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Bluegrass Baptist held host Cornerstone Christian Academy to four points in the first quarter and coasted to a 69-38 victory Saturday afternoon.
“They’re a very experienced ball club,” Bulldogs Coach Darrick Briscoe said. “We were just kind of outmatched as far as maturity.”
But the younger Bulldogs hustled for all four quarters, diving for loose balls and contesting shots.
The inside defensive game was dealt a blow when 6-foot-7 Justin Warren twisted his ankle in the first quarter. Warren, a sophomore, was coming off one of his best junior varsity games, tallying 16 points and 17 rebounds. Warren left with four points.
Cornerstone’s offense produced several scoring opportunities, especially from the wings, but the Bulldogs couldn’t convert, shooting 22 percent from the field.
“We were getting a lot of looks but no hooks,” Briscoe said. “That’s not going to cut it obviously. Some of the shots were what I called frustration threes, where they were so frustrated by the defense they shot just to get rid of it.”
The Bulldogs had a big third quarter, outscoring Bluegrass, 12- 4. Junior guard Nick Miller and ninth-grade guard T.J. Clark turned up the offensive attack. Clark was all over the floor, knocking down a three and following it with a drive inside. Miller closed the quarter with a steal and layup.
The first half deficit of 46-13 was too much to overcome. Baptist took advantage of Warren's being out by attacking the low post. Christian Williams had 17 points for the Eagles, and Rico Shaw added 13.
“Too many shots in the baseline – that hurt us,” Briscoe said. “Defense is all about having some pride about you, and not letting the man who’s across from you beat you.
“Each time we step on the floor we’re improving,” he added. “And sooner or later that’s going to start coming in victories.”