The Hazard Bulldogs hosted the Buckhorn Wildcats Friday in a 54th district matchup. Despite the give-and-take exchange of rallies during the game, the Bulldogs were able to best the Wildcats in every frame, leading them to the 74-53 win.
Hazard started with a strong run, only to see Buckhorn counter with a rally of their own. The final minutes of the period belonged to Hazard, giving them the 22-16 lead.
Despite the second period being the most lopsided of the game, Buckhorn made a couple of plays for the momentum. However, the period would once again belong to Hazard, sending the Bulldogs to the locker room with the 39-25 advantage.
Buckhorn came out strong in the third period, and cut the lead to four at one point. Once again, Hazard was able to trump the Wildcats’ rally, and went on to the 55-40 lead with eight minutes left to play.
The Wildcats were determined to get back into the contest in the fourth quarter, making a strong bid early. But once again, Hazard had the answer. The Bulldogs went on to win the game by the final count of 74-53.
Hazard (74) Matt Thompson 22 (3 rebounds and 2 assists), Josh Hollan 20 (8 rebounds, 2 assists and 4 steals), Chris Hudson 11 (9 rebounds, 1 assist and 2 blocks), Collier Mobelini 10 (9 rebounds), Griffin Wells 7 (3 assists) and Mack Hall 4 (6 rebounds).
Buckhorn (53) Peyton Cooper 15, Conner Hoskins 8, Josh Crank 8, James Blair 8, Ryan Boggs 6, Dylan Cole 4, Joey Grove 2 and Caleb Estep 2. *** no other stats provided.