The Harrison County Thorobreds played some of their better basketball of the young season as they lost a tight game on Friday to Covington Holmes and then won a cliff hanger on Saturday with Russell.
Friday saw the Breds lose to the host school, Holmes, 82-73, after a hard-fought game that saw Harrison County give one of the state’s top teams all they wanted for the contest.
The Breds took an early lead in the game and led late into the first period before Holmes went on an 11-point run to take a 16-10 lead to a 16-21 deficit.
The game was a fast-paced, up-and-down-the-floor affair with both teams committing multiple turnovers in the first half.
In this opening period, Holmes’ leading scorer for the night, sophomore guard James Bolden scored nine points on a variety of driving shots, pull up jumpers and a three pointer.
The Bulldogs led 17-16 at the end of the first stanza.
Coach Larry Kendall inserted Grant Carr into the line up in the second period and the 6-foot-1 junior stymied Bolden for the time being.
Unfortunately, junior Daequan Glover, who was averaging two points per game in Holmes’ first 10 contests, fired in seven of his game total 18 in the second period to help Holmes to a 37-33 halftime lead.
Carr and senior guard Scott Kendall pitched in seven and eight points to pace the Breds in the second period.
The Breds cut into the Holmes lead in the third quarter led by resurgent play of junior Dillon Pulliam.
The 6-foot-2 junior had been held to four in the first half spending several pine minutes but he came out hot in the second half.
Pulliam scored eight of the Breds” 15 third quarter points as the visitors trailed only by 50-48 going into the last period.
While the Breds were gaining in the third quarter, point guard Kendall picked up his third foul and Carr picked up his third which left Harrison County in a defensive jam guarding the quick cat Bolden and fellow guard, senior Quan Palmer.
Starting the fourth period with Carr on the bench, Kendall was forced to stay with Bolden and Palmer who scored six quick points to open the lead quickly to 10 points at 62-52.
The Breds trailed by as many as 12 points in the last period before they rallied to cut the lead to six with less than a minute to play.
At this point the Bulldogs made eight of nine free throws to put the game in their win column.
Holmes improved to 11-0 with the win while the Breds fell to 5-3.
Pulliam led the Thorobreds with 25 points with Kendall scoring 12.
Bolden had 23 for Holmes with Glover scoring 18, Chris Englemon 13 and Palmer 11. Harrison County was out rebounded by 32 to 23 and committed 32 turnovers to 22 for the Bulldogs.
Saturday evening the Russell Red Devils brought an 8-2 record into the game with the 5-3 Thorobreds.
The Devils of the 16th Region had their hat handed to them on Friday as Scott High’s Eagles ran them out of Holmes’ gym 81-52.
The Breds expected a good battle as a good team doesn’t take kindly to that kind of treatment.
Harrison County got the battle that they were expecting but not before they put on a scoring clinic in the first half.
The hot-shooting Thorobreds scored 28 points in the first period and 32 in the second to take a 60-42 lead into the locker room at the intermission.
“I messed up at halftime,” admitted Coach Larry Kendall. “I told the players that we couldn’t shoot that well in the second half and to be more selective in their shots. They froze up and we made only 18 for the second half.”
The Red Devils cut into the lead trimming 12 points off the lead by the end of the third period. The Breds were not hitting and having a few turnovers to boot and the Russell squad saw blood in the water.
But Harrison County righted the ship just enough to come away with a 78-76 win and a 6-3 record heading into the Lake Cumberland Holiday Classic in Somerset on Thursday.
The Breds play 7-6 Louisville Southern at 6 p.m. Thursday and then depending on that outcome will play either Somerset (7-2) or Danville (3-5). Other teams in the upper bracket of the tournament are Southwestern Pulaski (9-2), East Jessamine (10-3), Mayfield (5-5) and Louisville Manual (6-4).
Senior center Tyler Wagner was the leading scorer along with Pulliam on Saturday. Each player had 16 points while Scott Kendall had 15 and Jordan Martin 11 with a team high six rebounds.
Senior Kyle Scaggs had one half of Russell’s points as he scored 38 points on 16 of 27 attempts.
Junior Johnny McGuire added 14 with a game high total of seven rebounds.
Holmes was the winner of the Stop DWI Classic as they edged Scott High 74-69 Saturday night.