Doolin leads Pioneers

Mercer girls, Boyle, Burgin boys win

January 25, 2004

Justin Doolin's 3-pointer with 30 seconds to go gave Harrodsburg a five-point lead, and the Pioneers held on to defeat Pulaski County 67-61 in the Autism Awareness Classic Saturday at Mercer County.

Boyle County's boys and Mercer County's girls also won in the Classic.

Doolin scored 24 points for Harrodsburg (6-10), including the clinching 3, in shooting 10 of 14 from the field and he also grabbed six of Harrodsburg's 35 rebounds. Mark Dunn had 13 points and 14 rebounds, Shane Webb had 12 points and Robbie Merriman had five assists.

Harrodsburg was 27 of 52 from the field and 6-for-9 from 3-point range.

Brandon Cross led Pulaski (11-6) with 34 points, but he got only eight after halftime when Harrodsburg switched to a zone.

"We played extremely well down the stretch," Harrodsburg coach Spencer Tatum said.

Boyle beat Hancock County 67-49, also on the boys side.

For the girls, Mercer used a 25-point second quarter to open up a 44-17 halftime lead over Pendleton County (8-8). The Scotties (12-5) went on to win 75-36.


Chelsea Goodman led Mercer with 23 points, Jillian Horn had 17 and Erin Ashford 11.


Burgin 87, Gallatin County 75 - At Burgin, the Bulldogs almost let a 27-point lead slip away, but hit their free throws down the stretch Saturday.

Burgin (8-7) led by 27 points in the first half, and held a 48-24 lead at the break. The Bulldogs hit 14 of 19 field goals, including 6 of 9 3-pointers, in the first half on the way to shooting 74 percent for the game.

"We could do no wrong," Burgin assistant Will Carlton said.

Gallatin scored 30 points in the third quarter and 21 in the fourth, drawing within five points with about five minutes to play. Gallatin used its pressure defense to force 14 second-half turnovers.

However, Burgin hit three consecutive shots to extend its lead and the Wildcats never got closer than eight points the rest of the way. Burgin hit 11 of 14 free throws in the fourth quarter.

Burgin was 25-for-34 from the field, including 6-for-15 3-pointers. The Bulldogs hit 19 of 28 free throws for 68 percent.

Sean Bottoms had a game-high 27 points and also had nine assists. Zach Gross just missed a triple-double with 26 points, 10 assists and eight rebounds, while eighth-grader Josh Carey scored 12 and Joe Harris 10.

"We got a tremendous game out of Josh Carey," Carlton said. "We were asking a lot out of a kid whose biggest concern is some girl passing him notes in class, then we ask him to come out here and play against juniors and seniors. He played well today, and he played with a lot of confidence."



Bath County 70, Casey County 67 (OT) - At Liberty, Casey saw a one-point lead evaporate in overtime after a technical foul on its coach.

The Rebels (6-9) led 67-66 with less than a minute left to play in the extra period. Coach Shawn Conley said he tried to call a timeout four times, and Casey's Corey Dial tried to call one on the floor. Neither of them received the timeout, and Bath stole the ball.

"As the officials headed back upcourt, I said, 'I called a timeout,' and was called for a technical,'" Conley said.

Bath hit one of two free throws to tie the game, then scored on the ensuing possession for a two-point lead. Casey missed its shot and was forced to foul. Bath hit one of two free throws to set the final margin, and Casey missed a 3-pointer at the end.

"It's a shame our kids lost a game where an official made a call to decide the outcome of the game," Conley said. "I was really disappointed with that, but I'm proud of the kids for the effort."

Russell Abner led Casey with 16 points off the bench, freshman Keith Price scored 14 and Charlie Fox had 12.


Florida School f/t Deaf 26, Kentucky School f/t Deaf 25 - At Baton Rouge, La., a late rally fell short for the KSD girls in the consolation bracket of the Mason-Dixon Tournament Friday.

KSD trailed by five with a minute to play, but Maribel Rodriquez scored four points in 30 seconds to draw KSD within one.

With 10 seconds left, KSD rebounded a missed Florida free throw, and Mickie Brunton took off up the court. KSD coach Kevin Hamilton said someone tripped or fouled her at halfcourt, but no foul was called. Brunton lost the ball, and time ran out.

"It was a heartbreaking game," Hamilton said. "I am very proud of my team. They stayed in the game all the way. I really wish the ref had called that and Mickie would have made those free throws for sure."

Rodriquez scored 11 to lead KSD.

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