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Ballard Cruises over Taylor County 69-33



The Ballard Bruins shot 50% in the first quarter as it stormed out to a 22-11 lead over a young Taylor County team that featured three sophomore starters. The point spread only continued to worsen for the Cardinals in the second period as Ballard played a nearly perfect first half. The Bruins extended its lead to 44-17 after shooting 49% from the field, 83% from the foul line, and scored 22 points off 16 Taylor County turnovers.

Antoine Darby led the Bruins’ first half charge by going 5-5 from the field and 3-3 from behind the three-point arc. Taylor County’s Ezra Oliver, a Campbellsville University Bass Fishing signee, paced the Cards with 4 points and 2 rebounds.

The second half stayed true to trend as the Ballard stretched its lead to 60-25 with two minutes left in the 3rd quarter. That 35-point spread automatically and mercifully led to a running clock for the remainder of the contest where the Bruins cruised to a 69-33 win. Ballard impressively scored 46 of its 69 points in the paint, finished with 31 points off 27 turnovers, and won the assist ratio 22-6.

The Bruins had four players that scored in double digits: Dorian Tisby-14, Antoine Darby-15, Clivonte Patterson-10, and Delonta Wimberly-10. Taylor County was led by Tre’Von Smith’s 11-points and 8 rebounds.

Ballard advances to play Fern Creek in what could be an instant Sweet 16 classic.

Article written by Freddie Maggard

Former University of Kentucky Quarterback and Andy Griffith Fan Club President

2 Comments for Ballard Cruises over Taylor County 69-33

  1. Big DAWG Loggin
    5:09 pm March 16, 2017 Permalink

    Just based on the 4 Bruin scorer’s first names, it sounds like – after all these years – Ballard is still recruiting.

  2. dballrb
    8:59 pm March 16, 2017 Permalink

    Like CCHS did in the 80s..