Nobody said the Bowling Green Tournament was going to be easy for the North Callaway varsity boys basketball team, especially Louisiana.
On Thursday the Bulldogs drove that point home the hard way as Derick Richards manufactured 12 points in the first quarter and 10 in the fourth by way of five three-pointers to score 28 in this second round matchup that began with the Thunderbirds trailing 17-8 at the end of the first quarter. While North Callaway did pull within 24-22 at halftime based on Tanner Pezold's 11 points and five rebounds for the game, Louisiana never faltered after that, winning 51-43.
"We have to learn to play hard for 32 minute every time out," said coach Matthias Miller. "We had to use so much energy to try and catch up that they were able to pull away."
Even though the Bulldogs, 10-6 overall, did post scoring advantages of 10-9 in the third and 17-12 in the fourth on the strength of Zac Harrison's 12 point-performance, Khobi Kellerman still came through with a nine point contribution for the Thunderbirds. Dawson Wright also pulled down five rebounds and Coy Dannison charted four assists.
One secret to Louisiana's success is that despite its entire roster being under six feet tall it still found a way to outrebound North Callaway.
The Thunderbirds, 9-9 overall, played Elsberry in round three of the Bowling Green Tournament on Saturday.