Burgin boys clip Henry to close season

Harrodsburg boys and Danville, Garrard girls lose

February 27, 2004

Two free throws by Zack Gross and two defensive stops allowed Burgin to hold off Henry County for a 71-68 victory in its regular-season finale Thursday night at Burgin.

The Bulldogs lost a 12-point lead, then rallied to go back in front. They were leading 69-68 in the closing seconds when Gross sank a pair of free throws to set the final margin.

Henry missed its attempt at a tying shot, then got the ball back with three seconds left but failed to get it inbounds.

Burgin (11-14) led 57-45 before Henry (4-20) used a 19-4 run to take a 64-61 lead. A 3-pointer by Josh Carey pulled the Bulldogs into a 64-all tie, and they soon took the lead and never relinquished it.


Joe Harris led Burgin with 23 points and 11 rebounds in his final home game, while Gross and Sean Bottoms, two more of the team's seniors, had 19 and 14 points, respectively. Bottoms also added 10 assists.

Burgin shot 50.9 percent (27-for-53) from the field, went 11-for-12 at the free-throw line and had only 12 turnovers.

Brian Winters had a game-high 26 points for Henry, while Craig Vaughn added 16 for the Wildcats.

Madison Southern 81, Harrodsburg 55 - At Berea, Southern (15-12) pulled away in the second half to spoil the season finale for Harrodsburg (10-15).

Southern led early and fortified its lead with strong shooting that included 11 3-point goals.

"They shot the ball extremely well, both from the perimeter and inside," Harrodsburg coach Spencer Tatum said. "We did not play that bad. We just had a hard time trying to make any kind of a run at them in the second half."

The Pioneers cut Southern's lead to eight points midway through the third quarter but got no closer, in part due to foul trouble.

Southern shot 61 percent from the field, while Harrodsburg shot 38.8 percent (19-for-49) and went 6-for-16 from 3-point range and 11-for-21 at the line.

The Pioneers made only 10 turnovers.

Shane Webb led Harrodsburg with 16 points on 7-for-10 shooting. Travis White had 10 points and five rebounds, and Mark Dunn had a team-high seven rebounds.


Russell County 70, Danville 56 - At Danville, Danville (19-6) had already set a school record for victories, but the Lady Admirals saw their eight-game winning streak snapped by Russell (19-6) in their season finale.

Danville was within 51-47 after three quarters, but Russell pulled away at the start of the fourth quarter for its seventh straight win.

"I thought we played really well in the first three quarters, but Russell scored the first couple of baskets in the fourth quarter and got it to double digits right away, and we weren't able to cut the lead down," Danville coach Justin Schommer said. "We missed a lot of open shots."

Krystal Jackson scored a game-high 24 points for Danville, but no other Lady Admiral reached double figures.

Meanwhile, Schommer said Danville had trouble with Russell's offensive 1-2 punch of Amy Ellis and Kendra Robertson, who scored 23 and 16 points, respectively.

"Russell County shot the ball really well, and we had a hard time stopping Ellis and Robertson," he said. "But it was a good game for us before districts to play a good opponent like Russell County."

Danville lost despite forcing 20 turnovers and committing only 12.

North Laurel 48, Garrard County 41 - At Lancaster, Garrard (10-16) was within one point at halftime before North Laurel (13-12) outscored the Lady Lions 15-7 in the third quarter to pull away.

Garrard shot 37.9 percent (14-for-37) from the field and had 10 fewer attempts than North Laurel, which shot 40.4 percent (19-for-47).

The Lady Lions outrebounded North Laurel 33-31 but hit only 13 of 23 free throws, while North Laurel was just 13-for-24 at the line.

Ashley Meadows led Garrard with 18 points and nine rebounds. She was 9-for-13 from the field and had two assists. Wendi Logan went 7-for-10 from the free-throw line and had nine points, eight rebounds and four assists.

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