GIRLS’ PREP BASKETBALL: Central falls to Bardstown

Central Hardin’s Monica Lindsey goes up past Bardstown’s Kaia Grabbert for a basket in the first quarter of Thursday’s game. Lindsey finished with eight points.

It wasn’t the type of result Central Hardin girls’ basketball coach Kristina Covington-Jones had hoped to see Thursday night in Cecilia.

Taking on Bardstown for their home opener, the Lady Bruins struggled to keep up with the Lady Tigers over the course of the game and finished the evening with a 57-34 loss.

“I think that we came out not ready to play. Give Bardstown props, they came out and worked hard. I think they outworked us. Obviously we didn’t have a great shooting night,” Covington-Jones said. “Like I told the girls, it is what it is. We’re gonna build from this, we’re gonna get better and the things that we didn’t do well today, we’ll work on it tomorrow.”

The loss brought Central Hardin to 1-1 on the season after opening with a 62-46 road win Monday over John Hardin. It was a more difficult night offensively for the Lady Bruins Thursday, finishing with 28 points fewer than they had against the Lady Bulldogs.

Regarding the team’s offensive struggles, Covington-Jones said the team still had some work to do and had to adjust.

“I want to see less one-on-one and more teamwork. Obviously tonight wasn’t a good shooting night. The shots we took weren’t bad shots, so that part of it I’m not upset about,” Covington-Jones said. “It would be different if we were just throwing up shots and missing shots, but the shots we took, the majority of them were in the paint, it was just throwing them and not being patient and that’s what we have to work on with them more.”

A close start to the game saw the Lady Bruins take an early first quarter lead before Bardstown took control. Central Hardin kept with the Lady Tigers and finished the first quarter trailing 15-13.

Bardstown’s lead grew over the course of the second quarter and entered the double digits near its close. Offensively, the Lady Bruins were outshot 14-5 and went into halftime trailing the Lady Tigers 29-18.

Central Hardin saw some improvement when it returned to the court, but continued to have trouble with shots falling over the course of the second half. The team was held to seven points in the third quarter and nine in the fourth, while Bardstown put up 12 and 16 in the same span to seal the win.

“Defensively, they packed it in a lot. They played a 1-2-2 and they played a 3-2 and they packed it in by not allowing us to penetrate and them packing it in made us stand more than what we should have,” Covington-Jones said. “I think that when we started figuring out what to do and started getting going it was a little too late, but again, Bardstown played well. We never figured out exactly where we wanted to go and we’ll build from this and tomorrow will be a new day.”

Central Hardin travels to George Rogers Clark Saturday for a 2 p.m. matchup against Bishop Brossart. The game will be a part of the MLK Jr. Classic.

B’TOWN 57, CENTRAL HARDIN 34

CH 13 5 7 9- 34

B’town 15 14 12 16- 57

CENTRAL HARDIN: Kan. Kendricks 11, M. Lindsey 8, Gray 5, A. Lindsey 4, Jones 3, Reed 2, Kai. Kendricks 1. FG: 15. FT: 2-3. 3-pointers: (2) Gray 1, Jones 1.

BARDSTOWN: Cotton 18, Riley 15, Yocum 10, Grabbert 8, Downs 4, Livers 2. FG: 19. FT: 15-25. 3-pointers: (4) Riley 3, Grabbert 1.

Matt Tyson can be reached at 270-505-1754 or mtyson@thenewsenterprise.com.

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