Pioneers put it together for first win

December 22, 2004|HAL MORRIS

HARRODSBURG - Coach Chad Luhman said Harrodsburg had shown glimpses of playing a complete game, but kept coming up short.

Tuesday night the Pioneers finally finished one off, scoring 13 of the game's first 14 points and rolling by McCreary Central 65-51 for their first win of the season.

"We finally put together a whole game. We've showed signs of playing the game the way I want it played in my system," said Luhman, who also picked up his first win as a head coach.

Sophomore Chase Wofford was a huge reason for that win, scoring 24 points and pulling down 13 boards, 11 on the offensive glass.


"It was just a lot of effort. Coach Luhman, my coaches and my teammates have been helping me in practice," Wofford said. "I guess it was just all that work since August.

"Tonight we just started playing as a unit, and it all came together."

Wofford had 13 points and five rebounds during the first half as Harrodsburg ran out to a 32-21 lead at the break.

"When he goes after the offensive rebound, he's hard to stop," Luhman said of Wofford. "When he's aggressive, there's not too many people in the area that can stop him."

Harrodsburg dominated the boards

Harrodsburg dominated the backboard Tuesday, outrebounding the Raiders 40-19, including a 19-4 edge on the offensive boards.

Cory Jackson scored 10 of his 18 points during the first half, drilling two 3-pointers in the first quarter to help stake Harrodsburg (1-6) to a 13-1 lead with 3 minutes, 49 seconds left in the first quarter. His jumper gave Harrodsburg a 15-5 lead and DeMarkus Masterson's score put the Pioneers up 17-5 after the first quarter. Masterson had four points and six rebounds.

McCreary (0-7) never got any closer than 12 the rest of the half. The Pioneers led by as many as 14 three times and held an 11-point edge at the half. Harrodsburg went 13-for-28 in the first half and finished the night 25-for-58 from the floor. The Pioneers held McCreary to a 13-for-44 shooting effort.

From the line, Harrodsburg was 9-for-21 while the Raiders hit 17 of 26 at the stripe. The Pioneers turned the ball over 13 turnovers and forced 16 by McCreary.

In the second half, Wofford just controlled the boards, grabbing seven offensive rebounds to keep the Raiders at a distance.

After McCreary cut it to 38-29 on Josh Bartley's jumper, Wofford had a putback and Jackson stroked a 3-pointer and knocked down a shot to put Harrodsburg back up 45-29 with less than four minutes to play in the third. The Raiders would get no closer than seven and Harrodsburg held s 17-point edge twice.

"We tell them we've got to finish what we start," Luhman said. "We took care of the ball, and when we play defense with intensity and commitment, we're pretty good."

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