The Harrison County Thorobreds were playing their best basketball of the season at just the right time as they won their fifth straight game Friday over the Montgomery County Indians.
In a thrilling game played on the Indians’ floor in Mt. Sterling, the Thorobreds battled the favored home team in a game that saw six ties and 11 lead changes.
Harrison County led 9-2 at the start as they jumped out on the cold shooting Indians on the Montgomery County Senior Night.
The Indians made only one of their first 13 attempts from the field as the Breds rolled out to a 20-6 lead midway through the second quarter.
Montgomery County did find the range toward the end of the half to cut the lead to 22-13 at the end of the opening two quarters.
After an opening exchange of baskets in the third period, Montgomery County scored 16 straight points to take what was a 10-point deficit to a 31-25 lead half way through the third period. From this point until the game’s end, the two teams exchanged the lead 10 times.
With less than a minute to play in the fourth period with the Breds trailing by three points, sophomore Dillon Pulliam buried a three pointer to tie the score at 52.
Senior guard Jake Handshoe of Montgomery County was fouled on a layup with 20 seconds left but made only one of his two free shots.
The Thorobreds pulled down the shot and junior guard Scott Kendall drove the left side of the floor past his defender to score the game winner with six seconds left in the game.
Kendall’s left handed layup gave the Breds the 54-53 lead and a Omar Prewitt shot at the buzzer misfired giving Harrison County the third straight regular season win over the Indians.
For the game, Pulliam led all scorers with 20 points with senior Caleb Ford also in double figures with 16.
Prewitt led Montgomery County with 15. The Indians closed out the regular season with a 21-9 record.