The Harrison County Thorobreds ran over three opponents last week on the way to improving their season record to 9-6 as they have now won six straight games. Wednesday night the Breds traveled to Maysville to face the Saints of Maysville St. Patrick.
St. Patrick entered the game with a 3-7 record as they, like the Thorobreds, had missed several games due to the weather.
The Saints jumped out to an early lead outscoring the Breds by five in the first period 20-15.
Harrison County’s depth and pressure defense began turning the tide in the second period as the Breds were able to cause St. Patrick to turn the ball over and score some easy baskets.
The second half was a continuation of the second quarter as the Breds came out of the locker with the tough defense and a better shooting eye to stretch the three-point half time lead to a 56-44 lead at the end of the third period.
The Breds continued to add to the lead in the last stanza as the Saints really showed fatigue from battling the Harrison County pressure and the Breds pulled away to a 74-52 victory.
The Thorobreds were led in scoring by junior forward Caleb Ford who had 18 points. Freshman Dillon Pulliam added 12 and sophomore Jordan Stubbs 10 as the Breds had three players in double figures.
Coach Mike Reitz credited his team’s depth for the large margin of victory.
“St. Pat just didn’t have enough players to withstand the constant pressure we were putting on,” he noted. “They were only playing five or six players and we just wore them down.”
Sophomore guard Cory Jodrey led the Saints with 20 points for the night. The Saints fell to 3-8 while the Thorobreds improved to 7-6 for the year.
Friday night the Breds opened the boy/girl doubleheader facing the struggling Nicholas County Bluejackets. Coach Greg Letcher’s charges were in the throws of a 10-game losing streak where they were having difficulty putting the ball in the basket.
Friday night was not the night the streak ended as the Thorobreds kept their winning streak alive and extended the Jackets’ losing run with a 60-33 win.
Harrison County had a five-game winning streak following this game.
Reitz was impressed with the new facility at Nicholas County.
“They have an awesome gym here at Nicholas County, he remarked. They are very fortunate to have a state of the art building to play their games in and probably host some district tournaments.”
The game was never in doubt as the Breds rolled out to a 16-8 lead at the end of the first period and stretched it to 17 by halftime.
Again Harrison County’s defense caused the Jackets multiple turnovers giving the Breds easy scoring opportunities.
Reitz observed, “Nicholas County is young and very inexperienced. They continued to work hard though like Nicholas County always does.”
Reitz played his entire bench so the Breds only had one player in double figures, Ford who had 13. Harrison County won the rebound battle 37-29 and caused 26 turnovers while committing 13.
Junior Jordan Bussell led the Bluejackets with 11 points. Harrison County improved to 8-6 while Nicholas County drops to 1-11.
Saturday afternoon the Breds used a 13-2 margin in the second quarter to run away from the Williamstown Demons by a 71-37 score to extend the winning streak to six games.
Once again the Breds opponent was unable to combat the depth and pressure defense that Harrison County employed.
The Breds scored the first six points of the game and were really never challenged after the early going in this contest.
Williamstown came into the fray with a 1-13 record and left with a 1-14 season mark. Once again Reitz played the entire squad as 17 players saw action with 12 of them scoring.
The scoring included the first varsity points for sophomore Brady Grose and freshman Grant Carr as they begin their Harrison County careers.
Ford led the scoring with 22 points as he was the only Bred in double figures. Pulliam scored nine and sophomore Nathan Hendrix showed some promise netting seven points and grabbing four rebounds during his limited action.
Sophomore center Tyler Wagner had a big day on the boards snatching 12 rebounds as the Breds dominated 48-21 in rebounding.
Senior guard Derrick King led Williamstown scoring with 17 points.
Reitz was pleased with the team’s effort and was looking forward to next week.
“We had a chance to rest players last night and played all of them again this afternoon,” said Reitz. “We will get a better idea of where we are next week when we play Campbell County, Clark County and Bourbon County.”
Harrison County is now 9-6 for the season.
The Breds junior varsity beat the Demons by a 54-22 score in the preliminary.