On Saturday night in Covington, the Harrison County Thorobreds found out what it’s like to take on the best team in the state.
Top-ranked Holmes (16-1) had little trouble taking care of the Thorobreds, jumping to an early lead and cruising to a 63-42 win.
“In all reality, Holmes took it easy on us,” said HCHS Head Coach Mike Reitz. “This one could have been a 90-30 game or something like that.”
Weeks before heading to Holmes, Reitz was touting the Bulldogs as perhaps the top team in the state. After the game on Saturday, he saw nothing to change his mind.
“They have great athletes, great size, great quickness and they are extremely well coached,” said Reitz. “That’s a tough combination to deal with.”
Homes scored the first seven points of the game before Harrison County got on the scoreboard.
The Bulldogs’ 6-foot-6 junior center, Elijah Pittman had his way inside against the Breds in the first quarter. Pittman worked his magic around the basket for nine first quarter points and the Bulldogs took an 18-6 lead.
The second quarter was more of the same for Holmes as they extended their lead to 36-13 at halftime.
In the third quarter, Holmes led 45-15 when coach David Henley called off the dogs…pun intended. From that point forward, Harrison County outscored the hosts, 27-18, albeit, predominately against Holmes’ JV squad.
“We’ve seen almost all the best teams in the 10th Region and Holmes is head and shoulders better than them,” said Reitz.
Ryan Puckett led Harrison County in scoring with 14 points, all of the them coming in the second half and 11 coming in the fourth quarter. Fonze Custard chipped in with 10 points for the Breds, while Eric Case had eight.
Harrison County stays on the road this weekend as they square off against Madison Southern on Saturday at the Colt Classic at West Jessamine High School. Tip-off for the Breds game against Madison Southern is set for 3 p.m.
Harrison County has two more road games next week before returning to the Hilltop to finish the season with six of its last seven at home.
Next Tuesday the Breds play on the road at Woodford County and then travel to Falmouth on Friday to take on Pendleton County in a boy/girl double-header. In that one, the Thorobreds are slated to play the second game.