Hazard rebounds with back-to-back wins

Hazard’s Wade Pelphrey puts up a shot in traffic Tuesday night in a 79-64 win over Leslie County.

The Hazard Bulldogs traveled to Knott Central after their first loss of the season to rival Perry Central followed with a loss to Knott Central. The Bulldogs got back on track with wins over Floyd Central and Leslie County, though.

Knott Central 68,

Hazard  55

The Patriots shot the ball well last Thursday and owned the backboards giving the Bulldogs their second straight loss 68-55.

The Patriots jumped out to an early 16-14 first quarter lead as Gannon Couch would get the Patriots going with 2two threes in the first quarter. 

The Bulldogs hung around in the first quarter with a balanced attack from Wade Pelphrey and Mason Collins. They scored four points each in the quarter. 

The second quarter hurt the Bulldogs as they were outscored 16-8. Knott Central’s Colby Napier scored nine points in the quarter.

Pelphrey was the main source of scoring for the Bulldogs in the second quarter; he scored six in the stanza.

At halftime, the Bulldogs trailed 32-22.

When the third quarter began, things did not get much better. The Bulldogs were able to slow the Patriot offense slightly, however, they struggled scoring and was outscored in the quarter 12-10.

Knott Central’s Branson Couch and Josh McGuire scored three points apiece for the Patriots in the third quarter.

Reece Fletcher and Austin Bennett contributed three points a piece for the Bulldogs in the third quarter. 

The Patriots would take 44-32 lead into the fourth quarter.

The Bulldogs was able to get some offense rolling in the fourth quarter. The Bulldogs scored 23 points in the fourth quarter, 11 coming from Pelphrey.

The Patriots countered the Bulldog offensive attack with one of their own as they scored 24 points in the fourth quarter. Colby Napier would put up 11 points in the quarter and  Couch would contribute 7 points in the quarter. 

Hazard 64,

Floyd Central 45

The Bulldogs bounced back with a win over Floyd Central at Pike Central in Buffalo Wild Wings Shootout Saturday.

The Bulldogs would get back on the right as Logan Hall would lead the way with 18 points and 11 rebounds in the 64-45 win.

Pelphrey also scored 18 points in the win. Rydge Beverly also reached double figures scoring with 11. Jarrett Napier added seven. Austin Bennett scored four. Kyle Johnson and Fletcher each chipped in three points in the win.

Hazard 79,

Leslie County 64

The Bulldogs found themselves in district play once again as they traveled to Leslie County.

This night would be favorable for the Bulldogs as their good ball distribution to good shots would lead to an impressive 61.7 percent shooting from the field and going 18-24 from the free-throw line, helping the Bulldogs with the big 79-64 54th District road win.

The Bulldogs jumped out to an early 21-14 first quarter lead as Pelphrey and Collins scored five points apiece in the first quarter. 

The Eagles hung around in the first quarter with a balanced attack as five different players scored, but the most help would come from Trent Day who scored five points in the quarter.

The Bulldogs started to pull away in the second quarter as Pelphrey started to take over in the game, scoring seven points in the second quarter.

Wyatt Hensley for the Eagles would try to keep it close scoring five points in the second quarter.

The Bulldogs took a 40-27 lead into halftime.

The third quarter was when the Bulldogs began to really pull away as tightened up their defense and maintain their offense, outscoring the Eagles 18-17 in the quarter.

Pelphrey and Hall would lead the Bulldogs in the third quarter in scoring with five points apiece.

Trent Day scored 6 points in the third quarter for the Eagles.

The Bulldogs would take a 58-44 lead going into the 4th quarter.

The fourth quarter would be more of the same as the Bulldogs outscored the Eagles 21-20 in the final quarter.

Pelphrey led the Bulldogs in the final quarter with 10 points. He finished the night with 27 points, seven rebounds and went three for three from three-point range.

Trent Day and Wyatt Hensley would score 6 points a piece for the Eagles in the quarter. Day finished the night with 17 points and Hensley finished 14 points.

The Bulldogs (7-2) play next on Dec. 20 in the Smoky Mountain Classic in Gatlinburg, Tenn.

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