Senior Night was a super night for Elijah Washington.
The North Hardin forward, making his first start of the season, poured in 12 points and was a disruptive presence on defense in a 69-49 victory Thursday night over Meade County in Radcliff.
Williams finished two points off his season high of 14 points against Dixie Heights. He scored the game’s first basket and capped his offensive explosion during a game-ending 9-0 run.
“It felt amazing to score like that,” Williams said. “It felt great to find my shot again. It definitely helps my confidence.”
Williams was part of a collective Trojan effort, which benefited from a defense that forced 17 Meade County turnovers and command of the boards.
Junior center Dontrell Gregory contributed a season-high 13 points and was instrumental in the third quarter as North Hardin built a 54-34 lead to put the game away.
“We showed a lot of energy tonight,” said North Hardin coach Mike Cofer. “We shared the ball more. Our ball movement and shot selection on offense was much better … and when you can hold a team to 49 points you give yourself a very good chance to win.”
Meade County was held to its second lowest point total of the season and never held the lead again after going up 3-2 on a 3-pointer from Canon Decker, who led the team with a game-high 16 points.
The Trojans’ Marcus Scisney, the team’s other senior, sparked a 9-2 run with a layup and 3-pointer to make it 11-5. From there, North Hardin continued to build on its lead.
“Our communication was a lot better tonight,” Washington said. “We did a great job of using our defense to create offense. Everything flowed well on both ends of the court.”
Elijah Reeves scored five points in the second quarter, including one of his three 3-pointers to stretch the lead to 36-24 at intermission, before the Trojans blew it open in the third quarter.
Gregory was the catalyst in the quarter, scoring six points, collecting five rebounds and blocking three shots. He also forced two turnovers including a steal he converted into a layup for a 49-30 advantage.
“Dontrell and Ayden (Evans) were very effective defending the rim and blocking shots,” Cofer said. “Dontrell especially showed tonight what type of player he is.”
North Hardin (8-7) travels to Marion County tonight. Meade County (5-10) hosts Nelson County Monday.
NORTH HARDIN 69, MEADE COUNTY 49
Meade County 12 12 10 15 – 49
North Hardin 16 20 18 15 – 69
Meade County: Decker 16; Armstead 8; Daak 7; Turner 7; Beavin 5; Abell 4; Parker 2; FG: 21; FT: 2-6; 3-pointers (5): Decker 2; Beavin 1; Daak 1.
North Hardin: Gregory 13; Washington 12; Reeves 11; Blizzard 9; Davis 8; Scisney 7; Boykins Jr 6; Evans 3; FG: 24; FT: 13-23; 3-pointers (8): Reeves 3; Blizzard 1; Davis 1; Gregory 1; Scisney 1; Washington 1.