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The Stet Cardinals used their height and experience advantage to spoil the season opener for the Bulldogs 62-33 Friday night over visiting Hardin-Central.
The Cardinals were led by Derek McGinnis and Ryan Foster with 17 points each, while Kaleb Newham also reached double figures with 11.
“Coach Varner does a good job with those boys,” Bulldog Coach Kirk Thacker said. “With their height and experience, we knew we would have to play our best. We’re young this year and will go through a few growing pains in the first part of the season. We did see a few positives out of some freshmen.”
With Patrick King still out with a injury suffered in the final football game of the year, the Bulldogs had just one player in double-figure scoring with Daniel Carpenter hitting for 10. Mark Carpenter and Chris Wilson chipped in 6 apiece, followed by Randy Estenbaum with 4, Chris Herring with 3, while Damon Johnson and Austin Chase scored 2 each.
Mark Carpenter hit the boards to grab 7 rebounds for the Dawgs, while Daniel Carpenter had 4 to go along with leading the team in steals and assists with 5 each. Wilson had 3 rebounds and 3 assists with Herring grabbing a pair of rebounds and dishing out 2 assists.