Defense gives Rebels win over Harrodsburg

February 06, 2004|JILL ERWIN

In a game in which no player reached double figures in scoring, big shots came from several different places.

A 3-pointer from Daniel Potts to close out the third quarter started a run that enabled Boyle County to pull away from Harrodsburg for a 43-28 win Thursday.

Potts' 3 with 1:25 to play in the third stretched Boyle's lead out to 31-24. Boyle (6-11) scored 12 of the next 14 points to go up 43-26 and take the game from Harrodsburg (8-12).

"That was what we wanted to do in the second half," Boyle's Derek Vonckx said. "We wanted to shut them down defensively. Some of our shots weren't falling, so we wanted to pick it up on the defensive end."


A basket by Mark Dunn had gotten the Pioneers within three points at 26-23 with 3:06 left in the third. Harrodsburg then went nearly 11 minutes with just one field goal as Boyle piled up the points.

"In a normal game, if you're down seven points with five minutes to play, you still feel like you have an excellent chance," Harrodsburg coach Spencer Tatum said. "But tonight, seven points was more like 20 with the way we were scoring. It was hard to overcome once they got that double-digit lead."

It was hardly a stellar offensive night for either team. Neither team shot better than 32 percent from the floor, and Harrodsburg had 14 turnovers to two assists.

Boyle coach Andy Moberly credited the low-scoring game to two teams that played zone defense for most of the game, but he also said his team will have to learn to make some shots that it didn't make Thursday.

"We had several 10-footers that didn't go down," Moberly said. "But toward the end of the season, those shots have got to go down to keep being successful. We were very fortunate tonight that our defense picked us up."

Each time Boyle put together a run, Harrodsburg answered. Boyle turned a 12-11 deficit into an 18-12 lead, but the Pioneers came back to get within 18-16.

Boyle led 24-17 at the half, but Harrodsburg drew within three at 26-23 on a basket by Dunn, who led the Pioneers with eight points. After a basket by Boyle's Brian Staed, a free throw by Adam Gray made it 28-24. That was when Boyle put together its final run. Potts scored five points and Vonckx four in the run, while David White, Blake Jone and Staed each had two.

Pioneers get just one field goal in almost 11 minutes

A basket by Mariqus Brown at the 5:38 mark was the only field goal in 10:54 for the Pioneers.

"We've been doing a better job shooting the ball," Tatum said. "Tonight, we were 11-for-40. Lord mercy, we couldn't beat a junior high team shooting 11-for-40. As bad as we played, to get beat 15, it could have been a whole lot worse."

"In high school basketball, you can't have that one quarter where you don't score double digits. Tonight, we didn't reach double digits in any of the four quarters. Boyle County played great defense and they affected the way we shot the ball."

Harrodsburg shot 27.5 percent from the floor, including 0-for-13 on 3-pointers. Dunn also led the team in rebounding, grabbing eight of the Pioneers 32 rebounds.

Boyle finished 16 of 50 from the floor (32 percent) and had nine steals, led by White's three. Potts and Vonckx each scored nine to lead Boyle, and Vonckx had 11 of Boyle's 38 rebounds.

Boyle senior Ian Young left the game in the second quarter with an injury to his right ankle and never returned to the game.

Both Vonckx and Moberly said this win could go a long way toward helping Boyle the rest of the season. The Rebels were coming off back-to-back losses to region foes Danville and Wayne County.

"In a bigger sense, I think this is a win that will help us get our confidence back," Vonckx said. "Coming off two pretty tough losses, we need to get our confidence back and get a streak going again."

"We didn't play our best game, and I'm sure Spencer doesn't think his team played its best game," Moberly said. "But the thing about it is, we found a way. Whether it was changing defense or hitting some key shots when we needed to, hopefully that will improve our confidence and we can build on it."

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