Ballard at Bourbon County
Paris, Kentucky
February 17, 2001

©2001 by Ron Harrison

Ballard (27-1) vs. Bourbon County (12-9)   February 17, 2001

Ballard coach Chris Renner started the following lineup:  6-1 Sr. Antuan Sartin, 6-2 Sr.Thomas Davis, 6-9 Sr. Brandon Bender, 6-1 Sr. Adam Chiles, and 5-11 Jr. David Bryant.  Bourbon County coach Robert Ward countered with 6-3 Sr. James Rodriguez, 6-2 Sr. Aaron Rupard, 6-6 So. Craig Williams, 6-3 Jr. Preston LeMaster, and 6-3 Jr. Donnie Spencer.

Bourbon County honored their 1984 state runner-up team before tonight's varsity game.  Evidently it made an impression on the young Colonels as they gave Ballard a terrific battle for three quarters before tiring in the final period to fall by a score of 102-79.  Ballard deserves their lofty national ranking as their deep, talented squad overcame a good effort by Bourbon County and a great performance by Bourbon County's Preston LeMaster to win by 23 points.

Ballard led 31-25 at the end of a first quarter marked by technical fouls on Ballard's Brandon Bender (for slapping the ball out of bounds) and another on Coach Renner.  Bourbon County continued to play tough and only trailed 45-42 at halftime.  Bourbon County's Preston LeMaster tallied 22 in the first half including 14 of 14 from the free throw line.  Adam Chiles led a balanced Ballard attack in the first half with 9 points.  Ballard finally gained a little breathing room in the third quarter behind the play of Brandon Bender and Adam Chiles to lead 76-64 at the end of the period.  Ballard turned up the pressure in the fourth quarter to finally subdue a tiring Bourbon County team.

Ballard was led tonight by Brandon Bender with 23 points and 12 rebounds.  Adam Chiles added 17 points and 4 assists. Preston LeMaster led  Bourbon County  with 36 points including 19 of 20 free throws before he fouled out with 4:25 remaining in the game.
Bourbon County 
Ballard  (102)  -  Sartin 13, Davis 5, Bender 23, Chiles 17, Bryant 8, Jones 11, Watterson 8, Cornwell 4, Booker 8, Ahrens 3, Clack 2. 
Bourbon County  (79)  -  Rodriguez 10, Rupard 7, Williams 8, LeMaster 36, Spencer 7,  Willoughby 3, Wells 6, Stone 2. 

 Other Area Games of Interest

Lexington Catholic                 80      Scott County                76  (OT)
Catholic won a thriller tonight over Scott County in a locally televised game.  Catholic was led tonight by 6-3 Sr. Brendon Woody with 23 points.  6-3 Fr. Demetrius Green and 6-4 Jr. Ryan Morton each added 14 points.  6-5 Sr. Jack Heissenbuttel tallied 13 points and 5-11 Sr. Clay Wolford added 4 points, 11 rebounds, and nine steals.  Scott County was led by 5-9 Jr. "C-3" Brown with 29 points.  6-3 Jr. Coy Zerhusen had 19 points and pulled down 14 rebounds.
Clark County 48    Boone County 41  
Grant County 69    Henry County 57  
Highlands  55    Bishop Brossart 48  
Jackson County 82    Harlan 78 (2 OT)
Newport Central Catholic 48    Covington Holy Cross  39  
Campbell County 57    Nicholas County 51  
Perry County Central  91    Knott County Central 54  
Paris 57    Estill County 37