Mark Carpenter hit for 18 points while grabbing 18 rebounds Friday night, but it wasn’t enough as the Hardin-Central Bulldogs dropped their Wellington-Napoleon Tournament finale 58-45 to St. Mary’s.
The third quarter proved to be the undoing for Hardin-Central.
Trailing 25-21 at the half, the Bulldogs were outscored 14-6 in the third period and could never recover.
Hardin-Central was able to tie the game at 27-27 early in the quarter, but a long scoring drought proved to be too much to overcome.
“We went almost 7 minutes without scoring,” Bulldog Coach Kirk Thacker said. “By the time we started scoring it was too late. Mark really had a big game and I hope this was his breakout. We played hard, but just didn’t get the job done.”
Patrick King, who was selected to the all-tournament team, scored 14 points with 10 rebounds and 3 steals.
Daniel Carpenter added 7 points and 7 rebounds with a team-high 5 assists, while Chris Herring scored 6 points with one assist.
Mike Monteleone and Jack Salva led the Trojan scoring with 12 points apiece.