LaRue County improved their record to 9-6 and 4-0 in district play with a 73-58 victory over Hart County Jan. 15 at Hart County.
Sophomore guards Kyle Sheeran and Jordan Brewer scored 16 points while Kyle Meredith came off the bench to score 12. Jason Carlberg and Tyler Nall each scored eight, Anthony Myrks scored six points and Kelton Ford, five.
The win came on the heels of a 50-47 victory at home to Adair County Jan. 12.
The Indians led the entire first half, leading 13-9 at the first quarter break and 21-18 at the half.
“There must have been a lid on the basket in the first half,” said head coach Paul Childress. “I was pleased that we were getting to the basket. We struggled tremendously making our shots. I told the guys to keep playing hard and that the basketball would start going in. We were able to stay in the game early on because of our defense and they missed a lot of free throws. It seemed we labored the entire first half and was fortunate to be only down three at the half.”
Adair County had good team size and handled the ball extremely well. It was not until the third quarter that LaRue County finally took the lead, 26-25, on a Brewer three-pointer. The lead seesawed the entire third quarter with LaRue County taking a one-point lead at the break.
“We came out in the second half and played with a little more confidence on the offensive end,” Childress said. “Our defensive pressure was able to create some turnovers that we were able to convert into baskets, something we did not do in first half. I thought Jason Carlberg gave us some big minutes off the bench. Jason had struggled the last couple of games, but tonight displayed some energy and made some big plays for us.”
The Hawks maintained a small lead throughout the fourth quarter and Christian Mullins hit a free throw with nine seconds to go to give the Hawks a three-point lead. The Indians missed a game tying three-pointer at the buzzer.
Mullins had a breakout game for the Hawks barely missing a double-double with 17 points and eight rebounds.
“We got a huge game from Christian,” said Childress. “He played extremely well on both ends. He definitely sparked us to victory tonight. He had three charges and eight rebounds and looked real confident with his shooting. His three’s really kept us in the game and gave us some momentum.”
Brewer had 11 points while Myrks had eight points and three rebounds. Sheeran had six points and three rebounds. Carlberg and Nall rounded out the scoring with six and two points respectively.
“Adair County has a very solid team that plays hard and executes really well,” Childress said. “This was a much needed win for us at home. We still have a long way to go to reach our full potential. This game involved a lot of situations that I thought we handled pretty well. These are types of games you will have at the end of the year. Hopefully it is a sign that we can win a grind-it-out type game.”