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After seeing a few fourth-quarter leads slip away, the Hardin-Central Bulldogs finally nailed one down Tuesday night as they recorded their first win of the season with a 50-44 decision over visiting Southwest of Ludlow.
The Bulldogs, now 1-8, held a slim 34-33 lead heading into the final period, and thanks to hitting 9 of 13 free throws in the fourth quarter kept their grip on the lead.
Hardin-Central outscored the Wildcats 16-11 over the final 8 minutes. After a 12-12 first quarter, the Dawgs fell behind 31-27 at the half, but held Southwest to just a field goal in the third frame.
Both teams shot around 30 percent from the field, but the Bulldogs held the edge at the free throw line as they converted 14 of 22, while Southwest hit just 5 of 12.
Mark Carpenter led the Hardin-Central scoring effort with a game-high 19 points and completed the double-double with 16 rebounds, while coming up with a half dozen steals. Jake Harris added 12 points, with a pair of 3-point buckets, followed by Cole Leakey with 8, Randy Estenbaum with 7, while Damon Johnson and Scott Spencer added 2 each.
Kyle Larson led the Wildcats with 14 points – 8 of those coming in the final quarter.