Commanders bring in North Bullitt on short notice, fall 66-40 to the Eagles

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By Brandon Mattingly


Washington County vs. North Bullitt
Score: 66-40 North Bullitt
When: Friday, Jan. 18
Where: Washington County High School
Key players: WCHS -- Alex Marshall
Game highlights: The Commander basketball team (4-13) hosted the North Bullitt Eagles (10-10) on Friday night, falling behind early and never recovering on their way to a 66-40 loss.

The game was played on short notice, as Washington  County Head Coach Russell Burkhead contacted North Bullitt on Wednesday of last week to fit Friday’s game into the schedule. With neither team having long to prepare for the other, it was WC who got off to a sluggish start that they were unable to shake off.

“There wasn’t any energy and it didn’t seem like we even cared about being there,” Burkhead said. “They didn’t play very well at all and that falls back on me. I’ve got to have them ready to play.”

The Commanders scored the first basket of the game, but that 2-0 lead was the only one they’d have, as the Eagles held Washington County to three points the rest of the quarter on their way to a 16-5 advantage.

WC was able to put a few more points on the board in the second quarter, but still lost ground on North Bullitt, going into halftime down 31-16.

The Eagles essentially put the game away in the third quarter, outscoring Washington County 18-10, and building a 49-26 lead heading into the final period, before coasting to a 26-point win.

Senior Alex Marshall continued to shoulder the scoring load for the Commanders with 18 points, but Burkhead said his team needs to find more sources of offense.

“We’ve got to take the floor ready to play every game, because we’re not good enough to go through the motions and win games,” he said. Alex (Marshall) had 18 (points), but nobody’s helping him out.”

Juniors Jared Young and Thomas Pettus pitched in with five points each, followed by Zac Graves’ three. Senior Markuise Stateman and juniors Tylyn Byas and Dallas Fenwick rounded out the scoring with two each.

The Commanders hosted Bardstown (15-5) on Tuesday night after press time in a 19th District matchup.

They’ll be back on the court next Tuesday at home against Campbellsville (6-13) at 7:30 p.m.