Garrard rolls by Burgin

December 08, 2004|MARTY WARREN

BURGIN - Garrard County connected on 66 percent of its shots and limited Burgin to just 15 percent shooting while coasting to an easy 92-43 win Tuesday night at Jack Coleman Gymnasium.

The Golden Lions (1-1) connected on 38 of 58 attempts at the basket and took most of their shots within 15 feet of the basket. They forced Burgin (1-2) into 26 turnovers and the Bulldogs cashed only three of 32 shots during the second half after hitting just seven of 37 tries in the first half.

"We really focused on shooting the basketball this week in practice after we missed 21 easy shots (in our loss to Williamsburg) last week," Garrard coach Scott Bolin said. "Our defense forced some turnovers tonight that led to easy baskets, and it's not hard to shoot as well as we did when you get the ball that close to the basket."

Senior Spencer Crutchfield led a balanced Garrard attack with 22 points. Dan Leavell and Kent Johnson added 17 each.


"We challenged Dan this week in practice about being more aggressive and taking better shots at the basket and he didn't take it the wrong way," Bolin said. "He really played well for us tonight.

"Spencer is a playmaker that is trying to find out the rest of our guys' strengths early in the season. Sometimes he can almost be too unselfish. We need him to score and be a leader of this team, and you saw the way he can play when he sets his mind to it."

Lack of size hurts Bulldogs

While Garrard got easy looks at the basket, Burgin struggled at times to do the same. The Bulldogs lack of size kept them out of the paint and they took 26 of their 69 shots at the basket from outside the 3-point arc.

"(Garrard) is physically so much stronger than us that we couldn't get the ball to the basket," Burgin coach Don Irvine said. "We had to rely on our outside shooting, and that is something that we will have to improve on. If you have several shots blocked, it can have a negative effect on wanting to go in there as much."

Burgin turnovers led directly to 31 of Garrard's 92 points. Irvine said sometimes his young team, that starts a freshman and sophomore at the guard positions, rushes into things too quickly.

"We need a slow pace, but we haven't shown that we can hold onto the ball long enough to get good shots," the Burgin coach said. "That will have to improve for us to get better."

Leavell scored 10 points and Crutchfield added six as Garrard raced to a quick 18-3 lead . Burgin began to chip away as six points from freshman Josh Carey and a trey by David Barrett closed to gap to 26-16 as the period ended.

Garrard connected on 12 of 17 shots during the frame, while Burgin hit on just four of 21 tries.

Crutchfield and Johnson scored eight points each for Garrard in period two, but Burgin managed to keep the game within striking distance by hitting 15 of 18 free throws and trailed 50-31 at the half.

All Garrard in second half

The second half was all Garrard. The Lions' pressure defense forced the Bulldogs into six more turnovers, and Garrard hit 10 of 13 attempts from the field to open a 74-39 advantage after three frames.

Irvine was upbeat despite the loss.

"I did see a few positives that we can build on but there are two things that we need to do right away," he said. "We need to keep teams from getting straight shots at the basket, and second, we need to shoot the ball better.

"We did shoot free throws well and we rebounded the basketball, giving us several second looks at the basket. We're young and we are going to make mistakes, and I think we can get better as the year goes on."

GARRARD (1-1) - Spencer Crutchfield 22, Dan Leavell 17, Jared Prewitt 7, Zach Doan 5, Kent Johnson 17, Jacob Denny 8, Aaron Huffman 2, Corey Lawwill 9, Bruce Williams 3, Shane Richardson 2.

BURGIN (1-2) - Shane Trayner 2, Daniel Howard 3, Jordan Darland 14, Josh Carey 11, Daniel Loane 1, David Brandenburg 4, Ryan Steer 1, David Barrett 7.

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