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BOYS' & GIRLS' PREP BASKETBALL ROUNDUP: Central Hardin playing for title in Tennessee (12/22)

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By The Staff

 

The News-Enterprise A big game from J.R. Glover put the Central Hardin High School boys’ basketball team into position tonight to leave Tennessee with a trophy. A senior guard, Glover hit all four of his 3-point attempts on his way to a career-high 22 points as Central Hardin topped tournament host Gatlinburg-Pittman, 74-55 late Saturday night in the Smoky Mountain Classic. The win puts Central Hardin into tonight’s championship game at 8:30 against Hendersonville Beech, Tenn. Senior guard Daniel Linder added 17 points, four rebounds and four assists for the Bruins (5-1), while senior center Spencer Edwards had 11 points, four rebounds and three steals and junior forward Nolan Todd had 11 points and three steals. CENTRAL HARDIN 74,

GATLINBURG-PITTMAN 55 Central Hardin     10     19     22    23—74 G’burg-Pittman     12     16      6    21—55 Central Hardin (5-1) J.R. Glover 22, Daniel Linder 17, Spencer Edwards 11, Nolan Todd 11, Tyler Thompson 6, Jerome Harmon 3, Matt Nichols 2, Taylor Wilson 2. FG: 21-39. FT: 22-36. 3-pointers: 8-16 (Todd 3-6, Linder 1-5, Glover 4-4, Harmon 0-1, Thompson 0-1). Rebs: 24 (Edwards 4, Harmon 4, Linder 4). Assists: 16 (Glover 5, Linder 4, Thompson 3). Steals: 15 (Thompson 5, Edwards 3, Todd 3). Blocks: 1 (Harmon 1). UP NEXT: Central Hardin plays Hendersonville (Tenn.) Beech at 8:30 tonight in the championship game of the Smoky Mountain Classic in Gatlinburg, Tenn. SUNDAY’S GIRLS’ GAME CENTRAL HARDIN 52, HOPKINS COUNTY CENTRAL 26. Sophomore forward Kristina Krupinski pulled down a career-high 18 rebounds and senior center Kaitie Fritts recorded another double-double as the Lady Bruins (6-2) cruised by the host Lady Storm (1-6) in their third game of the four-team round-robin Hopkins County Central Holiday Classic. Central Hardin meets Hopkinsville (3-4) for the championship at 11:30 this morning. Fritts had 11 rebounds and scored a team-high 17 points. Senior guard Christian Harper added 10 points, six assists and three steals, while senior forward Elena Hitch had six points, five steals and four assists. CENTRAL HARDIN 52,

HOPKINS COUNTY CENTRAL 26 Central Hardin     12     13     19      8—52 Hopkins Central     3      9      5      9—26 Central Hardin (6-2) Kaitie Fritts 17, Christian Harper 10, Alanna Stanton 7, Elena Hitch 6, Kristina Krupinski 5, Abbi Goedde 4, Holly Cox 3. FG: 19-60. FT: 10-22. 3-pointers: 4-13 (Harper 2-6, Hitch 0-3, Cox 1-1, Stanton 1-1, Jordan Daniel 0-1 Lauren Norton 0-1). Rebs: 49 (Krupinski 18, Fritts 11). Assists: 12 (Harper 6, Hitch 4). Steals: 14 (Hitch 5, Harper 3). Blocks: 3. UP NEXT: Central Hardin plays Hopkinsville at 11:30 a.m. today in the championship game of the Hopkins County Central Christmas Classic. SUNDAY’S BOYS’ GAMES OWENSBORO 68, NORTH HARDIN 57. North Hardin (2-5) missed 15-of-16 attempts from the 3-point line and shot less than 50 percent from the foul line as the Trojans lost to the Red Devils (5-0) in pool play at the Fairfield Inn Classic at Owensboro Apollo. Senior guard Greg Johnson led the Trojans with 20 points, seven rebounds, four steals and three assists. Senior guard Billy Thompson added eight points and five rebounds. Sophomore guard Cameron Irvin had eight points and two assists, while senior wing LaRod King chipped in with five points, 11 rebounds and two assists. OWENSBORO 68, NORTH HARDIN 57 North Hardin         8     16     10    13—57 Owensboro          15     18     17    18—68 North Hardin (2-5) Greg Johnson 20, Cameron Irvin 8, Billy Thompson 8, Rolando Emerson 7, James Berry 6, LaRod King 5, Roosevelt Emerson 3. FG: 23-60. FT: 10-23. 3-pointers: 1-16 (Berry 0-9, Johnson 1-4, Jordan Bramblett 0-1, Aaron Coney 0-1, Billy Thompson 0-1). Rebs: 40 (King 11, Johnson 7, Roo. Emerson 6, Thompson 5). Assists: 9 (Johnson 3, Rol. Emerson 2, King 2). Steals: 8 (Johnson 4, Berry 2). Blocks: 3 (Thompson 2, Johnson 1). UP NEXT: North Hardin plays Grayson County at 3:45 p.m. today in a pool-play game at the Fairfield Inn Classic at Owensboro Apollo. MEADE COUNTY 69, EMINENCE 43. Freshman forward Cheaney Schwartz posted the first double-double of his career with 15 points and 12 rebounds as the Green Wave (4-1) pulled away from the Wildcats (1-6) in the second round of the Gallatin Steel Invitational in Gallatin County. Meade County turned a six-point halftime lead into a 23-point advantage heading into the fourth quarter. Sophomore center Jace Blehar had 11 points and five rebounds for Meade County. Senior center Doug Wells added 10 points and five rebounds, while freshman forward Thomas Wilson had 10 points and three steals and freshman guard Chase Garris chipped in with nine points, four assists and four steals. MEADE COUNTY 69, EMINENCE 43 Meade County     13     17     23    16—69 Eminence              8     16      6    13—43 Meade County (4-1) Cheaney Schwartz 15, Jace Blehar 11, Doug Wells 10, Thomas Wilson 10, Chase Garris 9, Bo Wilson 5, Wes Dowell 4, Braden Pace 3, Will Campbell 2). FG: 27-73. FT: 7-11. 3-pointers: 8-27 (Garris 3-10, Schwartz 3-6, B. Wilson 1-4, Pace 1-3, Charles Satram 0-3, Campbell 0-1). Rebs: 45 (Schwartz 12, Blehar 5, Wells 5). Assists: 18 (B. Wilson 7, Garris 4). Steals: 15 (Garris 4, Schwartz 3, Th. Wilson 3). Blocks: 2 (Campbell 1, Ethan Brangers 1). UP NEXT: Meade County plays Gallatin County at 8 tonight in the third round of the Gallatin Steel Invitational at Gallatin County. ELIZABETHTOWN 56, GRAVES COUNTY 43. The Panthers (2-5) ended a three-game losing streak by topping the Eagles (5-2) in each team’s first pool-play game at the 12-team Citizens First Holiday Classic at Bowling Green. UP NEXT: Elizabethtown plays Warren East at 6 p.m. today in the Panthers’ final pool-play game at the 12-team Citizens First Holiday Classic at Bowling Green. BOWLING GREEN 94, NORTH HARDIN CHRISTIAN 52. The host Purples (3-1) crushed the Falcons (7-2) in each team’s first pool-play game at the 12-team Citizens First Holiday Classic. UP NEXT: North Hardin Christian plays Morristown (Tenn.) East at 4 p.m. today in the Falcons’ final pool-play game at the 12-team Citizens First Holiday Classic at Bowling Green.