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Bulldogs fall to Well-Nap for district crown

Hardin-Central's Hank Bowers tries to protect the ball as Levi Banner of Wellington-Napoleon goes for the steal in Saturday's district title game. (Photo by Russ Green/Richmond News.)

Hardin-Central’s Hank Bowers tries to protect the ball as Levi Banner of Wellington-Napoleon goes for the steal in Saturday’s district title game. (Photo by Russ Green/Richmond News.)

By Russ Green-Sports Editor

The Wellington-Napoleon defense proved to be too much for Hardin-Central Saturday afternoon in the title game of the Class 1, District 13 tournament at Braymer. The Tigers forced 25 Bulldog turnovers, while Christian Bryant paced the offense as Wellington-Napoleon stopped the Bulldogs 60-35.

The Tigers, now 20-6, advance to the sectionals scheduled for 5 p.m. Tuesday against 21-5 North Andrew at Excelsior Springs High School. Hardin-Central ends the year with a 20-8 showing.

Bryant hit for a game-high 25 points to lead the Tigers. Bryant also grabbed 14 rebounds to complete the double-double for the afternoon. Eleven of those rebounds came on the defensive end. The Tigers came up with 14 steals and held Hardin-Central to 35 percent shooting, including just one of 5 outside the arc.

Wellington shot 45 percent from the field and hit 6 of 17 3-point tries.

Hardin-Central held a brief lead when Clif Kugler’s basket pushed the Dawgs on top 7-5 with 2:28 remaining in the opening period, but the Tigers responded with a 7-2 run to close out the quarter and continued that run into the second period by scoring the first 5 points.

Wellington began to control the play with a swarming defense that forced Hardin-Central turnovers. As a result, Wellington held a 17-7 scoring advantage in the period.

 The complete story is in the Monday, Feb. 25, 2013 Richmond News.

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