The LaRue County Hawks defeated Breckinridge County 56-47 at home Dec. 6.
The teams were tied 10-all at the end of the first period but the Hawks broke away in the second period with a score of 25-17 at halftime.
Senior Kyle Sheeran had 22 points, hitting four of nine 3-pointers, 13 rebounds, two steals and eight assists.
“I was pleased with the guys’ effort,” said Coach Paul Childress. “I thought we played hard. It is still early in the season, so there are a lot of things as a coach that I feel we must improve on offensively and defensively, but the guys have brought a good effort and attitude the first two games.”
He was pleased with the team’s first half defensive effort but thought they showed fatigue in the second half, allowing too much penetration by Breck’s guards.
“Overall, we got another balanced team effort, which will be very crucial for our success this season,” Childress said.
The Hawks lost a close game to Breckinridge County last year and Childress said his juniors and seniors wanted “to play well and return the favor.”
“Breckinridge had two solid guards and a real nice post player in Leonard Brown,” he added. “Early on we had a hard time containing Brown in our man defense, so we switched to some zone looks and I think it got them out of their comfort zone.”
Junior Kelton Ford had 15 points and two assists; sophomore Kody Key had 10 points, hitting two of four 3-point attempts, and six rebounds.
Key “was great off the bench,” Childress said.
Junior guard Gabe Shirley had five points; senior Kyle Meredith and sophomore Tyler Howell each scored two points.
Senior Jonathan Firquin had seven of the team’s 35 rebounds.