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Coming off an emotional win at home over Orrick, the Hardin-Central Bulldogs quickly returned to the court on Monday to face Northwestern. Unfortunately for the Dawgs, their shooting touch never showed up, especially in the second half in a 43-34 loss to the Eagles.
After leading by more than 11 points in the first half, the Bulldogs took a 28-23 advantage at the break. However, the second half was a completely different story as Hardin-Central hit just 3 of 24 shots over the final two periods as the Bulldogs fall to 7-11 overall and 3-6 in the CLAA.
“We came out in the second half ice cold,” Hardin-Central Coach Kirk Thacker said. “I have never seen us shoot that bad. We had open looks and took shots, but they wouldn’t fall.”
Thacker added he wasn’t ready to panic though.
“We need to continue to play the same as we have been the last few games and we will be fine,” he said.
Patrick King led the Hardin-Central scoring with 14 points in addition to dishing out 3 assists and grabbing 6 rebounds. Mark Carpenter hit for 8 points with 7 rebounds and Daniel Carpenter scored 7 points with 3 rebounds and 4 assists.
Also scoring for the Bulldogs were Chris Herring with 3 and Chris Wilson with 2.