Although the Hardin-Central Bulldogs dropped their second game of the season to Stet, coach Kirk Thacker felt a little better about his team’s performance. The Dawgs opened the Braymer Invitational with a 52-43 loss to the Cardinals late Monday night.
It was the fifth loss in a row for Hardin-Central as the Bulldogs fell to 2-6, but Thacker said his team played better than they did in a 62-33 setback to the Cards back on Dec. 5.
“The boys really played hard and we have gotten our game back on the right track,” he said. “It was a very solid effort by the boys.”
Stet held a 9-8 lead after the opening 8 minutes, but then slowly pulled away from the Dawgs. The Cardinals held a 14-10 scoring advantage in the second period to take a 23-28 lead at the break, and then outscored Hardin-Central 15-12 in the third, and 14-13 in the final frame.
Ryan Foster provided the scoring punch for Stet with 18 points – 13 of those coming in the third period. Devin Milligan added 13 for the Cardinals with J.J. Storey adding 7. Five other Cardinals hit the scorebook with Derek McGinnis adding 5 points, followed by Walter Walker with 4 and Kaleb Newham with 3. Michael Gervy and Chris Desselle chipped in 2 points each.
Patrick King scored a game-high 20 to lead the Bulldogs as he hit three from outside the 3-point arc. Daniel Carpenter also reached double figures with 13, while Chris Herring added 6, followed by Mark Carpenter with 3 and Chris Wilson with a free throw.