BOYS’ BASKETBALL: North Hardin rebounds with win over Southern

North Hardin’s Josh Moore slams one home during the first half of Saturday’s 66-57 win over Southern in the Nathan McCurry Classic at John Hardin.

It was a short turnaround for the North Hardin boys’ basketball team.

“What I like about today is after a tough game last night, emotionally, physically, to come back on short rest — these guys worked little league from 8:30 to when we had to leave for the game — and to come out and play against a solid team and pick up a win, I’m proud of them,” Trojans coach Mike Cofer said.

North Hardin defeated Southern, 66-57 Saturday to lead off the Nathan McCurry Classic at John Hardin.

“We really just pushed last night’s game to the side,” senior guard Marcus Scisney said of Friday’s 56-49 loss at No. 1 John Hardin. “We have to take it day-by-day and move on. We have to let it go.

“We’ve got E’town and Central coming up, so we have to focus on the next game. We can’t worry about what happened in the past. We have to look forward to the future.”

The games Tuesday and Friday determine North Hardin’s seed in the 17th District Tournament in February, which is at John Hardin.

North Hardin, which beat Southern three weeks ago, held a 40-32 lead at 4:30 of the third period after back-to-back 3s by Scisney.

“We don’t give up. We stay together,” Scisney said. “We stay positive through the worst times.”

Southern eventually closed the gap to 51-50 with 4:37 left in the game.

North Hardin’s Jalen Sharps made two free throws at 3:26 for a 54-50 lead. Naasir Johnson made it 56-54 after Southern scored and Scisney made 1-of-2 at the line for a 57-54 cushion.

Trojans senior Josh Moore converted an and-1 at 1:45 for a 60-54 advantage.

“Josh played outstanding. It was one of his best games,” Cofer said. “He rebounded. He scored. He was active on the defensive end. I thought he carried us a little bit.”

Scisney calmly buried two freebies with 47.8 seconds showing to lead 62-57.

“Marcus came up huge,” Cofer said. “He hit a couple of big threes and hit some big free throws. Defensively he’s always solid. He needs to play with confidence. He’s a coach’s dream as far as always doing what the coach asks him to do. He’s fun to coach.”

Moore finished with a game-high 22 points, including nine in the fourth period, when North Hardin outscored Southern, 19-16.

Scisney added 13 points and Sharps 11.

North Hardin (8-12, 3-3), which was 25-for-35 from the line, visits Elizabethtown (16-0, 5-0) at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Mike Mathison can be reached at 270-505-1758 or mmathison@thenewsenterprise.com.

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