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Comeback kids

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By Mickey Patterson

BEDFORD – Oldham County sophomore Emily Lape didn’t call her bank shot, but she’ll gladly take it and the 29th District championship she and the Lady Colonels won Friday with a 58-55 upset of South Oldham.Lape banked in a three-pointer from the top of the key with 2:05 left that gave the Lady Colonels their first lead of the game. “Oh my God, that was kind of embarrassing,” Lape said. “I just turned around and got back down the court, but it’s so great we did this. We knew we could do it.” Lape’s shot capped a furious comeback by the Lady Colonels who trailed 26-13 at the half and went on to outscore SOHS 45-29 in the second half. “We maybe over-coached in the first half,” OCHS coach Jamie Dumstorf said. “We threw out the playbook at halftime and simplified things. We had four out and one in and just looked to get the best shot we could either from the three-point line or inside.” Lape and freshmen Brianna Howard and Ericka Hardin all hit big shots. Lape finished with eight points while Howard and Hardin both hit a pair of threes in the second half to finish with 11 and nine points respectively. “We got a huge, huge effort from a lot of kids and from those three in particular,” Dumstorf said. “Those two freshmen combining for 20 points was big, we haven’t had them give that kind of effort at the same time all year.” OCHS also got a big game inside from 6-foot-1 senior Lindsay Melton who scored 15 points to go with 14 rebounds and was named the tourney’s MVP. “It was two distinctly different games,” SOHS coach Frank Wright said. “One to our liking, and one no so much.” After Lape’s three, the Lady Colonels built and held their lead. With OCHS up 52-51, Lape hit a follow shot with 1:33 left. On the ensuing trip, Howard slapped a ball away from SOHS’ Amber Conniff and hit a layup to make it 56-51 with 1:18 left. Lape, who shadowed SOHS star Lauren Jones the whole game, fouled out on the next trip leading to a pair of Jones free throws. SOHS tried to get back into it when Jones and Jordann McGuffin tied up Howard with the possession arrow favoring SOHS. Jones, who scored a game-high 32 points to go with 12 rebounds, hit a follow shot to cut the lead to 56-55 with 41.8 seconds left. SOHS got another chance when Howard was hit with a walking call with 28.4 seconds left.Howard got the ball right back when she drew a charging foul on Jones on the next possession, Jones’ fifth foul. SOHS still had chances, when McGuffin stole an inbounds pass and the Lady Dragons missed two follow shots down in the final 14 seconds. “We had many, many opportunities late in the game,” Wright said. “On the last trip down we had two good shot attempts. We just didn’t get it done.”All-tourney Melton’s MVP awarded led the Lady Colonels’ contingent on the team. She was joined by Howard, Hardin and Lape. SOHS put Jones, McGuffin and Conniff on the team. North Oldham placed Brittany Silberheisen and Kelli Condren on the team.OCHS - 6 7 21 24 58 - Ellen Ford 3, Lindsay Melton 15, Brianna Howard 11, Emily Lape 8, Audri Beaudrie 12, Ericka Hardin 9, 58.SOHS - 11 15 14 15 55 - Ally Byrd 1, Meg McMullen 2, Brittany Shaver 2, Lauren Jones 32, Jordann McGuffin 12, Amber Conniff 6, 55.

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