Brian Staed shot 10 of 12 from the field and scored 12 of his game-high 20 points in the first half and pulled down 10 rebounds for Boyle, which won its fifth straight game to even its record at 9-9.
But the 6-9 senior knew his team just wasn't into it Thursday. Boyle led by 10 points at the half and by 19 at the end of the third quarter, eventually leading by the final margin.
10-point margin at halftime
"We've just got to be ready to play. We thought we could beat Harrodsburg, and we didn't come out as focused as we should," Staed said. "No matter who we play, we should come out focused from the get-go."
Boyle shot 62 percent (15 of 24) in the first half and led by 11 midway through the second quarter 22-11. But behind six points from Chrys Jones. Harrodsburg kept the game in check, outscoring Boyle by a point the last four minutes of the second quarter to make it a 33-23 Boyle lead at the half.
The Rebels opened the third quarter on an 12-4 run, capped by Staed's bucket inside, to lead 45-27 with 2:43 left in the third quarter. Seth Tamme's steal led to his three-point play that gave Boyle a 21-point cushion at 52-31 with a minute left in the third quarter.
Boyle led 52-33 after three quarters and led by 26 points twice near the end of the game.
The Rebels shot 48 percent in the second half to finished at 55 percent for the game (28 of 51), but made just 9 of 18 free throws and had 15 turnovers.
HHS coach challenges juniors
Chase Wofford had 15 points and 15 rebounds for Harrodsburg, (6-16), which shot 16 of 57, including a 2-for-20 effort from 3-point range.
"They went 2-for-20 from three, and a lot of the time I think we were responsible for that. But tonight their guys just missed," Bottoms said. "I don't think we had a lot to do with them missing shots."
Chad Luhman wasn't quite as taken with the Pioneers' effort as Bottoms was.
"It was a poor effort on our behalf. We didn't get the type of efficiency and the type of effort to compete with Boyle County and that 6-9 juggernaut," the Harrodsburg coach said. Our freshmen are going to fight and get better. But I have to challenge my juniors.
"When Cory Jackson plays inspired defense, he makes us better. And Chase has to pick it up on the defensive end. We do it in spurts, but when you do it, it's expected."
Jones had 12 points and four rebounds for Harrodsburg and Trevor Short added eight points.
Clay Carter had 14 points, seven rebounds and three assists, and Tamme had six assists to go with his five points and six rebounds for Boyle.
"I thought Seth Tamme was the one starter who came out and played hard," Bottoms said. "Casey Brummett and Andre Alcorn came off the bench and gave a good effort. But the rest, I'm disappointed."
HARRODSBURG (6-16) - Chrys Jones 12, Daiquon Whitley 3, Chase Wofford 15, Josh Calbough 2, Trevor Short 8.
BOYLE (9-9) - Casey Brummett 2, Grant Tamme 2, Matthew Horn 7, Seth Tamme 5, Nathan Collins 4, Brian Staed 20, Clay Carter 14, Andre Alcorn 6, Jordan Aumiller 6.Harrodsburg7233340home team12335266