It was a disappointing end of the basketball campaign for the Hardin-Central Bulldogs in the semifinals of the Class 1, District 9 Tournament at Norborne. Bosworth hit 8 of 10 free throws in the fourth quarter to hold off Hardin-Central 50-45 to end the Bulldog season with a 10-15 record.
Bosworth, which had built its lead to as many as 9 points, saw its lead dwindle to just a field goal in the fourth quarter, but used the free throw line to protect the lead and advance to this evening’s title game against top-seeded Kingsville.
“We had chances to win the game at the end, but didn’t get the job done,” Hardin-Central Coach Kirk Thacker said. “Bad passes and missed opportunities in the last 4 minutes of the game cost us. The defense gave us our chances to move on, but we didn’t play hard enough to get the job done at the end.”
Bosworth ended the game hitting 11 of 16 from the stripe, while Hardin-Central converted 5 of 13 for the game, but just one of 3 in the fourth period.
Jacob Galbrecht led the Bosworth scoresheet with 19 points with Wayne Sisk adding 10, and Steven Sedgewick chipped in 8.
Patrick King led the Hardin-Central scoring with 18 points, in addition to his 6 rebounds and 3 assists. Chris Herring added 12 points and 4 assists, followed by Mark Carpenter with 8 points and 14 rebounds, and Daniel Carpenter with 7 points and 13 boards with 3 steals.
Hardin-Central grabbed a 13-10 lead after one quarter, but Bosworth held a 23-22 advantage at the half. Bosworth stretched its lead to 38-34 entering the final 8 minutes.