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Coming into the season, Coach Jacob Barmore knew that for his team to be competitive, they’d have to get scoring from junior guard Brandon Miller and senior sharpshooter Ros Goodwin. He also knew that in order to go beyond competitive, at least one other scorer would have to emerge.
Last Tuesday, against Western Hills, the Bears may have seen the third scorer accept that role as junior Bridger Knotts led the way with 21 points on the way to a 69-54 win over the Wolverines.
“We have waited for Bridger to come out of his shell for a while,” said Barmore. “We have asked him to be more aggressive off the dribble drive, and he answered that call.
“We don’t expect him to average 21 per game, but consistency is the key for us to be successful down the road. When he is aggressive, we are a triple threat team.”
Such was the case Tuesday when Knotts was joined in double figures by Goodwin’s 18 points and Miller’s 15 as the Bears built an early lead on Western Hills and held off the bigger team for their third win of the season.
The Bears also got four points each from Jacob Hollar, Brennan Smith and Aaron Shindlebower, while Alex Dennis added three in the winning cause.
Heading into this week’s holiday tournament at North Bullitt, the Bears are now 3-2 on the season and Barmore said he is happy with the effort. No stat is more evident of that effort than the fact that his squad, without a player over 6’3”, has been a really good rebounding team.
“We have a long way to go, but this team shows tremendous heart and outrebounded all but one of our opponents,” he said.
Barmore also knows that without a highly questionable call on the road at Nelson County a couple of weeks ago, his team could be sitting at 4-1 on the year. Despite the call and disappointing loss, Barmore said he was happy with how his team put that game behind them and came back to win its next two.
The Bears will have plenty of time to practice and two busy weeks over the holidays as they participate in two tournaments before school starts back in January.
They’ll play three games at North Bullitt this week, and three games at Nelson County next week.