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LEXINGTON - Clark County's size proved too much for the Oldham County Colonels to overcome as the Cardinals rolled to a 56-39 win in the opening round of the Sweet 16 Wednesday.
No. 3 ranked Clark County led just 14-12 at the close of the first quarter, but outscored OCHS 13-2 in the second quarter behind a stifling defensive effort and the inside play of 6-foot-5, 240-pound center Corey Rogers.
"I thought their length really took a toll on us in the second quarter," OCHS coach Jason Holland said. "We could throw over or around them and it really disrupted our offense."
With Rogers, 6-foot-8 Vinny Zollo, 6-foot-6 Jaylen Daniel and 6-foot-7 Travis Purvis, the Cardinals were able lock on the smaller Colonels from a 1-3-1 zone and man-to-man look to break the game open.
Clark County forced four turnovers and blocked two shots in the second quarter with their defense. On offense, Rogers and Zollo scored 12 of the 13 points, most inside, to spark the run as OCHS was never able to recover and mount a serious comeback.
"We won 12 games last year and won 25 this year, so these kids really had a great year," Holland said. "We had missed the regional tournament the two seasons prior to this so they got this program headed back in the right direction."
CLARK COUNTY - 14 13 17 12 56 - Jaylen Daniel 4, Robbie Stenzel 7, Charlie Rogers 1, Travis Purvis 8, Vinny Zollo 10, Corey Rogers 26; 56.
OCHS - 12 2 12 13 39 - Tyler Wesley 11, Sam Gruber 2, Dylan Henderson 7, Alante Flores 3, Kerry Smith 7, Blake Payne 4, Nolan Denise 5, 39.