Landmark News Service
North Hardin shot 46.2 percent in the first half Sunday – including draining five 3-pointers – and raced out to an 18-point halftime lead on its way to a lopsided 61-44 victory over LaRue County in the boys' 5th Region Tournament semifinals.
Senior Rolondo Emerson made back-to-back 3-pointers to give the Trojans a 6-0 lead and they never looked back. Senior James Berry, freshman Jordan Brangers and Ruttley each made a 3-pointer as the lead swelled to 26-7 with 3:26 left in the second quarter. At halftime, the Hawks trailed 31-13.
Despite outscoring the Trojans in the third quarter, LaRue never pulled closer than 12.
LaRue County finished the season 18-10 and made it to the region semifinals for the first time since 2002.
“We had a real good year,” LaRue County coach Paul Childress said. “We got better as the season went along. We got to the region and advanced. I’m proud of what they have accomplished, especially the last three years.”
North Hardin (26-4) advances to the region championship for the second consecutive year. The Trojans face Campbellsville (26-4) at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Nelson County High School in Bardstown.