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Barsdstown’s depth has played a key role in its successful 11-4 start this season, with a different cast of characters topping the scoring column from night-to-night.
Tuesday night against Bethlehem was Jalen Stone’s turn, and while the guard’s 10 points off the bench weren’t the most on his team, each one proved critical as the Tiger senior helped propel his team to a 59-38 district win.
“Even if we’re not in the game, we can still give our team a lift just cheering for our squad,” Stone said.
Stone and the second unit was on the receiving end of the cheers Tuesday, helping turn a 15-11 Tiger lead at the start of the second quarter into a 33-16 margin by halftime as the Eagles dissolved under the high-energy Bardstown defense.
“We picked it up on defense and forced a lot of turnovers,” Stone said.
Stone opened the second quarter by dishing out an assist to Dallan Goldring for a bucket, then made it 19-11 when he hit a driving layup. After a Wyatt Hagan stickback cut it to 19-13 three minutes into the second, Stone responded with back-to-back three-pointers to stretch the lead to 12 and force a Bethlehem time out with 3:47 left before halftime.
A minute later, Stone hit a baseline jumper to swell the lead to 14, and by the time JuQuintus Mason canned a three to end the half, the Tigers had seized control with an 18-5 run.
Any hopes Bethlehem had of mounting a comeback were squashed when L.J. Cowherd scored six straight Bardstown points to make it 39-20 midway through the third, and the Eagles never got closer than 16 the rest of the way. Cowherd scored eight of his game-high 14 in the third quarter.
Jude Hutchins’ 11 points led Bethlehem, who fell to 5-8 overall and 2-3 in district play. The Tigers improved to 4-0 in district games going into Friday’s girls-boys district doubleheader tonight at Thomas Nelson. The girls’ game tips off at 6 p.m.
The Eagles host Nelson County in a boys-girls doubleheader tonight with the boys’ game tipping off at 6.
Nelson hangs on against WC
The Cardinals were able to stop a four-game losing streak Tuesday with a win at Washington County, 60-58.
The win improved the Cardinals to 6-8 overall and 3-1 in district play going into tonight’s district doubleheader at Bethlehem. Nelson County grabbed a 49-47 in the teams’ first meeting in December.
Getting that sixth win didn’t come easy, however. Nelson County led by 14-16 points most of the game behind Tyler Reynolds’ big 26-point outburst, but Washington County was able to mount a furious rally to come back in the final four minutes of the game in what Cardinal coach Bev Hart called a “major meltdown.”
“We played pretty well for 28 minutes,” he said. But down the stretch, “we had many turnovers and had difficulty stopping them, getting a rebound and missing free throws. We were very fortunate to come out with a win.”
Thomas Pettus’ 18 points led the Commanders (2-11, 0-6 dist.), and Morgan Churchill pitched in 10.