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NKY High School Scores: Draud Leads Beechwood Over New Cath

The Beechwood Tigers defeated the Newport Central Catholic Thoroughbreds on Tuesday night despite New Cath’s best efforts to keep it close. 
 
Beechwood guard Scotty Draud had the performance of the night, scoring a game-high 23 points. The Tigers also got 16 points from forward Ben Toebbe. 
 
NCC got its biggest performance from forward Brendan Luken, who had a team-high 11 points. Forward Brennan Hall also contributed nine points for the Thoroughbreds. 
 
Both teams traded baskets early, as the lead changed hands three times in the first quarter with neither team able to go on any kind of run. Draud was in control for Beechwood early, as he scored six points on two 3-pointers for the Tigers to help give them an 8-7 lead at the end of the first quarter. 
 
A 13-4 run from Beechwood allowed the Tigers to stretch their lead to nine in the second quarter, but an 8-0 run by NCC to close out the half left the Thoroughbreds within one point, down 21-20, going into the locker room. NCC guard Braden Posey had five of the team’s points on their 8-0 run. 
 
Draud was consistent in the first half, as he once again scored six points in the second quarter. Toebbe had five points, including a 3-pointer, in the second quarter. 
 
NCC took the lead early in the second half, as Luken converted on an and-one opportunity to give his team a 24-21 lead. NCC held the lead for much of the third quarter, but an 8-2 run by Beechwood -- which was capped off by a sensational and-one from guard Daniel Mescher -- allowed the Tigers to go into the fourth quarter with a slim 35-33 lead. Luken had six points in the third quarter, while Draud had seven. 
 
Beechwood did not trail in the fourth quarter, as Toebbe and Draud took over late and pulled away from NCC. Beechwood’s two top scorers of the night combined to score nine unanswered points at the end of the game. The 9-0 run gave the Tigers a 51-38 lead at the final buzzer. 
 
Draud had six fourth quarter points, while Toebbe had five. The two accounted for 11 of Beechwood’s 16 fourth quarter points. 
 
Beechwood, who was seventh in the Ninth Region coming into the game, now improves to 9-7 on the year. They’ll hit the road to take on Lloyd Memorial at 7:30 p.m. on Friday. 
 
NCC came into the game fifth in the region. They fall to 8-7 on the year with the loss. Their next matchup will be at home against Bellevue at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday. 
 
Written by Jeremy Chisenhall, RCN contributor
 

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