Oldham Boys Advance in 31st District with Rout of Gallatin County
Bedford, KY – The Oldham County boys’ and girls’ teams both showed that they will be forces to be reckoned with in the Region 8 tournaments as they advanced to their respective District Championship games with easy wins in the semifinals. The Lady Colonels exploded out of the gates, then shrugged off a momentary lull in the second period to eliminate their rivals from Crestwood, the South Oldham Lady Dragons. Meanwhile, the boys’ squad was making mincemeat of the Gallatin County Wildcats.
Neither team trailed at any time during either game.
Oldham County Lady Colonels 72, South Oldham Lady Dragons 52 – In January, Oldham County whipped South early, allowing just 3 first-quarter points, and posting a 28-8 halftime lead en route to a 63-43 win. This time, Oldham again erupted out of the blocks, scoring the first eleven points of the ballgame. By the time Ashley Trosper got South on the board, the game was over three minutes old.
Another three minutes would elapse before South scored again, this time on two free throws by sophomore Stephanie Vaughn. By this time, the Lady Colonels were up, 17-4, and they closed out the period ahead, 21-6, after Miss Basketball candidate Brandi Miller scored just before the buzzer for Oldham.
At this point, South could find no antidote for the 5’9" Miller, who scored eleven points in a multitude of ways in the first period alone.
After Eryn Jacobsen scored to push the Oldham lead to 17 at 23-6 to begin the second period, the Lady Dragons finally got untracked. For the next three and a half minutes, they played even-steven with the fourteenth-ranked Lady Colonels, and with 4:23 to go in the half, the score was 29-13, Oldham County.
It was then that Miller went down with what appeared to be a freak injury after committing a foul. Ironically, it wasn’t the foot she had injured just the week before, but the other foot. When she headed to the bench, without putting weight on her foot, the Lady Colonels began to struggle.
After a bucket by Julie Hedges pushed Oldham County to their biggest lead of the first half at 33-15, South ripped off eight unanswered points – six by Alexis Fleming, who scored all twelve of her points in the second period – to pull to within ten at 33-23. But Oldham County scored six of the final eight points of the half – with Sarah Gibson getting two baskets during the final 53 seconds – to take a 39-25 halftime lead.
Fleming, meanwhile, did not get off another shot for South Oldham.
Despite the double-digit deficit, South had to take some confidence into the locker room. They had outscored Oldham County in the second period, and the halftime score was a far cry from the 28-8 halftime debacle in the January meeting.
Five points from Lindsey Dearmond helped South pull to within twelve at 42-30 to begin the third period. Miller had returned to the game for Oldham, but her game was definitely a bit subdued. Oldham County fans needn’t have worried, though. With Sara Hadley scoring seven of her thirteen points in the period, and five Lady Colonels scoring points in the third, Oldham began pulling away. With 56.1 seconds remaining in the period, two free throws by Hadley gave Oldham a 19 point edge at 56-37.
Still, the Lady Dragons wouldn’t go away. Ashley Staude – who was plagued by fouls all night and scored just two points after an 18 point performance the night before – hit her only field goal of the evening. Ashley Trosper followed with a three with just five seconds left in the period to pull South back to within fourteen at 56-42 as the quarter came to a close.
This, however, was to be South’s last hurrah. The Lady Dragons were held scoreless during the first 3:37 of the final period, and Oldham pushed the lead to 20 at 62-42. By the time Emily Cobb, who was playing with a strained back muscle, scored with 4:23 to go in the game, it was too little, too late. With the Lady Colonels hitting on all cylinders at both ends of the court, Oldham County steadily stretched the lead until they took their largest lead of the night – 22 – at 70-48 with just 1:13 remaining and coasted to the final 20 point margin.
NOTES: Both teams shot well at the free throw line, with South hitting 15 of 19 for 78.9%, one night after hitting over 80% of their free throws against Gallatin County. Both were very impressive performances by a team that had averaged less than 60% at the line for the season. Oldham also shot free throws well, hitting 20 of 28 for 71.4%.
Neither team shot well beyond the arc, with Ashley Trosper of South hitting the only three of the game. For the night, South was 1 of 13 while Oldham was 0 for 6.
South committed 27 turnovers in the contest, and Oldham outrebounded the Lady Dragons – who typically win the rebounding war – 37-34. Sara Hadley had 10 rebounds and Brandi Miller 8 for the Lady Colonels.
Miller, who played only 20 minutes, still led all scorers with 20 points on 8 of 10 shooting from the floor, and 4 of 5 shooting from the line. She also had the previously-mentioned 8 rebounds, six steals, and one assist.
The Lady Dragons’ leading scorer, senior Melissa Hayes, scored just half her average. She finished her last game at South Oldham with only six points and six rebounds, well below her average of twelve points and ten rebounds.
Oldham County improved to 20-6; South finished their season 8-18. Oldham
advances to Saturday’s (3/3/01) championship against the winner of the
other semi-final, matching Carroll County and Trimble County. WYKY’s coverage
of the championship on Saturday begins with a pregame show at 6:30 pm.
