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In his first varsity start, Dillon Glenn had a career night Friday.
The Central Hardin junior forward’s energetic performance gave coach J.C. Wright a reason to keep him in the starting lineup.
Senior guard Troy Squires scored a game-high 20 points, Glenn totaled 19 and a team-high 11 rebounds and senior guard Alex Crowder had 18 points in an 83-55 homecoming win over 17th District rival Fort Knox on Terry Buckles Court.
“I was pretty excited, first time starting varsity,” said Glenn, who finished 7-of-10 from the field and 5-of-9 from the foul line. “I just kept shooting. I told Troy to keep shooting and said I had his back on the rebound. They just didn’t block out very well, got in there and got some rebounds. Teammates kept feeding me. I wouldn’t say I had the hot hand. They kept feeding me inside and getting me layups.”
Central Hardin (7-6, 2-3 district) avoided its first losing streak this season. The Bruins have alternated wins and losses in their past 11 games and won their 19th straight over Fort Knox (3-10, 0-5).
With 6-foot-1 senior forward Cody Elmore out with a concussion, the 6-3 Glenn was inserted in his spot and made a resounding case to stay there. Glenn scored 13 points, hitting 4-of-5 field goals and 5-of-6 free throws, and pulled down seven rebounds – five offensive – to help the Bruins (8-6, 3-3 district) to a 37-29 halftime lead.
Then the Bruins opened the game up. They led 40-30 with 7:16 left in the third quarter before outscoring the Eagles, 24-6 the rest of the period.
Squires provided the boost in the second half. After totaling just two points in the first half, he scored the team’s first seven points of the third quarter and finished with 15 in the period. He hit 3-of-9 3s, going 3-of-6 from outside in the second half.
“I think as long as we keep focused and keep hustling we can put together a winning streak. But we’re not too worried about that,” Squires said. “We’re just trying to play together, play better as a whole team and just trying to get better and work toward the postseason.”
Fort Knox had won two of its last four games, including a 62-59 win Tuesday at Thomas Nelson. Junior guard Michael Armstead scored a team-high 16 points, while senior wing Rashaan Allen added 12 points and 13 rebounds (seven offensive). But coach Kip Rambo acknowledged the Eagles’ 22 turnovers and quick shots did them in.
“We came out and just shot some quick shots again – the typical young stuff that we do and kind of shot ourselves in the foot. Because we haven’t shifted the defense out of position and the defense is there to get the rebound, so if we don’t drill it we’re one and done,” Rambo said. “And one-and-done gets you beat every night, and that’s the bottom line. You cannot be a one-and-done team. You’ve got to get second shots on the offensive glass.”
Crowder scored six points and recorded three of his game-high five steals during the Bruins’ 16-0 run to start the game, while Fort Knox missed all five of its field-goal attempts and committed seven turnovers.
“That’s just one of the things Coach Wright wanted to enforce this week was defense,” Squires said. “He told us to start off with pressure defense and that’s what we did. So that’s why we started like that.”
But Fort Knox answered back in the second period. Trailing 21-9 with 5:54 remaining, the Eagles went on a 17-7 run to cut the lead to 28-24 on a basket by Allen with 2:47 left in the quarter. Allen was fouled on the play and could have cut the deficit to three with a free throw but was called for a lane violation.
Quickly, the Bruins pushed the lead back up to double digits. Glenn scored on a putback, junior guard Jacob Barnes buried a 3 and Glenn added two free throws to give them a 35-24 advantage with 1:37 to go before the half.
“I think lots of times we come out, being a fairly young team, you know we’ve only got one senior and we come out in that situation and we’re a little too juiced up, we’ve got the adrenaline pumping and our brains aren’t working quite the way they need to and we make some mistakes early on that we shouldn’t make,” Rambo said. “Basically, we’re working every day in practice to fix that and as long as we’re getting better every day we’ll see what we look like at the end of the season.”
UP NEXT: Central Hardin plays at Marshall County at 6 p.m. Saturday in the Gunner’s Magic Train Classic. Fort Knox, which hosted Paris on Saturday, plays in the 5th Region All ‘A’ Classic at 6 p.m. Wednesday.
John Groth can be reached at (270) 505-1754 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
CENTRAL HARDIN 83
FORT KNOX 55
Fort Knox 4 25 7 19—55
Central Hardin 18 19 27 19—83
Team FG FT R TP
Fort Knox 19-49 13-27 29 55
Central Hardin 32-61 14-24 35 83
Player FG FT R TP
Allen 6-11 0-2 13 12
Gibson 0-1 0-0 0 0
Jackson 0-4 1-4 2 1
Powell 2-8 4-7 3 9
Luckey 1-8 3-6 6 5
Armstead 6-11 3-4 2 16
James 1-1 0-0 0 2
Brown 0-1 0-0 0 0
Blanco 2-2 0-0 0 6
Pickens 1-2 0-0 0 2
Berner 0-0 2-4 0 2
Player FG FT R TP
Kerr 1-1 0-0 1 2
Squires 7-14 3-4 4 20
McCullough 4-8 0-2 1 8
Crowder 7-14 4-4 5 18
Glenn 7-10 5-9 11 19
Gordon 3-5 1-3 5 7
Barnes 1-4 0-0 1 3
Whitehouse 0-0 1-2 0 1
Payne 0-1 0-0 0 0
Lewis 1-1 0-0 0 3
Ballard 0-1 0-0 0 0
Reed 1-1 0-0 1 2
Helton 0-1 0-0 0 0
3-POINTERS: FORT KNOX (4-9) Tiero Blanco 2-2, Michael Powell 1-2, Michael Armstead 1-3, Chris Jackson 0-2. CENTRAL HARDIN (5-17): Troy Squires 3-9, Noah Lewis 1-1, Jacob Barnes 1-4, Tyler McCullough 0-1, Alex Crowder 0-1, Dillon Glenn 0-1. ASSISTS: FORT KNOX (9): Chris Jackson 3, Kyle Gibson 2, Michael Armstead 1, Rashaan Allen 1, Michael Powell 1. CENTRAL HARDIN (9): Alex Crowder 4, Andy Kerr 2, T.J. Gordon 1, Jacob Barnes 1, Tyler McCullough 1.