game high 29 points after halftime and 15 in the fourth quarter and overtime.  
The Colonels continued to hawk the ball defensively in the final period and using Hicks’ scoring as impetus, tied the game 71-71 late in the final period of regulation.  
The two teams exchanged baskets and with 26 seconds left the Thorobreds called time out to set up the last shot.  
The best the Breds could do was an off-balanced prayer from three-point land by senior Dillon Pulliam that was off the mark sending the game into overtime.  
In the overtime, the Breds forged ahead by 84-79 with just over two minutes to play but Oldham County again turned up the pressure causing bad shots and turnovers to pull away for the 87-85 win.  
Harrison County still had the last chance, in fact two last chances, but a bad pass with five seconds to go squandered the better of the two and after an unusual Colonel turnover missed the last shot with just over a second to play.  
Trent Thompson led in scoring with 19 points with Zack Pulliam next with 16. Jenkins with 15 and Dillon Pulliam with 10 were also in double figures.
Thompson and Zack Pulliam each recorded double doubles as Thompson grabbed 13 rebounds and Pulliam 11.  
Harrison County won the rebound battle 48-33 but also won the turnover prize making 25 to Oldham County’s 11.  
Harrison County was also a regrettable 23-38 from the charity stripe not taking advantage of the 14 of 31 put up by Oldham County.
“We played extremely hard against a good out-of-region team,” said Coach Larry Kendall. “We had our chance to win but there are two halves in a game and we only played smart one of them. Way too many turnovers and missed free throws to win a road game.”
The Breds will be on the road again Friday as they play the second part of the girl/boy doubleheader at Nicholas County beginning around 7:30 p.m.