Oldham County – Miller 20, Hadley 13, Jacobsen 12, S. Gibson 10, Husband 7, H. Gibson 6, Middleton 2, Hedges 2
South Oldham – Trosper 15, Fleming 12, Cobb 6, Hayes 6,
Dearmond 5, Vaughn 4, Lee 2, Staude 2
Oldham County 74, Gallatin County 43 – What do you do when you’re facing a team who beat you by 70 points in January?
That was the question facing Coach John Jones and the Gallatin County Wildcats as they prepared to tangle with Oldham County. On January 2, the Oldham County Colonels celebrated the new millenium with a resounding 108-38 win over the Wildcats, who endured one of their worst seasons in a long time. To complicate things for Coach Jones, his team was coming off an emotionally-draining come-from-behind victory over Carroll County in the first round of the District, 73-71, after trailing by as much as 18 points late in the third period.
As it turns out, the answer to the question was "not much."
The Wildcats opened the game in a "four-corner", or "stall" offense, trying to negate Oldham County’s depth, speed, and athleticism. At first, they succeeded to a degree.
Oldham County jumped out to a 4-0 lead on two free throws by Nathaniel Johnson and a field goal by Hank Garrett, but the Wildcats slowed the pace to a crawl, and with 4:59 left in the first, the score was still 4-0 and Gallatin was showing no signs of being inclined to shoot.
Finally, Justin White scored and was fouled. The free throw pulled Gallatin to within one at 4-3. After the two teams traded baskets, though, the Wildcats’ dreams of a major upset vanished in the reality of repeated turnovers. The Colonels scored eight unanswered points, and after a Gallatin County free throw, Donta Smith scored at the buzzer ending the period to give Oldham their first double-digit lead of the night at 16-6.
Oldham County had a ten point lead after one period last Friday against Central Hardin, too, so it was interesting to see how the Colonels responded this time to prosperity.
In the first 1:18 of the second period, Oldham continued their run, scoring eight unanswered points to push the margin to 18 at 24-6. After Gallatin hit four straight free throws to pull to within 24-10, Oldham went on a 13-4 rampage. The straw that broke the Wildcats’ backs came with the score 29-14. Donta Smith got the ball on the blocks, spun on his heels and leaped from a dead stop over 6’2" Chris Kluemper. His ferocious one-handed dunk brought the crowd to its feet, ignited the Colonels, and completely demoralized and confused the Wildcats.
Gallatin promptly turned the ball over, whereupon Hank Garrett nailed a three from the right corner, making it 34-14. A Gallatin County time out was followed by another turnover, and Garrett hit another three, this time from the left side. By now, it was 37-14 and the game was all but over. Oldham would head to the locker room with a 39-16 lead and not look back.
Oldham County came out of the locker room looking to put Gallatin away for good. Although the Wildcats stayed focused on their spread offense, repeated turnovers – they had 26 for the game – gave the Colonels the opportunity to blow the game wide open.
Oldham scored the first eight points of the half to push out to a 48-16 lead, with Hank Garrett scoring the final four points of the run on a three and a free throw. Gallatin "trimmed" the lead to 29, but Travis Liedtke scored the last six points of the quarter to give the Colonels a 35 point advantage.
With Oldham County head coach Gary Forrest substituting freely, Gallatin actually outscored the Colonels, 19-15, in the final frame. But Oldham County got 15 players into the game, and everyone played at least 2 ½ minutes. Eleven players scored as Oldham County ran its record to 23-4 on the season.
The Colonels will play the winner of the Trimble County – South Oldham game in the championship game on Friday (3/2/01) night. Live pregame coverage on WYKY 105.7 FM will begin at 6:30 pm.
The South Oldham – Trimble County game will be aired on Thursday, March 1, 2001, beginning with a pregame show at 7:15 pm.
NOTES: The Colonels, one of the state’s top field goal, three point field goal, and free throw shooting teams, continued their hot shooting. The Colonels hit an amazing 59.6% from the floor, 41.2% from beyond the arc (7 of 17), and 78.6% from the line (11 of 14). They forced 26 turnovers on the night while committing only 12.
Oldham County – D. Smith 13, Garrett 12, N. Johnson 9, E. Johnson 8, Cotton 7, Viehmann 6, Liedtke 6, Macobsen 5, Heimke 4, Koenig 2, Ensor 2
Gallatin County – Kluemper 10, White 8, Booth 8, Clifton 7, Parker
5, Spendlove 5
REMAINING 31st District Broadcast Schedule:
1:00 pm – rebroadcast of Oldham Co. – South Oldham girls semi-final game
3:00 pm (approximate) – rebroadcast of Oldham Co. – Gallatin Co. boys semi-final
Thursday, 3/1/01 (continued)
7:15 pm – LIVE coverage of Trimble Co. – South Oldham boys semi-final