The Hardin-Central Bulldogs did a much better job of protecting the basketball Tuesday night.
The Bulldogs committed a season-low 5 turnovers and the result was a 66-34 win over the Pirates at Norborne to snap a four-game losing skid.
The Dawgs improve to 6-10 overall and 3-4 in the CLAA as Patrick King and Mark Carpenter both recorded a double double. King hit for a game-high 23 points with 14 rebounds, while Carpenter posted 18 points and hit the boards for a team-high 16 rebounds.
Hardin-Central Coach Kirk Thacker said his team needed a good outing.
“We needed a game like this to get our self confidence back,” he said. “We were very focused tonight. We have been working on making better decisions with the ball – both passing and shooting. It definitely paid off. We have to remember to play our game and not rush on offense and we will be just fine.”
Hardin-Central took most of the suspense out of the game early when the Bulldogs jumped out to a 30-10 lead after the opening 8 minutes.
The Dawgs then opened up a 39-16 advantage at the half and took a 62-24 cushion into the last period.
In addition to his scoring and rebounding, King also dished out 4 assists with 5 steals and a pair of blocked shots, while Mark Carpenter added 3 steals to his nightly total.
Chris Wilson scored 9 points for Hardin-Central, with Daniel Carpenter chipping in with 7 points, 6 rebounds and a team-leading 8 assists.
Chris Herring hit for 6 points with Jake Harris scoring 3.
Caleb Lyon led the Norborne scoring with 13 points.