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PREP BASKETBALL ROUNDUP: Marshall County downs Central; Lady Hawks top Apollo (01/20)

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By The Staff

Without two injured senior starters – center Tyler McCullough (back and shoulder) and guard Alex Crowder (ankle) – the Central Hardin Bruins struggled offensively Saturday, falling to host Marshall County in the Gunner’s Magic Train Classic, 47-35.

Central Hardin (8-7) suffered its third loss in five games as the Bruins went just 13-of-47 (27.7 percent) from the field and 8-of-28 (28.6 percent) from 3-point range. Senior guard Troy Squires and junior guard Jacob Barnes scored nine apiece, while senior forward Cody Elmore and junior forward Dillon Glenn had five each.

Central Hardin trailed just 19-17 at halftime before the Marshals (15-4) outscored the Bruins 11-6 in the third.

MARSHALL COUNTY 47, CENTRAL HARDIN 35

Central Hardin       6     11      6    12—35

Marshall County   14      5     11    17—47

Central Hardin (8-7)

Jacob Barnes 9, Troy Squires 9, Cody Elmore 5, Dillon Glenn 5, T.J. Gordon 4, Andy Kerr 3, FG: 13-47. FT: 1-2. 3-pointers: 8-28 (Squires 3-9, Barnes 3-11, Kerr 1-3, Elmore 1-4, Glenn 0-1). Rebs: 29 (Glenn 6, Gordon 5). Assists: 7 (Kerr 3, Glenn 2). Steals: 8 (Squires 2, Elmore 2).

UP NEXT: Central Hardin plays at Louisville Holy Cross at 7:30 p.m. Monday.

ELIZABETHTOWN 53, COVINGTON DIXIE HEIGHTS 49. Sophomore forward Zane Najdawi and Elizabethtown (10-6) put an end to its three-game losing streak by winning its final game in the Toyota Classic at Scott County.

Najdawi scored a team-high 12 points and tied for the team lead in assists (three).

Tied at 25 at halftime, the Panthers outscored the Colonels (11-9), who lost their fourth straight, by six in the third quarter.

Junior guard Nic McDonald added 10 points, going 2-of-2 from 3-point range, while junior forward Dominique Harding scored nine.

Elizabethtown shot nearly 50 percent (16-of-33) from the field and hit 6-of-12 3s.

ELIZABETHTOWN 53, DIXIE HEIGHTS 49

Dixie Heights       18      7      8    16—49

Elizabethtown      14     11     14    14—53

Elizabethtown (10-6)

Zane Najdawi 12, Nic McDonald 10, Dominique Harding 9, Ja’Von Cotton 7, Zach Patterson 7, Chas Jones 5, Ryan Harris 3. FG: 16-33. FT: 15-23. 3-pointers: 6-12 (McDonald 2-2, Cotton 2-5, Patterson 1-2, Harris 1-2, Najdawi 0-1). Rebs: 24 (Hardin 8, Patterson 3, Harris 3). Assists: 9 (Najdawi 3, Harris 3). Steals: 5 (Patterson 2).

UP NEXT: Elizabethtown plays at North Hardin at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday.

MUHLENBERG COUNTY 64, MEADE COUNTY 63. After trailing by 14 at halftime, the Green Wave (6-14) cut the deficit to one point with 5 seconds left – but time ran out.

Senior guard Bryce Garris led the Green Wave with 23 points and three steals. He also tied for a team-high in rebounds (five) with junior guards Luke Wilson and Zeb Wilson and assists (four) with sophomore guard John Wilson.

Junior forward Charles Mattingly added 16 points, while Zeb Wilson had 13.

Meade County lost its third straight, while Muhlenberg County (8-11) won its third straight.

MUHLENBERG COUNTY 64, MEADE COUNTY 63

Muhlenberg Co.   18     18     11    17—64

Meade County     13     11     16    23—63

Meade County (6-14)

Bryce Garris 23, Charles Mattingly 16, Zeb Wilson 13, John Wilson 4, Micah Kaiser 3, Trevor Yates 2, Luke Wilson 2. FG: 27-47. FT: 6-14. 3-pointers: 3-14 (Z. Wilson 1-4, Kaiser 1-1, Mattingly 0-1, J. Wilson 0-2, Garris 1-6). Rebs: 28  (L. Wilson 5, Garris 5, Z. Wilson 5). Assists: 12 (Garris 4, J. Wilson 4). Steals: 7 (Garris 3).

UP NEXT: Meade County plays at Breckinridge County at 8 p.m. Friday.

GIRLS

LARUE COUNTY 53, OWENSBORO APOLLO 44. LaRue County sophomore guard Alexis Brewer made an earlier-than-expected return from her ankle injury and she and junior forward Ivy Brown each scored team highs of 20 points.

Brown and Brewer also led the team with eight rebounds each, while Brewer totaled team highs in assists (five) and steals (four).

LaRue County (13-4) won its second straight game and seventh in its last eight, while snapping the E-Gals’ three-game win streak.

 LARUE COUNTY 53, APOLLO 44

LaRue County       9     13     15    16—53

Apollo                  2      9     16    17—44

LaRue County (13-4)

Ivy Brown 20, Alexis Brewer 20, Alisha Durbin 6, Alley Evans 5, Haley Holt 2. FG: 18-43. FT:17-26. 3-pointers: 0-6 (Mallory Williams 0-1, Brown 0-2, Holt 0-3). Rebs: 28 (Brown 8, Brewer 8). Assists: 11 (Brewer 5). Steals: 11 (Brewer 4, Brown 3).

UP NEXT: LaRue County hosts Elizabethtown at 7 p.m. Monday.

MARSHALL COUNTY 56, CENTRAL HARDIN 15. The Lady Bruins (2-17) suffered their third straight loss, with the host Lady Marshals (14-6) dominating the final three quarters in the Gunner’s Magic Train Classic.

After scoring 10 points in the first period, Central Hardin totaled just five in the final three quarters.

Junior guard Aislynn Barnes led the Lady Bruins with four points, four assists and two steals. Sophomore guard Shelby Maggard and eighth-grade guard Mariah Helton added three points and three rebounds apiece.

MARSHALL COUNTY 56, CENTRAL HARDIN 15

Central Hardin     10      2      1      2—15

Marshall County   20     15     16      5—56

Central Hardin (2-17)

Aislynn Barnes 4, Shelby Maggard 3, Mariah Helton 3, Melanie Humphrey 2, Mikaela Worth 2, Jasmine Zaehringer 1. FG: 6-27. FT: 1-8. 3-pointers: 2-8 (Helton 1-5, Maggard 1-2, Worth 0-1). Rebs: 15 (Helton 3, Maggard 3). Assists: 4 (Barnes 2). Steals: 5 (Barnes 2).

UP NEXT: Central Hardin hosts North Hardin at 7:30 p.m. Thursday.

METCALFE COUNTY 55, FORT KNOX 24. The Lady Eagles (1-15) lost their 14th straight game, while the Lady Hornets (14-7) won for the second time in three games. No statistics were available.

 UP NEXT: Fort Knox hosts Louisville St. Francis at 6 p.m. Friday.