GIRLS’ PREP BASKETBALL: Central holds off North

Alyssa Lindsey prepares to release on a shot between North Hardin’s Jerica Johnson, left, and Tempress Wimberly Thursday night. Lindsey poured in 17 points to help lead the Lady Bruins to victory.

It wasn’t the easiest win, but it was a win nonetheless for Central Hardin girls’ basketball Thursday night. Hosting North Hardin, the Lady Bruins came out on top against a resilient Lady Trojan team for a 57-47 victory.

“It’s always good to get a win. We didn’t play as well as we have been playing the last few games, but you give credit to North Hardin too. They shot the ball really well, but then again, we weren’t finding them,” Central Hardin assistant coach Glenn Petersen said. “After they hit a couple, we were still leaving girls open. We fought and we found a way to win, so we’re happy.”

This was the final regular-season 17th District game for both teams. The win put Central Hardin at 4-2 on the season against district opponents. On the other side, the loss put North Hardin at 1-5 in the same category.

“I thought we came out and we played really hard. I thought we had a lot of the good things,” North Hardin coach Whitney Hooper said. “Defensively, we were communicating really well. (Ella Scherer) hitting some shots really opened things up. I was really pleased with Jay Lee, her rebounding and just the way that she was in attack mode and how she ran the floor and did a lot of really good things for us tonight.”

The Lady Bruins finished the first quarter up 17-14 and maintained their lead through the end of the first half. At the same time, the Lady Trojans did not let the game get out of reach and went into halftime trailing 28-22.

Central Hardin was able to quickly add some more space at the start of the third quarter, opening with five points from Kaniya Kendricks and another shot from Alyssa Lindsey to put the team up 35-22.

North Hardin responded by going on a run of its own, hitting 11 straight points to make it a 35-33 game.

Lindsey was able to slow the Lady Trojans’ advance with a pair of free throws, with Kaiden Kendricks following with one more basket to send the Lady Bruins into the fourth quarter leading 39-33.

North Hardin continued to keep right with Central Hardin for much of the game’s remainder.

Trailing 46-38 after a 3-pointer from Paityn Isom, Scherer followed with her fifth trey of the night to cut Central Hardin’s lead to 46-41. Scherer would finish with six baskets from beyond the arc.

“It’s good to see her hit some shots. She’s been hot and cold this year at times,” Hooper said of Scherer. “I think our other kids did a really good job of finding her.”

Central Hardin did not let North Hardin get any closer, eventually pushing its lead back above 10. Scherer hit her sixth and final 3-pointer as time wound down to bring the game to its final score.

“I’m proud of them for bouncing back,” Petersen said. “(North) would cut it a little bit and then we’d get some steals and get some layups like what we’re used to doing and push it back out a little bit. We found a way to win and that’s the most important thing.”

Central Hardin (11-6) hosts LaRue County at 6:30 p.m. tonight. North Hardin (3-12) travels to Grayson County at 7 p.m. Monday.

CENTRAL HARDIN 57, NORTH HARDIN 47

Central Hardin: 17 11 11 18- 57

North Hardin: 14 8 11 14- 47

Central Hardin: A. Lindsey 17, M. Lindsey 15, Kan. Kendricks 11, Kai. Kendricks 8, Stith 5, Gray 1. FG: 22. FT: 8-12. 3-pointers: (5) M. Lindsey 1, A. Lindsey 1, Kan. Kendricks 1, Kai. Kendricks 1, Stith 1.

North Hardin: Scherer 22, Lee 7, Isom 6, Wimberly 5, Johnson 4, Adkisson 3. FG: 15. FT: 8-11. 3-pointers: (9) Scherer 6, Isom 2, Adkisson 1.

Matt Tyson can be reached at 270-505-1425 or mtyson@thenewsenterprise.com.

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