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Coach Kirk Thacker said his Hardin-Central Bulldogs had their chances to win Wednesday night against Bosworth in the CLAA Tournament, but just didn’t come through.
The Dawgs struggled in the second half in a 57-52 loss in the consolation semifinal at Tina-Avalon.
Thacker said his team’s struggles began on the defensive end.
“We played poor inside and gave up way too many offensive rebounds and second-chance baskets,” he explained. “We held their top scorer to 6 points, but his teammates stepped up and we didn’t do a lot to stop them.”
Taylor Clark led the Bosworth effort with 20 points, while Trevor Wagy added 10.
Patrick King scored a game-high 24 points for Hardin-Central, but was held to just 4 of those points in the second half. King also had 7 rebounds to go along with 3 blocks and 3 steals.
Daniel Carpenter and Mark Carpenter both recorded double-doubles for the Dawgs. Daniel scored 13 points with 10 rebounds with 6 assists, while Mark chipped in 10 points and hit the boards for 19 rebounds.
Also scoring for Hardin-Central were Chris Herring with 3 and Randy Estenbaum with 2. Chris Wilson had a pair of rebounds and dished out 4 assists.
Hardin-Central held a 19-17 lead after one period, but Bosworth came back for a 35-33 advantage at the intermission, and then took a 46-42 lead into the final 8 minutes.