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Grafton rolls past Bridgeport

by Charles Casey

CORRESPONDENT

GRAFTON -- Cody Loughry scored 21 of his game-high 29 points in the first half to lead Grafton past Bridgeport, 72-53, in Big 10 Conference boys high school basketball action Wednesday at Clair Bee Fieldhouse.

Loughry, a senior guard, connected on 11- of-16 shots from the floor, including 3-of-5 3-pointers and 4 of 4 at the foul line to lead the Bearcats (8-2, 4-1 Big 10).

"When Cody is on, he makes everyone's game much easier because he is such a good passer," Grafton coach Steve Smith said. "I thought offensively, we moved the ball around very well, and overall, it was a good team win."

Loughry got things going early with 12 points to give Grafton a 20-17 lead after one quarter.

The contest was tied at 25-25 with 3:56 remaining in the second quarter when the Bearcats took control, going on a 16-5 run to take a 41-30 halftime edge.

Loughry and Bryce Jones each had six points for Grafton during the run.

The Bearcats made 30-of-56 (53 percent) shots from the field.

"That's the one thing we need to work is team defense," Bridgeport coach Gene Randolph said. "Our defense is not where it needs to be, and that's the biggest disappointment right now on the season.

"Where do we go defensively? Maybe we are not focusing on our individual defensive responsibilities or maybe we need to condense and tighten up our defense a little bit. We are going to have to take a long look at how to improve on that end of the floor."

The Bearcats put the game away early in the third with a 13-0 run to extend the margin to 54-30 with 4:02 remaining. Loughry led the way with six points.

Jones followed Loughry in scoring for Grafton with 14 points, while Brandon Riffle added 10 points. Point guard Andrew Moore had a solid floor game with five points, eight rebounds, six assists and four steals.

Jeremy Gum paced the Indians (2-7, 1-5) with 16 points, including four 3-pointers.