Burgin girls beat KSD in opener

Harrodsburg, Casey boys lose

December 03, 2003

Thirteen Burgin girls scored and the Lady Bulldogs snared 13 steals as they defeated Kentucky School for the Deaf 70-29 in the first round of the Bluegrass Conference Tournament and the season opener for both teams.

Burgin jumped out to a 23-8 lead after one quarter, and its defense kept KSD from getting back in the game.

"I was real pleased with our steals," Burgin coach Keith Monson said.

In a game in which every Burgin girl got ample opportunity to play, Monson said he was also pleased with the play of eighth-graders Ann Harris and Tiffany Shewmaker, who had seven and six points, respectively.

Andrea Warner and Beverly Harris had nine points each for Burgin, which meets Model in a semifinal Thursday at KSD.

The Lady Bulldogs shot 44 percent (29-for-66) from the field and hit nine of 16 free throws.

Despite the loss, KSD coach Kevin Hamilton was pleased with his team's effort.


"I am pleased that my team played so hard in a whole game rather than calling it quits," Hamilton said.

Sophia Brunton had 11 points and five rebounds for KSD and Mickie Brunton had five points and eight rebounds at point guard.


North Laurel 82, Harrodsburg 58 - At Harrodsburg, Harrodsburg (0-1) fell behind 23-8 after one quarter and was never able to recover against North Laurel (2-0), which got 29 points from Arizona signee Daniel Dillon.

The Pioneers cut a 16-point halftime deficit to 10 points in the third quarter, but they could get no closer. Still, coach Spencer Tatum said he was encouraged by things he saw in Harrodsburg's opener.

"We got beat by 24, but I think we got a lot of positives out of this game," Tatum said. "We've got a lot of room for improvement, and we've got room to improve where we couldn't last year physically."

Harrodsburg shot 45 percent (20-for-54) from the field and was 2-for-8 from 3-point range and 16-for-32 at the free-throw line. But the Pioneers were outrebounded 54-31 and gave up 19 offensive rebounds.

Dillon, a 6-3 senior from Australia who joined North Laurel this year, scored 16 of his 29 points in the first half.

"He's one of the best all-around players I've seen since I've been here," Tatum said.

Model 54, Burgin 45 - At Burgin, poor shooting plagued Burgin as the Bulldogs lost to Model in the first round of the Bluegrass Conference Tournament, spoiling Don Irvine's return to the Burgin bench.

Burgin (0-1) shot just 34 percent (17-for-49) from the field and was 5-for-19 from 3-point range.

"Shooting was the major culprit tonight," said Irvine, who coached his first game at Burgin since 1989.

The Bulldogs trailed 32-15 at halftime and were down by as many as 19 before cutting Model's lead to seven in the fourth quarter.

Zack Gross led Burgin with 17 points - 12 of them on 3-point shots - and Sean Bottoms and Joe Harris added 12 and 11, respectively.

Tyler Marcum had 16 points for Model (1-0).

Russell County 65, Casey County 48 - At Russell Springs, poor defense in the first half and rebounding troubles in the second cost Casey (0-1) a loss to archrival Russell (1-0) in its season opener.

The Rebels shot 32 percent (16-for-50) from the field and hit just 11 of 22 free throws, but Casey coach Shawn Conley said that's not what did them in.

"We did a very poor job on our defense the first half - they got a lot of layups - and a very poor job on the boards in the second half," Conley said.

Russell shot 46.5 percent (20-for-43) from the field and outrebounded Casey 33-21, getting 12 offensive rebounds and allowing only five.

The Lakers also hit 20 of 39 free throws, many of them late in the game as they pulled away after Casey closed to within seven points.

Casey took a 35-33 lead midway through the third quarter, but Russell ended the period on an 8-0 run that included 12 rebounds, six of them off the offensive glass.

"In the fourth quarter we had a hard time shooting the basketball and committed a lot of fouls," Conley said.

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