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Collins girls’ basketball coach Phillip Conder was greeted with a trio of losses in his return to the bench.
Gallatin County topped the visiting Titans, 70-53, Thursday night in Conder’s return to the bench after a 3-game suspension following his ejection from a Feb. 1 game against Western Hills. Then Presentation won, 52-48, Saturday afternoon in Collins’ penultimate home game of the regular season before Bullitt Central beat the Titans 53-47 Monday night in Shepherdsville.
Gallatin County 70, Collins 53
The Wildcats outscored the Titans, 43-25 in the first half, when Collins had 19 of its 30 turnovers.
“They got us hurried up,” Conder said.
The Titans had more turnovers than points (11 to 10) in the first period as they trailed by 11 after eight minutes. Collins had eight more miscues in the second quarter, when it was outscored, 22-15.
The Titans cut down on their errors in the second half, when it outscored Gallatin County, 28-27.
Standouts Brooke Dossett and Hannah Dossett combined for 41 points for the Wildcats. Brooke Dossett, a senior guard, had 21, and Hannah, a junior wing, scored 20.
Gallatin County shot 45.9 percent (28 for 61) as it won for the fifth time in six games (a streak that started with a 65-57 victory at Collins).
“They’re a good-shooting team,” Conder said. “[And] we got lost in a lot of defensive rotations.”
Sophomore guard Autumn Bowen also recorded nine of the Wildcats’ 19 steals.
Sophomore point guard Michelle Roberts tallied a team-high 15 points for the Titans. Sophomore forward Whitney Pullen added 12 points and a team-high eight rebounds for Collins, which won the rebound battle, 40-19. The Titans shot 35.2 percent (19 for 54) from the field
Presentation 52, Collins 48
The Toppers outscored the Titans, 27-21, in the second half, including, 9-4, in the third quarter, after Collins led, 27-25, at intermission.
Pres (12-13) led, 17-8, after the first quarter before the Titans outpointed the Toppers, 19-8, in the second.
“In the second quarter we started to turn them over,” Conder said. “And we picked up our intensity by going to the offensive boards.”
Conder praised the play of Pullen in that period.
Once again Collins was plagued by turnovers (18) and chilly shooting (14-for-47 for 29.8 percent) from the field and the free-throw line (18 for 30 for 60 percent).
Roberts topped the Titans with 13, Pullen added 12, and reserve sophomore guard Janette Hynes had 10.
“Janette Hynes played outstanding,” Conder said.
The Titans outrebounded Pres, 29-25, (led by seniors Katie Vogel and Sydney Cloyd, who had six each) but were only 18-for-30 (60 percent) from the free-throw line.
Bullitt Central 53, Collins 47
The Cougars (13-12) built a 24-18 halftime lead before holding off the Titans in the final two quarters for a 6-point triumph.
Collins shot 30 percent (15 for 50) from the field, including 18.2 percent (4 for 22) from 3-point range, and was also just 13 for 27 (48.1 percent) from the free throw line.
Pullen had a double-double (11 points and 13 rebounds) in defeat and Vogel (11 points, eight rebounds) nearly had one too as the Titans beat Bullitt Central 34-24 (including 17-4 on the offensive end) on the backboards.
Roberts added seven points, six rebounds, three assists and three steals.
Collins (6-15) closes out its regular season at 6 Friday night, a.k.a. its Senior Night, against Nelson County.